Meet Our Residence Hall Director Staff!

Julia Bales

Residence Hall Director
South Russell Hall


M.S.Ed. Higher Education & Student Affairs, Baylor University
B.A. Political Science & French, Baylor University

Tulsa, Oklahoma

What is the best part about your on-campus community?

The family-feel of South Russell is the best part about my on-campus community. Everyone here truly cares for one another and it is wonderful to see young adults learning to care and share with one another in a truly transformational and meaningful way.

What does authentic Christian community mean to you?

Living in an authentic Christian community means that here, you will be expected to be real with one another. Vulnerability is not something that people are always eager to learn or experience - but I believe it is an important asset to any valuable relationship. In South Russell, we encourage our residents to be themselves and break down any walls, take off any masks, they may have up. We want to live real life together and alongside one another through the ups and the downs - that is what true community is.

What is your favorite part about being an RHD, Resident Chaplain, or FIR?

It is a true privilege to see students come in on move-in day as one person and leave after one year at Baylor as someone else. The development that takes place in students' lives while living and learning on campus is incredible. I consider it a blessing to be able to be a part of these students lives for small fraction of time as they embark upon their Baylor journey. As a Baylor alum, my prayer for my students is that they come to know Baylor and themselves in a way that impacts them for the rest of their lives. I enjoy getting to know students, seeing them thrive and watching them succeed. The role of RHD gets to observe this process day in and day out and I am humbled to serve in a position that has the ability to impact people directly.