Dean's Office Directory

Student Affairs

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and the Yale College Committee on Undergraduate Organizations assist students in developing organizations and planning events, in some cases provide financial advice and assistance, clarify University policies and procedures, and authorize the use of University resources and facilities.

W. Marichal Gentry

Senior Associate Dean of Yale College
Dean of Student Affairs
Dean of Freshman Affairs
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: wmarichal.gentry@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2907

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Undergraduate activities and organizations; Committee on Undergraduate Organizations; housing; Sexual Harassment Grievance Board; Dean's Committee on Student Grievances; Faculty Committee on Athletics.


Therese (Teri) Barbuto

Sr. Administrative Assistant II
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: therese.barbuto@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2907; (203) 432-7472 fax

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Provides primary support to the Sr. Associate Dean of Yale College, Dean of Student Affairs, Dean of Freshman Affairs: Freshman Orientation Committee; Alcohol Committee; Dean’s Advisory Committee on Student Grievances; Freshman Orientation Activities: Keynote Address, Kaleidoscope; Freshman Counselor Program and Training; Freshman Publications i.e. Calendar for the Opening Days of College; Freshman Mailings; Head Freshman Counselors; Nakanishi Prize Committee; Old Campus Use Requests. Liaison for the Latino Cultural Center, Afro-American Cultural Center, Intercultural Affairs Council, FOOT Program.


Melanie Boyd

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Swing Space, 100 Tower Parkway
Email: melanie.boyd@yale.edu
Phone: 203-432-0847

Susan E. Cahan

Associate Dean for the Arts
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: susan.cahan@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-7476

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Susan Cahan joined the Yale College Dean’s Office in 2009, taking on the newly established position of the Associate Dean for the Arts. She was previously the Des Lee Professor in Contemporary Art, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (2003 to 2009), as well as a faculty member at the Center for Curatorial Studies and Contemporary Culture at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York (1994 to 2003), and a visiting professor in the Department of Art at the University of California, Los Angeles (2000 to 2002). As an art historian she specializes in contemporary art and the history of museums, and has had over twenty years experience as a curator and museum professional. She received her M.A. in Art History at Hunter College and her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


Rodney T. Cohen

Assistant Dean of Yale College
Director of the Afro-American Cultural Center
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: rodney.cohen@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2900

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Directs the activities of the Afro-American Cultural Center.


Lindsay Davis

Office Assistant 2
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: lindsay.davis@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 436-8826

Silvia C. DeCastro

Senior Administrative Assistant II
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: silvia.decastro@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2906

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Provides primary support to the Associate Dean for Student Organizations and Physical Resources: Undergraduate Student Organizations, Yale College Bazaar, Public Speaking Competition, Dean’s & President’s Discretionary Funds, Senior Week, Class Day, Post-term Housing Assignments, Transfer of Residential College Affiliations, Banner/Yearbook. Coordinator for Family Weekend and Cultural Connections. Liaison for the Asian American Cultural Center, Native American Cultural Center.


Saveena Dhall

Assistant Dean of Yale College
Director, Asian American Cultural Center
Director, Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programs
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: saveena.dhall@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2900

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Directs the Asian American Cultural Center, provides academic and co-curricular counseling to students and advises student groups affiliated with the cultural center. As an assistant dean, serves as the director of the Mellon Mays and Bouchet Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programs and also directs Yale College's Family Weekend program.


Garrett Fiddler

Student Affairs Fellow
Swing Space, 100 Tower Parkway
Email: garrett.fiddler@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2900

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Develops and implements primary prevention, bystander intervention, and risk reduction strategies for sexual violence, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct, and addresses the use of alcohol and other drugs by students. Works closely with students, especially freshmen and freshman counselors, the masters of residential colleges, college deans, student educators, SHARE, and University Health Services.


Rosalinda V. Garcia

Assistant Dean of Yale College
Director, Latino Cultural Center
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: rosalinda.garcia@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2900

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Directs the Latino Cultural Center providing advice to affiliated groups and students. As assistant dean, directs the Cultural Connections pre-orientation program and coordinates the Nakanishi Prize committee.


Priscilla Kellert

Director, FOOT Program
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: priscilla.kellert@yale.edu
Phone: 203-432-2907

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Directs the activities of the FOOT Preorientation Program.


John Meeske

Associate Dean for Student Organizations and Physical Resources
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: john.meeske@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2919

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Registration and activities of student organizations, major student events (Organizations Bazaar, Spring Fling, Class Day, Commencement Ball), election of senior class officers and senior events. As Associate Dean for Physical Resources and Planning, oversees student housing, Yale College offices, and classrooms.


Hannah Peck

Student Affairs Fellow
Swing Space, 100 Tower Parkway
Email: hannah.peck@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2900

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Develops and implements primary prevention, bystander intervention, and risk reduction strategies for sexual violence, sexual harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct, and addresses the use of alcohol and other drugs by students. Works closely with students, especially freshmen and freshman counselors, the masters of residential colleges, college deans, student educators, SHARE, and University Health Services.


Theodore Van Alst

Assistant Dean of Yale College
Director, Native American Cultural Center
1 Prospect Street, 1st floor
Email: theodore.vanalst@yale.edu
Phone: (203) 432-2900

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Directs the activities of the Native American Cultural Center.