About Our Office

The Dean of Students Office serves as an advocate for all Brandeis students, strives to ensure the quality of their overall cocurricular 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 staff members smiling outdoors

Our office maintains a varied program of social, cultural and intellectual events during the academic year. We work to build a community based upon mutual understanding and consideration.


Jamele Adams
Jamele Adams
Dean of Students
781-736-3600 Shapiro Campus Center, 223

Jamele Adams has the responsibility for the quality of undergraduate and graduate student life outside the classroom, and he is the senior advocate for students and the programs and services provided to them. He oversees the Dean of Students Office, which includes community service, student activities and student rights and community standards.

Jamele also has institutional responsibility for student judicial procedures and advises the university regarding immediate actions necessary to assure the well being of students.

Jamele holds a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University. He is also a celebrated poet.

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

As associate dean of students, Monique Pillow Gnanaratnam oversees the department of 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.

Stephanie Grimes
Stephanie Grimes
Assistant Dean
781-736-3600 Shapiro Campus Center, 226

As assistant dean of students, Stephanie Grimes oversees the department of student activities and community service and serves as a liaison between the university and students in moments of crisis or challenge. She manages the day-to-day operations of the department, including but not limited to staff supervision, budget management and marketing and promotion, and serves as an adviser to the Family Weekend and Senior Week programs.

Stephanie has been a part of the Brandeis community for more than two decades, previously holdings the positions of director and associate director of student activities, activities adviser and quad director. Prior to joining Brandeis, she worked as assistant director of student involvement at Chowan College in Murfreesboro, North Carolina.

Stephanie graduated from Bryant College (now Bryant University) with a bachelor's degree in business management and  holds a master's degree in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University.

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.