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Student Deans

Student Deans

Liz Derickson '01

Associate Dean of Academic Success


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8475
  2. Parrish Hall 109
Liz Derickson

Imaani J. El-Burki, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean and Director of the Intercultural Center

Intercultural Center


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7360
  2. Parrish Hall 118
  3. Intercultural Center 113

Rachel Head

Associate Dean and Director of Student Engagement


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8362
  2. Parrish LL76

Karen Henry '87

Dean of First Year Students


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8169
  2. Office: Parrish 130
Karen Henry

Dion Lewis

Associate Dean and Director of the Black Cultural Center

Black Cultural Center


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8455
  2. Black Cultural Center Main
  3. Parrish Hall 122
Dion Lewis

Jennifer Marks-Gold

Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Programs


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8361
  2. Sproul 110
Jennifer Marks Gold

Michelle D. Ray

Assistant Dean and Director of Case Management

Dean's Office


  1. Phone: (610) 690-5299
  2. Parrish Hall 116
Michelle Ray

Tomoko Sakomura

Assistant Vice President and Dean of Academic Success

Professor of Art History



  1. Phone: (610) 328-8119
  2. Parrish 108

Student Deans

The Dean of Student's Division piloted a new Student Deans model in Spring 2019 and launched the new deaning model in Fall 2019. This model has two stages:

First-year students:

  • international students are assigned to Dean Jennifer Marks-Gold, Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Programs
  • all other students are assigned to Dean Karen Henry, Dean of First Year Students

Beyond the first year:

  • international students stay with Dean Jennifer Marks-Gold
  • other students are reassigned to Student Deans Liz Derickson, Imaani El-Burki, Rachel Head, Dion Lewis, or Michelle Ray, who will remain their dean through the remainder of their time at Swarthmore 
  • incoming transfer students are assigned to Dean Liz Derickson

Dean Tomoko Sakomura functions as a coordinator for Student Deans. Dean changes can be made by emailing Dean Tomoko Sakomura (

 Student Deans Dean Contact to Schedule an appointment 
Dean of First-Year Students Karen Henry Betsy Durning
Assistant Dean

Imaani Jamillah


Stephanie Holznagel

 Associate Dean Dion Lewis

Simone Hayes


 Assistant Dean Michelle D. Ray

Stephanie Holznagel


Why might a student reach out to a student dean?

  • you are trying to find balance between your academics and your other responsibilities
  • you are looking for mentors here or beyond
  • you are having a serious medical problem and are trying to figure out how to approach your academics
  • you are figuring out how to navigate Swarthmore and your various communities (home, service, identity, adoptive, global)
  • you are experiencing personal challenges that are affecting your academics
  • you are considering taking a semester away from Swarthmore
  • you had something really wonderful happen and want to share the joy