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Isaiah J. Thomas

Director of Residential Communities

Dean's Office


  2. Phone: (610) 957-6113
  3. Parrish Hall LL76

Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Northeastern University, 2018
M.A., Counseling and Personnel Services, University of Maryland, College Park, 2009
B.A., Mathematical Economics, Colorado College, 2007

Isaiah joined Swarthmore College in the Summer of 2014, and provides general oversight of the student residential experience, which includes both housing operations and educational initiatives that complement the student in-classroom experience.  Isaiah oversees the Resident Assistant program, as well as provides supervision to Residential Communities Coordinators, professional staff that provide supervision of individual residence halls and manages student concerns that arise in each community.  Isaiah also serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students, in which he works closely with students who have questions about Title IX or may have experienced some type of sexual misconduct.

Isaiah recently defended his dissertation which looked at how entry-level student life staff make meaning of wellness in order to best support college students.  Outside of Swarthmore, Isaiah serves on the leadership council of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College & University Housing Officers, serving as the Engagement Coordinator for Mid-Level Professionals.  Additionally, he serves on the board of trustees of the High Mountain Institute, a K-12 outdoor education school based in Leadville, Colorado, and the Faculty & Staff Board for the Semester at Sea Alumni Association.  Prior to Swarthmore, Isaiah has held professional positions at Penn State University, Semester at Sea, and Carleton College.