Lead Where You Live - Join Community Council!

What is Community Council?

Community Council is a student-run organization dedicated to advocating for the interests and needs of residence hall students while also providing opportunities for their personal growth and development. It is an organization of students committed to developing leadership, honoring diversity and inclusion, recognizing achievement, promoting scholarship, as well as stimulating engagement and involvement among students who reside in the residence halls.

Community Council meets regularly throughout the academic year to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns and represents the residential student population to SA (Student Association) and SUNY Oswego administration. Lastly, each Community Council is advised by a Residence Hall Director and receives a budget to implement activities as well as hall improvements.

Why Join?

Community Council is a great way to get connected to other residents and make a difference in your community!  Students who actively participate get to plan fun events for their peers, voice ideas for creating a better community and develop important leadership skills. Community Council is also a great resume-building experience. It helps students get involved early on in a SUNY Oswego leadership role that can help prepare them for other advanced opportunities. Students participating attend weekly or bi-weekly Community Council meetings and can expect to spend approximately 1-2 hours per week on Community Council.

West Campus Community Council

Advisors: Sarah Blaszak (Seneca Hall Residence Hall Director)Shawn Woleslagle (Cayuga Hall Residence Hall Director)
Co-Advisor: Alaces Sarmiento (Onondaga Hall Assistant Hall Director)

  • The Village
  • Oneida Hall
  • Onondaga Hall
  • Cayuga Hall
  • Seneca Hall

Central Lake Community Council

Advisor: Nicholas Winegard (Johnson Hall & Riggs Hall Residence Hall Director)
Co-Advisors: Amber Saint Joy (Johnson Hall & Riggs Hall Assistant Hall Director), Carson Nedell (Waterbury Hall & Scales Hall Assistant Hall Director)

  • Funnelle Hall
  • Hart Hall
  • Scales Hall
  • Waterbury Hall
  • Riggs Hall
  • Johnson Hall

How Can I Get Involved?

You can run for a number of Executive Board positions or volunteer to be a residence hall representative. Questions? Email reslife@oswego.edu or speak with your Resident Hall Director! All residents new and returning are welcome to get involved and make a difference in their community!

Positions Available

President (Elected by Community residents)

  • Schedules, plans, and conducts Community Council meetings
  • Establishes agenda with input from the council, hall, and advisor
  • Develops goals and objectives for the academic year with input from the council, hall, and advisor
  • Delegates and clarifies responsibilities to appropriate members of the executive board
  • Maintains knowledge of college policies and procedures
  • Insures all council events and decisions are within college policies

Vice President (Elected by Community residents)

  • Serves as Community Council representative to Student Association
  • Reports to Community Council all Student Association discussions and activities relating to the residence halls and campus
  • Seeks concerns of the Community Council to relay to Student Association and represents the Community’s views on issues
  • Assumes responsibilities of the President if the President is absent 

Treasurer (Elected by Community residents)

  • Manages the Community Council budget and keeps financial records
  • Insures purchases fall within college guidelines and are fiscally responsible
  • Approves funding requests in a timely manner

Secretary (Elected by Community residents)

  • Records minutes and notes during Community Council meetings
  • Shares meeting minutes to council members
  • Records and keeps a permanent file of all meeting information
  • Keeps attendance records

Residence Hall Representative(s) (Open to all residents, no election required)

  • Solicits feedback from Hall/Floor residents
  • Provides ideas and support for Community Council events and initiatives
  • Communicates information about events to Hall/Floor residents
Community Council Election Process Timeline
  • Week of 8/22:  Community Council Information Sessions
  • Friday, 9/2:  Candidates declare candidacy for Executive Board positions
  • Week of 9/5:  Candidates campaign for Executive Board positions
  • Week of 9/12:  Community Council Elections
  • Week of 9/19:  First Community Council Executive Board meetings

Our Mission Statement

We, the student leaders and members of Community Council, share a common goal: to improve the quality of life for all students living in SUNY Oswego residence halls. We hope to strengthen communication between the Community Council and the residents whom we represent. We provide a voice for all residents to the administration and the greater SUNY Oswego community.

Our Goals

  • To foster community within and across residence halls at SUNY Oswego.
  • To enhance the residential experience at SUNY Oswego.
  • To support and provide students with leadership development opportunities.
  • To advocate on behalf of residents to the SUNY Oswego administration.
  • To create meaningful programmatic opportunities for students to connect with one another.
  • To instill a sense of belonging and pride in the residential community and SUNY Oswego.


Residence Life and Housing
303 Culkin Hall

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

Phone: 315.312.2246
Fax: 315.312.6329
Email: reslife@oswego.edu

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