Student Life enhances the educational mission of Barnard College by engaging students outside of the classroom through programs, events, leadership, and dialogues. Our intention is to relate the classroom with students' lived experiences, fostering identity and leadership development in a dynamic and multifaceted environment. We offer many opportunities to engage in campus life, through social events, heritage months, dialogues on difference and inclusion, leadership programs and retreats, Orientation, the Glicker-Milstein Theater, amongst many others. The Student Life staff also supports student clubs and organizations, in addition to advising the Student Government Association and the Governing Board of Barnard.
Alina Wong recently joined Barnard as the Associate Dean for Student Life. Alina's responsibilities include supporting Student Life programs and events, and working with the Student Government Association and the Governing Board of Barnard to foster a vibrant and inclusive campus. Alina is also available for individual and group advising, as well as workshops and trainings on community building and inclusion.
Alina was most recently Dean of the Sophomore Class and Director of the Intercultural Center at Swarthmore College, and has also worked in multicultural student affairs, student group advising, academic advising, orientations, alumni relations, reunion and event planning, and fundraising, as well as teaching in cultural studies, social justice education, qualitative methods, and history. As a facilitator and educator, Alina specializes in community building, identity exploration, and understanding individual and collective responsibilities toward creating social change. Alina's research examines the processes of racial identity construction among Asian American college students, using critical theory and intersectionality as an analytic lens to understand racial identity construction as one part of decolonization projects. Alina's research is included in The Misrepresented Minority: New Insights on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Implications for Higher Education (2013) and in the forthcoming Intersectionality and Research in Higher Education. In 2010, Alina received the Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.
Alina has previously worked at Macalester College, the University of Michigan, the University of New Mexico, and Amherst College. Alina received a doctoral degree in higher education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and also has an MA in history from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and a bachelor's degree in history and Spanish from Amherst College.
Gloria Anderson, Assistant to the Dean
Sabine Lissain, Assistant to the Directors
Maria Pasquali, SGA Bookkeeper
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