Residence Life Staff

Residence Life Staff

Residence Life Staff

Residence Life StaffThe 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.

 
Ana Alicia Lopez, M.Ed.

Ana Alicia Lopez, M.Ed., Director of Residence Life and Conference Housing

Director 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.

Ana Alicia Lopez is a Houston native with a proud family history at the University of St. Thomas. Her parents are both alumni of the University and her mother lived in the original Guinan Hall. Lopez followed in their footsteps and completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at UST. Lopez was an active member of Residence Life during her time as a student and, after some time away, is thrilled to be back on-campus serving as the Director.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Contact Residence Life

For more information about living on campus, contact the Office of Residence Life at residencelife@stthom.edu or 713-525-3836 or follow them on Twitter, @ustreslife or Facebook.