Student Learning/Living Experience

This task force is asked to consider how we might develop a more holistic community for all our students — one that integrates academic and co-curricular experiences and provides students with a sense of home and belonging on campus. This group will be asked to gather a myriad of data, including best practices from peer institutions, and assess existing and potential new resources at Brandeis for both undergraduate and graduate students. It will make specific recommendations in the form of a report to be delivered to the president by mid-spring 2019.

The objectives of this task force are broad, and the expectations are that its recommendations will be comprehensive. The Task Force is charged with making recommendations to transform the residence life experience into a more vibrant, inclusive, and engaged experience; to rethink how to build relationships between faculty and students, in both the advising system and the residence halls; and to address concerns about social life on and off campus.

On the graduate level, the task force has similar objectives. It will make recommendations about how to improve advising structures and support, as well as how to develop a greater sense of community and belonging for students across the schools.

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Sample Questions for the Task Force to Consider
  • How could student residential and out-of-class experiences best support the academic mission?

  • How can we continue to increase student diversity and support meaningful engagement and inclusion for all students?

  • How might we better link community service experiences with our on-campus sense of community?

  • How should advising resources be organized to respond most effectively and efficiently to student needs and questions?

  • What role might interested faculty play in enhancing student co-curricular experiences and residential life?

  • How might our graduate students meaningfully engage with and inform the undergraduate student experience at Brandeis?

  • In what ways does our current campus infrastructure, including residence hall and gathering spaces, contribute to or detract from student learning and living at Brandeis?

  • What current policies and practices related to social and residential life might be amended to facilitate our goals?

  • How do students develop a social life at Brandeis? What resources and organizations are central to this process, both on and off campus?

Cochairs

Kim Godsoe
Kim Godsoe
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
781-736-2177 Irving Presidential Enclave 102
Sara Shostak
Sara Shostak
Associate Professor of Sociology
781-736-2213 Pearlman Hall 207

Ex-Officio Member

Lisa M. Lynch
Lisa M. Lynch
Provost
781-736-2101 Irving Presidential Enclave 102

Members

Jessica Basile
Director of Graduate Student Affairs

Laura Hibbler
Associate University Librarian for Research & Instruction

Elena Lewis
Director, TRiO Student Support Services

Susan Lovett
Professor of Biology

Maria Madison
Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity at the Heller School

Lucas Malo
Director, Department of Community Service

Brad Morrison
Associate Professor of Management

Mark Surchin
Trustee

Tim Touchette
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

Working Groups

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Residential Life

Kim Godsoe
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Working Group Cochair

Tim Touchette
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Working Group Cochair

Jamele Adams
Dean of Students

Daniel Breen
Senior Lecturer in Legal Studies

Steve Dowden
Professor of German

Dennis Hicks
Director of Student Activities

Brian Koslowski
Director of Academic Advising

Karen Muncaster
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs; Vice President, Rabb School of Continuing Studies

Sara Shostak
Associate Professor of Sociology

R. Matthews
Undergraduate Student

Hannah Brown
Undergraduate Student; President of the Undergraduate Student Union

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Undergraduate Academic Advising

Elena Lewis
Director, TRiO Student Support Services
Working Group Cochair

Laura Hibbler
Associate University Librarian for Research and Instruction
Working Group Cochair

Kim Godsoe
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Stephanie Grimes
Assistant Dean of Students

Jim Morris
Professor of Biology

Jon Schlesinger
Director of the Hiatt Career Center

Elaine Wong
Senior Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for Undergraduate Education

Myles Porter
Undergraduate Student

Tal Richtman
Undergraduate Student

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Community Engagement

Lucas Malo
Director, Department of Community Service
Working Group Cochair

Sara Shostak
Associate Professor of Sociology
Working Group Cochair

Jennifer Cleary
Senior Lecturer in Theater Arts

Michelle Kim
Associate Director of Athletics

Meredith Monaghan
Director of Academic Fellowships

Matt Nadler
Undergraduate Student; President of the Waltham Group

Hannah Nicholson
Undergraduate Student

JV Souffrant
Operations Specialist in the Department of Student Activities

Mark Surchin
Trustee

Seth Winberg
Executive Director of Hillel

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Graduate Academic Advising

Susan Lovett
Professor of Biology
Working Group Cochair

Brad Morrison
Associate Professor of Management
Working Group Cochair

Jessica Basile
Director of Graduate Student Affairs

Alyssa Canelli
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Vinodini Murugesan
Director of English Language Programs

Mark Paris
Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Discovery

Ajai Scott
Graduate Student (Heller, MBA/MA, SID '19)

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Graduate Student Life

Jessica Basile
Director of Graduate Student Affairs
Working Group Cochair

Maria Madison
Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity at the Heller School
Working Group Cochair

Kate Goldfield
Associate Dean of the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Experience (International Business School)

Monique Gnanaratnam
Associate Dean of Students

Angela Gutchess
Associate Professor of Psychology

Rebecca Torrey
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Rabia Anjum
Graduate Student (GSAS, PhD)

Nikita Ivanchenko
Graduate Student (IBS, MA)