What is an Area Council and what do they do?
An area council is a group of elected students that advocate for the residents in their communities, plan and organize programs with the guidance of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) Executive Board, and act as the heart of the community. There are 11 area councils each representing a different community. This means that the community you reside in for the year is the area council you belong in. A resident of Lake Claire could then join the Lake Claire Area Council. An area council is comprised of a board and community representatives. An Area Council board seats five positions: President, Vice President, Events Chair, Marketing & Communications Chair, and Advocacy Chair. The rest of the area council is comprised of Community Representatives that act as leaders in executing events, giving valuable programming input, aiding in advocacy initiatives, and anything else you feel your community needs.
What is a program?
Program is the term used for an event thrown by our Area Councils for residents! They are events that are planned by students, for students. Some programs Area Council’s have had in the past are tie-dye events, haunted houses, carnivals, Super Bowl parties, and even a polaroid picture taking event! Due to COVID-19, programs will look a bit different this year. However, we are confident that our creative and innovative students in our Area Councils will still be able to come up with great virtual or hybrid programming.
How do I get involved?
Applications for the board positions open at the beginning of the semester! You may apply for any of the five board positions as well as to become a community representative until the deadline closes on September 4th, 2020. After the applications close, voting will take place from September 7th through September 9th. Voting is open to any and all residents living in a UCF affiliated community and those that vote should only do so within the community they are living in. Applicants will be informed of the decisions on September 10th. If you are elected into a board position or become a community representative, you are expected to attend Housing Leadership Day on Friday, September 11th, 2020. Housing Leadership Day is where you will be trained on your position, gain valuable professional and personal development, as well as connect with your area council and others!
What requirements are there?
The only requirement is that you live on campus during your time on Area Council as a student! The only exception is that of an RA. If you are a Resident Assistant you cannot serve on Area Council but you can support your communities’ Area Council by getting your residents involved by either joining their Area Council or attending programs!