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Deans Office & Student Life


The Office of the Dean of the College coordinates many academic support and student services at Haverford and is generally responsible for student life on campus.

The Deans: Raisa Williams, Martha Denney, Philip Bean, Donna Mancini and Steven Watter.

Five of the deans.

Advising Advising Through the Dean's Office

All Haverford students have access to both an academic advisor and a dean, whose roles are distinct but complementary. The Deans do offer academic advice, but also offer help in a variety of other ways, such as counseling students on available on- or off-campus resources or talking through immediate and/or future plans. And while Deans see many students who are in need of support during a time of difficulty, they are also available to see any student who just wants to share a concern, discuss a campus issue or celebrate an accomplishment. Each of the Deans has designated student advisees, as well as an individual portfolio: academic affairs (including scholarship and fellowship advising), student life, international study, the first-year experience, multicultural affairs, and career and professional advising.

Student Life The Office of Student Life

The staff of the office of student life, headed by the Coordinator of Student Activities and Leadership, work most closely with residential life, student activities, student leadership and governance. As Haverford students bear great responsibility for their own lives and their community, the office staff serve largely as mentors, collaborators and advisors. Since the Honor Code plays such a critical role at Haverford, we have no formal judicial mechanism to address student behavior, but the student life staff work closely with Honor Council and other student leaders to maintain the standards of respect that all of our community members have come to expect.

Affiliated Offices Affiliated Offices

The Office of Dean of the College also encompasses the following departments as important sources of "learning outside the classroom":

While these offices support student health, development and well-being in different ways, they all share an approach that is based on respect for student choices and a fundamental commitment to the importance of education in the decision-making process.