Meet the Staff

Portrait of Andrew Flagel.
Andrew Flagel
Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment, Brandeis University
Executive Director, Global Youth Summit

Andrew Flagel is Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment at Brandeis. He supervises the offices of admissions, community living (housing), athletics, financial aid, student accounts, the Hiatt Career Center, the Health Center, the Interfaith Chaplaincy, the Intercultural Center, Student Activities, Global Youth Summit and others serving the Brandeis community. He also periodically teaches courses, most recently in the theater department.

Prior to joining Brandeis in 2011, Andrew was associate vice president for enrollment development and dean of admissions at George Mason University. There he also taught in the Department of Communication, was executive director for the Washington Journalism and Media Conference and the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment, and served as advisor to the university band and the Jewish Student Association.

Before George Mason, he was the director of admissions at the University of Michigan-Flint. He also served as the director of enrollment management for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, and as a regional director of admissions at George Washington University (GW).

Andrew earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy and Master of Arts in education and human development from GW. He received his PhD in education with a concentration in communication from the College of Education at Michigan State University.

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Lydia Casmier
Program Director, Global Youth Summit

Lydia is an educator with a background in social-emotional leadership, college and career readiness training, summer internship programming and case management services. Her approach to program development is supported by her background in positive youth development, and her commitment to expanding college access to under-resourced and first generation students.

Lydia received her Bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and served research assistantships at Harvard University and UCLA, where she researched leadership theory and housing inequality, respectively. Prior to joining Brandeis, Lydia taught high school English in Medellin, Colombia, and served 6 years as Senior Youth Development Coordinator at the Mary's Center Teen Program in Washington, D.C.