Cardinal Gardens Building Government

Welcome to Cardinal Gardens Building Government page!

Are you a resident of Cardinal Gardens Apartments? Are you looking to get more involved in your residential community? Do you want to gain valuable leadership experience while at college and make lasting friendships? Are you interested in planning events and outings for your peers or serving as an advocate and voice for your neighbors? Consider joining Cardinal Gardens Building Government!

You can join as a General Member or run for any of the following six core Residential Student Government (RSG) Chair positions:

  • President – Direct weekly meetings, communicate with other BG’s, and maintain ultimate responsibility for your building government! This person will be a guide for the efficacy of the organization.
  • RSG Advocacy Chair – Serve as the community’s advocate for campus issues and voice the concerns of your building’s residents! This position will require the ability to support all students in their diverse needs.
  • RSG Community Outreach Chair – Collaborate with other BG’s and student organizations on campus to organize volunteer programs with the outside community!
  • RSG Funding Chair – Review funding applications and serve as a resource for the RA staff, BG, and residents in your community! The duties of this position are similar to those of a Treasurer.
  • RSG Programming Chair – Plan and organize large-scale RSG events, such as the Highlighter Dance and Save Tommy Night! These programs are collaborative efforts across all residential communities.
  • RSG Inclusion Chair* – Create opportunities for students to engage in dialogue around topics of inclusion through programmatic efforts. This position requires trainings with the Office for Residential Education’s Social Justice and Inclusion Committee.

*The Inclusion Chair position is an appointed position requiring an interview process, while the other five core positions are elected. Other positions that will need to be filled following elections include an Intramural Chair, Eco Rep, and more!

How do I join?Photo of Cardinal Gardens

  • Step 1: Attend an Informational Meeting in the Fall.
  • Step 2: Run for Cardinal Gardens BG Elections! Look for a “BG Intent to Run Application” in the Fall, and email your BG Advisor ( your name, desired position(s), and a short paragraph detailing why you want to hold a BG Chair position and why you should be elected.
  • Step 3: Vote! Ballots will be sent electronically to the USC e-mail addresses of all Cardinal Gardens residents.
  • Step 4: If you are not elected into the position of your choice, email your BG Advisor ( expressing your interest in joining as a General Member. Additional appointed BG positions will become available following the election process and will require a short, informal interview.


  • The elected BG President and BG Chairs MUST be able to attend weekly RSG meetings on Wednesdays @ 6:30 PM and weekly BG meetings on Wednesdays @ 9:30 PM
  • The elected BG President and BG Chairs MUST be able to attend the RSG Retreat in Fall (date TBD)


Traditional Programs:

Previous RSG events co-hosted by USC BG’s include the the Welcome Back Dance during Welcome Week, Save Tommy Night just before the USC-UCLA rivalry football game, Spirits at Troy during Halloween, Spring Into Service during the spring semester, Primal Scream events during finals week, and more.

Questions? Contact your Graduate Residential Community Coordinator who will serve as the Advisor to your Building Government (