Developing Leadership Skills Through Residence Life Engagement

Students who participate in extracurricular activities in college get better grades and are more satisfied with their overall college experience. Taking part in clubs, organizations, intramurals and other events allows students to meet others and create connections. Many of the skills learned though involvement opportunities will transfer into job skills and make students better applicants when entering the job market.

Residence Life offers many ways for students to be engaged in learning and having fun. Listed below are some of our most popular Residence Life student groups.

  • Residence Hall and Apartment Association – RHAA is a student group who plan events and serves as the student government board for Residence Life. Students who join this group have the opportunity to discuss and vote on recommendations to the Office of Residence Life for changes or improvements. This group creates and implements programs for residents to meet other people, make connections, and learn about themselves and others! Meetings are every Wednesday starting at 5:15pm in the 1965 Room in the University Union. RHAA web page.
  • Event Planning In Communities – EPIC is a group of students who come together to plan programs and activities for other residents with the help and guidance of a full time professional staff member who serves as an advisor. In the past they have hosted game nights, ice cream socials, Halloween events and many other fun activities. Any student living on campus can join EPIC which meets on Wednesday evenings. Contact Jeff Willems, Area Coordinator for Residence Life, for details.
  • Safe And Inclusive Living – The SAIL community is a campus housing alternative in which two or more students mutually agree to share a university apartment composed of individual bedrooms regardless of the occupant’s sex, gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation. This year, SAIL will be sponsoring discussion groups and activities for the entire campus regardless of whether residents live in SAIL. For more information, please contact Advisor MJ Miller at

If none of these groups sound right for your student, you may want to direct your student to the list of Student Organizations on the Student Life website. UWGB boasts more than 100 student groups, clubs and organizations in which student can get involved with other like-minded students.

Student engagement = student success!

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