Mellisa Thompson coordinates and manages crisis intervention efforts and emergencies involving undergraduates. She serves as the liaison between ODUS and University Health Services and coordinates emergency responses with the Department of Public Safety. She is the primary liaison between ODUS and the residential Colleges and supervises and coordinates the work of the directors of student life. Dean Thompson oversees the First Year Residential Experience (FYRE). She also oversees the training program and selection processes for Residential College Advisers. Dean Thompson also works with undergraduates in crisis and administers the Dean’s Emergency Fund for students in need. Dean Thompson co-chairs the Residential College Disciplinary Board and serves as assistant secretary to the Committee on Discipline.
Dean Thompson attended Cornell University where she earned a B.A in Sociology and a M.A. from Rutgers University School of Education. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she has worked with high school students and undergraduates throughout her professional career. Her experiences include (but are not limited to) work in non–profit college access organizations, residential education, diversity and inclusion work, and the first year experience. She works to foster a community where students feel supported so that they can thrive in their academic and co-curricular life.