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Student Life

There's your life in the classroom, and then there's your life. At SLU-Madrid, we encourage you to become a more complete, stronger you. 

The team in the Office of Student Life at SLU-Madrid lives the mission of the University by serving students and helping our students serve others. In the spirit of the Jesuit tradition, we believe in educating the whole person; we are concerned with the life of the mind, as well as the body and the spirit. We facilitate programs, services and experiences that will help you as a whole person to become a leader who is critically reflective as well as socially and personally responsible.

Most importantly, we are committed to offering top-quality services to our student body. We are here to help you out with anything that is a matter of concern to you.

Student Life Staff

Marta Maruri

MartaMarta Maruri was born in Madrid, grew up in Santander (Northern Spain), and spent her senior year of high school in the United States. She attended university in Santander then transferred to the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, earning an Honors B.A. in European Business Studies. While in Northern Ireland, Marta interned in the field of exports and later worked in marketing. Upon returning to Spain, she taught international and strategic marketing for Queen's University and the University of Humberside and Lincolnshire programs as well as ESL at different business schools. She has worked at SLU-Madrid since 2006.

During her time at SLU-Madrid, Marta has served on the SLU-Madrid Assessment Committee and is currently the director of student life and retention officer.  She formerly served as SLU-Madrid Title IX deputy coordinator. She has completed continued education in relevant fields, including student affairs, Spanish data protection policies, management, motivation, leadership, Title IX and the Clery Act.

Director of Studnet Life and Retention Officer
Ext. 213

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
Ext. 208

James O'Leary, S.J.

JamesJames O'Leary 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 
Ext. 279

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 (UNIR).

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.

Counselor and Campus Minister 
Ext. 218/230

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
Ext. 239

Mohit Naregalkar

MohitMohit Naregalkar is from Mumbai, India. He graduated from Mumbai University with a bachelor's degree in business. He continued his studies in Mumbai to obtain a post-graduate degree in travel and tourism, after which he worked for a travel company as a marketing and event coordinator.

After that, he moved to Doha, Qatar, where he worked as a Senior Travel Specialist for four years. He also holds TEFL certification and has worked as an English teacher in Madrid. Apart from his professional experiences, he is also an excellent Bollywood dancer and was awarded for his work by the Indian Embassy in Qatar in 2015. He has been living in Spain since 2017 and currently works in Student Life as a housing coordinator at SLU-Madrid. With his international profile and stronghold in different languages, he has been helping students with their housing issues and concerns during their stay in Madrid.

Student Support and Housing Coordinator 
Ext. 240