Who We Are

The Dean of Students Office assists students with a variety of concerns by working directly with them and connecting them to appropriate resources on campus. We also consult with and serve as a resource for faculty and staff, parents, families, and friends, working together to serve students. staff and how to get a hold of us.

Same day drop in appointment

During the COVID-19, we are happy to connect with you via phone, text, or video conference.

Mission & Vision

We want to support student success by creating a culture of caring on campus, so when students need help, they know The Dean Of Students Office is the place to go.

What we do


We provide accurate & timely information on University policies and procedures.

We identify the campus and community resources necessary to achieve positive outcome to student concerns.

Guide you to the right place

We provide referrals so concerns are brought to the attention of the appropriate University official.

We help facilitate contact with the proper office or service.


We provide advice about how to deal with any situation which may be causing difficulty.

We offer guidance and coaching to enhance student’s capacity to succeed.

Provide Title IX assistance

We provide assistance to students who are victims of incidents involving sexual harassment or violence, investigate complaints, assist with interim measure and accommodations for both the victim/complainant and respondent.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students oversees the Dean of Students Office, is an integral part of Student Affairs, and collaborates broadly across campus units and programs that serve students, such as the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement and University Housing, to enhance UW–Madison as a welcoming and inclusive community for all students.

Christina Olstad

EdD (she/her)

Dean of Students



Dean of Students Office
70 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706


The staff of the Dean of Students Office are typically the ones you will engage when you need the resources the office provides.

Kathy Kruse

Assistant Dean of Students, Director of the Dean of Students Office



Kate Dougherty

Student Assistance Specialist


Taylor Franklin

Student Affairs Cross Training Fellow


Jenna Friedman

Assistant Director, Bias Response

Elaine Goetz

Graduate Student Assistance Specialist


Larry Jolon

Student Affairs Cross Training Fellow


Adam Remus

Student Affairs Cross Training Fellow


Selena Tapia

Student Affairs Cross Training Fellow