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Getting Involved in UVA's Residential Community

Once you've moved all of your belongings into your new living space, another exciting UVA adventure can begin. You'll want to start getting involved in the University community, which you can do in countless ways. One of the greatest levels of involvement can be with your living community; people sharing common experiences on a day-to-day basis. Each of the living areas outlined in this brochure have different types of opportunities for involvement. Check them out and start dreaming up some exciting things to do this fall!

Brown College Governance
Brown College at Monroe Hill has a vigorous system of student governance. Three elected officers oversee the efforts of a dozen activities committees, which present a variety of social events, organize discount tickets for theatrical and musical events, sponsor the annual Haunted Tunnels extravaganza, and generally define life at the College. A variety of formal and informal academic programs are offered by the students and faculty of Brown College. Short Courses, the Great Books Seminars, and other credit bearing and non-credit seminars are available each semester. About 30% of the members have a program responsibility and all members take part in Brown College sponsored events.

First Year Council
First Year Council (FYC) is one of the organizations in the First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) program. Each Residential College and residential hall association elects representatives to serve on this programming and governing body that represents the entire First Year class. Once on the council, you will serve on one or more of the standing committees. Some examples include the Activities Committee, First Year Concerns, Minority and Women's Concerns, Community Service, and Fundraising Committees. First Year Council needs talented men and women who want to become involved in making a difference in the first year experience! If you are someone who enjoys being involved with your class on a larger scale and developing leadership skills, First Year Council is for you.

Hereford College Committees
Founded in 1992, Hereford is a residential college designed to provide a rich community experience beyond the classroom. Through the Executive Budget Committee (EBC) and its three sub-committees (Events and Activities, Residence Affairs, and the Web Group) students sponsor a lively program of banquets, trips, films, and outdoor events. They also seek to improve the quality of life at Hereford by painting murals, mentoring first year students, and expanding the web page. Outside the committees, any resident can develop a program by gathering student support and submitting a funding proposal. Graduate-student coordinators are available to guide students as they implement their ideas.

Association Councils
Association Council (AC) is the second organization under the umbrella of the First Year Leadership Experience (FYLE) program. The AC pools together representatives from each First Year residential community to create unique governing and programming boards for each association. ACs are advised by Senior Residents, student members of the Residence Life program who live in the First Year community along with Resident Advisors. Association Councils seek to foster interaction in a learning-living environment; get residents involved in their community; create an association identity; host fun and exciting programs and events for the association; and take advantage of some of the great resources around UVA and the Charlottesville community!

International Residential College Governance
The IRC is organized along the lines of a parliamentary government with an elected Prime Minister, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary, Foreign Minister with Ambassadors to other organizations, etc. The various ministers and their committees sponsor a variety of programs and events from intramural athletic teams, international cooking classes, and folk dancing, to field trips to foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. and topical interdisciplinary classes for academic credit. IRC residents are encouraged to dine together and with faculty fellows on a frequent basis in the University dining halls and by cooking in the communal kitchens on each floor of the IRC residence halls.