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At SLU-Madrid, we encourage you to become the best version of yourself.

The student life team at SLU-Madrid practices the University mission by being of service to students and encouraging our students to, in turn, be of service to others. 

In the spirit of the Jesuit tradition, we believe in educating the whole person; we are concerned with the life of the mind, body and spirit. We facilitate programs, services and experiences that will help students become leaders who are critically reflective and socially aware. 

Most importantly, we are committed to offering top-quality services to our students, supporting them and offering opportunities for them to succeed in their college life. 

We are here to help you with anything that is a matter of concern to you.

Student Life Staff

Carla Aparicio

CarlaCarla Aparicio was born and raised in Panama. She completed the Advanced Diploma in English for Media & Arts at EF in New York, where she later pursued liberal arts studies at Westchester Community College and Pace University in Manhattan. She graduated from Saint Louis University — Madrid Campus with a bachelor's degree in psychology with minors in philosophy and English. In 2020, she was awarded the Regis 100 Merit Scholarship to continue her studies in the Master of Arts in Spanish program at SLU-Madrid. At the same time, Carla is currently in training to become a Gestalt Therapy practitioner. In recent years, she has divided her time between working in counseling and psychosocial support for LGBT people, teaching and writing. 

Student Life Intern
carla.apariciogallardo@slu.edu
Ext. 285

Sharrad Belin
Sharrad Belin

Sharrad was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York. He attended Nassau Community College on Long Island, New York, where he received his Associates Degree in Liberal Arts. He later received his undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from Queens College, City University of New York. After obtaining this degree, he worked with a team of substance-abuse counselors and on-staff psychologists as a psychiatric attendant at South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, New York for one year. He later attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, where he received his Master's in Public Administration with a specialization in management and operations.

Since 1998, Sharrad has worked primarily in the business and finance sector in New York City. Starting from the position of bank teller at 19 years old, Sharrad eventually elevated to supervisory positions in the world of commercial banking. He has held positions ranging from supervisor to assistant manager and finally lead department manager at Apple Bank for Savings, where he helped implement the company's Depositor Services Department. Sharrad's passion for higher education and personal growth and development inspired him to move to Madrid in January 2018 where he worked as an English teacher for a language academy for more than four years. He joined the Student Life team at Saint Louis University in the summer of 2022. 

Student Life Assistant
sharrad.belin@slu.edu
Ext. 240

Paloma Gómez de Salazar

PalomaPaloma Gómez de Salazar was born in southern Spain, but has always lived in Madrid. She graduated from the Pontifical University of Comillas with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

She has done specialization in family and couples' therapy by completing two different masters and is currently studying for a master's in general health psychology at the International University of La Rioja.

Gómez de Salazar has worked in many different areas, including as an instructor at the University Francisco de Vitoria and professor of Catholic religion pedagogy and didactic methods at the University Camilo José Cela. She has taught Catholic religion at Torrevilano School. She also has experience as a counselor in Covadonga Family Planning Centre and as a psychologist and coach in KilosOut, an innovative method of weight loss.

Coordinator for Student Support and Engagement
paloma.gomezdesalazar@slu.edu
Ext. 218/230

Paloma Lladó

PalomaPaloma Lladó was born and raised in Madrid. She studied three years of law before receiving an athletic scholarship to study at Florida International University, were she graduated with a degree in international relations. At FIU, Paloma lead the International Relations Club, participated in the Debate Club and successfully played on the NCAA I golf teams. This gave her a profound experience of the American university system and the perks and challenges of being a study-abroad student.

After working in event management, protocol and media relations, Paloma completed an international MBA at IE in Madrid. Thereafter, she started her own event-management company, where she worked over 10 years.

She has also lived in Brazil and Italy, always working with young people, organizing great cultural events, including over 70 exhibitions for the World Youth Days of Rio 2013, and participating in Favelas and university environments, inspired by working in human development and spiritual growth.

Passionate about students, she is studying for a master's in educational accompaniment. Paloma joined SLU-Madrid's Office of Student Life in 2021 as staff support for housing, service-learning opportunities and campus ministry, among other areas.

Housing Coordinator
paloma.llado@slu.edu
Ext. 245

James O'Leary, S.J.

JamesJames O'Leary, S.J., is a native of Chicago. He entered the Jesuits in 1981. After being ordained a Catholic priest in 1991, he lived in Peru, where he worked in popular education and jail ministry. He has been the campus chaplain and a professor of theology at SLU-Madrid since 2007.

Campus Chaplain
james.oleary@slu.edu
Ext. 279

César Rioja

CesarCésar Rioja was born and raised in Madrid. He received a bachelor's degree in physical education from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. For six seasons, César played guard for the Movistar Estudiantes, as a professional basketball team player in the Spanish Asociación de Clubes de Baloncesto League ("the Spanish NBA"). He also played in the Spanish National Team. Since 1999, César has been the Sports Director at SLU-Madrid, where he is also the current academic advisor for all the athletes registered at SLU-Madrid. César assists all SLU-Madrid students wishing to practice the more than 20 different sports offered at the University.

Sports Director
cesar.rioja@slu.edu
Ext. 208

Carlos Villar

CarlosCarlos Villar Moreu was born in Madrid and has lived most of his life here. He graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid with a bachelor's degree in history. Carlos has worked in different fields throughout his career, from data recording in a financial and legal consulting firm to teaching English and coordinating English teachers for a private academy. He has developed a special interest in helping students achieve their goals and assisting with obtaining the NIE, TIE and other official documents students may need.

Programs Assistant and Student Residency Support
carlos.villar@slu.edu
Ext. 239