Residence Life Leadership

Residence Life promotes many different leadership development opportunities for students. These include the student-run Residence Hall Association, Peer Review Board, and various student employment options including Desk Attendants, Desk Managers, and Office Assistants.  Student leaders are vital to the success of our program therefore continued leadership development and training is ongoing. If you would like additional information about student leadership opportunities, please email reslife@njit.edu. For additional information about student employment, please visit our Employment page. 

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student-run residential organization made up of 5 Hall Governments and an Executive Board that represents over 2,000 on-campus students. RHA’s mission is to improve the residential experience for on-campus students through intentional programming and feedback-based advocacy initiatives while fostering the personal growth and leadership development of its members. More information please explore NJIT's RHA web-site.

  • Residence Hall Association Meeting:  Fridays @ 11:40AM - Campus Center 240
  • Cypress/Redwood Council Meeting:   Wednesdays @ 9:15PM Cypress 114/Redwood Lounge
  • Honors Hall Council Meeting:             Wednesdays @ 9:15PM Floor Main Lounge (Floors 3-6) 
  • Oak Hall Council Meeting:                 Wednesdays @ 9:30PM Oak MPR 
  • Laurel Hall Council Meeting:              Wednesdays @ 9:15PM Laurel Hall Meeting Room

Recent Leadership Development Initiatives

NJIT Attends the Mark Conference @ Rutgers – New Brunswick, March 2018

Check out the post-event video

NJIT Residence Life & Rutgers, Newark Housing & Residence Life - Khloe Kares Community Service
During August 2017 Resident Assistant training, NJIT RAs and Rutgers Newark RAs collaborated on a service event to support homelessness in the Newark area.  RAs collected over $1000 worth of toiletries and other personal care items that were assembled into 'Kare Bags' (inspired by Khloe Kares from the Rutgers Mark Conference) that were donated to local Newark charities for distribution. Over 250 Kare Bags were created during concurrent discussions regarding service events RAs can hold with their communities. 

NJIT Attends the Mark Conference @ Rutgers – New Brunswick, March 2017

The Mark Leadership Conference hosted by the department of Leadership & Experiential Learning is here to inspire action among students and encourage them to think critically about the “mark” they will leave on the world around them. 10 NJIT Resident Assistants attended this unique full-day conference experience which showcased 20+ diverse speakers that have made their mark on society and who inspired attendees to take action in this TED—styled event.  

This year’s speakers included: Jonah Evans, Executive Producer of Dear World; Jacy Good & Steve Johnson, Founders of Hang Up & Drive; Yasmine Mustafa, CEO of ROAR for GOOD and The Birth Lottery; Theresa Flores, Human Trafficking Survivor, and Best Selling Author and Victims’ Advocate; Nicole Roundy, Paralympian and 21x World Cup Medalist; Rudy Francisco, Professional Spoken Word Poet; Kofi Genfi, Playwright and Artist; Kyle MacDonald, Author of One Red Paperclip & Blogger; Geena Rocero, Model, Producer, Trans Right Activist, Founder of Gender Proud; and Laure Hernandez, Gold Medalist & Olympic Artist Gymnast. 

Winter 2017 Social Justice Training
Presented by Dr. David Jones, Director - Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Rutgers University - New Brunswick 

During this workshop, Resident Assistants, Peer Mentors, and department Desk Managers, focused on the development of social justice competencies to be more effective in their roles to help facilitate an inclusive camps community. The training ensured participants were equipped with an understanding of social justice topics, social justice language, key social justice exercises and the importance of their role building an inclusive community.  


The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership
Presented by Ryan Bissonnette, Assistant Director of Leadership & Experiential Learning at Rutgers University – New Brunswick

On October 25, 2016, NJIT Residence Life student leaders were invited to participate in a workshop on The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership designed to provoke thought, inspire action, and help our residential students develop the skills and knowledge to become innovative leaders.  Resident Assistants and Hall Government students completed the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), one of the most widely used leadership assessment instruments in the world, which illuminated both the effectiveness of their leadership competencies and provided thoughtful discussion on means to develop weaker leadership domain areas.  

Leadership is not about personality; it’s about behavior—an observable set of skills and abilities.