No matter your interests or background, there is something for you at Illinois State University. From campus government to social organizations, chances to get involved are everywhere. If you can't find exactly what you are looking for, it is easy to start your own organization.
The Association of Residence Halls is the umbrella organization for the residence halls. All residents are encouraged to become involved in ARH to learn more about the policies that affect their experience in the residence halls. The purpose of this organization is to identify and respond to the needs of residence hall students, provide services, and to coordinate educational and social programs to meet students' needs and interests. ARH hosts a variety of programs throughout the year including: Annual Government and Unity Retreat at Starved Rock; Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week; Pig Out with the Prez; Charity Ball; Blood Drives; Relay for Life.
Each of the four areas of campus is governed by one organization that represents the needs of its constituents. The four organizations are the Association of South Campus, Tri-Towers Area Government (Tri-Towers), Watterson Area Government, and the Hewett-Manchester Student Association. These organizations collaborate on programs and activities with the Unity Coalition, Resident Assistants and ARH. Area Governments work with Unity groups, ARH, and Resident Assistants to provide fun, social, and educational programs for students. Executive Board elections for Area Governments are held annually.
Diversity Coalitions provide leadership and education by offering fun opportunities in the residence halls for diversity programs, such as co-sponsorship of cultural dinners and planning diversity based field trips.
Developing a community in the residence halls is an integral part of the residential experience at Illinois State. Communities are important to providing opportunities for interaction and developing life-long friendships. One way the residence halls develop community on the floors is through programming. Programs can be social, cultural, recreational, or educational. The staff in each residence hall provides opportunities for residents to experience a balance of activities in these categories. Your ideas, suggestions, and participation are strongly encouraged and welcomed.
University Housing Services is committed to making residence hall living a productive, enjoyable, educational, and growth-filled experience. To achieve this goal, residents and staff share in the responsibility of building community and creating an environment that welcomes each member of the hall.