Xavier Residential Learning Community (RLC) is a traditional-style, co-ed community of first and second-year students, focused on the themes of faith, justice, and solidarity. The RLC is housed within Sanfilippo residence hall.
Guided by the Jesuit notion of “a faith that does justice,” the Xavier RLC invites community members to explore how their core beliefs and worldviews inspire lives of inclusion, advocacy, and action. Our interconnected themes of faith, justice, and solidarity task community members with navigating the world in a way that is intentional and mindful of our local and global neighbors. The Xavier RLC expands on the Jesuit tradition of the integration of faith and justice, encouraging residents to embrace their own role in creating societal change through the practice of solidarity. Members of the Xavier RLC strive to celebrate their uniqueness and authenticity, allow themselves to be moved by the injustices of the world, and respond to these in ways that protect the dignity of all humankind.
Xavier RLC provides a co-ed, traditional-style living experience for approximately 200 first and second-year students. Two Community Facilitators support each of the three floors, with a ratio of approximately 32:1. The overall community is approximately 60 percent first-year students and 40 percent, second-year students. Xavier RLC and its neighbor Communitas are smaller communities compared to other buildings on campus, which facilitates a unique and advantageous opportunity for community-building and individual participation.
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. Hall socials and events have exceptionally high attendance. Students often describe their time in Xavier RLC as integral to their first-year experience, and form tight-knit friend groups in this community. Xavier RLC has a designated lounge for commuter students to study or lounge and welcomes commuter students to participate in programs and events.
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 holistic wellness, lead students to on-campus events, and organize service opportunities.
Monday Night Socials are a Xavier RLC tradition, offering residents the opportunity to engage with their neighbors while taking part in a new activity each week. Other building-wide programs have included local volunteer experiences and Solidarity Dinners. Xavier RLC staff members offer a mixture of social and educational programs that create spaces for students to meet their neighbors while diving deeper into our three interconnected themes. Past Faith, Justice, and Solidarity theme programs have included guest speakers, guided meditations, solidarity walks, and documentary or movie nights.
Our staff consists of 6 Community Facilitators, 1 Spirituality Facilitator, 1 Faculty Director, 1 Assistant Resident Director, and 1 Resident Director.
The Xavier RLC Fall 2020 team includes:
- Corelise Specht, M.A., Resident Director
- Sandee Magliozzi, J.D., Law School, Faculty Director
Community Facilitators (CFs)
CFs in Sanfilippo 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.
Sanfilippo Residence Hall
Sanfilippo Hall is a three-story, L-shaped building with two wings, located on the east side of campus, adjacent to Cowell Health 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 Sanfilippo 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 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.