Residential Life { Division of Student Affairs/Enrollment Management }

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Introduction of Staff/Roles

We are committed to providing a comfortable living/learning environment which enhances the academic experience at SF State. Our community is composed of individual from diverse racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds, national origins, religious and political beliefs, physical abilities, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Our activities, programs, classes, workshops, lectures, and everyday interactions are enriched by our acceptance of one another. We strive to learn in an atmosphere of positive interaction and mutual respect.

As adults, we are responsible for our behavior and are fully accountable for our actions. We take responsibility for our awareness of racism, sexism, ageism, xenophobia (fear of that wich is strange or foreign), homophobia, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression.

The Residential Community is staffed with people who work to serve residents in a variety of ways. There are a number of students and full-time staff members who work in Residential Life specifically to make sure life outside of the classroom is supported.

Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life

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Mary Ann Begley, Ph. D.

The Director of Residential Life is responsible for the comprehensive administration of the Residential Life program and works closely with the University community to develop resources and services within the Residential Community. The Director of Residential Life also sets the tone for the department and serves as the visionary in leading the Residential Life staff in providing meaningful experiences for the students residing on-campus. The Director of Residential Life oversees the general administrative supervision of the Resident Service Program and the service incorporated within these areas desks. The Director also oversees the Conduct Coordinator and is responsible for directing and monitoring the administrative, emergency, and judiciary concerns within the Residence Community.

Associate Director of Residential Education

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Kevin Kinney

The Associate Director of Residential Education provides comprehensive supervision of the Area Coordinator staff, inclusive of indirect supervision of the Resident Assistant staffs. The Associate Director also represents Residential Life through the Division of Student Affairs, working to create and maintain a symbiotic relationship in an effort to develop our student residents in a holistic manner. The Associate Director of Residence Life also and directs the resident relations programs in our apartment living communities at University Park North and South.

Assistant Director of Residential Life

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Shimina Harris

The Assistant Director of Residential Life oversees programs and administrative processes that contribute to the functioning of the Residential Life program. This would include oversight of the assessment of programs and services in Residential Life, oversight of the Residential Life website and other marketing efforts, reconciliation of the Residential Life budget, oversight of staff selection and training, communication with internal and external constituencies, oversight of health and wellness initiatives with a particular focus on alcohol and other drugs education, crisis response, managing the review of policies and procedures, and developing and facilitating an ongoing professional development program for professional staff.

Residential Life Clinical Counselor

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Rick Nizzardini


The Residential Life Counselor is a clinical counselor/faculty member who provides individual, couples and group counseling for residents in our community. The Counselor also coordinates resident programs on mental health and well-being, the effects of alcohol and substance abuse, and other health and wellness related issues. In addition, the Counselor runs our Let’s Talk drop-in advice program for all residents. (Go to the following link to learn about Let’s Talk and its hours of operation:

Residential Life Health & Wellness Coordinator

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Morgan Weinert

The Health and Wellness Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing workshops, presentations, and other prevention and harm reduction based activities on the topics of alcohol and other drugs (AOD), sexual wellness, sexual assault, and exercise and nutrition. The coordinator works closely with residential students to address wellness and prevention in University housing and performs follow-up as needed with conduct cases centered on these topics. This position collaborates with other campus resources (i.e., Prevention Education Programs, Student Health) to provide the residential community with information and resources that are directly related to health and wellness issues among college aged students.

Residential Life Conduct Coordinator

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Patrick McFall

The Residential Life Conduct Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the Residence Community Conduct System. The Conduct Coordinator provides direct supervision of with the Community Assistant staff and the Conduct Review Boards to uphold community standards and safety. The Conduct Coordinator also supports the Area Coordinator staff in the overall administration of the Conduct process and case management. The Conduct Coordinator also works closely with the Office of Student Conduct.

Residential Life Project Coordinator

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Johana Duarte

The Residential Life Project Coordinator provides direction, oversight, and focus on emergency preparedness training, education and response, leadership and community service initiatives, and other special projects for the residential community. The Project Coordinator also assists the Residential Life Conduct in addressing conduct issues and concerns within the residential community and actively responds to crisis, student wellness, and emergency issues within the residential community.

Resident Services Coordinator

Mary Ann Begley, Ph. D.

The Resident Services Coordinator oversees multiple community service desks that serve a population of 2,400 students residing in two traditional residence halls and three apartment style buildings. This staff member has oversight with regard to key handling and inventory, US mail and package processing; training, scheduling and supervision of the Resident Services Assistant staff.

Residential Life Administrative Assistant

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Aaron Kitashima

The Administrative Assistant reports primarily to the Director of Residential Life, and also provides support to the Associate Director of Residential Life. The Administrative Assistant works on special projects as well as providing support for the daily program operations.

Residential Life Area Coordinator (AC)

A full-time professional Area Coordinator (AC) oversees each Residential Community. These professionals are skilled in, conflict resolution, advising, crisis intervention, resource referral, and administrative management. They can be contacted through your front desk. These managers supervise a Graduate Assistant and a staff of student Resident Assistants.

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Andrew Bradley

Towers at Centennial Square & Science and Technology Theme Community

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Paul Renolis

Village at Centennial Square

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Marygrace Swarts

Mary Park Hall/Mary Ward Hall

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Rachel Herrmann

University Park North

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Aris Kaleps-Clark

University Park South

Graduate Assistant (GA)

Graduate Assistants live and work in our community. The Living Learning Graduate Assistants (GAs) provide academic support and bridge student relationships with the university's faculty and academic support staff.

Resident Assistants (RAs)

Resident Assistants (RAs) are students who have experience living in residential communities and are familiar with what it takes to make the most of your experience here. Your RA has been carefully selected on the basis of his/her ability to show concern for students and to help make your living environment positive and educationally enriching. RAs are trained to serve as community builders, activity advisors, group facilitators, and referral agents. Your RA is someone who can answer your questions. If they can't answer your question, they will refer you to the person who can. Remember, our program exists so you, the resident, will be challenged and supported to learn and grow.

Community Assistants (CAs)

The Community Assistant (CA) brings a student staff perspective for developing policy, procedure, and solutions for Residential Community issues. The primary responsibility of the CAs is the development of the Peer Conduct Review Boards which consist of students who volunteer to hold their peers accountable for the decisions they choose to make while living in university housing. The CAs primary focus is to help create an environment within the community that displays respect for the rights and privacy of others and promotes consideration of individual needs in a group living environment.

Resident Services Assistants (RSAs)

The Resident Services Assistant (RSA) is responsible for daily operations of the Residence Halls front desk by providing quality customer service for the residential community.

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