Division of Student Life


In Student Life, we know and realize the value of collaboration – that’s why we have committees. By bringing together talents and strengths from across our many units, we build our success together.


In 2009, a small group of Student Life staff members began meeting with the goal of advancing assessment in meaningful ways at a departmental level. As an outgrowth of this work, the Student Life Assessment Committee was officially commissioned in the spring of 2014, with involvement from all Student Life units and key University partners. The committee’s mission is to advance knowledge and application of assessment and data-driven decisions by supporting the integration of assessment among departments within Student Life.

Deborah Costar, Chair – Housing and Food Services

Health Consortium

In the spring of 2014, the Student Life Health Consortium was established as a forum for Student Life and other campus organizations serving student physical, mental and sexual health needs, to exchange ideas and coordinate established and new services.  Topics of discussion to date have included coordination and expansion of services for students who have Attention Deficit Disorder, mental health screening, and creation of a health web portal for students.

Consortium members include: Albert Ng, ASUW Student Health Consortium; Bree Callahan, DRS; Ellen Taylor, Counseling Center; Jennifer Self, Q Center; Joanne Estacio-Deckard, Medical Student Counseling and Wellness Services; Lauren Davis, Forefront Suicide Prevention Husky Health and Hope; Rachel Gerken, Hall Health Center Mental Health Services; Shannon Bailie, Health and Wellness; and Tricia Nash, UW Athletics.

Beginning in the winter of 2014-15, the Consortium will begin planning for collecting data about UW student health using the survey of the American College Health Association/National College Health Association.

Bill Neighbor, Chair – Hall Health Center

Social Media Strategy

The mission of the Social Media Strategy Committee is to explore ways to enhance collaboration around departmental and division-wide social media presence and to address our student engagement efforts through the various channels we’re utilizing.

Leigh Tucker, Chair – Student Life Advancement

Staff Development

The Staff Development Committee serves employees of the division and seeks to elevate knowledge and capacity in student affairs through community development initiatives, including divisional programming and networking events. Notably, the committee sponsors three annual events:

  • Student Life Kickoff – hosted at the start of the fall quarter, an opportunity for employees to reconnect and energize for the upcoming academic term
  • Winter celebration – hosted at the end of the fall quarter, a time to celebrate successes
  • Mini-conference – scheduled at the end of the winter term, this half-day event is centered on a theme and features a keynote speaker, as well as opportunities for colleagues to share ideas and programs through breakout sessions

James Ehrmann, Chair – Fraternity and Sorority Life

Student Employee Experience

The goal of the Student Employee Experience Committee is to improve the developmental and educational experience for students employed throughout the Division of Student Life. In its first year, this group will work to bolster current efforts and expand capacity in four specific areas:

  • Orient students to the mission, philosophy and organization of Student Life, and onboard them into their specific roles
  • Strengthen employee training and provide resources and materials for mangers in this area
  • Expand methods by which managers can help students identify transferable knowledge and skills, connecting the dots between their employment and academic and career goals
  • Support efforts in student retention and persistence to graduation

Sean Ferris, Chair – Office of the Vice President