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da Vinci RLC

da Vinci Residential Learning Community is a suite-style, four-year community, focused on the themes of Italian culture and heritage, science, engineering, and the arts.

The da Vinci Residential Learning Community celebrates Italian heritage and culture and honors the many varied interests of Leonardo da Vinci. In da Vinci, ideas are generated, solutions are prototyped, and problems are solved.

Much like Leonardo, da Vinci RLC focuses on engineering, science, and visual art, making for a well-rounded academic and social experience. da Vinci RLC brings forth opportunities to engage our minds and connect our hearts to a greater sense of purpose. In da Vinci RLC, we amplify the passions of our inner Renaissance person.

In addition, da Vinci is home to Ciao da Vinci!, a community on the fourth floor of Casa Italiana that celebrates all things Italian. The community is closely connected to the Italian department on campus, and hosts numerous activities including bocce ball tournaments, Italian movie nights, home-cooked "family" dinners, and a trip to the nearby "Little Italy" neighborhood. First-year students on Ciao da Vinci! take a Cultures and Ideas sequence called "Italy: Gateway of Cultures." Through class discussions and guest lectures, this two-quarter course explores Italian culture from Ancient Rome to Italy today.

da Vinci RLC is a co-ed living space that is home to 350 students from all four class years. Suite-style living provides a unique opportunity for staff and students to engage with one another in thoughtful and intentional ways. Within suites, students have an opportunity to become close to seven other suitemates, rather than a single roommate. Students have an opportunity to return to the community all four years, and the legacy of returning students helps create a strong loyalty to traditional programs and events.

Because most residents have communal space within their suite, it can be a somewhat quieter living experience than a traditional-style hall, and students may need to challenge themselves to leave the comfort of their own space. With many events hosted in public spaces throughout the building, Community Facilitators invite residents to engage with the broader community. Like its next door neighbor Loyola, community-wide programs in Casa tend to see particularly high-attendance.

The Casa front desk often serves as an active social space, where students can pick up their mail, check out games or kitchen items, and grab a stool and stay to chat with Desk Assitants or Community Facilitators. 

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 hosted in da Vinci include:

  • da Vinci Day - On the first weekend of the school year, residents battle it out in a floor competition filled with food, friends, and fun.
  • Prima Notte - On the first Monday of every quarter, residents with kitchens cook a spaghetti dinner for those without kitchens.
  • dV Caffe - Every Tuesday night, residents gather for free dessert in the Casa Commons.
  • Family Game Night - Every Wednesday night, residents come together for friendly competition.


The da Vinci staff is comprised of 10 Community Facilitators, 1 Spirituality Facilitator, 1 Faculty Director, 1 Assistant Resident Director, and 1 Resident Director. 

The da Vinci 2019-2020 team includes:

Leadership Team

  • Zach Tepper, M.A., Resident Director
  • Thiadora Pina, J.D., Law School, Faculty Director
  • Sanad Kawar, Spirituality Facilitator
  • Jacob Wexler, Assistant Resident Director

Community Facilitators

CFs in Casa work with approximately 35 students. All student staff on campus recieve 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.

Casa Italiana Residence Hall

Casa Italiana is a four-year, co-ed space that houses approximately 380 students, and offers a variety of living options. 

First-year students live in 8-person, 4-bedroom suites with a shared living room. Second-year students can choose between single-occupancy traditional rooms or 8-person, 4-bedroom apartments with a kitchen. Third- and fourth-year students live in single-occupancy traditional rooms. Regardless of their living style, students will find a sense of community throughout the building. 

The larger communal spaces include a common room, communal kitchen, 3rd floor patio, and several classrooms. A large courtyard provides outdoor seating, charcoal barbecues, and a bocce ball court.

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    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.

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Resident Director

Zach Tepper 

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Faculty Director

Thiadora Pina


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