Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs
The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs serves as a central resource and can help when you’re not sure where to begin. Additionally, we provide information for families, opportunities for students to voice their opinions on pressing campus matters, and moments for the community to come together with a shared school spirit.
Raymond Lu-Ming Ou is the vice president of student affairs, the chief student affairs professional for the university. He oversees many of the university’s most critical student-facing departments, including the Dean of Students Office, the Hiatt Career Center, Community Living, Department of Athletics, Office of Graduate Affairs, the Center for Spiritual Life, Hillel, Family Engagement and Communications, and student health and wellness, which includes the Counseling Center, the Health Center and the Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center.
Ou has significant work experience in all areas of student life. He works closely with faculty, staff and students across the university to strengthen connections between Brandeis’ curricular and co-curricular activities.
Ou has overseen residence life programs, diversity programs, culturally inclusive counseling and health programs, student accessibility services, career services, academic advising and more. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Ou was the senior associate dean of student affairs at Tufts University, helping to lead a division of approximately 125 professional staff members. He previously served as a student affairs leader at several universities, including Johns Hopkins, Yale and Simmons.
Ou has three degrees from Johns Hopkins University, including a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in music, and a master of science in clinical counseling.
Andrea Dine is the assistant vice president of student affairs, overseeing departments including the Hiatt Career Center, Brandeis Counseling Center, Health Center, and the Prevention, Advocacy and Resource Center. She also manages divisional finance, information technology and human resources, and is passionate about assessment and diversity, equity and inclusion work.
Dine has experience in a variety of areas of university administration and student services including career services, residential life, orientation, women's center, student activities and registrar's office.
Prior to coming to Brandeis, Dine worked at a variety of institutions including Macalester College, University of Minnesota, University of Cincinnati, and Wesleyan University.
Dine has a master's degree in higher education administration, with a specialization in student affairs from the University of Connecticut, Storrs and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dr. Shelby Harris is the assistant vice president of student engagement and campus life. She oversees the Dean of Students Office and Department of Community Living, as well as the implementation of strategic initiatives, divisional operations, and special projects for Student Affairs. Harris also serves as a liaison with senior administrators to advise on policies and programs to help foster a more integrated, inclusive and vibrant experience for all students.
Prior to joining Brandeis, Harris served in a variety of student-centered roles at University of Massachusetts Boston for more than 12 years, most recently as Associate Dean of Students. She also worked at Merrimack College, Bridgewater State University, and on the Semester at Sea Program. She is passionate about mentoring and working with students, as well as collaborating with staff to create involvement opportunities and support the evolving, diverse needs of students.
Harris has a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration from University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in education from University at Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in Science from Castleton State College.
MaryAnne Murphy joined the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs in November 2019. She came to Brandeis from Emmanuel College, where she served as Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs for more than 13 years. Prior to her work in higher education, Murphy was a marketing coordinator for a Boston-area architectural firm that specialized in school construction.
Murphy holds a BS in Business Administration and an MS in Human Resource Management from Emmanuel College.
Dvora Pemstein has been working in communications, community building, social media and volunteer engagement with Brandeis parents and families since 2013. In 2017, her role expanded to include the management of strategic divisional communication and marketing to students.
Pemstein has worked in social service and community-based organizations throughout her career, in direct client service, research, community organizing, and administration. Immediately prior to joining the staff at Brandeis, she was director of volunteer services at Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Boston.
Pemstein holds a bachelor's degree in Jewish studies from Queens College and a Master of Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.