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Office of Student Affairs

The Mission of Student Affairs at MICA:

The Division of Student Affairs, as a partner in the educational mission, fosters opportunities for transformational growth and provides the resources for students to become successful graduates. We challenge students to become active, empowered, and responsible creative people, educated for an evolving world.

Student Affairs' Vision:

Empowered and innovative artists who create change in the world.

Overview of the Office of Student Affairs:

The MICA Office of Student Affairs is here to support the academic and co-curricular success of all MICA graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to providing supervision and coordination for the departments of Residence Life, Student Activities, Diversity and Intercultural Development, Student Counseling, the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development, and MICA Fitness, the office also acts as a liaison for students to several key offices on campus including Student Accounts, Campus Safety, Student Health Services, and Parkhurst Dining Services.

Student Affairs offers individual support to students who need assistance succeeding within the art college environment, including consultation on medical and personal issues affecting academic performance. Generally speaking, if a student is not sure where to turn for support or information, Student Affairs is the right place to start; the office is a helpful place to ask general questions and determine what type of assistance is available. Student Affairs also coordinates the resolution of student disciplinary cases. Questions about the student insurance program should also be referred to Student Affairs.

The Division of Student Affairs is proud to offer grant opportunities for students who are interested in co-curricular community service or art making. Hosted by the Office of Student Affairs, these funds are dedicated to providing opportunities for students engaged in the greater Baltimore region. More detailed information about this year's grants, including forms and deadlines, is available by visiting MICA's community grant website.

The Office of Student Affairs staff includes:

  • Michael Z. Patterson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
  • Dr. Judith Kinney, Associate Dean for Student Health and Wellness
  • Kelly Hoover, Associate Dean for Student Life and Judicial Affairs
  • DeeDee Lehner, Student Development Specialist
  • Jessica Jacobo, Executive Assistant

The Vice President maintains direct supervision over the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development, as well as the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development. The Associate Dean for Student Health and Wellness supervises MICA Fitness, Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services, and the Student Development Specialist. The Associate Dean for Student Life and Judicial Affairs supervises the Student Activities Office as well as the Office of Residence Life and Off-Campus Housing. Questions about the student disciplinary system can be referred to the Associate Dean for Student Life and Judicial Affairs.

The Office of Student Affairs is located in Suite 260 on Bunting Center second floor. The office can be reached at 410-225-2422 or by e-mail at

This page was last updated on 12/21/2016.