President's Welcome

Shane Conklin, RHA President 2020-21Hello, my name is Shane Conklin, President of the Residence Hall Association, or RHA for short. RHA is the student voice for our residents and plays a fundamental role in ensuring an unforgettable experience for all students residing in our Living/Learning Centers. Our goal is to foster a stimulating atmosphere on campus that is conducive to Duquesne's academic and philanthropic mission. 

RHA aims to promote a sense of community through our frequent events, collaboration with other clubs and organizations, charity fundraisers, and improvements within our Living/Learning Centers. The members of RHA act as liaisons between the residents and the University. Therefore, we encourage every resident to attend our bi-weekly meetings, where we discuss upcoming events and address any issues that arise within the LLC's. Anyone is welcome to attend our meetings and voice their opinions on any topic. This can include dining options, sustainability efforts, residential policies, campus safety, and more.

One of our main responsibilities is planning large programs, many off-campus. Some of our usual programs include scavenger hunts, a haunted hayride, skating, skiing, Phipps Botanical Gardens, shopping trips and more. Additionally, the Exec. Board oversees all seven Hall Councils - one for each LLC. The Hall Councils consist of a President, Executive Vice President, VP of Communications, and VP of Finance. They are elected by peers within their respective LLC. Their responsibilities include planning and executing events for their residents to attend and communicating concerns and opinions to our Executive Board.  Even with COVID restrictions, the RHA Exec Board and the hall councils still plan on providing plenty of campus events all within CDC guidelines.

The Exec Board is very excited to welcome you to campus and we'll do our best to make you feel at home. If you would like to get involved with your LLC hall council in order to plan fun events for those you live with, our elections are Wednesday, September 16th and there will be more emails to follow with details.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at rha@duq.edu. Visit the RHA webpage www.duq.edu/rha.

Sincerely,

Shane Conklin
President, Residence Hall Association