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 High School and Incarnate Word High School. In addition, both custodial and maintenance staff play an important role in providing an exceptional living environment.


Diane Sanchez
Director of Residence Life and Housing Operations

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Diane Sanchez is responsible for 1200+ on-campus students and making sure that while they stay on campus, their experience is the best. 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 

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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, from maintenance, to concerns, to conduct. Consider him your “go-to” person for your housing and residential needs.

Email: chiodobe@uiwtx.edu 
Phone: (210) 883-1996 
Fax: (210) 283-5023

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


Manuel Esquivel
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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
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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/STA

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 problems.

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

His office is located in the Madeleine Hall (D307)


Susanna Alford
Graduate Area Coordinator-Operations

Susanna Alford oversees the overall maintenance and aesthetics of our 10 residential facilities. In addition, she is responsible for final walk through once residents have checked out of their room. Chances are, if you’ve seen any brochures or posters from our department, Susanna has had a hand in their development as she also focuses on our marketing endeavors for our department.

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

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


Patrick Matulich
Graduate Area Coordinator-Residential Education

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

Email: matulich@student.uiwtx.edu
Phone:(210) 883-1994
Fax: (210) 283-5023

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


Nishesh Singh
Graduate Area Coordinator, Student Affairs

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

Email: nksingh@student.uiwtx.edu
Phone: (210) 883-1995
Fax: (210) 283-5023

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


Isabella Crawford
Student Assistant-Residential Programming

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

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

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


Resident Life - Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants

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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.