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Suarez appointed Associate Dean of Student Support at the Graduate School

July 12, 2016

Members of the Brown Community, 

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Maria E. Suarez as Associate Dean for Student Support in the Graduate School. As a member of the Graduate School’s leadership team Suarez will assist in providing vision, direction, and coordination of graduate student support practices and policies. Specifically, she will be responsible for leading the development, implementation, and evaluation of student support services that promote the learning, achievement, persistence, and completion of master’s and doctoral-level graduate trainees. This work includes but is not limited to building and sustaining infrastructures for support, coordinating the support for individual students, and managing situations of crisis, medical and personal leaves, and referrals. The appointment is effective July 2016.

Dean Suarez has served as Associate Dean and Director of Student Support Services for Brown University’s Office of Student Life since 2008. Earlier, she served as Associate Director of the Brown office now known as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and her background includes experience as a psychotherapist and as a Senior Clinical Social Worker at New York University. She earned the master of social work from University of Connecticut School of Social Work and a bachelor of arts from Syracuse University.

Dean Suarez's duties in the graduate school will be carried out in consultation and collaboration with many other offices on campus, including CAPS, University Health Services, Title IX Office, and the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS). Importantly, she will partner with the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Support in the work that she will be doing in the Graduate School. As a resident dean in the Graduate School, Dean Suarez will be a visible and consistent point of contact for graduate students, faculty, and other offices regarding graduate student support.

This full-time appointment in the Graduate School represents an expansion of support services that contribute to enhancing the quality of life of our graduate scholars. It also represents the beginning of intentional expansion of collaborative work between the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services to better serve our graduate students. Please join us in welcoming Maria to this new and important position.


Andrew G. Campbell, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School 
Professor of Medical Science

Eric S. Estes, Ph.D. 
Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services