West Residential College, comprised of Fluor Tower and Webb Tower, is conveniently located near the Engemann Student Health Center, Starbucks, the Lyon Recreation Center, and the Uytengsu Swim Stadium. As such, West Residential College has begun to develop various wellness-based initiatives. Residential Faculty focus on different aspects of holistic wellness and hope to create all-encompassing programming around these initiatives. West Residential College is supported by a dynamic team of faculty and staff who endeavor to create a vibrant community where diversity is celebrated and living-learning opportunities abound.
Fluor Tower, built in 1971, is an 11-story, suite-style community of predominately first-year students. Each suite within Fluor Tower houses 8 students, complete with four bedrooms, a communal living area and bathrooms. Having only four suites per floor makes this building with over three hundred residents feel very comfortable.
Fluor is also home to two of the oldest cultural Special Interest communities at USC, both of which provide opportunities for students to join together in a close community while learning more about their identity and culture. These communities include: the Latinx Floor, also called El Sol y La Luna, established in 1974 where freshmen Latinx students are empowered to become prominent campus leaders; and Somerville Place, named after John and Vada Somerville in 1993, which aims to foster an understanding of and respect for Black culture, while cultivating a sense of family and community.
Built in 1972, Webb Tower is a 14-story residential tower providing student housing in an apartment setting with private bathrooms. The Webb Tower experience provides students with an excellent opportunity to develop strong independent living skills while still being able to enjoy all the amenities of living on campus. Webb Tower caters predominantly to continuing students. The Faculty Master resides on the first floor of Webb Tower and takes the lead in creating an environment conducive to student learning and social engagement.
West Area Staff
Residential College Coordinator
D’Andre Coats is originally from Chicago, and he earned his BS in elementary education and MA in higher education and student affairs from Taylor University. As a first generation college student, he is passionate about access and equity within higher education, with research interests that include racial and gender identity development. A devoted Shonda Rhimes fan, Coats never misses an episode of any of her fantastic shows. You might find him enjoying a night in with friends and a good board game, or cheering on the Chicago Bulls.
Graduate Residential College Coordinator
Rebecca (Becca) Calvillo is pursuing her master’s in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at USC Rossier. Originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, Becca has her bachelor’s in English with a minor in classical civilization from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As an undergraduate, she was involved in student alumni ambassadors for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and student theater. After finishing her degree, she worked professionally in residential education as a resident counselor and area coordinator at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a residential high school for gifted and talented students in STEM. Through her work at IMSA, she developed a passion for working with students in leadership education and service learning. Becca is committed to providing educational opportunities for under-represented populations. She is excited to be rid of Midwestern winters and can’t wait to explore the LA entertainment, food, and scenic views.
Dr. Stan Huey is an Associate Professor of Psychology at USC, with a joint appointment in American Studies and Ethnicity. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1998, and joined the USC faculty in 2000. His research focuses on (1) psychotherapy effects with children and families, (2) cultural issues in psychotherapy, and (3) interventions in criminal justice settings.
Dr. Huey teaches courses addressing mental health, therapy, and diversity. Recent courses include abnormal psychology, culture and mental health, the psychology of African Americans, the psychology of racial bias, and race and crime. He is also Director of Graduate Studies in the Psychology Department. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Huey has extensive experience treating trauma victims and youth with behavioral problems. He also provides clinical supervision to graduate students in clinical psychology.
On a personal note, Dr. Huey is married to fellow clinical psychologist, Tonya Wood, who is Director of Clinical Training at Pepperdine University and has her own private practice. He’s also the proud father of a 3-year son, Ethan.
Carla Della Gatta
Faculty In Residence, Webb Tower
Assistant Professor of Critical Studies
Carla Della Gatta is an assistant professor of critical studies at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She has published essays in collected editions from Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan, and in journals such as Shakespeare Studies, Bulletin of the Comediantes and Shakespeare Survey (forthcoming). She has also published reviews, dramaturged professionally, and she was the lead translator for a play from Spanish to English for the Mellon-funded cultural mobility initiative, The Cardenio Project. She worked as a scholar for the theatre for Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Victory Gardens Theater, and she is currently a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee. Her work has led to invitations to speak in Ann Arbor, Miami, Indianapolis, San Antonio, El Paso, Madrid and Belfast.
Della Gatta received the J. Leeds Barroll Dissertation Prize from the Shakespeare Association of America for the best dissertation in 2016. For her upcoming research, Della Gatta received the American Society for Theatre Research Targeted Area Research Award in 2016 and a fellowship from the New York Public Library in 2017. Her forthcoming monograph on Shakespeare and Latinidad explores how Latinx culture is constructed dramaturgically and textually in recent Shakespearean adaptations and productions.
Primary research areas include Shakespeare, Latinx Theatre, Spanish Golden Age theatre, LGBTQ theatre, gender and sexuality studies, and critical race theory. Della Gatta is an affiliated faculty member for USC’s Race and Equity Center and she also serves as faculty in residence on the USC campus.
West Area Signature Events
The West Residential Area Faculty in Residence, Stan and Carla, host an event each week for the residential students who live in west area. These dinners follow the theme of wellness and incorporates many aspects of wellness into them. Through distinguished speakers, events, and trips students are offered the opportunity to investigate wellness and how to incorporate it into their lives on a daily basis. Some of our past programs include: cooking demonstrations, yoga, faculty meet and greets, speakers from student affairs, Google Inc. Executives and movie trips.