Fall Semester

Welcome Week 

Welcome Week features a full week of events and activities, which start move-in day and run through the first week of classes. Previous Welcome Week activities have included a carnival night, ice cream social, casino night, trivia night, Guinness World Record attempt, bowling, karaoke and dancing, Zumba, 5k fun run, movie night, & much more! 

Housing Hoedown

Put on your flannel shirt and cowboy boots and join us for a howdown! This annual event is held in October and features tasty food, fun activities, dancing, a mechanical bull, & more! 

Thanksgiving Dinner

Every year before the Thanksgiving break, RHA hosts a traditional Thanksgiving meal free for all Housing residents. This event features a variety of options for students to grab and enjoy a loving meal with their floor and friends, along with activities and cool prizes to win! 

Spring Semester

Welcome Back Week

The very first week back after winter break, we host Welcome Back Week, where we put on a different event or activity each day for the students to help socialize, have fun, and meet new people at the start of the semester. The spring 2017 Welcome Back Week included events such as a movie night, Late Night Dodgeball, Woke Wednesdays, an escape room, icebreakers, charades, and free pizza. 

Woke Wednesday

This is an opportunity for students to come together in dialogue to learn, discuss, and engage with topics related to diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, inequity, and much more. The event is typically held on Wednesdays from 6 - 7 p.m. A sample discussion topic in fall 2016 was a collaboration with the Art Department where art students were able to come talk about their Frida Kahlo art piece and how it relates to diversity awareness. 

Bigs & Littles 

The purpose of this event is to educate and help motivate Housing student’s siblings into pursuing higher education after college, whether it is with CSUCI or not. Students and siblings will be paired with one another, or a Big with a Little, while they go through various icebreakers, fun activities, and learning situations with the group. The Littles will be able to ask questions to not only the Bigs but to staff advising the event as well. 

Bridge the Gap

This two-day exhibit is an effort to raise awareness of social identity, privilege, and the importance of intersectionality in congruence with the experiences and histories of the historically marginalized. It is held annually, and there are tours every 20 minutes followed by a debrief session. Please allow 40 minutes for the full experience and look out for the sign-up links published in early spring. You may also want to inquire with your professors to see if they offer extra credit for attending this event. 

Spring Gala 

This annual event takes place every April and features food, a DJ, dancing, themed performances and activities, and a chance to dress to impress! Previous themes have included: Las Vegas Casino Night, The Roaring 20s, Midsummer Night's Dream, Taj Mahal – One Thousand & One Nights, Around the World, and more! 

Additional Events & Opportunities

Block Parties 

Block Parties are a cross-campus collaboration event typically held on the second Friday of every month from 9 p.m. to midnight on Ventura Street (between Santa Cruz and Anacapa Villages). Each block party is based around a theme, resulting in activities and marketing in support of related thematic elements. 

Late Night Dodgeball 

The object of the game is to eliminate all opposing players by getting them “out”. The game is played of teams made up of 6-10 players. The first team to legally eliminate all opposing players will be declared the winner! Teams form at the beginning of each semester and playoffs occur at the end of the semester. Students can show up either by themselves or with a team of friends to compete against one another in a safe fast-paced game. Not in the mood to play? Grab some friends and come watch the games! This event happens every other Tuesday night in the Rec Center (adjacent to Anacapa Village and across the street from Santa Cruz Village)

Chair Coordinated Events 

Several events will occur throughoutthe year related to wellness, social, and diversity-related programs.

Conferences 

Each semester, RHA selects representatives to attend a conference while representing our institution. Priority is given to Executive Board members followed by Floor Representatives. Applications may be required if attendance desire is in high demand.