Student Organization Seeks to Connect with the Community

La Tijera Street Clean Up. Westchester Senior Citizen Tea. Dockweiler Beach Clean Up. These are just a few of the ways LMU’s Residential Housing Association (RHA) is making a difference in Westchester through its renewed focus on serving the local community.

Sophomore, Business major and RHA President, Hayden Tanabe explains, “LMU students strive to be men and women for others, and I believe that giving back to our neighboring community of Westchester is the perfect place to start.”

RHA is one of the largest student organizations on campus, second only to the Associated Students of LMU (ASLMU). It acts as a representative student government organization for all students who reside on campus, however, it seeks to build community, advocate, and develop leadership amongst all students through a number of activities.

When discussing setting goals for this year, Sophomore Civil Engineering Major and RHA board member Alexxa Melendez says that she would love “to get LMU more involved in the Westchester community and to build a more intimate relationship with the community so that the people of Westchester will know and appreciate LMU as much as LMU appreciates Westchester.”

Plans are underway for RHA’s next community event, the Senior  Citizen Tea. In its 10th year, this annual favorite provides an opportunity for students and seniors to interact with each other through games, tea, and conversation on campus. The development of intergenerational relationships is not just fun, it has been shown to promote health and emotional benefits to all parties involved.

This year, RHA has been working with the Neighborhood Council’s Senior Committee and Westchester-Playa Village to reach more seniors.RHA 300x225 - Student Organization Seeks to Connect with the Community

For community members interested in participating in the Senior Citizen Tea, please call (310)258-8676 or email

Senior Citizen Tea
November 22nd, 11:00 – 1:00pm.
St. Roberts Auditorium