FAFS professor Nayla Al-Akl appointed Associate Dean of Student Affairs, effective January 15, 2019. The appointment aligns with the strategic goals of the Office of Student Affairs for a holistic, coherent response to the student campus experience that ensures a sense of belonging and enhances access to the best of what AUB offers and represents to all students.
Al-Akl’s leadership of the student affairs team will further promote inclusion by helping to establish a data-driven approach and framework based on analysis. She will develop reporting measures to improve understanding of student issues with the goal of improving inclusion on campus. The Associate Dean’s work will require coordination with the Title IX officer for gender related areas affecting students, and she will provide leadership and support in areas including student housing, particularly for women. Al-Akl will promote faculty buy-in for wider accessibility issues to assist and support students with academic related problems.
Dr. Al-Akl is passionate about connecting with students and improving their lives and environment. Her appointment presents an exciting opportunity to add a much desired dimension to the co-curricular programs and activities at the Office of Student Affairs, particularly those that offer guidance and support in terms of resilience, tolerance, inclusiveness and equity.
Al-Akl graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from AUB and holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She will continue to be based as an assistant professor in FAFS-LDEM while fulfilling her part time responsibilities in the Office of Student Affairs.
FAFS congratulates Al-Akl for this great achievement.