Getting Support in Your Community

What is an RHD?

Residence Hall Directors (RHDs) are professional, full-time staff at Cornell University. Most hold master’s degrees in the area of College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, Student Development, or Counseling and are specifically here to help students through the college experience. Each RHD oversees nearly all aspects of their residential community; supervising the Resident Advisors (RA) in the community, providing educational programming and opportunities for community members to engage with each other and the greater community, providing support to students and helping them connect to the many resources and opportunities available at Cornell, supporting hall governance, and working closely with colleagues to address building concerns should they arise. To say it another way, RHDs are committed to making their communities a great place for everyone to live! Learn more about the RHD for your community and other Residential Program staff.

If you ever have a concern and cannot reach the RHD, call the Residential & New Student Programs Administrative Office. Should you have an urgent concern arise outside of office hours, call Cornell Police (607) 255-1111 and they can connect you to an after-hours emergency residential on call staff member.

What is an RA?

Resident Advisors (RAs) wear many hats in their roles. In addition to being full time students, they are peer educators, community builders, program planners, peer advisors, resource and referral agents, and a source of support for all residents in their community. RAs are committed to creating a safe, respectful, and engaging community and work closely with the RHD and fellow staff members to accomplish this goal. RAs also participate in an afterhours on call system for their community, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 am on weekdays and 7:00 pm Friday through 8:00 am Monday for weekends. Through this on call system they can help students with serious issues that come up during the evening/weekends.

What is an ARHD?

Assistant Residence Hall Directors (ARHDs) are current graduate or professional students who work closely with the RHDs and RAs to enhance the residential community experience. ARHDs contribute to community development, support individual student needs, and advise many of the residential student organizations. ARHDs are also engaged community members as they live within the community where they work.

Residential Programs Staff

Meet the many staff members beyond your community who help support the residential experience.