The dean of students office and the division of student life provide programming, resources, and an array of services to help facilitate student development and student success; support and cultivate a rich learning environment; and encourage community building at Hampshire College.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Dean Lopez has served as acting vice president and dean of students at Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania, and as assistant dean of special programs at North Shore Community College in Massachusetts. She also served as director of the Posse Foundation’s Boston office working in partnership with Bowdoin College, Bryn Mawr College, and Hamilton College. Lopez holds a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Massachusetts Boston, as well as a master's in social work from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dartmouth College. Dean Lopez joined the Hampshire community in 2017.
The dean of students is the chief student affairs officer and is responsible for overseeing the division of student life, including:
Associate Dean of Students
The associate dean of students supports a variety of areas within student life, including: campus leadership and activities; new student experience and the orientation program; transfer student life; and the annual Ingenuity Awards honoring students. She also takes a lead role in developing initiatives to support the development of student life as a division, working to create opportunities for education and collaboration for staff throughout the division. She is also an active member of the Hampshire Environmental Committee and involved with food, farm, and sustainability issues on campus. Dean Tinto has been a member of the Hampshire College staff in this position since 2008. Prior to that, she was a member of the residence life staff from 2000-2006.
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life
Susie Mitton Shannon
The associate dean of students and director of residence life participates in the overall management of student life, coordinating staff efforts and processes to align with divisional and campus-wide initiatives. They directly oversee the residence life and housing programs, supervising the staffs that work toward the development of thriving residential communities and living/learning communities that cultivate student success and development. They also supervise the office of student rights and responsibilities, which supports the College’s transformative education and increases students’ knowledge about social and personal accountability.
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Campus Leadership and Activities
The assistant dean of students and director for campus leadership and activities works with the College's 100+ student groups in support of student activities and events. They oversee the office of campus leadership and activities, which organizes Signer Seminar (student leadership training), Hampfest (student activities fair), and the student group recognition and approval process. The assistant dean also advises the HSU, the student government association, and FundCom, the financial committee. Additionally, they manage the Prescott Tavern, a study and social space on campus, and the TavernArt Gallery.
Dean Knight has previously served in roles in the GLBTQ Resource Center at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Residential Life at Hamilton College and Colgate University, and the Counseling Center at Colgate University. She holds a master's of education in student affairs and college counseling licensure from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in Africana Studies from Hamilton College.
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of New Student Experience
The assistant dean of students and director of new student experience is responsible for with the implementation and management of academic and student life programs and support services for all new students. The New Student Experience office strives to ensure that all new students are set up for success academically, holistically, and socially from their first moments as a Hampshire student and throughout their first two to three semesters at Hampshire College. Elizabeth also supports logistical and planning operations for new student orientation; including working closely with the student orientation leader team, facilitating regular programs and events for new students; identifying ways to provide additional academic and student life support services to new students; and assisting in developing collaborative initiatives between the Center for Academic Support and Advising and the Office of Student Life.
Assistant to VP for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Frances provides support to the vice president for students affairs/dean of students, including managing the various budgets, the office's purchasing, and provides logistical support to the deans in the planning and management of office events, including orientation and commencement. Frances joined the Hampshire community in July 2013.
The dean of students office is located on the second floor of the Merrill Student Life Center. The staff in the dean of students office is available to meet with students to provide individual guidance or support.