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Helping to jumpstart another academic year, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted its Fall Leadership Development Day (LDD) on Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Busch Student Center.

The largest student organization at Rutgers University – New Brunswick and the largest of its kind in the nation, Rutgers RHA represents over 16,000 on-campus residents. Comprised of four residential campus councils, 36 hall governments, and an executive board, RHA’s mission is to improve the residential experience for on-campus students through intentional programming and feedback-based advocacy initiatives.

Hoping to foster personal growth and leadership development within the university’s on-campus communities, 250 students participated in the fall edition of the biannual event, with a second one-day conference also planned for the spring semester.

“This fall’s LLD focus was the R.O.A.D. to Leadership, with R.O.A.D. standing for resourcefulness, optimism, authenticity, and dependability,” said Nicholas Lee, RHA’s College Avenue Residential Council Director. “We hope that all in attendance are able to take the information and really work to better their residence halls and the on-campus experiences for their fellow residents.”

Over the course of the day, students attended a large variety of programs ranging from positional training to emotional and intellectual leadership and conflict management sessions. Rutgers University Student Assembly President Evan Covello delivered the event’s welcome address with Dr. Reginald Blockett also attending as the program’s keynote speaker. A former Rutgers residence life coordinator, Blockett is currently a visiting assistant professor at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education.

Founded at Rutgers in 2007, RHA is officially affiliated with the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH Inc.). RHA also partners closely with the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). NRHH is an on-campus honor society dedicated to recognizing those individuals and entities who work to improve their residence hall, campus, and community.

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