About Us

Elena Lewis, MA’11, who has 14 years of experience in higher education, came to Brandeis in 2004. She is currently the assistant director of the Student Support Services Program. She has actively supported the SSSP Student Leadership Board, the Brandeis Pluralism Alliance, the Chaplaincy and the Brandeis Bridges Fellows. She has taught in the Civil Rights and Educational Equity program during the Justice Brandeis Semester. Elena earned her master’s degree in sociology at Brandeis, researching race and class inequality, social movements, and racial reconciliation. She has presented at national conferences on the first-generation college-student experience. She is very active in New England with faith-based nonprofit organizations, where she mentors and trains students in spiritual disciplines. Elena has traveled across the south to study the historic legacies of systematic inequality in the United States. She recently visited Belize on a service trip to help a needy family with undergraduates from Brandeis.

Susan Parker, Ph.D.'93
Susan is an emerita member of the Brandeis faculty who spent 22 years the mathematics department before retiring in May 2016. Susan taught and coordinated the department's pre-calculus and calculus courses and developed a program to provide graduate students with comprehensive training as teachers. In this role, she devoted much of her time to advising and mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students. Susan has extensive experience supporting students of diverse backgrounds and worked closely with the Student Support Services Program, the Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program and Brandeis's Posse program. She was also an active member of various committees at Brandeis, including the University Curriculum Committee, the MKTYP Advisory Committee, the University Board of Pre-Health Advisors and the Gateway Advisory Committee. In her spare time, Susan enjoys traveling, reading fiction, browsing art galleries and singing.

Note: Thank you to Erika Smith and Brian Koslowski for their service as ombuds during Spring 2016. Both have recently taken on new University leadership roles and it would present a conflict of interest for them to continue as ombuds. Both remain committed to the work of the Ombuds Office.