Welcome to the Division of Student Affairs Website. I am frequently asked, "so what does a Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs do?" The brief answer to the question is that my colleagues and I oversee a network of programs and services focused on supporting students’ outside of the classroom learning, co-curricular involvement, and personal development and success. The links on this website provide an overview of the various departments that are part of the Division of Student Affairs.
Student affairs staff help to facilitate student transition to Washington University through orientation, scholarship, academic support programs and through our residential life programs. Additionally, we develop students’ leadership and other important skills; support our wonderfully diverse student populations; encourage students to focus on their health and wellness and to be positive members of our community; and work closely with students to connect them to experiences and advisement that will ensure their post-graduation success. While much of our work is focused on the undergraduate experience, student affairs staff are here to support all Washington University students, whether they be undergraduate or graduate students.
This student affairs website is designed to be a resource for students, parents, faculty, staff and others who wish to learn more about the work of the Division of Student Affairs and/or are looking for helpful information about issues impacting college students.
At Washington University, we pride ourselves on knowing every student “by name” and “by story.” Students, when you see me on campus, please introduce yourself to me and get one of my business cards—it is good for a free lunch on me—anytime! I look forward to getting to know each one of you by name and by story!
Lori S. White, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Find Your Balance Through Recreation
Learn through Work
Currently, over 1,000 WashU students work within the Division of Student Affairs in roles as varied as academic tutors, administrative support, Resident Assistants and in graduate fellowships. These WashU undergraduate and graduate students contribute their time and talents to the campus community enhancing the student experience while gaining valuable part-time work experience. National research indicates that students who work are more academically successful because of the skills and experiences they obtain on the job. Skills that also help them acquire employment after graduation. Students interested in working in the division should reach out to our individual offices and ask about employment opportunities.
Student Affairs Program Spotlight: University Student Affairs Advisory Board
The University Student Affairs Student Advisory Board (USAAB) exists to provide open dialogue and discussion between Washington University students and Senior Administration. This twenty-five member board, open to both graduate and undergraduate students, will meet once monthly and has been charged with providing deliberate input to the university regarding out-of-classroom experiences and general student life issues on critical or time-sensitive matters.