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, manage a budget given to them by the Residence Hall Association (RHA), 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, Business Administration Chair, Marketing 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! The Area Councils are given a yearly budget by RHA and the Department of Housing and Residence Life. This money is used by an Area Council to throw 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!
How do I get involved?
Applications for the board positions open on June 30th, 2019! You may apply for any of the five board positions as well as to become a community representative until the deadline closes on September 6th, 2019. After the applications close, voting will take place from September 7th through September 11th. 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 12th. If you are elected into a board position or become a community representative, you are expected to attend Fall Leadership Day on Saturday, September 21st, 2019. Fall Leadership Day is where you connect with RHA, your other area council members, and other area councils in order to gain a better understanding of Area Councils and how to properly program!
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!