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Membership: The Student Experience working group was chaired by John Barker, Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students in the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering. Detailed member information is listed below.

Guiding Questions:

  • How can the time spent outside the classroom support our core goals—teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and impact on society?
  • What are the best examples of co-curricular activities that support the core goals of the university? How can these examples be used to enhance co-curricular opportunities across the university?
  • What are the most troubling aspects of student life outside of the classroom and how can students’ experiences with each of these be minimized?
  • Are there capital needs that are critical to achieving success in this area?
  • What should we stop doing, or start doing differently, if we aim to enhance the student experience?
  • Note that this working group should review findings from the graduate education thematic working group, but focus most of its efforts on the undergraduate experience.


Name Title Email Phone
John Barker (Chair) Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Students, AS&E 7-4239
Sarah Herchel (Staff) Special Assistant for Curriculum and Program Analysis, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences 7-3533
Barbara Berman Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Cummings 8-4725
Travis Brown Program Manager in Center for STEM Diversity, Engineering 7-4169
Lee Coffin Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Management, AS&E 7-5275
Susan Ernst Professor of Biology, A&S 7-3541
Bill Gehling Director of Athletics 7-3232
Barbara Grossman Professor of Drama, A&S/Tisch College 7-2535
Kathryn Lange Associate Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 6-6767
Sinaia Nathanson Associate Dean, A&S Graduate School 7-2515
Mindy Nierenberg Senior Programs Manager, Tisch College 7-4159
Sam Sommers Associate Professor of Psychology, A&S 7-5293
Sameer Sonkusale Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering 7-5113
Wyatt Cadley Student
Alexa Petersen Student