Dean of Students
Rafael Rodriguez , Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Dean Rafael Rodriguez
The members of the Office of the Dean of Students are invested in the success of all NYU students. We cultivate community and belonging for NYU Students, and we do this by helping students develop skills needed to effectively communicate across differences, engage in healthy conflict, and develop strong relationships across the NYU community. We also advocate on behalf of students and provide support when students face challenges (ranging from mental and physical wellbeing, disruptions resulting from critical incidents and emergencies, and basic needs insecurity to familial struggles and beyond). Our office is a great place to start if you have a question and are not sure where to go.
About the Dean of Students
Dr. Rafael Rodriguez became NYU's inaugural Associate Vice President and Dean of Students on October 25, 2021.
Dean Rodriguez’s breadth and depth of professional experience and volunteer involvement on and off campus have earned him a reputation of being a connected, caring, and strategic leader. Throughout his career, Rafael has developed an expertise and proven track record in crisis response; organizational development and change management; recruitment, training, and retention of diverse staff; and implementing data-informed best practices that bolster the student experience. His work also focuses on providing holistic support to first-generation and marginalized students, fostering student leadership development, mentoring and developing professional staff, and developing quality assessment instruments.
As the Dean of Students, he is the principal student advocate and provides guidance and direction to all students at NYU. He provides leadership and facilitates interdepartmental interaction, and serves as a central student crisis intervention resource by supporting and coordinating student referrals both within and outside of the division. Dean Rodriguez works closely with all NYU schools and countless offices, including the Department of Campus Safety, Student Success, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and Counseling and Wellness Services. Dean Rodriguez works collaboratively to support the well-being of our students and upholds the University Student Conduct Policy. The Dean of Students also directly supervises Residential Life and Housing Services and works with various offices to help facilitate belonging and connection at NYU. The Dean also works closely with Student Government to further incorporate and address the emerging needs of NYU students.
Mission & Values
The Office of the Dean of Students strengthens community and belonging at NYU. In partnership with colleagues across the university, we do this by:
- Actively encouraging engagement by inviting students to expand their comfort zones, discover new opportunities, and find their home at NYU.
- Partnering with parents and families to help them empower their student’s journey and holistic success.
- Supporting the well-being and safety of our community by assessing campus climate, identifying concerning issues, and facilitating collaborative interventions where necessary.
- Identifying resources and services for students experiencing insecurities related to basic needs such as housing, food, and caregiving support.
- Providing opportunities for students to come together, learn, mourn, and support one another during concerning, distressing, or tragic events that impact the campus community.
The Office of the Dean of Students utilizes a Restorative Practices framework to foster a culture of care, build relationships with our students, strengthen community, and address challenging issues.