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Vanessa Christman is Assistant Dean of the College for Access and Community Development. A member of the Diversity Leadership Group, she is dedicated to improving campus climate and building community at Bryn Mawr. In her support of college access and post-graduate development, Vanessa serves as Posse Liaison and Administrative Coordinator of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. She also serves as liaison to religious advisers and works with students to coordinate interfaith programs on campus and in the wider community. Vanessa creates and presents programming for the Tri-College Identity, Equity and Social Justice Institute and advises the student-led StoryCORE program.Vanessa’s career in education has included several teaching positions— at a private girls' school, a community college, and a public university. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and received her graduate degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. Vanessa currently serves on F&M’s Alumni Association Board. She and her husband David Newman have two adult children and a very enthusiastic dog.


Stephanie Nixon joined Bryn Mawr College in July 2012 and serves as Assistant Dean of the College for Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion and is the Title IX Coordinator.  Prior to working at Bryn Mawr, Stephanie was the Director of Residential Programs at Columbia University and worked in residence life and student activities at Willamette University and at the University of Virginia. Stephanie has served as an intern with the Social Justice Training Institute for higher educational professionals and with the faculty for the national Student Social Justice Institute. Stephanie has facilitated trainings and consulted on developing social justice competencies and increasing bystander intervention at other institutions and with community groups. Stephanie co-authored a chapter about the intersections of Multiracial and Multiethnic Asian American Pacific Islander identities in a March 2012 published book, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Higher Education. In addition to her higher education experiences, Stephanie has worked with non-profits and community agencies, including serving as a college access program volunteer with Willamette Academy, a college pipeline program supporting first generation, recent immigrant, students of color and indigenous students in Oregon; as a youth educator and grassroots organizer with Planned Parenthood; as a shelter volunteer with SHE, a domestic violence shelter for women and children in Virginia; and as a hotline volunteer, volunteer advocate, self-defense trainer, and volunteer advisory board member with the Sexual Assault Resource Agency in Charlottesville, VA. Stephanie received her B.A. in Biology and Interdisciplinary Studies and her Masters in Education from the University of Virginia.


Patti Lausch started at Bryn Mawr College in 2001 as an assistant in the International Programs and Health Professions Advising Offices in Canwyll House.  As the international student population continued to increase and the responsibility of international student advising became more complex, Patti became Coordinator in the Office of International Programs.  This position continued to evolve, and Patti now serves as Director of International Student and Scholar Services and Advising in the Pensby Center.  In her position, Patti supports Bryn Mawr College international students and scholars on F and J visas.  She is responsible for providing support services for international students, scholars and staff around immigration status compliance and non-resident alien tax compliance, and developing programming and resources that support the co-curricular success of international students and managing the College’s SEVIS records.

Patti has a B.S in Education from West Chester University and a M.A in Counseling Psychology from Rosemont College.  Patti happily spends time involved in various community service volunteer opportunities.  She enjoys spending time at the beach and at her cottage in the Pocono Mountains, but her favorite way to spend free time is with her husband, three children and two grandchildren.