Every semester, RSA and NRHH members get the opportunity to attend a conference hosted by the Northeast Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls, or NEACURH! This semester was no different, and on November 15th, nine RSA and NRHH members hopped on a van to the Regional Leadership Conference 2019 at Syracuse University!
Regional Leadership Conference, or RLC, is a two day affair, and day one put us off to a great start! After arriving to our hotel in Syracuse, NY, we checked in and sat down before heading to opening ceremonies. At the opening of the conference, we got our first chance to meet representatives from the other 45 schools in attendance and hear from members of Syracuse and NEACURH leadership about their recent strides toward inclusivity and strong values. After opening ceremonies, we split up and got to hang out with other schools at some of the conference’s many entertainment opportunities like ice skating, lip sync battles, and countless socials!
On the start of the second day, we got up bright and early and headed back to campus for the start of programming sessions! These sessions are another opportunity for Northeastern’s delegates to connect with other schools over discussions about leadership, sustainability, advocacy, programming, regional resources, inclusivity, and more! We hopped from session to session (breaking for a catered lunch halfway through) before we headed back to the hotel and got ready for the closing banquet. We got to hear about all the accomplishments during conference, listened to the final remarks from the region and Syracuse, and said our final goodbyes to everyone before heading back to the hotel one last time. After a round of the hit game Werewolf, we debriefed the day and went to bed.
Sunday morning came rather quickly and we once again got up early. The delegation checked out of the hotel and before we knew it, we were on the road back to Northeastern! One detour to IHOP later, everyone was back on campus and we all said our final goodbyes. Since the conference, the delegation still keeps in touch in and often engages in conversations that we had about how to make our campus the best it can be. These conferences are an incredible opportunity to make game-plans for campus change and hear what other schools are doing, and if you’d like to learn more about them you can reach out to the National Communications Coordinator, Robert, at firstname.lastname@example.org! Special thanks to Greg Lane, the Residence Director for White Hall and NRHH’s advisor, for advising our delegation! Thanks to Syracuse and NEACURH for such an amazing conference and we can’t wait for the Spring!