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Student Affairs

We are dedicated to student advocacy, support and well-being. 

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Pratt Institute is a diverse and dynamic community of artists and creative individuals committed to making an impact in their chosen careers, their community, and the world. Our students are actively engaged in their academic programs and studios.

The Division of Student Affairs is focused on enhancing the students’ classroom experience by creating a sense of belonging and providing the support students need to be successful at Pratt. The Division of Student Affairs provides exciting opportunities for programming and community engagement; career, physical, and emotional wellness; and academic support and resources. The Division of Student Affairs is composed of the following offices focused on facilitating and supporting personal growth, well-being, lifelong learning, and career success.

Meet Our Staff

Delmy Lendof, Vice President for Student Affairs

Delmy Lendof

Vice President for Student Affairs


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Rhonda Schaller

AVP for Resilience, Wellness and Well-being; Credit Continuing Education Instructor


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Justin Kelley

Assistant Vice President for Student Life


Monica James

Executive Assistant to the VP for Student Affairs


Nadine Shuler

Office Manager, Student Affairs



Debbie Scott

Director of Health Services


Martha Cedarholm

Director of Student Support & Advocacy


Katherine Hale

Director of Residential Life


Caroline Kasnakian

Director of Counseling


Emma Legge

Director of Student Involvement


Kristin Oberheide

Director of International Affairs


Walter Rickard

Director of Athletics and Recreation


Heather Shpiro

Director of Student Success


Elisabeth Sullivan

Director of the Learning Access Ctr


David Vu

Director of Housing Operations


Our Vision

As a partner in the academic enterprise, the Student Affairs Division:

  • Develops programs and services that encourage student success, personal growth and wellbeing
  • Fosters a campus environment that is conducive to student development and promotes the All- Institute Learning Goals
  • Provides support, access, and advocacy for students as they meet the opportunities and challenges of the Pratt experience

Enduring Goals:
Outcomes and Actions

  • Provide campus-wide leadership for advancing student success inside and outside of the classroom
  • Build an engaged community that increases student satisfaction with the Pratt experience
  • Enhance and promote the myriad opportunities for students to be responsible and active participants in the Pratt community
  • Provide education, resources and experiences for students to think critically, make effective and ethical decisions, develop healthy lifestyles and make career choices with clarity and confidence
  • Cultivate a global environment that celebrates and supports diverse viewpoints, enhances intercultural experiences and promotes an understanding of the impact of oppression, inequality and social justice.
  • Advocate for accessible, programs, services, facilities and technologies to improve the overall student experience and increase the diversity of the student body
  • Maintain transparent communication and provide opportunities for compassionate dialogues and resources
  • Prioritize building resilience and well-being into programs and communications to provide the inspiration, resources, and connection to support the Pratt community
  • Integrate learning assessments into all student affairs programs and services