Dean of Students Office & Resources

The Office of the Dean of Students is committed to providing a positive academic experience for all students in the Crown Family School. We believe in a student-first philosophy, and offer support, advocacy, and advising--from the admissions process, through graduation, and beyond. Our office oversees: admissions and financial aid; registration; administration of academic and student life policies; monitoring of students’ academic progress; orientation and commencement; and support of career planning and professionalization activities. Detailed information regarding these areas is located on our website, and many documents and forms for students are posted on the MyCrownSchool portal.

Visit our intranet, myCrownSchool for the Student Handbook. The University also has an additional handbook, the Student Manual: University Policies and Regulations.

In the Office of the Dean of Students of the Crown Family School, we have an open door policy. If you have questions, concerns, or would like to set up a meeting with anyone on our team, please contact our office directly at 773.702.1135 or dos@crownschool.uchicago.edu.

Dean of Students Office Staff

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Kristen Reid Solomon headshot
Kristen Reid Salomon, Dean of Students, Diversity and Inclusion, Room W14

kreidsalomon@uchicago.edu

  • Oversees all aspects of the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Responsible for the administration and quality of all direct student academic services and general student supports
  • Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity (IED) programming and advocacy; co-leads the Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity Committee for the Crown Family School
  • Implements policies and processes to support student success
  • Offers general student advising and guidance on meaningful initiatives, programs, and organizations that enhance the Crown Family School student experience
  • Serves on the Dean's Senior Administrative Staff team for the Crown Family School
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Kourtney Ross
Kourtney Ross, MSW, Assistant Dean of Students

kkross@uchicago.edu

  • Provides academic advising, tracks individual progress toward degree completion, and offers guidance on course planning for all Master's Degree Students
  • Leads major hallmark initiatives such as orientation, course registration, and graduation, among others
  • Coordinates the annual Crown Hooding Ceremony and Convocation logistics
  • Serves as liason with critical campus partners, such as Student Disability Services, Student Wellness & Counseling, Office of International Affairs, and many more
  • Works with students to support them through personal matters and connect them to vital UChicago resources (i.e. health, financial, etc.)
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Ashley Brown
Ashley Brown, Assistant Dean of Students for the PhD Program

ashleybrown@uchicago.edu

  • Provides comprehensive support and resources to PhD students
  • Maintains PhD student records and tracks individual progress towards degree completion
  • Manages day-to-day operations of PhD program including admissions support, orientation, course advising and registration, professional development, and graduation
  • Coordinates the qualifying examination, proposal hearings, and dissertation defenses 
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Ron Martin
Ron Martin, Director of Admissions, Room BW20

ronmartin@uchicago.edu

  • Oversees the recruitment, admission and matriculation of all Crown Family School students
  • Supports the work of the faculty Admissions Committee
  • Makes initial scholarship determinations in collaboration with the Dean of Students 
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Johnny Lassalle
Johnny Lassalle, Director of Career and Leadership Development

jlassalle@uchicago.edu

  • Oversees career and leadership development for all Crown Family school students
  • Provides career coaching, advising, and counseling for guidance and insight
  • Develop tools and resources for leadership development, career experiences and career education
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Dayna Asante-Appiah
Dayna Asante-Appiah, Assistant Director of Academic Support

daappiah@uchicago.edu

  • Provides academic advising, tracks individual progress toward degree completion, and offers guidance on course planning
  • for Full-Time SW, Advanced Standing, and SSL students
  • Coordinates registration and group advising sessions quarterly
  • Manage logistics of New Student Orientation for all Crown Family School students
  • Assists with degree conferral and planning for Graduation ceremonies
  • Coordinate program of study application and registration process
  • Manage the U-Pass program and process
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Nathan Banks
Jamahl R. Banks, Assistant Director of Admissions, Room 064A, Basement NW

nathanjbanks@uchicago.edu

  • Assists with the recruitment, admission, and matriculation of all Crown Family School students
  • Hosts webinars and campus visits, and travels to graduate recruitment fairs
  • Maintains relationships with all individuals involved in the recruitment process, including counseling newly admitted AM students
  • Can provide additional guidance for underrepresented student applicants
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Phil the Phoenix
TBD, Assistant Director of Career and Leadership Development, W19
  • Directs leadership and personal development programs for all students
  • Oversees and advises Student Government Association and all registered student organizations (RSOs)
  • Coordinates student engagement and community building events
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Aleia McKessy
Aleia McKessy, AM, Assistant Director of Admissions, Room BW 13-A

amckessy@uchicago.edu

  • Assists with the recruitment, admission, and matriculation of all Crown Family School students
  • Hosts webinars and campus visits, and travels to graduate recruitment fairs
  • Maintains relationships with all individuals involved in the recruitment process, including counseling newly admitted AM students
  • Can provide additional guidance for underrepresented student applicants
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Devon Brice
Devon Brice, Business Analyst and Operations Manager

devonbrice@uchicago.edu

  • Coordinates budget and financial management activities for the Dean of Students' office in the Crown Family School, including scholarship administration
  • Leads data analysis for the department, making meaning of data to improve school-wide processes and student success
  • Oversees general DOS operations and office management
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Phil the Phoenix
Emma Toomey

etoomey@uchicago.edu

  • Assists prospective students with the appropriate information regarding the application process
  • Processes and prepares applications for application review
  • Runs reports and collects data necessary for Admissions and the Dean of Students, and for the Office of Field Education for their assignment of field placements of incoming students
  • Assists incoming students with necessary information and steps for starting their program