RHA residence spirit initiative listens, informs


Zoe Yang

The RHA “Love Where You Live Week” consists of three parts: “Love Cleveland,” “Love CWRU” and “Love Your Res Hall.” These three events aimed to help students learn more about the city, the school and the community.

Shivalika Keni, Copy Editor

Last week, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted Love Where You Live Week, an initiative to increase awareness of the campus students live in and the city they are surrounded by. The series of events ran from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17.

Love Where You Live Week kicked off with “Love Cleveland” on Monday, Feb. 13 in the Thwing Center. This event gave students an opportunity to learn about Cleveland and for a few to share their favorite parts of the city. Those that came by took part in some fun activities that would allow them to learn more about their current home at Case Western Reserve University.

RHA council member Yvonne Chappell, the “Love Where You Live Week” project leader, said it was great to “see so many people willing to participate and tell us the many things that they loved about Cleveland.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, RHA hosted “Love CWRU,” an event that allowed students to show why they love Case Western Reserve University, and for students to learn more about their school. Students were able to reflect on some of their most meaningful experiences at CWRU and to share some of their favorite parts of the campus.

“I was able to understand why students, besides myself, enjoyed the campus and what was important to them,” said Taplin House Representative Kiyla Cooper.

She explained that most students spoke about the friends they had made while on campus, suggesting a healthy and supportive environment at CWRU. Cooper also believes that, “by understanding how students feel about the campus, RHA can better address their needs and foster a more comfortable living arrangement.”

Love Where You Live Week ended with “Love Your Res Hall” on Friday, Feb. 17, which saw individual residence halls put on events for their residents and provide hot chocolate, doughnuts and granola bars to encourage positive starts to their busy days.

Cameron Childers, executive vice president of Administration & Finance and acting chair of the Programming Committee, felt very positive about Love Where You Live Week.

As an organization with a pillar of programming, it’s something that we see as extremely valuable to the residential experience,” Childers said. “My experience with this program was great in that I saw something of value to our organization taken on by our members.”

Love Where You Live Week is a burgeoning tradition and stems from RHA’s collaboration with Greek Life last year to host Culture of Care Week.

“We wanted to have our own tradition this year and I see it moving forward in the future,” Childers explained.