About Our Office

The Dean of Students Office serves as an advocate for all Brandeis students, strives to ensure the quality of their overall co-curricular experience at the university and promotes opportunities for students to engage in leadership activities and to experience personal, social and emotional growth and development.

Dean of Students Office Team group picture outside of the Skyline Residence Hall

Photo Credit: Leigh Hilderbrandt

The Dean of Students Office focuses on crisis management and fosters a safe and healthy campus environment where students grow and develop personally, socially, and emotionally. The Care Team, Department of Student Rights and Community Standards, and Department of Student Engagement all fall under the Dean of Students Office Team.


Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam
Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam
Dean of Students
781-736-3600 Shapiro Campus Center, 224

As Dean of Students, Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam oversees the Departments Community Service, Student Activities, Student Rights and Community standards, and co-chairs the Care Team.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Wilmington College and a master's degree from the Bowling Green State University, both in Ohio. She previously worked at Northeastern University in Boston; Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky; and the University of Dayton, in Ohio.

alex rossett
Alex Rossett
Assistant Dean
781-736-5070 Shapiro Campus Center, 209

Alex Rossett has worked in various small to midsized private institutions around New England. During her years in higher education, she has been involved in wellness education, career services, orientation, residence life and community standards. Her focus is on helping students build vibrant campus communities while empowering them to find who they are as individuals and bring the best and most unique aspects of themselves to each experience they create. 

Alex holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a minor in sociology, from SUNY Cortland, and a master's degree in counseling, with a concentration in student development in higher education, from Central Connecticut State University.

Elba Valerio
Elba Valerio
Executive Administrator
781-736-3041 Shapiro Campus Center, 224

Elba Valerio provides administrative support for the Dean of Students Office. Specifically, she manages and coordinates the day-to-day administrative activities of the office and coordinates responses to student and parent inquiries.

Elba is a graduate of Bentley University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in international business management, and holds a master's degree in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University.

She was an Americorps member of City Year Boston, a volunteer service program that focuses on making a positive impact in education and community development. Born and raised in Boston, Elba is fluent in English and Spanish.

Wendy Gordon
Wendy Gordon
Care Team Case Manager

 As the Care Team Case Manager, Wendy helps to coordinate resources and services for students of concern in the Brandeis University community. Prior to Brandeis, she provided specialized advising services and support programs at Northeastern University and North Shore Community College. Other positions that have shaped her passion for supporting student success include teaching psychology and other courses (in the classroom and online), executive function coaching, working with at-risk youth at a non-profit organization, as well as clinical triage and research roles at Boston area hospitals.

Wendy completed a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, a Masters degree in Applied Child Development and Clinical/Developmental Psychology from Tufts University, and a post-graduate seminar in Mood Disorders from Harvard University.

 Wendy grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Boston in 1998. She enjoys singing, attending concerts, yoga, photography, and traveling.