Students on Pratt Institute Campus in the Fall. The middle student is holding a giant daisy.

The Student Affairs division is led by the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Assistant Vice President and departmental directors across the division. Together with the Student Affairs department staff they are dedicated to student advocacy, support and well-being

The departments within the division include:

VP office of Student Affairs staff:

Helen Matusow-Ayres
Vice President for Student Affairs

Rhonda Schaller
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Chair, Resilience Council

Jasmine Cuffie
Coordinator of Health Education and Promotion
718. 399.4542

Martha Cedarholm
Senior Student Advocate and Care Coordinator - Student Advocacy and Support 

Nadine Shuler
Administrative Assistant

Mission Statement

The Student Affairs division includes the Office of the Vice President, the Student Affairs department for advocacy, support and well-being, and the departments of Athletics and Recreation; Career and Professional Development; the Learning/Access Center; International Affairs; Health Services, Counseling Services; Residential Life, and Student Involvement. The Vice President’s office adjudicates human rights complaints and offers a variety of ombudsperson services.

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

  • Provides programs and services that promote student personal and professional development
  • Fosters a campus environment that is conducive to student learning
  • Advocates for and supports students as they meet the challenges of the Pratt experience

Enduring Goals

  • Provide leadership to the institute community in the enhancement and coordination of all campus co-curricular experiences
  • Build a stronger sense of community by increasing student satisfaction with the Pratt experience; develop programs and services that increase family/parent satisfaction
  • Provide opportunities for students to be responsible, active participants of the Pratt community; expand and promote opportunities for students to develop leadership skills
  • Provide experiences that will help students to think critically and make effective and socially responsible decisions and lifestyle choices
  • Cultivate an environment that celebrates and supports diverse cultures; provide students with experiences that expand their world view
  • Continue to advocate for improved facilities to meet student needs. Including, but not limited to the building of a new student union, improvement of campus residence halls, and the creation and improvement of community gathering and recreational spaces
  • Continuously explore avenues to make our services and programs more accessible through the effective use of technology and innovative approaches to communication
  • Integrate assessment into all student affairs programs and services
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