Division of Student Affairs

Mission Statement

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing student services and programs that complement the overall mission of Columbia College. To that end, we strive to foster individual learning and growth by encouraging the development of character, ethics, values, and multicultural competence by promoting student engagement, both within and beyond the campus community. By supporting student development in this way, our purpose is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural,  psychological, and physical well-being of all students within a supportive and challenging environment that emphasizes practical application of women’s leadership.


Student Affairs Structure

The Division of Student Affairs is the collective name for a number of offices that work closely with students in the out-of-class learning environment. The Division of Student Affairs consists of the offices of the Dean of Students, Residence Life and Housing, Student Activities, Counseling Services, and Multicultural Affairs and Community Re­sources. Services provided by these offices are generally offered at little or no charge to students. Student Affairs staff members provide students with a variety of opportunities, ac­tivities, programs, and events that support learning in and out of the class­room, assist the student in becoming engaged in the campus community, enhance a student’s leadership knowledge and skills, and promote success during and after college.

Student Affairs Staff

Dr. LaNaé Budden, Dean of Students

Shantrice Bradley, Graduate Assistant for Student Activities Programs & Campus Engagement

Melissia Brannen, Director of Multicultural Affairs & Community Resources & Assistant Dean of Students

Allison Davis, Area Coordinator of Upperclass Housing

Sarah Gay, Graduate Assistant for Orientation and Student Organization Leadership Development

Sue Gerdes, Administrative Assistant for Residence Life & Student Activities

Shadé Holmes, Area Coordinator for McNair First-Year Living Center

Emily Fox, Director of Student Activities

Kelly Long, Administrative Coordinator for Student Affairs, Director of Student Activities

Mimi Meriwether, Director of Counseling Services

Allison Maldonado-Ruiz, Graduate Assistant for Multicultural Affairs & Community Resources

Mikayla Woodward, Graduate Assistant for Student Affairs

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