Texas Tech University

Student Leadership and Involvement

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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.




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Howdy TECHsans Leadership Series

What is the Howdy TECHsans Leadership Series?

The Howdy TECHsans Leadership Series (HTLS) is a semester-long go at your own pace leadership program for Texas Tech students who live in the residence halls. The HTLS provides a group of residential students the opportunity to participate in leadership and community service workshops and social activities throughout the Fall and Spring Semesters. As an added benefit for participating in the program participants will receive HTLS promotional items (t-shirt, drawstring bag, off-campus entertainment during the program, and additional incentives based on the year). There are 3 Tiers for engagement for the leadership series. Participants will engage at the base level to advance to the next level. Participants must complete sessions identified by each tier to move on to the next tier from the beginning of the program (August) through the end of the program in the Spring (April). Each tier of sessions will offer a variety of different opportunities to assist student leader development as participants engage at their own pace throughout the program.

Program Perks:

During the program, participants will: 

  • Connect with residential students throughout campus 
  • Participate in college success and leadership training sessions 
  • Interact with and work alongside university staff and faculty
  • Receive free refreshments and/or meals throughout the program
  • Receive a free t-shirt, water bottle, drawstring bag, and more 
  • Opportunity to participate in free off-campus trips in the local Lubbock area 
  • Participation at the End of The Year Student Leadership Celebration to recognize HTLS program completion

Program Eligibility:

We are seeking on-campus students who are excited and interested in developing leadership skills, getting involved on campus, and connecting with peers, TTU faculty, and staff! The Howdy TECHsans Leadership Series is open to any student living on campus at Texas Tech during the Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 semesters. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on June 1, 2021, and all applicants will be notified of their status at the time it is reviewed. A limited number of spaces are available to participate in the Howdy TECHsans Leadership Series. Applicants are encouraged to apply early for the strongest consideration.

Program Costs:

The Howdy TECHsans Leadership Series sessions, activities, and swag items are free to all participants. There are no program or application fees. All participants will agree and sign a leadership agreement highlighting expectations of program participation during the HTLS Orientation.

Application Instructions:

Complete the following form to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on June 1, 2021, and only a limited number of spaces are available. All applicants will be notified of their status at the time it is reviewed. Should you have questions about your application, please contact our office. We ask that you do not submit multiple applications as only the first application will be considered. Students that apply by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, will receive the highest consideration. The application deadline is 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 2, 2021. All applications must be received in our office by that time.

Please note: The program often reaches capacity before the application deadline.




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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.

RHA Internships and Committees



Complex Council

Complex Council

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.





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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).




Raiders Helping Others

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.




Student Staff Leadership Council

Student Staff Leadership Council (SSLC)

SSLC represents the interests of all student staff positions within University Student Housing through recognition and advocacy. To be an SSLC member, you must be a student employed by University Student Housing.