Sophomore Alex Schwartz will take over as the new president of the Resident Student Association (RSA) for the 2016-17 school year.
RSA is a group that operates similarly to the way the Student Government Association (SGA) does, but with a focus on on-campus residents who live in the dormitories. According to Schwartz, RSA is a “two-pillar system” focusing on advocacy and programming, and “trying to empower students to create their own communities.”
As a Delaware native and business management major, becoming president of RSA will add to the list of leadership roles that Schwartz currently fills on campus. He serves as a Blue Hen ambassador and a founding father of the university’s chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. Schwartz was the first freshman in recent history on RSA’s Executive Board, where he most recently served as Vice President of Intercollegiate Affairs.
Schwartz said he is filled with ideas as to how he wants to improve RSA next year and that what excites him most is to see where those very ideas will one day culminate.
“I want everyone to know, not only what RSA is, but more, I want people to have seen the impact that RSA has,” Schwartz said. “I want people to know where to reach the resources that RSA is allocated, and I want students to feel empowered to create the community that they want to see on campus.”
On the top of Schwartz’s agenda is building a stronger relationship between RSA, the second largest Registered Student Organization (RSO) on campus, and the Student Government Association, as well as other large RSOs on campus.
Schwartz plans on starting to restructure the way RSA operates. By going from dorm to dorm on a rotating schedule to meet with residents, Schwartz said he hopes to make RSA a more transparent organization that is easier to access than it once was.
“It’s kind of a top-down operation right now, and I would much rather it be bottom-up,” Schwartz said. “ We ask them [residents] to come to us a lot, but it would be beneficial if we go to them. It would make it much easier to get their opinion that way and make ourselves more accessible.”