Saxe-Herrig-Celani Hall Council at the 2018 Dream Conference
CMU Hall Councils exist as governing units within hall communities. The council is a place where residents have a voice in the policies and happenings of the hall. Through their reserved powers of establishing quiet hours for the building, setting hours during which solicitation is permitted, and controlling any expenditures from the hall social account, residents of the building have a true and powerful voice in the hall's administration. They also play a critical role in planning community building and other events where residents can enhance their leadership development, learn about themselves and others, become connected to each other, CMU and the broader community. Resulting from this voice and involvement is a sense of ownership in the hall and belonging on campus. Achieving feelings of ownership and belonging is essential to developing community. In addition, these rights reserve for residents an opportunity to determine some of the primary elements of their community and sculpt it to meet their own ideals and needs as students.
Each hall council receives $4.00 per resident based on hall occupancy at the beginning of each semester which creates the hall’s social account. This money is controlled by the hall council as directed by the Hall Council Constitution. This is often used to support hall intramural teams, programming, socials, equipment, etc. The hall council is expected to be fiscally responsible in the use of student dollars.
Hall council executive board members and residents facilitate social events, participate in community service and philanthropy activities (e.g. active service and fundraising), participate in leadership development activities and conferences (e.g. retreats, Get Hyped, Connections, Dream, etc.), get involved in CMU activities (e.g. Homecoming, Legends of the Dark, sporting events, theatre and musical offerings, etc.), learn more about Residence Life, and increase their knowledge of CMU resources and opportunities.
Each group has a Hall Council Advisor, which is a Residence Hall Director (RHD), and in some cases upperclass student working under the direction of an RHD. The Hall Council Advisor will transition power and responsibility to the president and group as they gain knowledge, confidence and ability.
Most hall councils meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis with the executive boards meeting weekly or bi-weekly as well.
Hall council and e-board members may gain a wide range of learning outcomes from their involvement and be able to:
Create new insights about leadership using experiences and resources
Discuss their personal strengths and improvements
Articulate their rights and responsibilities for living in a community
Work effectively with diverse individuals toward a common goal
Engage in service/volunteer activities characterized by reciprocity