Unity Residential Learning Community is a traditional-style, co-ed community of first and second year students, focused on the themes of diversity and civic engagement.
Unity is focused on diversity and civic engagement, and offers students numerous opportunities to explore all aspects of diversity. The theme of Unity is grounded in one of the University's fundamental values: "We cherish our diverse community and the roots that must sustain it: shared values amidst diversity, close personal relationships, effective communication, respect for others, and an engaged concern for the common good of the campus, the local community, and the global society."
Unity offers programs and events in a wide range of diversity themed topics such as: Social Justice, Socioeconomic, Sexuality/Gender, Culture/Race, Religion, National Origin and much more. The exploration, understanding and appreciation of diversity are fostered through courses, co-curricular programming and residential programming.
We strongly believe that exposure and understanding of different ways of thinking is essential to reaching one's potential. It is with this in mind that we plan and implement opportunities for our students to learn about a world larger than themselves, Unity, SCU or their country and then act on this knowledge for the common good. Join us in learning how to be who we are without excluding others
Unity's traditional-style living space is co-ed, with approximately 250 students. It is approximately 50/50 first and second year students. With traditional double rooms, Unity also tends to be one of the more active, social communities on campus.
Students with different backgrounds and academic interests join to understand the role diversity plays as a catalyst for social justice and reflect on a wide range of diversity themed topics such as: Social Justice, Socioeconomic status, Sexuality/Gender, Culture/Race, Religion and much more.
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.
Traditional events hosted in Unity include the Halloween Haunted House, Diwali Celebrations, Iftar dinners, and Global Coffee Hour events in partnership with the Global Engagement Office.
Theme programming often includes topics of diversity and identity. Staff host "Real Talk" discussions about current events and controversies, campus-wide panels, and presentations by local speakers and activists.
The Unity staff is comprised of 6 Community Facilitators, 1 Spirituality Facilitator, 1 Faculty Director, 1 Assistant Resident Director, and 1 Resident Director.
The Unity 2019-2020 team includes:
- Starre Helm, M.A., Resident Director
- Sarita Tamayo-Moraga, Ph.D., Religious Studies Department, Faculty Director
- PJ McCurdy, Assistant Resident Director
- KB Blake, Spirituality Facilitator
CFs in McLaughlin-Walsh support a floor of approximatley 40 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.
McLaughlin-Walsh Residence Hall
McLaughlin Walsh is a three-story building with two wings, with common spaces located on each floor in the center of the building. 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 wing, with one Community Facilitator.
There communal kitchens and laundry rooms located throughout the building, with lounges on each floor and in the basement. A communal space, often used to host campus events, is located directly off the lobby.
In the space directly outside of the buiding, a sand volleyball court, connect four game, and cornhole set are available for student use. Picnic tables and adirondack chairs with umbrellas provide additional outdoor study spaces.
Each student living in a McLaughlin-Walsh standard double, pictured above, is provided a twin XL bed frame and mattress, desk, rolling desk cabinet, desk chair, a closet, 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.