Resident Ministry is a collaborative offering shared by the Departments of Campus Ministry and Housing and Residence Life. Resident Ministers reside in each of the four traditional residence halls on campus and provide an additional layer of support for all campus residents. Each Resident Minister brings their own personality and style of care to their role. Some of the ways you might interact with your Resident Minister include...
Resident Ministers are available for one-on-one conversations with students seeking support and companionship on their journeys at SU. You don't have to be Catholic to meet with a Resident Minister, and you don't have to talk about faith or spirituality unless you want to. Issues students bring to Resident Ministers include but are not limited to transition to college or other life adjustments; grief and loss; life direction and purpose; academic stress; social and relational issues; identity and belonging; and spiritual and religious questions and practices. Resident Ministers are also confidential resources for students who have experienced sexual assault. For more information on on-campus resources for survivors of sexual assault, including a list of confidential resources, visit the Dean of Students' page on sexual misconduct.
|Residence Hall or On-Campus Apartment||Resident Minister|
|Campion Hall||JoAnn Lopez|
|Chardin Hall||Susan Meyers|
|The Douglas||Susan Meyers|
|Kolvenbach Community||Susan Meyers|
|Murphy Apartments||Susan Meyers|
|Vi Hilbert Hall||Gina Lopardo|
|The Yobi||Gina Lopardo|
|Xavier Global House||Gina Lopardo|
Masters in Cultural Studies
Resident Minister, Bellarmine Hall
Julie Hurst was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Southern California during her childhood. Her career in higher education spans more than 20 years and has consisted of working in spaces of learning outside of traditional classroom settings. This has included working in housing and residence life as well as in study abroad at both public and private institutions. In addition to serving as a Resident Minister in Bellarmine Hall she is the Director of Campus Engagement at the Center for Community Engagement. Julie is passionate about working with students at all stages of their educational paths, listening to their stories (especially learning what led them to SU), and assisting them with connecting to opportunities and to others. She collaborates with various SU offices to offer quarterly gatherings designed for Redhawk students of color to gather and share in community together. Julie also enjoys music, movies, traveling, sports, soaking in sunshine, and the gift of having conversations related to reflection and spirituality. She received her M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington, Bothell and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine (Zot!).
Master of Divinity
Campus Minister for Liturgy
Resident Minister, Campion Hall
JoAnn grew up in India and Singapore, where she learned the importance of hospitality, inclusion, good food, and how to live in an multifaith and multicultural world. She has been immersed in Jesuit education and formation for the last decade through her experiences at Saint Joseph’s University, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and now Seattle University. A transplant to the West Coast, JoAnn loves living near the water again. JoAnn enjoys listening deeply to students’ stories, creating spaces and opportunities for moments of reflection and prayer, sharing meals, chatting about pop culture, and playing six degrees of separation. Having participated in Catholic liturgy on four continents, she marvels at unity in diversity in the church, and is passionate about ritual, prayer, the global church and social justice.
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Master of Science in College Student Personnel
Resident Minister, Xavier Global House
Gina Lopardo was born and raised in Rhode Island and only left that state when she moved to Seattle twelve years ago. She earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Rhode Island and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University. She directs the Education Abroad Office in addition to serving as the Resident Minister in Xavier Global House. Gina is passionate about accompanying students along their journeys and contemplating life’s paths. She is devoted to her two dogs, Lacey and Diego, loves to read, cook, eat good food and spend as much time as possible near bodies of water. Some of her favorite topics of conversation include her home state, life on the other (East) coast, tasty recipes, being a first generation college student, searching for spiritual and religious connection, travel, and her time studying abroad in Siena, Italy.
Resident Minister, Chardin Hall
An alumnus of Seattle University, Dr. Susan Meyers grew up selling corndogs, balloons, and cotton candy on the carnival circuit and has since become an international leader in writing studies. In addition to serving as Resident Minister for South Campus, she also directs the Creative Writing Program in Seattle University's English Department. Her novel Failing the Trapeze won the Nilsen Award for a First Novel, and her field study on education in rural Mexico, Del Otro Lado: Literacy and Migration Across the U.S.-Mexico Border, was supported by a Fulbright Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Association of University Women. When she's not at her writing desk, she's likely out at one of Seattle's many arts events or going for a run through the winding, wonderful parks near Capitol Hill.
Resident Minister, Bellarmine Hall