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.

What are the position responsibilities of an Association Position?

President Job Description

  1. The president is the official representative of the Cabinet, representing the building community to the administration of Residential Life, Housing, and UCLA.
  2. Attend Presidents Council in order to participate in conversations to improve overall Hill living as well as role as President.
  3. The President brings both the Cabinet and Association meetings to order, and is responsible for facilitating discussion.
  4. Works with Resident Director (RD) and Assistant Resident Director (ARD) to ensure good, safe, and comfortable working environment for fellow council members, along with the development of building programs and events to further engage residents.

Treasurer Job Description

  1. The Treasurer, in consultation with the Resident Director, shall be responsible for the creation and maintenance of the community association’s budget.
  2. The Treasurer shall administer all Association check writing and cashing for all approved expenses.
  3. The Treasurer shall attend Funding Board meetings as the community’s representative and report back to the Cabinet and Association with any relevant information. If Treasurer is not available for academic reasons, a proxy must attend in order to be the voice of the community.
  4. The Treasurer shall be responsible for recording and maintaining all minutes of the weekly Cabinet and Association meetings.
  5. Manage the buildings Facebook page and other social media sites for the building.

On-Campus Housing Council Job Description

  1. While this Representative is a member of the community association, they are a key affiliate of the On-Campus Housing Council and as such they are knowledgeable about their community needs in order to vote, represent, and advocate for the their association. It is expected that this representative will not spend time on Association programming.
  2. Attend OCHC meetings.
  3. Participate in the planning and execution of OCHC legislation.
  4. Participate in the planning and execution of OCHC programming efforts
  5. Work with the OCHC Executive Board to make administrative recommendations for the Hill on partnerships and Hill programs, attending and working around three large events per year.
  6. Represent their residential community at weekly Policy Review Board (PRB)
  7. Gather feedback on Hill operations and general concerns/questions from their building associations and residents, and reflecting those perspectives in their engagement each week
  8. Next in succession to lead meetings if the President is absent.

General Representatives A, B, C (and D for communities with 700+ residents) Job Description

  1. While General Representatives establish an active role to understand the current experience and needs of residents, they will maintain focus on the following areas: Academic Support, Health. Safety, Leadership, Service, Recognition, Social Justice, Sustainability, Arts.
  2. Attend various hill meetings and conversations around topic areas in order to learn more, share student desires, and take information back to their Association.
  3. General Representatives will cultivate partnerships to advocate for their community as well as to share and receive relevant information for residents in their community.
  4. One General Representative will serve as the Team Green Representative and one will serve as a National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Representative

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?

Please speak to your Assistant Resident Director or Resident Director for more information!

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?

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?

5-8 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. Fall Training will be on October 6-8th. Please note that this is a mandatory training - not optional

Still have questions?

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