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Residential Life Team

The Residential Life professional staff serve as a support TEAM working closely with residents to create a hall environment in which optimal student learning and personal development can be achieved.    

Michelle Hobby-Mears, Director of Residential Life and Student Activities

The Assistant Director of Student Programs works closely with the Residential Life staff on co-curriculum programming for the residential community.

Julian Velarde, Assistant Director of Student Programs

The Assistant Director of Residential Operations and Planning lives on campus and manages the operational issues associated with the entire residential community in coordination with the Facilities Department. The AD also focuses on residential community development and planning and works closely with the staff to support residents.

Lisa Deiser, Assistant Director of Residential Operations and Planning

The Assistant Director of Residential Education is responsible for the development and maintenance of the Soka University Residential Life Co-Curriculum and creates opportunities for intellectual stimulation for the residential community. The AD works closely with the Faculty Resident and Residential Life staff in promoting residential education with an emphasis for student learning that is consistent with the core values of community, diversity, scholarship, citizenship, and personal growth.

Brian Durick, Assistant Director of Residential Education

The Residence Hall Coordinators (RHC) provide leadership and supervision. As live on staff, their responsibilities include supporting residents' needs, supervising the RAs, managing hall facilities, coordinating co-curricular programs, and advising the Residence Hall Association. The RHCs are available to assist in all matters.

Wanna Dean, Residence Hall Coordinator

Andy Lyum, Residence Hall Coordinator

Ruby Nagashima, Residence Hall Coordinator

Resident Advisors (RAs) have a unique opportunity to positively impact our residence halls by working with residents and the Residential Life staff members. RAs function as community guardian, a resource, programmer, supporter and friend. RAs operate the front office during evening office hours assisting residents with checkout, maintenance or service requests and in any other area of need. RAs organize educational hall programs for the benefit of the student community as well as assist the staff when conflicts or crisis arise within the community.

Bryanna Streeter - RA serving Sunrise Hall 300

Joan Chica  - RA serving Sunrise Hall 300

Yuan Hung " Howee" Wu - RA serving Abeona Hall 305

Elissa Park - RA serving Aurora Hall 310

Si Min Chew - RA serving Horizon Hall 315

Alexander Brown - RA serving Umoja Hall 370

Jaroslav Zapletal - RA serving Minuteman Hall 375

Catherine Wheeler - RA serving Sunset Hall 380

Hayato Yamashita - RA serving Sunset Hall 380

Tamara Siemering - RA serving Somnus Hall 385

The Faculty in Residence Program is an excellent opportunity for you to get to know faculty outside of the traditional classroom environment. The Faculty Resident (FIR) lives in the residence halls to support the students whether in their adjustment to campus life or assistance with their studies.

Peter Burns, Faculty Resident 2015-2016
Professor of Political Science