Resident Government Council

UCLA’s On Campus Housing has a robust student government created for students with an interest in leadership who take on active, committed roles within the residential community by promoting True Bruin values on the Hill and upholding the mission and core values of Residential Life.

Our residential student leaders are provided multiple and diverse opportunities to be dynamically involved with their communities, and enhance the residential experience by enticing and engaging residents in activities and topics such as: academics, service, sustainability, social justice, safety, health, and the arts. Additionally, they utilize a variety of methods (example: social media) to promote positive living and learning within communities and to inform and involve its members.

Specific Resident Government Opportunities

If you are interested in student government at the all-Hill level you might also be interested in Executive Board positions with OCHC. This is the UCLA On Campus Housing Council which is the governing body of the Hill.

If you are interested in student government at the local residential level you might also be interested in Association President or Treasurer. Click the link to learn more about this opportunity and apply.

Timelines

OCHC President and Treasurer (Appointed Positions)

Mon, Feb 13th Applications available
Mon, Feb 27 Applications Close at 11:59pm
Tue Feb 28 Interviews 6-8pm
Wed, March 1 2017-18 OCHC President and Treasurer Announcement

OCHC Executive Board (Elected Positions)


https://www.orl.ucla.edu/file/158c091cf2b77f.pptx

Mon, March 6 Applications available
Fri, March 24 Applications Close at 11:59pm
Mon-Thu April 3-6 Campaign Week
Fri, April 7 Community Elections at 5pm
Fri, April 7 2017-18 Executive Board Announcement

Residential Association Presidents & Treasurers (Appointed Positions)


https://www.orl.ucla.edu/file/158c091da45e28.pptx

Mon, April 3 Applications Available
Fri, April 14 Applications Close at 3pm
Thu-Fri, April 20-28 Interviews
Tues, May 2 Announcement of President and Treasurer for each community
Fri, May 5 President and Treasures confirms appointment by 3pm

All Residential Association Positions (Elected Positions)


https://www.orl.ucla.edu/file/158c091da45e28.pptx

Mon, September 4 Applications Available
Sun, October 1 Applications Close at 11:59pm
Mon-Thur, Oct 2-5 Campaigning Week
Mon Oct 2 Meet the Candidates in Respected Communities Campaigning Week
Thu, Oct 5 Community Elections between 5pm-10pm
Fri, Oct 6 Resident Government Council Winners Announced
Fri-Sun, Oct 6-8 Training Weekend
Mon, Oct 9 1st Community Association Meetings

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

How do I become a candidate?

You must submit an application by the deadlines in the timeline above, depending on which position you wish to apply for.

What are good qualities for a candidate to have?

Successful candidates will be dedicated to the well-being of their community. They will understand that they serve the residents of the respective buildings they represent. They will understand the roles that their positions are intended to achieve within their community. They will understand that they are making a commitment to improve the residential experience for everyone residing in their community.

What are the position responsibilities of an Association President?

President Job Description

  1. The President is the official representative of the Cabinet, representing the [COMMUNITY NAME] Residents’ Association to the administration of Residential Life, Housing and UCLA. Throughout their term, the President maintains a significant leadership role and serves as an intermediary between students and staff.
  2. The President has two primary foci within their role. One is advocating for the residents of their community. The President will ensure open channels and systems of feedback and communication are available to residents. The other principle responsibility of the President is leading the [COMMUNITY NAME] Cabinet and Association.
  3. The President brings both the Cabinet and Association meetings to order and is responsible for facilitating both meetings.
  4. The President shall be responsible for preparing agendas for all Cabinet and Association meetings.
  5. The President shall attend all [COMMUNITY NAME] Association meetings in order to fulfill position responsibilities. Additionally, this enables the President to stay engaged and connected with residents in an effort to be most knowledgeable about individual and community needs as to ensure proper advocacy on their behalf.
  6. The President shall cast a vote when the vote of the Association is tied. In such circumstances, the President shall vote in the best interest of the community.
  7. The President shall attend Presidents’ Council in order to participate in conversations to improve the overall hill living experience as well as the roles and efficiency of student government positions on The Hill.
  8. The President shall meet regularly with their advisor [COMMUNITY NAME Resident Director] in order to cultivate personal growth, leadership skills and position competence.
  9. The President is responsible for maintaining amicable team dynamics amongst members of the [COMMUNITY NAME] Cabinet and Association as well as for understanding and advocating for needs and concerns from these groups.
  10. The President is eligible for a $300 stipend, which shall be voted on by their Association during the last meeting of the quarter, assuming successful completion of all their duties.

How are the positions being advertised?

Through a number of efforts on the Hill, including social media, digital displays, word of mouth, and various other means of communication to spread the word that we are looking for the next leaders of Hill.

When do I have to decide to run?

By the application deadline listed above.

After submitting my application, what are the next step?

Talking with the current team is a great way to gain a better understanding of the position(s) you have applied for.

What will I be doing in my role?

A key asset of our resident government is peer advocacy. The desire to promote the best interests of all residents with a focus on the quality and satisfaction of the on-campus living experience is at the forefront of all decision/policy making. The On Campus Housing student leaders connect with as many residents as possible in order to understand the diverse array of student experiences. These leaders serve as conduits to share the needs and feedback of residents with administrators and other advocacy channels. They also have such opportunities as: reviewing funding proposals, offering input on the cost of on-campus housing and how residential student money is allocated and spent, and planning and organizing programs that enhance the on campus living experience.

In order to accomplish all of this, key meetings with an open dialogue discussion take place about specific community needs, as well as all Hill needs. Additionally, the structure of this student government system begins with the On Campus Housing Council (OCHC) as the lead advocacy and decision-making body. Each community is represented via a vote at OCHC meetings. These representatives also hold individual meetings in their own communities to create forums to hear directly from students about their specific needs and interests. Finally, for each smaller community, on the floor or house level, there are also opportunities for residents to get involved, have their voices heard, and make a difference.

What is the compensation for holding a position?

an OCHC Executive Board member is compensated via stipend at $2,000 a quarter. A residential association leader is compensated via stipend at $300 a quarter. All stipends are voted on each quarter by that association.

What is the time commitment for being in residential student government?

15-20 hours of time a week is expected of OCHC Executive Board members and 5 hours a week is expected of a residential association leader.

What does training consist of?

Training is a time to learn all of the ins and outs of your position. You will be notified of specif training dates and expectations once selected into a position.

Still have questions?

For additional information about student leader positions or the application process please contact Josh O’Connor at joconnor@orl.ucla.edu.