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

The Student Affairs division includes the Office of the Vice President and the departments of:

The Office of the Vice President is located in the lower level of Main Building, room 008. It is a good place to visit if you have questions. We are experts at guiding you through what may sometimes feel like a maze!

Helen Matusow-Ayres
Vice President for Student Affairs

Nadine Shuler
Administrative Assistant

Martha Cedarholm
Senior Student Advocate and Care Coordinator 

Mission Statement

The Student Affairs division includes the Office of the Vice President and the departments of Athletics and Recreation; Campus Ministry; Career and Professional Development; the Learning/Access Center; International Affairs; Health and Counseling Services; Residential Life and the Center for Student Involvement; and Parent and Family Programs. 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