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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 has 5 aspirations for student learning: Self-Awareness, Resiliency, Ingenuity, Collaboration, and Social Responsibility. Click here to learn more. 

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 Student Affairs departments, the office also acts as a liaison for students to several key offices on campus including Student Accounts, Campus Safety, and Parkhurst Dining Services. 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 offers individual support to students who need assistance succeeding within the art college environment, including consultation on medical and personal issues affecting academic performance.

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.

Meet the Student Affairs Staff

PattersonMichael Z. Patterson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Michael has been at MICA since 2001 and has served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students since 2015. During his tenure at MICA Michael has held several positions - Director of Student Activities, Director of Residence Life, and Associate Dean for Student Life & Judicial Affairs. He has a degree in elementary education from Skidmore College and earned his Master of Education from the University of Delaware. Michael is ultimately responsible for all aspects of the Student Affairs Division and directly supervises the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development, the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development, as well as the Associate Dean for Student Health and Wellness, the Associate Dean for Student Life and Judicial Affairs, and the Executive Assistant for Student Affairs. He is also the primary lead on all retention related initiatives at MICA. Michael loves the Baltimore Orioles, geeks out over basically anything science fiction related, and enjoys time with his family.


Dr. Judith M. Kinney, Associate Dean for Student Health and Wellness

The Associate Dean for Student Health and Wellness supervises MICA Fitness, Student Counseling Services, Student Health Services, and the Student Development Specialist. Dr. Judith Kinney received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Virginia, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from what's now named Loyola University in Maryland, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The American University. She started at MICA in August 2016 and was most recently in private practice providing psychological services to children, adolescents, young adults and their families. Formerly, Dr. Kinney was the Clinical Director of Counseling Services at the University of Maryland College Park Counseling Center. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, attending jazz concerts, overseeing Children's Education at her church, and hanging out with family and friends.

                                  VACANT, Associate Dean for Student Integrated Learning


DeeDee Lehner, Student Development Specialist

DeeDee comes to Baltimore from the Midwest, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Butler University and her Masters in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. As the Student Development Specialist, DeeDee works primarily with students who have personal concerns that affect their attendance, academics or other areas of student life. To learn more about how this role serves students, please click here. An avid Ohio State fan, she enjoys football, chocolate, traveling, and has a slight obsession with Photoshop.


Jessica Jacobo, Executive Assistant

Jessica joined MICA part-time in January of 2016 in the Office of Diversity and Intercultural Development. In her current role as Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs, Jessica helps to manage the day-to-day operations and scheduling for the Vice President, the Associate Dean of Student Health and Wellness, the Associate Dean of Student Life and Judicial Affairs, and the Student Development Specialist. Jessica is a Baltimore city native (Go Ravens!) and an alumna of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. In her spare time, she dances with a DC-based competitive urban dance team called Capital Funk.

This page was last updated on 07/13/2017.