Staff Spotlight: Richard Farias, director of student activities
Richard Farias has jumped feet first from faculty to staff
with his new position of director of student activities in the Office of
Student Life. He is quick to say that he
is excited about his new job.
“I really wanted to try something new,” he said. Now his office is located on the second floor of the Loftin Student Center.
While he loved being part of the English Department, he has
worked with Student Life in various capacities since starting at San Antonio
College in 2005. He has been chair of
the Hispanic Heritage Month committee, an advisor to GALA and the Cheshire
Cheese Club and instrumental in National Coming Out Week activities.
“In a way I was surprised that I got the job. My background
may not be strictly in the field of Student Activities, but I will get
on-the-job training,” Farias said. He said
that he is glad for the opportunity to catch up with the Student Life learning
curve during the summer months.
A native of San Antonio, Farias received his bachelor’s
degree in English and Philosophy from the University of the Incarnate Word and
a master’s in English from UT-San Antonio. He spent his freshman year at
UT-Austin but says it was too big and chose to come home and attend UIW.
“I feel that I can relate to San Antonio kids coming to
SAC,” he said. He has an older brother, Thomas Farias, who teaches Spanish at
Farias, who turns 35 in June, says he enjoys hiking and
cultural events. He is a board member of Equality Texas and was recently named
to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Alex Briseño Leadership Development
More faculty involvement is one of Farias’ goals for the
campus, along with increase in community involvement. “We are in the middle of
San Antonio (and) there has got to be ways to connect with the community around
“My favorite activities that go on here on campus are the
different cultural and heritage celebrations.
They remind us of where we come from and who we are.
I really love the big events
that just kind of explode on the campus mall.”
Farias said he is looking forward to having students living
on campus with the opening of the Tobin Lofts @ San Antonio College. He sees a need for more evening and possibly
weekend activities on campus because of the built-in audience at Tobin Lofts. In addition he is in talks with Kinesiology to
build up the sports programs offered through Student Life.
“Ultimately, we are here for the students. We are
responsible for the students’ money and we want student input on how this money
is spent,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to working with an amazing staff – they are very dedicated and work very hard to really make the students lives better
here on campus.”
We wrapped up the Farias interview with questions like those posed by Vanity Fair magazine
(which are, in turn, taken from the Proust questionnaire):
What’s your idea of
Wanting to do the
things you do because of their intrinsic value. Not because you have to, but
because you want to.
you most admire in others?
you most abhor in others?
Who is the person (living
or dead) you most admire?
If you had a
superhero power, what would it be?
Who is your favorite
character from literature?
Gandalf, from “Lord of the Rings”