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Meet the 2011-2012 Unity Staff!
Assistant Resident Director
Major: Biology and French
Hobbies: Dancing, dressing up and applying to grad schools
Reason You Came to SCU: Beautiful campus, amazingly inclusive community and great academics/programs
Reason You Chose Unity RLC: I choose Unity because I believe deeply in fostering a diverse and inclusive community and in using our roles and collective powers to confront social/political issues
Walsh 1st Floor CF
Major: Biology and Environmental Science
Hometown: Kailua Hawaii
Hobbies: Hiking, surfing, anything outdoors and visual arts.
Reason You Came to SCU: There is a strong biology program here. The environment is friendly and it's a great location. Once I came to visit I knew it was right for me!
Reason You Chose Unity RLC: I like the Theme of Diversity which I believe is important to recognize and support, especially in a residence hall.
Walsh 2nd Floor CF
Hometown: San Jose
Hobbies: Athletics, MMA, Videogames, Weight Training
Reason You Came to SCU: I have attended private Jesuit schools since middle school and I wanted to continue studying under a Jesuit institution.
Reason You Chose Unity RLC: I chose Unity because I really believed in the Diversity theme
Walsh 3rd Floor CF
Major: History and Spanish
Hometown: Los Altos CA
Hobbies: Running, listening to music, reading, community service, spending time with family and friends.
Reasons You Came to SCU: I wanted a small school where I could get to know my professors in small classes. I also chose SCU to be close to my little brother.
Reasons You Chose Unity RLC: I've been lucky enough to have attended diverse schools and thing diversity is key to a positive learning environment. I also have a passion for social justice issues.
McLaughlin 1st Floor CF
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Hobbies: Reading, Dancing, Listening to music, hanging out with friends and family
Reasons You Came to SCU: I decided to come to SCU because of the smaller class sizes and the accessibility of my professors and counselors. I like how SCU provides an intimate academic environment where I can get to know and form a relationship with my professors.
Reasons You Chose Unity RLC: I like Unity because I get to meet so many people of diverse backgrounds and it's so interesting to see how we all relate!
McLaughlin 2nd Floor CF
Major: Political Science and Philosophy
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Hobbies: Watching the Colts win, reading, playing soccer, beating people in FIFA and running
Reasons I Came to SCU: I went to a Jesuit High School, wanted to go somewhere warm and I liked the curriculum so I chose SCU.
Reasons You Chose Unity RLC: The residence and the layout.
McLaughlin 3rd Floor CF
Hometown: Fairfield, CA
Hobbies: Volleyball, spending time with family and friends, watching movies and sleeping.
Reasons I Came to SCU: It was a fluke. I had never heard of this school, but was vising San Jose State University and decided to stop off here. I absolutely fell in love with the campus and people.
Reasons I Chose Unity RLC: I liked what it stood for. Being a person who likes to get to know everyone, especially people form difference backgrounds, diversity was essential to me. Plus I didn't have to write an extra essay!
Position at university: Academic Year Lecturer in Religious Studies and Faculty Director of Unity RLC
Hometown: Harlingen, TX
Hobbies: Meditating, Reading Novels, Writing Stories, and Cooking
Background: B.A. in Humanities from University of TX at Austin, M.A. in Religious Studies and Ph.D. in History of Christianity from University of Chicago
Specialty: Comparative Mysticism
Reason you choose SCU: Wanted a school that had a Jesuit focus on engaged learning, solidarity, critical thinking and social justice
Reason you choose Unity: Unity has a family feeling, the student are kind and respectful, and the theme of the RLC is centered on Diversity. The community is also very strong.
Hometown: Menlo Park, CA
Major (earned): BA in Psychology from Notre Dame De Namur University, MA in Coundeling Psychology from SCU
Hobbies: Running, playing soccer, spending time with family and friends
Why did you choose to come to SCU? I came to earn my Master's at SCU because they had a Latino emphasis which helped me learn how to integrate culture into my work as a clinician.
Why did you choose Unity? I chose to live in Unity RLC because I value Unity's theme of building community across cultures and for valuing diversity.
Hometown: Longview, WA
Hobbies: I collect and listen to music. I also play 14 different instruments, but focus on Saxophone, guitar, singing and harmonica. I also read, Sherlock Holmes is my favorite character in fiction ever. I also have a wife and 2 year old daughter who I spend time with as much as possible.
Background: I earned a bachelors in history with an emphasis in American Indian studies at Washington State University in 2005. I then worked for four years as a Residential Education Director at WSU and chipped away part time at my masters in higher education admin and earned that in 2008. I came to SCU in July and started serving as the Resident Director for Unity Residential Learning Community.