Student Leadership

Your Resident Assistant (RA) can be one of the most helpful and resourceful people you will interact with at SUNY College at Old Westbury. These individuals are full-time, academically successful students who have been carefully selected because of their leadership potential, interpersonal skills, positive attitudes and sense of commitment to promoting a living/learning environment.

As peers, the RA’s provide general information, referral help and models of successful adjustment to college living. They also assist you with roommate conflicts and plan educational, social and cultural programs and activities. RA's complete extensive and ongoing training to fulfill their many roles and responsibilities such as planning of wing  meetings, creating activities for residents, providing evening residence hall duty coverage, arranging study groups and/or answering specific questions regarding academic or college policies and procedures.

 The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is the residential governing student body whose purpose is to stimulate leadership and development through education, advocacy, and community growth. RHA is committed to creating a more enjoyable residential experience and developing an environment that is welcoming to all students that reside in the Woodlands Halls. RHA Executive Board elections are hosted at the end of every Spring semester. During this time you may follow the link this to find out more information about position descriptions and responsibilities.

For more information on how to run or get involved please contact the Office of Residential Life at 516.876.3210

Working with Residence Hall Association, there is one Residence Hall Council (RHC) per Hall. The RHC's meet weekly to address residency issues, plan events, participate in community service and coordinate other events. RHC provides students with opportunities to develop and refine their leadership skills and work to enhance the residential students overall college experience through programming and support.  RHC Executive Board elections are hosted in the Fall semester in each individual hall. 

For more information on how to get involved or to run please contact your Residence Hall Director in your building.

“The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is the premiere honorary supported by the leading international organization advocating for the interests and welfare of residence hall students, while also providing opportunities for their personal growth and development. NRHH strives to provide recognition for individuals who have contributed to the advancement of college and university housing. It ensures the advancement of member chapters through resource sharing, programming, and leadership development opportunities to contribute and support the vision of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Incorporated.” – NACURH

The Excelsior Chapter of the National Residence Hall Honorary is an organization comprised of the top 1% of student leaders who have greatly contributed to the Old Westbury Community. We desire to connect students to a larger picture through developing leadership and participating in service initiatives. The Excelsior Chapter shall serve as a stepping-stone for accomplished leaders who have soared to new heights and have earned the honor of being recognized for their diligence and commitment to the college community at large.

Of the Month (OTMs): 

OTM's is a recognition initiative that NRHH does to recognize the hard work student leaders do to make SUNY Old Westbury a better community. Anyone that is a part of the community is able to fill out a link (provided below) to nominate a student leader, club/ organization, or event that has happened that month to show their appreciation for their dedication to the college. Students that win an OTM receive a certificate and are invited to our end of the year awards ceremony. 


Visit the OTMs on Google Forms


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