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 closed for the remainder of spring 2020 due to health and safety concerns from COVID-19. 

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 one of our boards. All board meetings are held in the RHA Office in the PHC:

  • Marketing & Outreach Board: Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Resident Relations Board: Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m.
  • Salt Lake Events Board: Thursdays, 5-6 p.m.
  • Campus Events Board: Fridays, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • Advocacy Board: Fridays, 4:15-5:15 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 2020

  • Monday: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. &  12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. & 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. & 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday: 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday: closed

*Hours posted are run by RHA student leaders and may be subject to change

RHA Events 

  • Neighborhood Night, Peterson Heritage Center, Friday, August 16th, 2019 7-10 p.m.
  • Casino Royale, Peterson Heritage Center, Saturday, November 9th, 2019 9 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Alexis Koopman

RHA President

Alexis Koopman

RHA President
Name: Alexis Koopmann; Pronouns: She, Her, Hers; Year: Junior; Major: Computer Engineering; Position: RHA President; Fun Fact: I've been banned from baking for my family. My muffins accidentally tasted like batteries.

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Advocacy Board Director

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Advocacy Board Director

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National Residence Hall Honorary President

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National Residence Hall Honorary President

Naga Bhargav Paritala

RHA Vice President for Business and Regional Involvement

Naga Bhargav Paritala

RHA Vice President for Business and Regional Involvement
Name: Naga Bhargav Paritala; Pronouns: He, Him, His; Year: Sophomore; Major: Biology; Position: RHA Vice President for Business and Regional Involvement; Fun Fact: I love sports

Aspen Francis

Marketing and Outreach Board Director

Aspen Francis

Marketing and Outreach Board Director
Name: Aspen Francis; Pronouns: She, her, hers; Year: Freshman; Major: Marketing and Sociology; Position: Marketing and Outreach Board Director; Fun Fact: I own 6 dogs

Konnor Woodburn

Resident Relations Board Director

Konnor Woodburn

Resident Relations Board Director
Name: Konnor Woodburn; Pronouns: He, Him, His; Year: Sophomore; Major: Sociology; Position: Resident Relations Board Director; Fun Fact: I can’t sleep in complete silence. I need some kind of sound.

Jessica Wojciechowski

Campus Events Board Director

Jessica Wojciechowski

Campus Events Board Director
Name: Jessica Wojciechowski; Pronouns: She, Her, Hers; Year: First Year; Major: Position: RHA Campus Events Board Director; Fun Fact:

Bryce Wallace

Salt Lake Events Board Director

Bryce Wallace

Salt Lake Events Board Director
Name: Bryce Wallace; Pronouns: He, Him, His; Year: Senior; Major: Engineering; Position: Salt Lake Events Board Director; Fun Fact: I like to ski

Milan Oxspring

Student Leader Council Board Director

Milan Oxspring

Student Leader Council Board Director
Name: Milan Oxspring; Pronouns: He, Him, His; Year: Junior; Major: Kinesiology; Health, Society, and Policy; Position: Board Director of the Student Leader Council; Fun Fact: Traveled to Europe 5 times
Contacts  Title Email Phone
Joshua Hutchinson Resident Director: RHA jhutchinson@housing.utah.edu 801-587-2907

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 3-11 p.m.
  • Monday 3-11 p.m.
  • Tuesday 3-11 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 3-11 p.m.
  • Thursday 3-11 p.m.
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed

Equity Lounge Info

2019-2020 SJA Events: (All events are from 7:00-8:30pm) 
  • Events: Coming Soon!

Tammy

Social Justice Advocate

Tammy

Social Justice Advocate
My name is Tammy, I'm a senior at the U studying Elementary Education. I'm from Las Vegas. In my free time, I like to make music. I was an RA for two years in Sage Point and then Officers Circle. This is my first year as an SJA! Hope to see you soon at the EL!

Emily

Social Justice Advocate

Emily

Social Justice Advocate
Say hello to Emily! Emily uses she/her/hers pronouns and is a Social Justice Advocate. She is from West Valley City, UT and is in her fourth year at the U and is studying Uban Ecology B.S. with a minor in Economics. Her fun fact is that she loves ice cream and dark chocolate.

Demarcus

Social Justice Advocate

Demarcus

Social Justice Advocate
Say hello to Demarcus! Demarcus is a Social Justice Advocate and is from Washington D.C. Demarcus is in his second year at the U and is double majoring in Biology (pre-med) and Political Science with a minor in Chemistry. Demarcus' hobbies include running, working out, reading, exploring the city, and hanging out with friends! Fun Fact: I might surprise everybody and just become the next black president of our country if I apply myself!

Christa

Social Justice Advocate

Christa

Social Justice Advocate
Have you met Christa? Christa uses she/her/hers pronouns and is a Social Justice Advocate. She is from Kigali, Rwanda and is in her third year at the U. Christa's fun fact is that she speaks four languages.

Edward

Social Justice Advocate

Edward

Social Justice Advocate
Meet Edward! Edward is in his fourth year of school and is studying Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science. Edward is from Salt Lake City, UT and likes to play tabletop games, trading card games and video games! Fun fact: I have a black belt in Taekwondo!

Rahma

Social Justice Advocate

Rahma

Social Justice Advocate
Say hello to Rahma! Rahma uses she/her/hers pronouns and is a Social Justice Advocate. She is from Logan, UT and is in her third year at the U. Rahma's fun fact is that she is a better dancer than RT and Naomi.

Olivia

Social Justice Advocate

Olivia

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!

Blen

Social Justice Advocate

Blen

Social Justice Advocate
Contact Title Email Phone
Cha McNeil Resident Director: SJA cmcneil@housing.utah.edu 801-213-0949