Residence Life Team

Residents living on campus are supported by the Director of Residence Life and Housing Operations, the Assistant Director of Residence Life, the Residence Life Coordinator of Housing Operations, the Residence Life Coordinator, the Assistant Residence Life Coordinator, 3 Graduate Assistants, one Student Assistant, 53 Resident Assistants, and various work-study workers. The University is accompanied by a High School Boarding Program that houses students from both St. Anthony's Catholic High School and Incarnate Word High School. In addition, both custodial and maintenance staff play an important role in providing an exceptional living environment.


Diana Sanchez

Director of Residence Life and Housing Operations

Diana Sanchez

Diane Sanchez is responsible for 1200+ on-campus students and making sure that their experience is the best while staying on campus. From sitting on safety meetings, to collaborating with other departments on campus, Diane looks for new ways to deliver a positive and memorable residential experience.

Email: castaned@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 829-3819
Fax: 
(210) 283-5023

Her office is located in the Student Engagement Center (SEC 3160)


J.R. Chiodo-Benmuvhar

Assistant Director of Residence Life 

J.R. Chiodo-Benmuvhar

J.R. Chiodo-Benmuvhar’s primary responsibility is the residential and academic experience. Overseeing two Graduate Area Coordinators, a student assistant, and 45 Resident Assistants, J.R. is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department that include maintenance, concerns, and conduct. Consider him your “go-to” person for your housing and residential needs.

Email: chiodobe@uiwtx.edu 
Phone: (210) 805-2357 
Fax: (210) 283-5023

His office is located in the Student Engagement Center (SEC 3159)


Manuel Esquivel

Coordinator of Housing OperationsManuel Esquivel

Manuel’s responsibility is to be the manager of all things housing and numbers. Beyond that, Manuel is responsible for applications, meal plans, assignments, room changes, and housing billing. Always be on the lookout for e-mails with important housing updates, deadlines, and procedures. Consider him your “go-to” person for questions about your bills, meal plans, or the possibility of living at UIW.

Email: meesquiv@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 805-5865
Fax: 
(210) 283-5023

His office is located in the Student Engagement Center (SEC 3158)


Soraida Portales

Residence Life Coordinator, IWHS/STASoraida Portales

Being the “parent” of 45 high school students is an incredible task, and that is the responsibility of Ms. Portales. Soraida is responsible for the daily residential experiences of our St. Anthony and Incarnate Word high school students. Whether it is driving students to doctors’ appointments, shuttling them to soccer practice, or having conversations of late homework, Soraida ensures our future college students are on the right path to success.

Email: sportale@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 841-7403
Fax: (210) 829-3899

Her office is located in the Madeleine Hall (D306)


Michael Parks

Residence Life Assistant Coordinator, IWHS/STAMichael Parks

Michael is responsible for the general aesthetics and maintenance of Madeleine Hall.  To help support our residential students, Michael directly supervises the eight resident assistants in the hall.  Michael develops programs for our the residents and supports the high school students whether it be driving or talking about class issues.

Email: mparks@uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 841-7404
Fax: (210) 829-3899

His office is located in the Madeleine Hall (D307)


Bella Crawford

Graduate Area Coordinator-Housing OperationsBella Crawford

Bella oversees the overall maintenance and aesthetics of our 10 residential facilities. In addition, she is responsible for final walk-throughs once residents have checked out of their room. Bella supports the Housing Operations side of our department.  Often she is one of the first points of contact if you visit our office with a housing question!

Email: imcrawfo@student.uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 283-5024
Fax: (210) 283-5023

Her office is located in the Student Engagement Center (SEC 3170)


Jackie Ortiz

Graduate Area Coordinator-Residential EducationJackie Ortiz

Jackie is responsible for the academic success of our residents, specifically those students participating in the HOPE LLC and Honors LLC.  Jackie reviews programming proposals, hosts departmental programming, and is a point-of-contact for bringing academic initiatives into the halls such as tutoring, advising, etc.  

Email: jnortiz2@student.uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 805-2356
Fax: (210) 283-5023

Her office is located in the Joeris 1st Floor 108 (JO 110)


Dae Houston-Leyva

Graduate Area Coordinator-Residential ExperienceDae Houston-Leyva

Dae is responsible for the overall experience of our 1200+ residents. She is ready to assist with roommate conflicts, new ideas or initiatives, general questions, comments, or concerns. Dae is able to connect with a variety of different departments and resources to help enhance your residential experience.

Email: dleyva@student.uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 805-2355
Fax: (210) 283-5023

Her office is located in the Joeris 1st Floor 108 (JO 109)


Nishesh Singh

Student Assistant-Residential Education

Nishesh assists with programming efforts within the department.  He attends programs hosted by the Resident Assistants and organizes our departmental wide programming.  Nishesh also reviews the numerous programming proposals and ensures our staff are hosting high quality programs!

Email: nksingh@student.uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 805-5866
Fax: (210) 283-5023

His office is located in the Joeris 1st Floor 108 (JO 108)


Resident Life - Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants Group Photo

resident assistants

A Resident Assistant (RA) is a student staff member that lives in the residence halls. Your RA can be one of the most helpful and resourceful people you will interact while living at UIW. These students have been carefully selected for their leadership potential, interpersonal skills, positive attitudes, and sense of commitment. As a peer, the RA is a basic source of information and referral. RAs assist residents in adjusting to campus life, including academic concerns, roommate relationships, homesickness, and other matters. Your RA is responsible for providing leadership and support to you and other members of your community. Get to know your RA and utilize her/his knowledge and skills.