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Residence Life

What is the Residence Hall Association?

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a unique student-run organization that exists to improve the quality of life of Hofstra residential students by offering social and educational programs based on students' interests, as well as promoting a safe, supportive and welcoming community.Part of the RHA mission statement is to aid the Office of Residence Life in maintaining and improving living conditions for all residential students. With this in mind the Residence Hall Association is a body that the University looks to for input on important policy matters relating to the residence halls.

Within the past year RHA hosted Wiener Welcome, Hofstra Halloweentown, Big Bucks Bingo, Siblings Day, Silent Disco, Roll with RHA and a few other events in addition to tabling in the Student Center. Each building also has its own Residence Council which plans programs for their respective halls geared towards their specific population.

General Body Meetings are held Monday at 6:30pm in the Student Center Greenhouse and open to all students. Add us on Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat: Hofstra_RHA to stay up to date on everything happening!

If you would like to become a part of RHA or learn more about it, please contact us at Hofstra.RHA@gmail.com or stop by our office in the Student Center room 242.

If you would like to become a part of RHA or learn more about it, please contact us via email.

Residence Hall Association 2018-2019 Executive Board Members:

Amber Hurt is the Advisor for RHA. Amber is also the Resident Director for Nassau/Suffolk. Amber attended SUNY Old Westbury for undergrad and as an RA served as the Hall Council Liaison under RHA. Amber is also an alumna of Hofstra University. She received her Master’s degree in Higher Education and Leadership Policy Studies. Amber is looking forward to developing new programs and improving on campus living experiences for residential students.

Colleen Todd is the President of RHA. She is from Durham, New Hampshire and majoring in International Business and minoring in Spanish and Music. She is also a part of the Dual Degree program with Dongbei University and will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Global Business from this Chinese university. Initially, she joined RHA as Treasurer to contribute to the student involvement on campus and be a part of the Residence Life community. As current President of RHA, she is excited to continue the development, diversity and enjoyment of RHA’s events. 

Benjamin D. Johnson is the Vice President of RHA. He is a sophomore studying Computer Engineering. He is involved with the bowling and Hoftop clubs on campus and loves to assist students with anything they need, which is why he is excited to be a part of the RHA executive board. Ben hopes to expand the options of where to buy materials for programs to better support the students and offer fun programs.  

Gina Ferrara is the Secretary of RHA. She is from Seymour, Connecticut and is currently a sophomore pursuing a BA in Accounting. Gina joined RHA late in the 2018 academic year but hopes to continue to help create an experience that is both memorable and enjoyable for all students. She also wishes to improve her leadership skills and believes that this opportunity will be a great one.

Marissa Duhaney is the Public Relations Chair for RHA.  She currently is a senior pursuing a BA in Video/ TV Production, Geography and Global Studies, and is an aspiring news director.  She joined RHA to get more involved at Hofstra, to help make the residential student experience a memorable one and to improve her leadership skills.

Jenna Reda is the National Communications Coordinator (NCC) for RHA. Jenna is a sophomore from Pennsylvania who is majoring in English, Geography, Global Studies and minoring in Spanish. This is Jenna’s second year as a member of RHA and she is thrilled to be a member of the RHA executive board. She is most excited to help plan RHA’s programs throughout the year as well as coordinate conferences. In addition to being a member of RHA, Jenna is also a member of UNICEF, Circle K, and the Hofstra Honors College. Jenna hopes that RHA has a fantastic school year!