Resident Ministry

About Resident Ministry

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...

  • attending a hall program planned by your Resident Minister (past programs include pizza feeds, yoga, prayer and meditation services, and chili dinners, to name a few)
  • scheduling a time to have a one-on-one conversation with your Resident Minister
  • running into your Resident Minister around your residence hall - it's home to both of you!


One-on-One Conversation

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.

Who Is My Resident Minister?

Residence Hall or On-Campus ApartmentResident Minister
Bellarmine Hall

Julie Hurst
Fr. Colleen Nsame, SJ

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
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Julie Hurst

Masters in Cultural Studies

Resident Minister, Bellarmine Hall

Phone: 206-296-2327

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!).

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Gina Lopardo (she/her)

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Master of Science in College Student Personnel

Resident Minister, Xavier Global House

Phone: 206-296-6460

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.

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Susan Meyers

Resident Minister, Chardin Hall

Phone: 206-296-5416

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. 

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Fr. Colleen Nsame, SJ

Campus Minister
Resident Minister, Bellarmine Hall

Phone: 206-296-4430

Colleen Dinladjer Nsame, SJ was born in Cameroon, a country in the central part of Africa. The desire to serve God led him to embrace the Jesuit priesthood and his religious vocation. Colleen has three bachelors degrees in History, Philosophy and Theology. With passion in spirituality, he is currently pursuing a graduate degree through Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry. To help others articulate God in their experiences is one of his fundamental desires in his role in Campus Ministry. As a Campus Minister and a Resident Minister in Bellarmine Hall, Colleen loves to listen and be for and with others.