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April 9, 2004

Bowie Announces Braun’s Appointment

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Liz Braun, dean of students/associate dean of the College

Dean of the College Lee Bowie has announced that Liz Braun has been appointed the new dean of students/associate dean of the College. Braun, who has held the position on an interim basis since September, was formerly director of residential life.

“Liz has a remarkable combination of wisdom and a very approachable manner with students,” Bowie said. “She is extraordinarily organized and made a tremendous difference in residential life when she came on board.”

The dean of students is responsible for planning and coordinating student services that support academic programs and enhance the quality of life outside the classroom.

Poulomi Saha ’04, SGA vice president, has had numerous opportunities to work with Braun in her new role. “She is incredibly invested in the well-being of the student body and in ensuring that student voices are heard, needs met,” Saha said. “Her approach to students, making herself as available and accessible as possible, is just one indicator of the great work she’s doing.”

In addition to working with student organizations and boards, Braun holds open hours in Blanchard every week. “Her availability to students sends a clear message and shows where her heart is,” Bowie said. “Liz makes sure she’s not isolated.”

Prior to coming to Mount Holyoke in 1999, Braun worked at Bowdoin College and Boston University. She did her undergraduate work at Mary Washington College and earned an M.A. in English literature from Boston University. Braun is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts. Her research interests include racial identity development, climate issues for ALANA students at predominantly white institutions, and models for institutional change. Last year, Braun reviewed How Minority Students Experience College: Implications for Planning and Policy for the Journal of College Student Retention. Her most recent research paper is “Pressured to Whiten: Adapting or Resisting Prescribed Survival Behavior at a New England College,” which she hopes to present at next fall’s American Anthro-pological Association conference.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve the students and the College in this capacity,” Braun said. “Over the past five years, Mount Holyoke has truly become my home.”
Bowie also announced that the College is forming a search committee to hire an assistant dean of students for multicultural affairs. The new assistant dean will advise ALANA cochairs, support cultural organizations and underrepresented groups, facilitate cultural programming, and make productive connections to the Office of Student Programs, the Career Development Center, and other offices and services. “We’re looking for someone smart, energetic, and creative—someone who is committed to cultural diversity and is thinking about it in new and exciting ways,” Bowie said.

The College is forming a separate search committee to hire three (sophomore, junior, and senior) class deans. Leah Glasser will continue to be dean of first-year studies, but other academic deans will stay with their classes until they graduate. This will provide more continuity for those students who rely on the class deans, according to Bowie.

Students interested in serving on either search committee should contact Poulomi Saha, SGA vice president, at psaha or x4096.

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