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  • Northern Illinois University’s Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted the Illinois Residence Hall Association (IRHA) leadership conference this past weekend (February 13-15, 2015). IRHA is a network of 13 Illinois colleges and universities with active residence hall self-governance organizations. Annually, IRHA holds a leadership conference hosted by one of the 13 member schools. At this year’s leadership awards ceremony held during the closing banquet, the NIU Residence Hall Association received the following awards/honors:
    • Student of the Year: Sarah Karim
    • President of the Year: Gustavo “Junior” Cortez
    • NRHH Communications Coordinator of the Year: Zachery Cramer
    • Illinois Communications Coordinator of the Year: Kirstie Robinette
    • Advisor of the Year: Kalin Noel
    • Program of the Year: “Self-ie Perspective”
    • Large School of the Year

Congratulations to our student and staff award recipients. Also, thank you to all of our students and staff for planning a successful conference. Housing & Dining is proud of our residence hall student leaders and hall staff that help guide and mentor our students. We applaud and acknowledge their positive contributions to the living and learning environment in the residence halls and our NIU campus. 

Residence Hall Association (RHA)

If you want your voice to be heard in the residence halls, and want to make changes this is your opportunity! There are weekly meetings held to enable your voice to be heard in the Residence Halls.

Hall Council Meetings: Tuesday at 9 p.m. in each complex

RHA General Assembly: Monday at 9 p.m. in the New Hall Swing Space

Our Mission Statement:

To actively and faithfully represent the residents of our halls to the Northern Illinois University administration and other organizations interacting with and affecting residence hall life, to promote a socially and educationally enriching environment through diverse programming for the residence halls and for campus, and to encourage and develop new student leaders. 

2014-2015 RHA Executive Board


Junior Cortez, gcortez1@niu.edu

Vice President for Administration

Sarah Karim, skarim2@niu.edu

Vice President for Finance

Evan Weiss, eweiss1@niu.edu


Heaven Allen, hallen1@niu.edu

Programming Coordinator

Alfredo Garcia, agarcia23@niu.edu

Public Relations Officer

Corina Salinas, csalinas2@niu.edu

National/Illinois Communications Coordinator

Kirstie Robinette, krobinette1@niu.edu

Join a committee: See details below

Philanthropy: Every other Monday at 8pm (New Hall Swing Space)

Finance: Every Monday at 8pm (New Hall Swing Space)

Policy and Procedures: As Needed

Food: Every Monday at 5:30 (Rotating Dining Facilities)

Facilities Advisory Board: Every other Monday at 4:00pm (Neptune Walnut Room)