Student Leadership and Involvement
Leadership Development Center
The Leadership Development Center is located in the Carpenter/Wells Complex and serves as a central hub for student leadership in the residence halls. Offices for the Residence Halls Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and University Student Housing Student Staff Council are all located in the Leadership Development Center as well as a wide variety of meeting and study rooms.
Residence Halls Association
The Residence Halls Association (RHA) represents the interests of all students living on campus at Texas Tech University. Through leadership, service, and programs, RHA strives to ensure every student living on campus has an opportunity to connect with their living community. Every student living on campus is a member of RHA, and is able to participate in all of the free events and activities. Some of RHA's traditional programs include Best Dressed Space, Safe Treat, Carol of Lights and RaiderFest.
Raiders Educated About Leadership (REAL)
REAL is a free 8 week leadership seminar, offered each fall semester, designed to help residents develop new leadership skills through fun and interactive sessions. Throughout the seminar, university and community experts present topics pertaining to leadership development. The course concludes with a celebration ceremony featuring a keynote speaker. Past topics have included: Effective Communication, Managing Diversity, Understanding Personal Strengths, Team Dynamics and Ethical Decision Making.
Complex Councils are the governing and programming body within each residence hall complex. Complex Councils plan large events, vote on policies that affect their residents and participate in various leadership activities. Executive elections are open to all residents within that complex and generally occur each fall. Each Complex Council will elect a member to represent the hall population to the greater campus community through the RHA Complexes.
End of the Year Leadership Banquet
Held in late April, the End of the Year Leadership Banquet is an opportunity for students to recognize all student staff, professional staff and student leaders for their contributions to University Student Housing during the course of the previous year. The banquet is planned and paid for through a collaborative effort of the Residence Halls Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Student Staff Leadership Council. The banquet includes recognition for academic achievement, successful program planning and exemplary leadership.
The Howdy TECHsan's are a group of student volunteers that arrive on campus early, before the fall semester, to assist their peers throughout the move-in weekend. They work alongside University Student Housing professionals and student staff to prepare the residence halls for the year. Howdy TECHsans also attend various social activities and leadership development sessions during the program. Admittance into the Howdy TECHsan program is through an application process conducted over the summer.
Early each spring, University Student Housing offers an opportunity for all residents to attend a leadership workshop. The workshop is designed to expose students to leadership concepts and to further develop their abilities to work as a member of a team. The Leadership Retreat is a partnership between the Residence Halls Association, National Residence Halls Honorary, and University Student Housing.
National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
NRHH is a national honorary that recognizes the top 1% of leaders living on campus. The Texas Tech chapter promotes the four pillars of Leadership, Academics, Recognition and Service by planning various events and service projects. Membership in NRHH is only gained through a nomination and induction process after meeting the criteria set forth by the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH).
The leaders of the University Student Housing leadership organizations, the presidents of each Complex Council, the Residence Halls Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Student Staff Leadership Council meet two times per month. The President's Council meets to discuss concerns within their organizations, focus on the development of new skills, meet with campus administrators, and plan the annual Leadership Retreat.
Raiders Helping Others
Raiders Helping Others is dedicated to helping others in the Lubbock community and beyond. Members of Raiders Helping Others volunteer to perform two community service projects per month throughout the academic year. Additionally, members will be selected from within the group to attend a distance spring break service trip. New group members are selected by current members early in the fall semester. Members are expected to participate in community service projects, social activities, and fundraising events. All expenses associated with the service events and spring break trip are paid by group members or through fundraisers.
Clean Up The Environment
C.U.T.E. club members are campus residents that are committed to promoting sustainable practices and preserving the environment. The C.U.T.E. club assists in the promotion of recycling efforts, plans energy reduction campaigns and facilitates activities to promote a green lifestyle.
Student Staff Leadership Council (SSLC)
SSLC represents the interests of all student staff positions within University Student Housing through recognition and advocacy. To be a SSLC member, you must be a student employed by University Student Housing.