Student Affairs

About Us

Our Mission

The Division of Student Affairs embraces its core values and advances the Hofstra University mission and goals by working together to intentionally create a vibrant, healthy, and secure learning environment – where personal responsibility and positive action lead to thriving and success.

Our Core Values

  • Student Perspective, voice, and engagement
  • Growth, agency, learning, and resilience
  • Community, diversity, and inclusion
  • Positive relationships and collaboration
  • Our role as caring, informed educators and mentors who challenge and support.

Our Vision

The Division of Student Affairs will be nimble, proactive, and model best and next practices. We will be responsive catalysts who embrace positive change, integrity, inclusion, and advocacy.

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Meet the Staff

Michelle Van-Ess Grant
Michelle Van-Ess Grant
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students
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Danielle Flemm
Administrative Assistant to the Vice President
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Mike Devlin
Coordinator of Information Systems
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Branka Kristic
Director of Parent and Family Programs
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Colin Sullivan
Director of Communications for Student Affairs
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Nikki Hancock-Nicholson
Coordinator for Student Success and Student Affairs Operations
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Open Office Hours

Vice President W. Houston Dougharty and Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President Michelle Van-Ess Grant will offer open offices hours for an hour each week.

“It’s important for us to join our Student Affairs Division colleagues in meeting students and getting to know about their successes and challenges at Hofstra,” said Dougharty. “Knowing and supporting students is what drew each of us to this profession and we hope these office hours will expand our opportunity to meet students, and allow them to be heard and understand how much we care about them. Not to mention the jelly beans and snacks that await.”

If you have any questions you can reach out to

Open Office Hours Schedule:

  • W. Houston Dougharty, Vice President for Students Affairs: email to schedule.
  • Michelle Van-Ess Grant, Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs: Thursdays 3:00pm-4:00pm 240 Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center