Dear Hiram students and families,
It is my pleasure and privilege to serve as your vice president and dean of students. My first duty is serving as a senior advocate for students. In my role as advocate, I work closely with faculty, staff and students to enhance the quality of college life. Additionally, I have the honor of providing leadership and guidance for Athletics, Campus Safety, Career and Academic Development, Citizenship Education, Diversity and Inclusion, Health, Counseling and Disability Services, International and Commuter Student Services, Residential Education, and Student Engagement. The goal of Student Life is to help all of us at Hiram College recognize that we all play a role in the quality of student experience, both in and outside the classroom, and that “student life” is not the domain of any one group of individuals. Rather, we are all about the task of making student life a contributor to the quality of our learning community and to the success of every student.
Student Life provides each student with opportunities in individual development through quality services and programs focused on your needs. Hiram takes great pride in our mission and core values (community, learning, responsibility, diversity and innovation). It is our goal to support students in making connections between learning (inside the classroom) and practical (outside the classroom) experience. Laboratory work, residential education, community service, internships, Student Senate, study away, campus work study, field trips, service learning, campus activities and independent study are all useful tools that students can use to make liberal learning relevant and practical. I believe that such “connecting” activities are particularly important for today’s learners who will become tomorrow’s leaders. These connections and engagements foster a community of success and persistence.
I strongly encourage you to actively participate in college life by seeking out opportunities to be involved both in and outside the classroom. Our staff is available to answer questions, advocate on behalf of students and point students and their families in the right direction. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Elizabeth M. Okuma, Ph.D.
Vice President and Dean of Students