Vice President and Dean of Campus Life

The Office of the Vice President and Dean of Campus Life oversees the Division of Student Affairs, which comprises a number of independent yet interrelated offices and programs designed to foster student growth, build community, and respond to student concerns.

Trained professionals are available to assist all students work through problems or unanticipated crises, set personal or professional goals, foster leadership skills, and plan activities. The staff is also available to listen to student suggestions and grievances.

Offices and Programs

Campus Center Fraternity and Sorority Life (Greek Life)
Career Services Housing and Residence Life
Center for Health and Wellness International Student Affairs
Center for Spiritual Life Multicultural Student Affairs
Counseling and Psychological Services New Student Orientation
ERA Awards Off-Campus Student Services
Family Weekend Purple Key Leadership Society
GLBTQ Student Life Student Handbook

The work of the Division of Student Affairs is guided by the belief that intellectual and personal development are inseparable and that a healthy and caring campus environment is essential to the growth of the whole student.

Student Affairs advances Emerson College’s mission by providing a wide range of purposeful out-of-classroom experiences and services that encourage student learning and foster a sense of community. Students are challenged to think critically and support community standards within an environment where the principles of freedom of expression, civility, diversity, fairness, and caring are valued and affirmed.

All offices are open Monday–Friday, 8:45 am–5:00 pm, unless otherwise indicated.

Student Affairs Commitment to Service Excellence

The Division of Student Affairs at Emerson College is committed to service and service excellence. This commitment shapes how we interact with each other, with students, faculty and staff and with the entire Emerson College and Boston communities. Members and departments in the Division of Student Affairs work to have a positive impact on the Emerson, local, and global communities through actions, interactions, communications and engagement. We strive to build a positive relationship between Emerson and its community members and seek teaching and learning opportunities in all aspects of our work. We seek to improve Emerson’s capacity to meet the needs of our current and future community members through creative and innovative solutions to changing and varied expectations and demands.

As a division, we value:

  • The individual and community
  • Diversity and inclusion 
  • Equity, access and fairness
  • Integrity and honesty
  • Excellence and recognition
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Partnership and collaboration
  • Teaching and learning
  • Recognition of successes
  • Sustainability, environmental stewardship, protecting natural resources and enhancing quality of life while maintaining medical, social and economic productivity
  • Sharing expertise and resources and learning from setbacks

As a division, we support the principles of good practice as outlined by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the American of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA):

  • Engage students in active learning.
  • Help students develop coherent values and ethical standards.
  • Set and communicate high expectations for student learning.
  • Use systematic inquiry to improve student and institutional performance.
  • Use resources effectively to achieve institutional missions and goals.
  • Forge educational partnerships that advance student learning.
  • Build supportive and inclusive communities.

Those interacting with any member of the Student Affairs can expect the following:

  • Access to well informed and well trained staff
  • A prompt response and reply to concerns 
  • A safe and clean environment
  • Caring, polite and professional conversation, service and character
  • Fair and sensitive treatment
  • High standards of service and facilities
  • Information, guidance and support
  • Opportunities for expression and influence 
  • Teamwork and partnership
To enable the success of our community, provide exemplary service, and maintain trust, transparency and collaboration, the Division of Student Affairs makes this commitment to the Emerson College community.