Cyphi Residential Learning Community is a traditional-style, co-ed community of first and second year students, focused on the themes of sustainability and the arts.
Focused on sustainability and the arts, the Cyphi Residential Learning Community brings together students with diverse passions and interests to pursue the shared goal of making the world a better place. Cyphi focuses on helping students engage with sustainability and the arts through social justice work, community service, and helping residents develop meaningful connections at SCU.
In addition to its broader theme, Cyphi has three themed floors, which provide more focused programming for residents interested in exploring a topic more specifically. Cyphi's three themed floors include:
- Sustainability (7th floor): The SLURP (Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project) floor focuses specifically on sustainability, with many of its students taking linked-courses in environmental science, and implements a yearly floor project to promote sustainability in the broader community.
- The Performing Arts (5th floor): The SPARC (Swig Performing Arts Repertory Community) floor focuses on the performing arts, and is home to musicians, artists, actors, photographers, dancers, and poets. Hallway jam sessions are not uncommon in this creative community.
- Outdoor Adventures (2nd floor): the SWAN (Students Wild About Nature) floor focuses on getting students outdoors and into nature. Students on this floor often organize day hikes, camping trips, and other fun excursions off campus.
Cyphi is home to approximately 415 residents, divided among the buildings ten residential floors. With a ratio of about 80 percent first and 20 percent second year students, Cyphi is the primary first-year community on campus. It is a traditional-style, co-ed space with long hallways and double rooms.
Students tend to form close knit communities with their floor. Many describe living in Cyphi as the "classic" college experience, and the high population of first year students makes the community particularly active and social.
Programs & Events
Every Residential Learning Community 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.
Events traditionally held in Cyphi include numerous floor socials, SCUchella, a music festival on the Swig lawn, outdoor movie nights, and building-wide Monday Night Socials, which take place weekly throughout the year.
Theme programming provides opportunities to engage with sustainability and the arts and has included Bob Ross painting nights, sustainability potlucks in the Forge Garden, unplugged game nights, and trips to the De Saisset and other nearby art museums.
The Cyphi staff is comprised of 10 Community Facilitators, 2 Spirituality Facilitators, 1 Faculty Director, 2 Assistant Resident Directors, and 1 Resident Director.
The Cyphi 2019-2020 team includes:
- Kevin Speer, M.A., Resident Director
- Shannon Vallor, Ph.D., Philosophy Department, Faculty Director
- Sally Park, Assistant Resident Director
- Sheerin Khan, Assistant Resident Director
- Jocelyne Cardona, Spirituality Facilitator
- Ozzy Hidalgo-Otamendi, Spirituality Facilitator
CFs in Swig work support a floor of approximately 40 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.
Swig Residence Hall
Swig is an eleven-story, tower with ten residential floors, an 11th floor lounge, and communal space in the basement. Rooms are traditional doubles with a vanity and sink in each space. Communal restrooms, one male and one female, are on each floor. Approximately 40 students live on each of the ten floors, with one Community Facilitator per floor.
There are communal kitchens on several floors in the building, and a large laundry room is located in the basement. The basement has additional communal spaces, including a dance studio and music room.
Each student living in a Swig standard double, pictured above, is provided a twin XL bed frame and mattress, desk, rolling desk cabinet, desk chair, wardrobe, and set of three stacking dresser drawers.
Each RLC is coordinated by Leadership Team comprised of a live-in Resident Director (RD), Faculty Director (FD), 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.