The Communitas Residential Learning Community (RLC) is a traditional-style, co-ed community of first and second-year students, focused on the theme of civic engagement. The RLC is housed within Campisi residence hall.
Guided by our motto, "local action with compassion," the Communitas RLC embodies the spirit of individual participation in the community. Communitas, Latin for "community," embraces and relies upon its students to actively shape and give life to its theme and activities. The theme incorporates the diverse passions, careers, and personal interests of its residents to provide many opportunities for service learning, volunteering, civic engagement, and exploring local ways to make an impact with compassion. The RLC strives to be a place that fosters and strengthens the interconnected relationship between the individual self, our community, and the world.
Our community provides a co-ed, traditional-style living experience for approximately 200 first and second year students. About 60 percent of our residents are first-year students and 40 percent are second year residents. Communitas RLC and its neighbor Xavier RLC are smaller in compassion to our other RLCs. This facilitates a unique and advantageous opportunity for community-building and individual participation from all students.
Students are engaged with the leadership opportunities in the community, build strong relationships with their neighbors and staff, and find a vibrant community at the hall's front desk, which often serves as a social area. Students often described Communitas RLC as striking a healthy balance between social and studious.
Programs & Events
Every Residential Learning Community (RLC) offers several programs and events each week. Community Facilitators and Leadership Councils host floor and building-wide socials, facilitate activities to promote wellness and mental health, lead students to on-campus events, and organize service opportunities.
Programs and events have exceptionally high attendance. Events that have traditionally happened in Communitas RLC include ResHall Ball, a formal dance hosted for the whole campus by Communitas's Leadership Council, building-wide Monday Night Socials, which take place weekly throughout the year, a finals week coffee cart, and adventures to events happening on campus or in the local community, like Rainbow Prom and culture shows.
Theme programming typically centers on immersion and service trips including San Jose Urban Plunge, Relay for Life, sock drives, campus clean ups, and volunteering with local homeless shelters. Residents are offered several opportunities each quarter to participate in these opportunities both inside their community and off campus.
Our staff is comprised of 6 Community Facilitators (CFs), 1 Spirituality Facilitator (SF), 1 Faculty Director (FD), 1 Assistant Resident Director (ARD), and 1 Resident Director (RD).
The Communitas RLC 2020-2021 team includes:
- Jona Salamanca, M.Ed., Resident Director
- Shelby McIntyre, Ph.D., Business School, Faculty Director
- Briahna Jackson, Assistant Resident Director
- Vacant, Spirituality Facilitator
Community Facilitators (CFs)
CFs in Campisi work to support a wing of approximately 32 students. All student staff on campus receive training in conflict resolution and roommate mediation, crisis response, community building, and campus resources, and are present in their community to support their residents. Students can contact their Community Facilitator or Leadership Team directly for support.
Campisi Residence Hall
Campisi is a three-story, L-Shaped building with two wings, located on the east side of campus, directly across from Malley Fitness Center. Rooms are traditional doubles with a vanity and sink in each space. Communal restrooms are on each floor. Approximately 65 students live on each of the three floors, with one Community Facilitator on each wing.
Amenities available in the building include floor lounges, a communal basement space, balconies, a communal kitchen, and laundry rooms.
The quad between Campisi and Sanfilippo halls has several charcoal grills, picnic benches, and a large grassy area for student use.
Each student living in a Campisi standard double, pictured above, is provided a twin XL bed frame and mattress, desk, desk cabinet, desk chair, and set of three stacking dresser drawers. Two shared spaces not pictured include the closet and vanity with sink, cabinet, and drawers.
Each RLC is coordinated by a Leadership Team composed of a live-in Resident Director, Faculty Director, Spirituality Facilitator(s), and Assistant Resident Director(s). Your RLC’s Leadership Team is a valuable resource and its members can help you with both personal and academic concerns.