What exactly is NRHH?

It all started with The National Association of College and University Residence Halls, Inc. (NACURH), which was founded in 1954. NACURH was formed as a result of feeling that such an organization was needed to encourage the exchange of ideas and information. In February of 1972, the NACURH logo and the colors of blue and white were officially accepted by the National Board of Directors to represent NACURH.

The blue symbolizes loyalty: loyalty to purpose and idea. The white signifies a blank page: a page on which a student writes the successes and experiences that fill their days in the residence halls and on campus. The NRHH symbol represents the structural form of the many varied facilities and housing units NACURH represents and is concerned with, both in character and in reality. The logo art form is continuous, representing the never-ending leadership of NACURH.

The National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) is a service organization of NACURH, which firmly believes in the value of student involvement in all capacities of life in the residence halls including educational, social, and recreational realms. In 1964, the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) found itself with financial difficulties. Grants were found, but there were two requirements: a central NACURH office had to be established, and the member schools needed more services rendered. Thus, April 25, 1964 at the University of Denver during the annual NACURH Conference the National Residence Hall Honorary was created as an answer to the second requirement. Currently, there are over 200 NRHH Chapters affiliated internationally. NRHH is an organization comprised of the top 1% of student leaders on campus dedicated to the values of Service and Recognition.

The symbol for NRHH is that of a diamond surrounding the letters of the organization, and the three interconnected links- the chain of leadership. The diamond, the world's most precious gem, signifies the value and beauty one finds in the residence halls and on campus experience.

The first chain of the link represents caring. Leaders are people who care. They are concerned about themselves and others, and are committed to making things better. The second link signifies dedication. Part of a leader's commitment is the dedication to cause, which they display. Dedication is an important part of the involvement required to be truly effective. The third link represents participation. True leaders participate fully in their academic pursuits, their friendships, their activities, and their lives. Leaders don't sit on the sidelines, but are competent team players.

Together, the unbroken chain symbolizes the membership of NRHH. As leaders we are interconnected as caring and dedicated participants in the Residence Hall System.