Exploring Student leadership: A look into University Life


In the hustle and bustle of life on the University of Utah campus, students like Angelina Ho, Dalia Perez and Delaney Barclay stand out as shining examples of leadership and involved community members. We had the pleasure of sitting down with these three students to learn more about their involvement with RHA, the U and their recent success at the IACURH Regional Business Conference. 


Angelina: Leadership in the Residence Halls

Angelina Ho, a fourth-year pre-med psychology student from Orem, Utah. Ho is the embodiment of service and leadership within the university’s residence halls. As the President of the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH), Ho has been instrumental in reshaping the organization’s constitution and launching initiatives to recruit and recognize student leaders. Her dedication to fostering a culture of service has earned her recognition both locally and nationally. Ho’s vision for NRHH extends beyond accolades; she envisions a community where every resident feels valued and empowered to make a difference. 


Dalia: Building Bridges Through Communication 

Also from Orem, Utah, Dalia Perez, a fourth-year communications major, has made her mark as the Communications Coordinator for the NRHH's National Communication Committee (NCC). With a passion for leadership and community involvement, Perez has been instrumental in bridging gaps between communities through effective communication strategies. Her role extends beyond mere coordination; it's about facilitating dialogue, sharing ideas, and advocating for positive change. Her dedication to fostering inclusive communication channels serves as a testament to the power of effective dialogue in building stronger, more connected communities.


Delaney: Pioneering New Trails in Student Leadership 

Freshman year can be a daunting experience, but for Delaney Barclay, a business accounting major from Chattanooga, Tennessee, it was an opportunity to dive headfirst into student leadership. Inspired by her desire to make friends and get involved, Barclay seized the chance to join the Sage Points Community Council and eventually took over the role of National Communications Coordinator (NCC) within NRHH. Her trailblazing spirit and commitment to student advocacy have not gone unnoticed, as evidenced by her recent recognition with the Trailblazer Pin—a prestigious award celebrating impactful leadership within the university community.


RHA and Beyond

Beyond individual leadership journeys, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) serves as a vibrant hub for student engagement and advocacy. From advocating for student voices to organizing cultural celebrations and educational events, RHA plays a pivotal role in enriching the residential experience. Through initiatives like town hall meetings, advocacy for commuter services, and targeted event planning, RHA creates spaces where every student's voice is heard and valued.

Embracing Opportunities, Building Memories

As Angelina, Dalia, and Delaney exemplify, university life offers a myriad of opportunities for growth, connection, and meaningful experiences. Whether it's through leadership roles within NRHH, fostering inclusive communication channels, or pioneering new trails in student advocacy, each individual contributes to the vibrant mosaic of university life. As we navigate the intricacies of campus dynamics, let's remember to embrace opportunities, build meaningful connections, and cherish the memories we create along the way.

So, to all students out there—whether you're a seasoned leader like Angelina, a passionate communicator like Dalia, or a trailblazer like Delaney—remember that your journey is unique, your voice matters, and your contributions shape the fabric of university life. Get involved, make memories, and let your light shine bright in the tapestry of student leadership and engagement.

To learn more, check out RHA’s Instagram page and Website 

Jillian Hoff

Outreach Housing Ambassador