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Leadership Opportunities

Many Elmhurst students serve in leadership positions through the Student Government Association, the Union Board, the Residence Hall Association and other student organizations. Here are some opportunities to lead.

The LeaderShape Institute
This six-day leadership development experience empowers students to explore how they can create a more just, caring and thinking world. Learn more at Elmhurst's LeaderShape website.

Advisor: Laura Wilmarth Tyna
Phone: (630) 617-3687

National Panhellenic Council
The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of social sororities. Members from each sorority sit on the Council, determine policies for the member organizations, and work on campus-wide programs.

Advisor: Elizabeth Doyle
Phone: (630) 617-5994

Orientation Student Leaders
Join this group to help new students adjust to campus life during Big Questions, the Colleges orientation program. OSLs lead small groups of new students in all orientation activities and programs—and serve as a valuable resource throughout the year. Selection is in the spring for positions the following year.

Advisor: Desiree Novak
Phone: (630) 617-5199

Residence Hall Association
The Residence Hall Association is made up of representatives from all five residence halls. RHA members participate in fundraising, make recommendations regarding residence life policy, and plan programming for the entire residence community.

Advisor: Office of Residence Life
Phone: (630) 617-3150

Residence Hall Governments
Each residence hall has a hall government—a student-led organization that sponsors events and promotes the development of students and their communities. Hall governments plan programs such as scavenger hunts, theme dances, building Olympics, band showcases, community service projects, and barbecues. Membership in hall governments is open to all campus residents. Hall governments are:

  • Dinkmeyer Hall Congress
  • Niebuhr Hall Council
  • North Hall High Council
  • Schick Hall Council
  • Unite Stanger

Advisor: Office of Residence Life
Phone: (630) 617-3150

Resident Advisors
Resident Advisors (RAs) plan and implement social and educational programs, foster a sense of community among floor residents, develop leadership skills, promote a well-balanced and healthy environment in the residence halls, and serve as advisers for the other members of the residence hall community. RAs also represent the Office of Residence Life office at many College functions, including orientation and recruitment of prospective students. The process of filling fall positions begins the previous spring.

Advisor: Office of Residence Life
Phone: (630) 617-3150

Spiritual Life Council
The Spiritual Life Council supports spiritual development throughout the Elmhurst College community. The Spiritual Life Council plans, promotes, and implements all religious and spiritual events at the College, and fosters discussions of spiritual and religious experiences to promote understanding and tolerance.

The Spiritual Life Council Board of Directors works to ensure that all religions are represented on the council and advises students, faculty, staff, and administrators about the religious and spiritual needs of the College community.

Contact the Spiritual Life Council at (630) 617-3562 or

Advisor: Rev. H. Scott Matheney
Phone: (630) 617-3025

Student Ambassadors
Student ambassadors meet with prospective students, answering questions, leading campus tours, and hosting overnights.

Advisor: Rolando Chacon
Phone: (630) 617-3633

Student Athletic Advisory Board
Promotes athletic life on campus and in the community and represents the needs of athletes.

Advisor: Ron Tyner
Phone: (630) 617-3368

Student Government Association
The SGA is an elected organization that makes policy recommendations to College administration, recognizes campus organizations, and reviews matters of importance to the College. The Association is responsible for allocating the student activity fund to the programming board, media organizations, and petitioning student organizations. Its membership includes students, faculty, and administrative staff. All full-time students in good standing may run for election to the Student Government Association.

Contact us at (630) 617-6496 or

Advisor: Eileen Sullivan and Ian Crone
Phone: (630) 617-3187; (630) 617-3284

Union Board
The Union Board is responsible for student activity programming, including Homecoming, Club EC, Winterfest, Spring Fling, and other performances and events. UB members serve on one of nine committees that focus on various aspects of student life:

  • Public Relations Committee
  • Concert Committee
  • Cultural Life Committee
  • Festival Committee
  • Homecoming Committee
  • Issues and Ideas Committee
  • Recreational Life Committee
  • Social Life Committee

All students are welcome to join the Union Board. If you're interested, just show up at a Union Board meeting any Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in the Blume Board Room.

Advisor: Elizabeth Doyle
Phone: (630) 617-5994

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