The Resident Leaders’ Program consists of Hall and Community Councils and Inter-Housing Council (IHC). IHC is the main student government body of residents in University Housing. The main purposes of the organization, as stated in the IHC Constitution, are:
Inter-Housing Council consists of a President from each Hall and Community Council and three Executive Officers (President, Vice President of Finance, Vice President of Administration and Vice President of Programming) who meet every other week, but everyone who lives in Cal Poly’s University Housing is a part of IHC.
The Inter-Housing Council (IHC) is the central component of University Housing’s student voice and works to empower campus residents to play an active role in their communities through service, educational and social programming, and leadership opportunities. This group of democratically elected representatives from each on-campus housing community meets weekly during the school year and is the umbrella for the entire organization. IHC serves as the main voice/student government body for University Housing, and provides important student input into departmental policies and procedures, as well as other campus issues. IHC also enacts change through advocating for students’ needs, with the ultimate goal of making Cal Poly on-campus housing more respectful and united communities. IHC provides an excellent starting point for broader campus leadership opportunities; such as, Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) and College Council.
Elections for the four IHC Executive Officers are held during late Winter or early Spring Quarters for the following year’s Council. All returning residents who plan to live in University Housing the following year are eligible to run for these positions. All University Housing residents are eligible to vote.
In addition to experiencing richer collegiate years, a resident’s time spent in the Resident Leaders’ Program will assist in developing communication, leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills. These skills will enable residents to achieve greater success academically and help students to be more competitive in the job market after graduation.
A wide variety of leadership opportunities are available for students in University Housing by participating in the Resident Leaders’ Program. In the true spirit of Cal Poly’s "Learn by Doing" motto, residents gain the greatest skills through planning activities and working together to make a difference in on-campus housing and/or the campus and local community. Each year, student leaders in Hall and Community Councils are invited to attend a Leadership Training Retreat as well as participate in an ongoing leadership development series. Campus and community involvement is also encouraged to increase students’ awareness of different opportunities for leaders on campus.
Hall and Community Councils provide a forum where residents may express ideas and concerns about their community and make a positive change in their daily living. Leaders gain practical experience in organizing and communicating through planning activities; such as, dances, coffee houses, intramural sports teams, and community service projects. Hall and Community Councils work with staff to create fun and educational environments in on-campus housing.
While the primary focus of the Resident Leaders’ Program is residents’ on-campus housing experience, residents are also involved in the Cal Poly campus community, Academic Colleges and learning communities. The Resident Leaders’ Program recognizes the importance of being an active part of the community in which residents are a part.
Another aspect of the Resident Leaders’ Program is its commitment to community service. University Housing and the Resident Leaders’ Program have won numerous awards for outstanding community service efforts through the EnR.I.C.H. Program. Whether students are helping to plant a garden, tutoring a homeless child, raising money to feed the hungry, donating meals, or walking in the annual AIDS Walk in downtown San Luis Obispo, they are learning leadership skills that last a lifetime.
As leaders in the 21st Century, we must learn to celebrate differences among us and to develop skills that allow us to live and learn together. The University Housing experience provides students with opportunities to celebrate who they are and to be educated about others. For more detailed information, check out University Housing’s cultural inclusion information.
For more information on how to get involved in any of the programs mentioned above, contact the Coordinator of Student Development for a specific housing community (see staff contacts) or call the Residential Life and Education Office at 805.756.5690.