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Residence Life Staff

Residence Life Staff
Residence Life Staff

The Residence Life staff at the University of St. Thomas aims to make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible for freshmen and create enjoyable experiences for returning residents. With campus programs and hall events, the ResLife staff strives to make everyone feel at home.

ResLife staff members in Guinan and Young halls are great resources for both residents and commuters. Maintaining a ratio of 20 to one (one of the lowest resident-to-staff ratios in the country), they ensure that personal attention is given to each student.

Marquis Gatewood
Marquis GatewoodDirector of Residence Life and Conference Housing

The Director of Residence Life and Conference Housing is responsible for creating and maintaining a residential community where every student feels safe, productive, and at home.

Gatewood, a Houston native, earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications with a double major in political science from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has earned a Master in Public Administration from Texas Southern University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Creighton University. When he is not working, Gatewood enjoys watching “The Simpsons,” discussing politics, and spending time with his three daughters.

Shundeez Faridifar
Residence Life Coordinator

Shundeez Faridifar is from Houston, Texas. Faridifar  holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas (Austin), and a Master of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Faridifar is responsible for summer conference housing, Wonderful Wednesdays, and Resident and Staff Recognition.  As the Coordinator of Residence Life, Faridifar supervises the Community Assistants, manages the 24-Hour/ 7 days a week Guinan Community Service Desk, and oversees Guinan Hall.

Julie Parra
Residence Life Coordinator

Julie Parra is from Bogota, Colombia, and moved to Houston, Texas when she was eight. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston (Main Campus). Parra leads both the First Generations Student Group and ResCouncil, as their staff advisor. As the Coordinator of Residence Life, Parra supervises the Residents Assistants, manages the daily operations of the office, and oversees Young Hall.

Resident Assistants
The duties of the Resident Assistants involve creating a sense of community within their hall. They plan academic and social events, assist residents in conflict resolution and create a comfortable living and learning environment for their residents.
  • Alexis Peltier
  • Devis Velasquez
  • Ally Piotrowski
  • Marwa Awad 
  • Megan Rosales 
  • Greg Pirolli
  • Aaron Ruff
  • Patricio Luis “P.L.” Yanez
  • Gabrielle Martinez-Clayton
  • Erin Novak
Community Assistants
The primary role of the Community Assistants is to create large programming events for all residents, and assist freshmen in their transition from high school to college.
  • Rebekah Douglas
  • Francisco Flores
  • Chante Jefferson
  • Samantha Loos-Polk
  • Gabrielle Rabosa
  • Brandon Park
Contact Residence Life
For more information about living on campus, contact the Office of Residence Life at or 713-525-3836 or follow them on Twitter, @ustreslife or Facebook.
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