Get Involved

Get Involved


Getting involved in the activities and events within Housing & Residential Education is the best way to experience our Culture of Belonging, College Success, Personal Development, and Civic Engagement.  Additionally, students who are involved tend to do better in school, complete their degrees, and develop skills for life beyond college.  Also, it’s really fun, and it’s where life happens.

Scroll down to learn more about student involvement opportunities, fun events, and to meet some of our awesome student leaders! 

PLEASE NOTE: Both the Equity Lounge and the Residence Hall Association Office will be requiring that all students wear a face covering at all times during their visit. 

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

Every student who lives on campus is automatically a member of the Residence Hall Association (RHA). RHA seeks to be the student voice within Housing & Residential Education by providing events and activities for residents, opportunities for advocacy and change, and leadership development. You are invited to attend all RHA events, and join any of our boards. All board meetings are held virtually via Zoom, visit the RHA Office in the PHC for zoom codes:

  • Marketing & Outreach Board: Mondays, 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Resident Relations Board: TBD
  • Salt Lake Events Board: Wednesdays, 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Campus Events Board: Tuesdays, 1 - 2 p.m.
  • Advocacy Board:  Tuesdays, 3 - 4 p.m.
  • National Residence Hall Honorary: Mondays, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Twice a year, RHA takes residents to conferences where they can develop their leadership skills on campus

  • Intermountain Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls Annual Conference - Held each fall
  • National Association of College and University Residence Halls Annual Conference - Held each summer

RHA Office Hours — SPRING 2021

  • Monday: 9 - 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 2 - 4 p.m., 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., 7:30 - 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 - 11 a.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

*Hours posted are run by RHA student leaders and may be subject to change. If you have questions or are looking to contact RHA outside of office hours, please email us at RHA@housing.utah.edu


Naga Bhargav Paritala

RHA President

Naga Bhargav Paritala

RHA President
Name: Naga Bhargav Paritala Pronouns: He/Him/His Year: Third Year Major: Biology Position: RHA President Hobbies: Playing sports and hiking. Fun Fact: I have a hoodie collection.

Sam Dalton

Vice President

Sam Dalton

Vice President
Name: Sam Dalton Position: Vice President Pronouns: He/Him/His Year: Third Year Major: Performing Arts Design Hobbies: Drawing, video games and hiking Fun Fact: I am colorblind.

Shujaet Din

National Residence Hall Honorary President

Shujaet Din

National Residence Hall Honorary President
Name: Shujaet Din Position: NRHH President Pronouns: He/Him/His Year: Third Year Major: Information Systems Hobbies: Hiking and adventuring Fun Fact: I have almost twenty pairs of wacky socks.

Maryan Shale

Advocacy Board Director

Maryan Shale

Advocacy Board Director
Name: Maryan Shale Position: Advocacy Board Director Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Year: Third Year Major: Health Society and Policy, Sociology and Leadership minor Hobbies: running, watching Netflix, cooking different culture dishes Fun Fact: I can juggle with one ball.

Acadia Pinault

Marketing and Outreach Board Director

Acadia Pinault

Marketing and Outreach Board Director
Name: Acadia Pinault Position: Marketing Director Pronouns: She/Her/His Year: Fourth Year Major: Games, Japanese minor Hobbies: Watching videos, drawing, making games. Fun Fact: I am from Northwest Arkansas.

Viviane Nguyen

Resident Relations Board Director

Viviane Nguyen

Resident Relations Board Director
Name: Viviane Nguyen Position: Resident Relations Director Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Year: First year Major: Business Hobbies: Making memories with family and friends and reading comic books. Fun Fact: "I'm interested in modern fashion, and as a result of that, I have a shopping addiction."

Isaiah Delpino

Campus Events Board Director

Isaiah Delpino

Campus Events Board Director
Name: Isaiah Delpino Position: Campus Events Board Director Pronouns: He/Him/his Year: First Year Major: Finance Hobbies: Running, Hiking, kicking it back with friends Fun Fact: I have two dogs named Bingo and Grizzly who I visit frequently.

Jayden Dudley

Salt Lake Events Board Director

Jayden Dudley

Salt Lake Events Board Director
Name: Jayden Dudley Position: Salt Lake Events Board Director Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Year: First Year Major: Theater, stage management emphasis Hobbies: Pole vaulting, swimming, spooky makeup for Halloween Fun Fact: I read over 37 books during quarantine.

Beth Cyr

Student Leader Council Director

Beth Cyr

Student Leader Council Director
Name: Beth Cyr Position: Student Leader Council Director Pronouns: She/Her/Hers Year: Third Year Major: Elementary Education Hobbies: Hiking, camping, embroidery Fun Fact: My favorite TV show is New Girl.
Contacts  Title Email Phone
Joshua Hutchinson Resident Director: RHA jhutchinson@housing.utah.edu 801-587-2907
2021-2022 Residence Hall Association President & Vice President Elections

ELIGIBILITY

RHA members are eligible to run for office who:

1.Live in the residence halls as per the contractual agreement with the Housing & Residential Education (HRE), and in good financial standing with HRE and University of Utah.

2.Are in good judicial standing with HRE and University of Utah.

3.Are in good academic standing with the University of Utah.

COMPENSATION

The RHA President and Vice President for Business & Regional Involvement stipends will be equivalent to three and a half percent (3.5%) of RHA funds collected per semester. When funds permit, HRE will instead provide the equivalent of one-hundred percent (100%) of a Benchmark/Shoreline Three-Person Apartment. The remaining balance will be provided by RHA.The RHA President and Vice President for Business & Regional Involvement are required to live on-campus during the summer semester beginning their term. During this time, which includes summer Break Housing, their room is paid for by HRE, but does not include a meal plan.

CAMPAIGN RULES AT A GLANCE

All candidates must obey Section D of the RHA Constitutional By-Laws, which are provided in this packet. Ignorance of these rules or failure to seek clarification from the Elections Registrar will not be a sufficient defense for grievances. A few rules to highlight include:

  • No door-to-door solicitation
  • The RHA Office and its programs are official “campaign free zones”
  • Candidates may not use HRE equipment including printing, posting materials, and any other RHA owned equipment (e.g. popcorn machine, candy, room reservations, etc.)
  • Lack of adherence to any University of Utah, HRE, RHA or other policy/regulations regarding the posting of materials, use of facilities, or dissemination of information may result in removal from the RHA Elections process.

Election Packet - PDF   Election Packet - Word

Social justice advocates

The Social Justice Advocates in Housing & Residential Education seek to help students from underrepresented populations at the U find and build community and visibility. They do this through holding Equity Lounge hours, hosting educational and community-building events, and reaching out to students. Underrepresented populations can include students from a variety of different racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds, LGBTQIA people, first-generation college students, etc.

SJA Office Hours: 

  • Sunday: none
  • Monday: none
  • Tuesday: none
  • Wednesday: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Friday: none
  • Saturday: none

Equity Lounge Info

spring 2021 Sja Events  & Initiatives
Events
  • Let's Talk About Love: February 17th - 19th
  • Money, Money, Money: March 30th - April 2nd
initiatives
  • Creating Class Connections: March 1 - 28 (during EL Hours)
  • Making Meaning: April 5 - 23 (during EL Hours)

Amy

Social Justice Advocate

Amy

Social Justice Advocate

Annie

Social Justice Advocate

Annie

Social Justice Advocate

Augusto

Social Justice Advocate

Augusto

Social Justice Advocate

Gabby

Social Justice Advocate

Gabby

Social Justice Advocate
Meet Gabby! Gabby is in her junior year at the U and is studying Sociology and International Studies with an Economics minor. Gabby is from Heber City, UT and enjoys spending time with her family and friends! Fun fact: I love soup, doesn't matter if it is cold or hot outside!

Leo

Social Justice Advocate

Leo

Social Justice Advocate

Olivia

Social Justice Advocate

Olivia

Social Justice Advocate

Parker

Social Justice Advocate

Parker

Social Justice Advocate
Contact Title Email Phone
Amber Gordon Area Coordinator: Educational Initiatives (RHA & SJAs), Benchmark Plaza & Shoreline Ridge agordon@housing.utah.edu 801-587-2954