Professional student services staff assist students with their adjustment to life in DC outside of class. Our staff in DC is responsible for assigning and maintaining housing, managing the residential facilities, planning activities, and seeing to the general well-being of the student body.
Being away from home and familiar surroundings can sometimes be disorienting, and the student life staff is prepared to respond to any questions or concerns which may arise throughout the semester. Our full-time professional staff is always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on an emergency cell phone to respond to any unexpected events that may present themselves during off-hours.
As with all of NYU’s Study Away Centers, NYU Washington DC is fully integrated into the University’s Security, Emergency Response, and Health & Wellness systems.
In addition to student life, NYU Washington, DC has a staff to coordinate external partnerships, connected the center to the city's many organizations and businesses. This staff is also responsible for special events at the site, exposing students to a wealth of experts and practitioners in their fields of study.
NYU Washington, DC
1307 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Program Director, NYU Washington, D.C.
Michael Ulrich, PhD
Michael Ulrich is the Director of NYU Washington, DC and began this role in Fall 2012 when the site opened for the first group of students. He also teaches experiential learning courses for first year students enrolled in the program. Before joining NYU, he worked for over eleven years at the University of Maryland. For most of that time, he directed study abroad and taught several short term courses for premedical students in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and Cape Town. When he left the University of Maryland, the institution had risen to #12 for study abroad participation among doctoral institutions, up from #43 when he began his oversight of study abroad. Prior to his time at the University of Maryland, he was on the biology faculty at Elon University where his duties included co-chairing the department, teaching biology and interdisciplinary courses and developing new study abroad programs. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Washington University in St. Louis and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a BA in biology. He's the board chair for Jan's Tutoring House, a nonprofit organization that specializes in providing enriching educational activities for inner city Washington, D.C. children. He also enjoys being the captain of his bocce team, winning a competitive game of croquet and hosting friends at his home with his husband Paul and their Aussiedoodle dog Boomer.
Faculty Director, NYU Washington, D.C.
Matthew Santirocco, PhD
Dr. Matthew S. Santirocco is Professor of Classics and Angelo J. Ranieri Director of Ancient Studies; he also serves as Faculty Director of NYU-Washington, DC. From 2011 to 2017 he was Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and from 1994 to 2011 he served as the Seryl Kushner Dean of the College of Arts and Science at NYU. Before that, he was College dean at the University of Pennsylvania, and had also taught at Pittsburgh, Columbia, Emory, and Brown.
Dr. Santirocco's scholarly interests focus on Greek and Latin literature and thought. He is the author or editor of several books, including Unity and Design in Horace's Odes; Latinitas: The Tradition and Teaching of Latin; and What’s New about the Old (a special issue of “Daedalus” on new approaches to the Greco-Roman world), as well as numerous articles. He is currently working on a book about the poetics of patronage in Augustan Rome. A past editor of the American Philological Association's monograph series, American Classical Studies, and of the journal, Classical World, he currently edits the Palgrave Macmillan monograph series, The New Antiquity. He also founded and directs NYU's Center for Ancient Studies, which promotes interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of the past through conferences, student grants for international research, summer seminars for faculty from across the United States, and occasional publications.
In addition to his work in classics, Dr. Santirocco has promoted broader educational innovation. At Penn, he developed humanities curricula for the MBA and Executive Education programs at the Wharton School, with which he also partnered to create an undergraduate International Studies/Business program. At NYU, he led faculty in the design of a new core curriculum, as well as in the creation of a fully-funded undergraduate research program, Freshman and Advanced Honors Seminars, and cross-school programs. Having worked on curriculum and faculty recruitment for NYU's branch campus in Abu Dhabi, he oversaw the development of the academic program for NYU Shanghai.
A graduate of Columbia and Cambridge Universities, Dr. Santirocco has received research grants from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, American Numismatics Society, American Council of Learned Societies, and National Endowment for the Humanities. He has served as Vice President for Professional Matters and as Financial Trustee of the American Philological Association (now Society for Classical Studies), as a founding member of the executive committee of the Reinvention Center (now Collaborative), a national consortium of research universities committed to improving undergraduate education, and as a board member of the South Street Seaport Museum, The Classical Association of the Atlantic States, and Commonweal magazine. He currently serves on the boards of the artists' colony Yaddo and the Aquila Theatre. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2011 was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Academy for the humanities and social sciences.
Director, External Affairs
Tom works to identify public programming opportunities for the Washington, DC site. He seeks out and manages VIP speakers, links programs to academic initiatives at NYU, builds audiences, and connects events to other NYU global sites. In addition, he initiates and facilitates the participation of national experts and scholars, policymakers, professionals and entrepreneurs in both classroom lectures and special program events. Coordinating with other NYU administrators and faculty, he creates and maintains a robust program and event schedule including symposium, speaker series, lectures, and extra-curricular programming. Tom oversees the NYU DC internship program by managing the relationships with the internship providers and ensuring placements for NYU students. He works with the Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs on State Department and Embassy initiatives in Washington, DC and abroad in order to ensure that technical issues such as visas are addressed and programmatic possibilities are explored. He is the founder and director of NYU Washington, DC's DC Dialogues program.
Tom is also the Deputy Director of Programming and Outreach of New York University’s John Brademas Center where he oversees the Center’s program agenda, acts as the Congressional liaison and coordinates its Congressional Internship Program. Recently, collaborating with other Congressional centers, he has created The Young Leaders Network, connecting today’s young leaders to established policymakers, experts and mentors in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining the Brademas Center, he acted as the office administrator for New York University’s office of government and community affairs. From 1999 until 2004, Tom worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), and was the Senator’s Director of Correspondence. Tom received his B.A. from The Catholic University of America with minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies and earned his Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in management of public and nonprofit organizations from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
Tom enjoys running around the Arboritum and exploring DC nightlife. He is an avid traveler having visited nearly 40 countries and has flown enough miles to circle the earth 60 times. He looks forward to working with students on their professional career goals while they live, study and work in the city he calls home.
Academic Writing Specialist
Alicia L. Gleason earned her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from George Mason University, where she was a teaching fellow. She writes short stories, flash fiction, and is at work on her first novel. Her fiction was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Shelley A. Marshall Fiction Contest, and has appeared in Cleaver Magazine and Oblong.
Alicia has taught writing and literature classes at George Washington University, and George Mason University. She finds that her work as a professional writer (or perhaps more accurately, as a professional reviser of her drafts) serves as a helpful model for students as they develop writing habits and techniques that acknowledge the power of revision. Alicia earned her BA from Colgate University and is TEFL certified.
Global Leadership Program and Upperclass Advisor
Victoria Kiechel has 20 years of professional experience in architecture, education, and sustainable design. A practicing architect, she works for the Cadmus Group, Inc., an environmental consultancy, and is a faculty member of the Global Environmental Politics Program, the School of International Service, American University (AU), in Washington, DC. In 2010, she was the inaugural recipient of AU’s Most Innovative Green Teacher of the Year award. At Cadmus, Vicky has worked for the US Green Building Council to develop and support the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Rating Systems; advises the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR commercial and industrial branch; leads consulting and review teams for buildings seeking LEED certification; and manages sustainability initiatives for clients as diverse as the Smithsonian Institution and state and local governments. Her architectural design work focuses on small-to-medium scale residential and institutional projects. For the Washington, DC Capitol Hill School Libraries Project, she designed the library for Maury Elementary School.
Manager, Facilities and Administration
Ross Iosefson joined the NYU Washington, DC team in January 2020. Ross' preferred gender pronouns are he/him/his/himself. Ross has over a decade of experience in higher education within the functional areas of housing services, residential life, and student conduct. Prior to his current role, Ross served for three years as Associate Director for Residential Services at Georgetown University and two years as an Assistant Director with Capstone On-Campus Management at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is passionate about creating and sustaining physical spaces that enable students to succeed in their studies.
Ross earned a B.S. in Professional Studies at NYU Steinhardt (New York campus) and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. He is a devoted fan of Aaron Sorkin's work and most things pop culture. Ross enjoys taking his daughter to the playground swings on weekends.
IT & Media Services Specialist
Dewayne Stewart comes to NYU Washington, D.C. with over fifteen years of experience in television. He brings with him technical expertise that he has aquired through working at various television networks like Fox News, Bloomberg Television, C-SPAN, NASA TV, and many more within the Washington, DC area.
Dewayne received his Bachelor of Arts in Television Production from the John H. Johnson School of Communications at Howard University. It was there that Dewayne started his career in television at the on campus PBS Affiliate Station, WHUT-TV32. He worked there while being a full-time student.
Dewayne is a Washington, D.C. native and enjoys movies, music and cooking in his free time.
Administrative Program Coordinator
Polly Terzian earned her Bachelor of Arts in Policy Management and Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies, with honors from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She studied abroad in Cuenca, Ecuador and Mendoza, Argentina and was a member of the cross country and track & field teams. She worked at an event planning company in downtown DC before joining NYU Washington, DC.
Polly is a native of DC, and in her free time enjoys running, baking, and being outdoors.
Program Manager, Student Life
Sharlene is a Bronx, New York native and serves as the Program Manager at NYU Washington D.C. Her work involving international and experiential education has helped her build culturally aware and sustainable communities within residences in Boston, London and now in the nation’s capital. She received her B.A. in Journalism at Northeastern University and has studied and worked in five countries across five continents.
Before joining the NYU Washington D.C. team, she worked with The George Washington University in the Office for Study Abroad and with first-year Northeastern students in London. Her passion for learning, leading and adventure has taken her far beyond the borders of the Bronx and she looks forward to sharing this enthusiasm with the NYU Washington D.C. community.
In her spare time Sharlene enjoys listening to podcasts and reading about history, social justice, media and politics. She also enjoys live music, concerts and festivals of all kinds. On any free day you can usually bet she’s near a body of water whether a pool or the Potomac.
Residential Life Coordinator
Maché Chase is a Native Washingtonian from Southeast, DC, serving as the
Residential Life Coordinator. Her passion for serving underrepresented students has helped her cultivate inclusive student communities and sense of belonging at different universities. Maché is excited to return home and help students get acclimated to the city and the many things it has to offer!
She received her M.A. in Psychological Counseling and M.Ed in School Counseling from the Teachers College- Columbia University, and a B.A in Psychology from University of Vermont.
Maché's interests include Pinterest DIY projects, traveling/exploring new countries, and dressing up her cat, Meredith. She also prides herself on being a Wig Connoisseur and Hair Guru so feel free to stop by her office to talk all things hair!
Residential Life Administrator
Roxanne Roman earned her degree in Social Science from New York University Shanghai with the university's inaugural class of 2017. She earned her Master’s in Management Science and Global Affairs at Tshinghua University as a 2018 Schwarzman Scholar. While at NYU Shanghai, Roxanne served as a founding member of student government, the 2013 Fund, a Resident Assistant, and as Student Body President. She studied away in Abu Dhabi and in Washington D.C. as a Global Leadership Scholar, where she also interned at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama. Upon graduating, Roxanne delivered NYU’s 185th Student Commencement Address at Yankee Stadium as well as NYU Shanghai’s very first Student Commencement Address. China Hands magazine named her one of 25 Under 25 in U.S.-China relations in 2017.
Roxanne is from a career military family and grew up all over the world. She has most recently called Okinawa, Japan home where she worked for a non-profit servicing the military community and learned to scuba dive.
Residential Life Administrator
Tim is a West Coast Surfer Boy at heart now transplanted to Washington DC and incredibly excited to be serving in an RLA role!
Tim graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Developmental Economics and an MA in International Development. He also works as an International Development Consultant on projects with The World Bank, USAID, and other international institutions. Tim is very passionate about the NGO space as well, having led two different NGOs in high school and college.
In his free time, Tim loves the outdoors, music, traveling, sports, the game of Survivor, and endlessly pursuing the label of "Polymath". Tim can't wait to support students in any and every way he can!
Residential Life Administrator
Sarah is a Michigan Native and now DC transplant after attending Americans University, earning a BA and MA in Sociology with an American Studies Minor.
As an undergraduate she worked as a Resident Assistant for first and second year students and interned at Shared Hope International, an anti-trafficking NGO. For three summers, she worked with academically gifted middle school students as a Resident Assistant and Assistant Resident Director for the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. She is so excited about joining the NYU in D.C. staff and program!
In her free time, you will find Sarah watching movies, drinking copious amounts of coffee, or reading at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Residential Life Administrator
Krysta is originally from Bowie, Maryland. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and Bachelor of Arts in Politics from New York University (NYU). During her time in New York, Krysta worked as an Admissions Ambassador, served as a Resident Assistant for first-year students, and performed as a free-lance cellist around the city. She has interned in the Prince Georges County Circuit Court and the U.S. Department of State.
In addition to her current role as a Residential Life Administrator, Krysta is working to earn her Artist Diploma in Cello Performance from The Catholic University of America. She enjoys playing volleyball and cardio kickboxing in her free time.
NY Site Representative
Melissa is a Study Away Advisor based in NYC. She's excited to support students interested in studying away at NYU Washington, DC.