Residence Halls

Laura Giles

Associate Executive Director
112 Palmer Center

Christie Mathews

Director of University Housing Projects and Outreach
207 Palmer Center

John Malsam

Assistant Director, Operations
119 Palmer Center

Helena Gardner

Assistant Director, Community Development
115 Palmer Center

Shirl Portillos

Assistant Director, Community Development
114 Palmer Center

Teresa Metzger

Assistant Director, Residence Education
117 Palmer Center

Kyle Oldham

Associate Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Assessment
210 Palmer Center

Stephanie Zee

Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion

Mitchell Holston

Coordinator for Student Engagement and Leadership

Lauren Shulman

Coordinator for Selection, Training, and Development

Amanda Daul

Summer Housing and Special Events Coordinator

Sherry Hunter

Community Desk Coordinator

Residence Hall Staff

Residence Director (RD) & Assistant Residence Director (ARD)

Each residence hall is under the supervision of a Residence Director (RD) and an Assistant Residence Director (ARD). These are individuals who are trained to assist and advise students as well as administer the operation of the residence hall and are either working on, or have a Master’s Degree in Student Affairs or similar field. Their responsibilities are many, including the enforcement of University rules and regulations. The RD and ARD work with the Resident Assistants (RA) to help you develop and maintain an environment that promotes academic, personal, cultural, and social growth in the residence hall. This staff works closely with other staff, such as the Community Desk Manager, the Environmental Services staff, maintenance personnel, and Dining Services workers. All help to make your residence hall a great place to live and learn.

Inclusive Community Assistant (ICA)

The Inclusive Community Assistant (ICA) is a live-in student staff member in Residence Halls. The ICA facilitates the creation of a positive, inclusive residence hall environment which supports students’ transition and personal success.  In order for this environment to develop, ICAs make significant connections with residents, help residents know each other, and connect residents to the resources and opportunities of the larger CSU campus.

Community Desk Manager (CDM)

The Community Desk Manager (CDM) is a student manager position in the Department of Residence Life. The CDM assists in supporting the Residence Life Mission – “To create safe and inclusive learning communities that support, challenge, and inspire all students to be ethical leaders and citizens in a diverse society.” CDMs oversee the operation of the front desk in the residence halls and ensure high quality customer services to our students, families & guests; supervise the front desk staff; and are a part of the team creating an inclusive community within our residence halls.

Resident Assistant (RA)

The residence hall staff member you will have the most contact with is your Resident Assistant (RA). Each floor section has an RA who is a student employed by the University to work with the students living on a floor community. Resident Assistants are knowledgeable about campus resources and their services to students and will assist you with your questions and concerns. Your RA will work with all members of your floor to build a community. Utilizing diverse, social and educational programs and floor meetings, your RA will challenge members within your community to grow both personally and academically. The RAs and residents are responsible for helping to create an atmosphere conducive to study and enjoyment. The RAs are there to help you learn how to live respectfully and responsibly with other individuals. When your behavior does not adhere to University rules and regulations, they are responsible for confronting you. They have the job of being a friend, mentor, and a role model who is willing to take time to be of service to you. Your residence hall staff recognize that they cannot make the residence hall a good place to live without your help. When they need your cooperation, they will ask you for it and you will be expected to respond to their requests. Get to know your RA and the other staff who work in your residence hall. They are interested in you and want your residence hall experience to be positive. They are supportive of your personal growth and success in the University community. You are joining a community of learners and the Residence Life staff is here to assist you in this transition.

Desk Staff Member (DSM)

The desk staff members assist in supporting the Residence Life Mission: “To create safe and inclusive learning communities that support, challenge, and inspire all students to be ethical leaders and citizens in a diverse society.” Desk staff members also assist in supporting Colorado State University’s Principles of Community. Finally, desk staff support Residence Life’s Pillars: Connections, Leadership Development, Diversity and Social Justice, Learning, and Professional Development. Desk staff provide high-quality customer services to our students, families, and guests; ensure safety and security; and, assist in creating inclusive community within the residence halls.

All front desk phones are available 24/7

Academic Village (Aspen Hall, Engineering Hall, Honors Hall)

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5807

NickResidence Director
Nick Rhodes
(970) 491-8035

Allison Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5814

Residence Director at Allison HallResidence Director
Jacque Summers
(970) 491-3293

Braiden Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5822

Residence Director at Durward HallResidence Director
Jeffrey Mariano
(970) 491-5823

Corbett Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5827

Residence Director at Academic VillageResidence Director
Justin Schwendeman
(970) 491-4344

Durward Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5963

SydneyResidence Director
Sydney Spiller
(970) 491-5964

Edwards Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5854

GinnyResidence Director
Ginny Durakovich
(970) 491-3257

Ingersoll Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5878

Residence Director at Ingersoll HallResidence Director
Amy Gooch
(970) 491-0639

Laurel Village (Alpine Hall, Piñon Hall, Pavilion)

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-1565

Jen DawrsResidence Director
Jen Dawrs
(970) 492-4889

Newsom Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5872

Residence Director at Newsom HallResidence Director
Andre Roberts
(970) 491-5873

Parmelee Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5983

Residence DirectorResidence Director
Phillis Duncan
(970) 491-5983

Summit Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5804

George GuardadoResidence Director
George Guardado
(970) 491-2246

Westfall Hall

Hall Front Desk: (970) 491-5954

LisaResidence Director
Lisa Gilbert
(970) 491-7680

As a student living in the residence halls, get involved with Housing & Dining Services through student leadership opportunities.

Eco Leaders

Eco Leaders are students in the residence halls who help raise awareness about sustainability issues and encourage environmentally-responsible behaviors for an academic year. Each residence hall has one Eco Leader. Learn more about the Eco Leaders

Hall Council

Each residence hall has its own Hall Council. Hall Council members are students within each hall who are committed to resident participation in leadership, activity planning, and decision making which benefits the residents and their communities. As a Hall Council member, you can also become involved with the Residence Hall Association (RHA) as a senator and National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) as a representative for your residence hall. Learn more about Hall Council

Live Green Team

If you are passionate about the environment, join the Live Green Team and take part in sustainability projects on campus including the Green Power Program, RecycleMania, Earth Day, and much more.

Learn more about the Live Green Team

NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary)

NRHH is a national honor society that recognizes the top 1% of student leaders in the residence halls who value recognition and service and promotes leadership development and student success NRHH representatives of each Hall Council are elected to connect residents to service, recognition, scholastics, and leadership opportunities within the campus community. Each semester applications are accepted from students living in the residence halls who wish to be inducted.

Learn more about NRHH

RHA (Residence Hall Association)

RHA is a leadership opportunity for all students living in the residence halls that encompasses opportunities available through the Hall Council program. RHA’s mission is to seek out and motivate emerging leaders within the halls, and to create strong communities in each hall through programming, conferences, retreats, and more. RHA also supports first-year students during their transition to CSU.

Learn more about RHA

Employment Opportunities

University Housing offers employment opportunities in the residence halls. This is a great way for students to meet people, gain valuable skills, and give back to the community. Hall desk assistant positions are available year-round and additional positions are available in the summer.

Application Information


To create safe and inclusive learning communities that support, challenge, and inspire all students to be ethical leaders and citizens in a diverse society.


The Residence Life staff promotes an environment conducive to the creation of respectful and supportive learning communities. Such communities actively promote, teach, model, and reward an environment that respects social responsibility and healthy life choices free of addictive behaviors. Our staff serves and works with students, faculty, staff, and the local community to provide a healthy and safe environment necessary for learning.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Assignment of rooms in University housing is made in accordance with this policy. To view the University’s complete Non-Discrimination Policy visit the Office of Equal Opportunity’s website.

No Place 4 H8

No Place 4 H8 is a campaign that started in Housing & Dining Services and has been adopted campus wide as a collective message. It embodies the values of CSU’s Principles of Community as a call to action for members of our community to do their part to create an inclusive community for all. As a CSU community, we value different perspectives, experiences and expression of thought. We do not tolerate hate in our spaces and any type of bias-motivated behavior is not acceptable in our residence hall community. Together, we can create a community where everyone is respected valued despite our differences. #NoPlace4H8

Respect for the Rights of Others

Students living in the residence halls are expected to abide by standards of conduct, which are consistent with the educational objectives and priorities of CSU. Respect and consideration for the rights of others and their needs for study time and rest must receive priority over other needs. The residence hall staff helps to create an atmosphere conducive to study, enjoyment, and learning how to live responsibly with other individuals. Each student is expected to respond appropriately to requests from fellow students and staff concerning behavior that does not honor this priority. Should students choose to place themselves in a situation in which others are in violation of University or residence hall policies or procedures, they may also be held responsible for that violation to the same extent as those persons committing a violation (i.e., aiding, abetting, or inciting others).

Commitment to Diversity

The students and staff of the residence halls at CSU are a multicultural community of individuals. We are of diverse racial, ethnic, class backgrounds, and national origins. Our views encompass a broad spectrum of religious and political beliefs, and our sexual orientations may differ. We are unique in that we strive to work and live together, and in the process, we can learn from one another in an atmosphere of positive contact and mutual respect. We are committed to behaving, and expecting others to behave, in ways that demonstrate our beliefs about the respectful treatment of each member of our community. We believe that we are individually and collectively responsible for our behavior and are fully accountable for our actions. We must take initiative and responsibility for our own learning and awareness of the differences that exist in our community and avoid all actions that diminish others. Bigotry has no place within our community, nor does the denigration of other human beings on the basis of age, physical handicap, national origin, sexual orientation, race, gender, or religious affiliation. We do not tolerate verbal or written abuse, threats, intimidation, violence, or other forms of harassment against any member of our community. Likewise, we do not accept ignorance, anger, alcohol, or substance abuse as an excuse, reason, or rationale for such behavior. All of us who work and live in the residence hall community must be committed to these principles, which are an integral part of our purpose, values, and daily activities. We expect students to respect the rights of others and to be effective citizens of the hall and CSU community.

Principles of Community

The Principles of Community support the Colorado State University mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service and engagement. A collaborative and vibrant community is a foundation for learning, critical inquiry, and discovery. Therefore, each member of the CSU community has a responsibility to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University.


We create and nurture inclusive environments and welcome, value and affirm all members of our community, including their various identities, skills, ideas, talents, and contributions.


We are accountable for our actions and will act ethically and honestly in all our interactions.


We honor the inherent dignity of all people within an environment where we are committed to freedom of expression, critical discourse, and the advancement of knowledge.


We are responsible, individually and collectively, to give of our time, talents, and resources to promote the well-being of each other and the development of our local, regional, and global communities.

Social Justice:

We have the right to be treated and the responsibility to treat others with fairness and equity, the duty to challenge prejudice, and to uphold the laws, policies and procedures that promote justice in all respects.