Our caring Student Housing and Residential Life (SHRL) team is made up of Resident Advisors (students), Front Desk staff (students), as well as two professional staff members (the Director and Residential Life Coordinator). Together, we work closely with on and off-campus partners to support the students and guests we serve in Hunter Residence Hall. From assisting students grappling with their college journey to connecting students to their campus community, we are here to help ensure our students are able to Live, Learn, and Engage.
Director, Student Housing and Residential Life
Matthew transitioned to UHCL in January of 2019 from the University of Toledo. His education and background includes degrees in Higher Education: Administration (Master's) and Spanish (Bachelor's), with a wealth of knowledge and experience surrounding housing, residential life, and diversity and inclusion. Matthew is responsible for implementing a comprehensive, living-learning residential life program that provides students with a safe and inclusive living environment, high-impact experiences, and opportunities for growth. Aside from his passion of engaging and supporting residential students, he enjoys playing tennis, music, and exploring new cultures and places.
Residential Life Coordinator
Victoria Palacios De Leon
Victoria is a serves as the Public Relations Officer for Lation and Indigenous Students Taking Action (L.I.S.T.A.). Victoria enjoys journaling, writing, and creating digital art.
"I am excited to create an inclusive community that supports first-generation students like myself" - Victoria Palacios De Leon
Nayla is a returning RA and an active member of various student organizations on campus including Tri-Beta Honor Society, Claws & Paws Society, and the Volleyball Club. Nayla enjoys baking, traveling abroad, going to the beach, and spending time with family and friends.
"I became an RA because I really enjoyed my time living in Hunter Residence Hall and wanted to contribute to the process of making residents feel that this is their home away from home" - Nayla Coureur
Collin advocates for residential students by representing Student Housing on the campus Dining Advisory Council. Collin enjoys engaging students over a cup of coffee - "Coffee with Collin". In his spare time, he enjoys reading, biking, meditation, learning new computer programming languages, and video games (especially Super Nintendo).
"I am looking forward to creating a safe, fun and inclusive community for residents" - Collin Hendrix
Jocelyn is a returning RA and likes to spend her time cooking, doing outdoor activities, volunteering with animals, and learning about different cultures. Jocelyn's favorite thing about Hunter Residence Hall is getting to know the residents and creating an inclusive community.
"I became an RA because I want to be a face on campus and develop my leadership skills. Hunter Residence Hall helps me enhance my cultural intelligence and continue to create an inclusive home on campus for all UHCL Hawks. Not only do I learn how to network and establish relationships for my future, but I also make life-long connections within my community." - Jocelyn Smith
Front Desk Staff
Kevin is a new member of the team, with a graphic design major and communications minor. He enjoys playing videogames and watching movies in his spare time.
"I am looking to gain work experience, meet new people, and break out of my shell"
Lisset is a new member of the team, majoring in psychology. She enjoys music and the arts.
"I am ready to meet and engage new students/people around campus" -Lisset Fernandez
Rami is a new member of the team, majoring in mechanical engineering. He enjoys working out, watching sports, and shopping.
"I am excited to meet new residents" -Rami Zaidan