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Student Deans

Every Swarthmore student has an assigned student dean. Your dean's name is listed in the Degree Audit section of mySwarthmore. 

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

The student dean model at Swarthmore

I. 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
II. 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, Nathan Miller, 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 Nathan Miller functions as a coordinator for Student Deans. Dean change requests can be made by emailing Dean Miller.

Student Deans

Liz Derickson '01

Associate Dean of Academic Success


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8475
  2. Parrish Hall 109
photograph of Dean Liz Derickson smiling and standing outside of Parrish Hall

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

Reach out to Dean Imaani El-Burki for needs related to:

  • First point of contact for questions about the IC in general 

  • Campus and community partnerships

  • Representation on behalf of the Intercultural Center

  • Funding requests

  • Support as your student dean

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

Jennifer Marks-Gold

Assistant Dean and Director of International Student Programs


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

Nathan Miller

Interim Dean of Students

Dean's Office


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8367
  2. Parrish Hall 108
nathan miller

Michelle D. Ray

Associate Dean and Director of Case Management

Dean's Office


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

Tomoko Sakomura

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Professor of Art History


  1. Phone: (610) 328-8365
  2. Parrish 108
Tomoko Sakomura