Sam Benson

  • Associate Director of Residential Life & Orientation
Sam Benson

The Associate Director of Residential Life & Orientation is responsible for the the selection, training, supervision, and evaluation of three Area Coordinators. The Associate Director will oversee all community development efforts in the residence halls, work closely with our living learning community and help establish a residential curriculum. The Associate Director will also oversee Orientation.

Sam always knew life would bring her to Mount Holyoke after she lived in a women’s scholarship hall for five years in undergrad. After playing a whole lot of soccer, giving hundreds of campus tours, and receiving her B.S. in Neurobiology from the University of Kansas (home of the Jayhawks, a unique mascot), she went to Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (home of the Salukis, another unique mascot) to earn an M.S.Ed. in College Student Personnel. She was shaped by experiences at the world's greatest Girl Scout camp in the Missouri Ozarks and internships near Boston and in northern California (think of the breathtaking redwood forests where they filmed Endor scenes for Star Wars). She loves hiking/daydreaming in southern Utah while getting lost and sunburnt in the Mighty Five National Parks and she’s passionate about intersectional environmental and social justice, having just spent six years as the hall director for a living-learning community focused on sustainability and environmentalism at Cornell University. Say hi to her and Yoshi the Schnauzer as they’re walking around campus!