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Frequently Asked Questions

What is RHA and why do they host HLI?

The Residence Hall Association at UCF (RHA) is the leadership, advocacy, and social programming branch of the Department of Housing and Residence Life. The annual Housing Leadership Institute (HLI) incorporates all three pillars of RHA through exciting leadership workshops, community-building philanthropy, and evening socials. HLI has a rich history. First started as the Residence Leadership Institute, it was eventually rebranded into the Residence Leadership Conference. As a part of RHA’s rebranding during the past academic year, the Executive Board decided to change the name of the conference to the Housing Leadership Institute to truly represent the intent and nature of the week-long program. We hope that by participating in the first Housing Leadership Institute you will gain valuable insight into your community, meet new friends, develop new skills, and find a home at UCF.

What should I bring to HLI? What will be provided?

Plan to bring your best summer camp gear! Fanny packs and all, bring all of your best spirit. Meals, snacks, and training materials will be provided at no cost during HLI. Attendees with be provided with t-shirts and other spirit gear at no cost.

When do I move in?

You will move into the residence hall for which you are assigned to live in during Fall 2018 a week before everyone else! You may begin moving in on Sunday, August 12, 2018. Institute check-in begins at 9 PM in the Neptune Multipurpose Room.

What is HLI’s philanthropy project this year?

This year the Housing Leadership Institute has partnered with the Department of Housing and Residence Life to give HLI participants the choice to have their early move-in fee waived by serving as a Move-In Ambassador. During move-in, a Move-In Ambassador assists the community and community staff with running a smooth move-in process. Tasks can range from helping students move things to their rooms to talking to families about involvement opportunities on campus. Those who move into the residence halls early for other purposes than attending HLI must serve 8 hours as a Move In Ambassador to waive their fee, but to align with their commitment to leadership development, the Department of Housing and Residence Life will waive the early move in fee for HLI attendees who serve one 4 hour shift. To serve as a Move-In Ambassador HLI participants do not need to fill out any additional forms, they only need to attend the Move-In Ambassador training that is already built into the institute schedule. Please fill out the contact form below or email the conference staff at with any further questions.

When will I find out if I was accepted?

The institute staff will begin sending out application updates on Wednesday, July 11. Applications submitted after July 11 will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications submitted following the application deadline of August 1 will be placed on a wait list and accepted based on institute capacity.

What is the institute theme?

Who says that college students can’t go to summer camp? The five days of Camp HLI will be themed after a traditional sleep away summer camp complete with bunks (teams), camp counselors (team leaders/mentors), camp directors (institute chairs), camp coordinators (institute staff), color wars, tie-dye, and more.

Where will HLI take place?

HLI will take place in multiple locations around campus to help participants acclimate to the campus environment. Locations will include the Student Union, classroom buildings, Fairwinds Alumni Center, community facilities, and other locations. Prior to the start of the institute, participants will receive a detailed schedule via email including the times and locations of all programs.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

Do not hesitate to reach out to the conference staff at One of the Camp Directors will reach out to you within 48 hours of receiving your message. You may also fill out the contact form below if that is more convenient for you.