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Coordinator of the Residential Life Program

Elizabeth Valerio

Elizabeth Valerio is the newest member of the University of the Incarnate Word residence life team serving as the Residential Life Program Coordinator for Incarnate Word High School & St. Anthony Catholic High School. The primary areas of responsibility for the Coordinator include: Supervising the Assistant Coordinator and indirectly supervising the Resident Assistants; Managing the Residential Life Program Budget with collaboration from the Director of Residence Life and Assistant Coordinator; Disciplinarian and Educator for the residents, Communicating regularly with constituents of the program - High School and University Administrators, High School Faculty, English Language Services (ELS) and parents of the residents. The Coordinator is required to live on the UIW Campus adjacent to the Residential Life Program. Throughout her college career Elizabeth remained active in various student organizations serving as President of STARS, RA and SRA for the Residence Life department, and Residential Senator for SGA just to name a few.  She was a member of the Residence Life department and has extensive experience in working with students, and planning events within the UIW residential community. Elizabeth’s motto is “Love what you do, Do what you Love.” She is very passionate and intentional in serving young adults and truly impacting their lives by making a difference as they continue to grow, develop, and find who they are in their own individual journey of life. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine from the University of the Incarnate Word and will be working toward a Master in Student Services in Higher Education.

Elizabeth Valerio 

727 E. Hildebrand Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Phone: (210) 841-7403
Fax: (210) 829-3899

 

 

Assistant Coordinator of the Residential Life Program

Soraida Portales

Soraida Portales was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley. She attended University of the Incarnate Word and earned a dual degree in Psychology and Religious Studies. In Fall 2006 she joined the UIW Residence Life team as a Resident Assistant. While working towards completion of her undergraduate degree she interned with CASA; as a court appointed advocate for foster children she realized her passion was helping others and decided to pursue a career in student affairs. Soraida is currently the Assistant Coordinator of the IWHS-SACHS Residential Life Program since August 2008 and enjoys working with a culturally diverse and talented resident population and RA team. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic Residence Life team that develops high school students to achieve their highest potential by offering them leadership support, motivation and personal development. During her spare time she loves to paint, write poetry and spend time with family and friends. Soraida wants to pursue and achieve her professional goal of earning a PhD in Counseling.

 

Soraida Portales 

727 E. Hildebrand Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Phone: (210) 841-7404
Fax: (210) 829-3899

Resident Assistants

Our residential life program is composed of 9 para-professional staff members called Resident Assistants (RA). The RA is a mentor, who develops, coordinates and maintains a program within the community, which strives to provide a positive intellectual, emotional and social living environment for the residents. An RA is someone with at least two semesters of on campus living (including current semester) at the University of the Incarnate Word. The RA is selected on the basis of displaying sensitivity to an interest in working with a diverse group of people, neutrality, respect for dignity and worth of the individual, open-mindedness on issues, and degree of empathy, ability to make decisions and be a positive role model to the young female residents.

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