Yale college

School Notes: Yale College
July/August 2020

New dean of student affairs

Yale College dean Marvin Chun has named Melanie Boyd ’89 as the dean of student affairs and senior associate dean in Yale College. The appointment became effective on June 1. 

Boyd joined the Yale College dean’s office in 2009 and since 2011 has served as assistant dean of student affairs, focusing on creating a safe campus environment and promoting the values of respect, mutuality, and mindfulness. As the founding director of the Office of Gender and Campus Culture, she created the Community and Consent Program, overseeing the graduate students, student affairs fellows, and CCE educators charged with building a positive campus sexual climate. As dean of student affairs, Boyd will focus on developing and implementing a vision for a broad range of student-centered services that include campus climate, alcohol policies, student well-being, counseling, discipline, student organizations, housing, orientation, first-year counselors, and student activities.

Boyd holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale in women’s studies; a master of arts from Emory, also in women’s studies; and a PhD from the University of Michigan, in English and women’s studies. Her academic work and teaching focus on feminist, queer, and critical theory; women’s and gender studies; contemporary literature and culture; literary theory; sexual violence; and sexual culture.

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