Residential Commons Leadership Corps

The Residential Commons Leadership Corps (RCLC) is made up of students who are shaping and promoting the Residential Commons experience at SMU. The RCLC works with Faculty in Residence, Resident Community Directors and resident assistants to develop unique traditions for each commons that will foster community and long-term bonds among residents.

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My Life as Baby RLSH

An update from Meaghan, a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps and a second-year student triple majoring in Environmental Science with an Earth Science emphasis, Geology, and Chemistry, while triple minoring in Math, English, and Environmental Engineering

Since becoming a member of the Residential Commons Leadership Corps, I have been dubbed “Baby RLSH” by many of my friends (RLSH is pronounced like “relish” and is an acronym that stands for Residence Life and Student Housing). The patch on our shirts has become a conversation starter on more than one occasion, and I wear it with pride.

On Wednesday, we welcomed 18 new members to the Residential Commons Leadership Corps, and they have since been placed in their Residential Commons, completing the triangle of RCLC, RCD (Residential Community Director), and FiR (Faculty in Residence) that will work together to make each RC the best it can be. We are such a diverse group of people, and have grown even more diverse, that I’m so excited to see what each RCTeam will come up with. Each RC will truly be unique and offer a different experience than all the other RCs.

As I geared up to come back to SMU after Fall Break in sunny, hot San Antonio, I found myself engaging in conversation with four new SMU students at the airport and on the plane. Three of the students were first years, and I couldn’t help striking up a conversation about the new Residential Commons system. Overall, I’m glad to report that they were excited to see what next year would bring, and after I explained that the RCs would be not just a place to sleep, but a community that would feel like a family, where everyone would learn from each other, the three students seemed excited.

My friends who call me Baby RLSH joke with me that my position is practically a job, and I correct them to explain that, at its core, it is a job. But it never really feels like work to me. I’m so passionate about the RC system that it has started to feel like my baby, and it makes me want to spread the word and show everyone, “Look! Here’s my baby. I’m working to help it grow and I can’t wait to see what it will become.” In 30 years, I will be so excited to come back to campus and see what these RCs have become. And I hope to be sporting some RC Pride as I do it.

All I can say is that I hope everyone on campus is getting excited to welcome this change to SMU, because it is going to be the best one yet. We, as members of the RCTeams, have a great opportunity to be the change we want to see on campus, and I have full faith that we are all going to transform this campus into the best it can be.

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