Meet the Student Life Deans
The deans in Student Life meet regularly one-on-one with students for academic support, assistance in addressing obstacles to student success, guidance on campus policies and procedures, and collaboration on student and campus life initiatives.
While deans share many similar responsibilities, each dean has a focus or specialty area related to their specific department. Please reference the summary below to learn more about our deans in Student Life and how to set up an appointment.
If you are unsure who to meet with, please contact the Student Life Office and include your name, preferred times to meet, and a brief description of what you would like to discuss with a dean.
Tawana (she/her) is an educator, scholar, and spoken word artist (Auntie Free). She utilizes a holistic and anti-deficit achievement framework recognizing the importance of the embodiment of an approach that is collaborative (person-centered and honors autonomy), evocative (calls forth the student’s OWN motivation to succeed), and autonomous versus authoritative (true power for success rests within the scholar). Tawana enjoys advocating, connecting, and caring for students and the DoS team of professionals as we are dedicated to moving student success forward at Reed.
Associate Dean of Students for Academic Life
Eliot Room 204B / 503-517-4108
Steve has maintained a student-centered approach and ethic of care for students and families that inspire students to thrive, overcome challenges, and give back to their communities, graduating with the intention of making a positive difference in the world for others. His leadership fosters inclusion, enthusiasm, and joy while building community and engaging staff, faculty, and students in campus-wide initiatives and projects.
Yasodha Gopal, M.D.
Associate Dean of Students for Health and Well-Being
Eliot / 503-517-5459
online calendar to follow
Yasodha Gopal, M.D. (she/her/hers) brings nearly three decades of experience as a physician and an advocate of college student well-being. She believes in an integrative and holistic model of well-being using the power of conversation to catapult us into collective healing. Yasodha is devoted to her students and their families in cultivating mind, body and spirit through presence and inclusion. Her collaborative, compassionate, and student-centered support team includes Reed’s Health and Counseling Services, Athletics Facilities and Outdoor Programs, Sexual Health Advocacy Relationship and Education, and Community Well-Being. Dr. Gopal is thrilled to serve Reed College students and trusts that they are committed to finding joy and vitality through engagement in all aspects of campus life.
Assistant Dean for Student Rights and Responsibilities
Eliot Hall Room 117 / 503-517-7396
Cameron (he/him) works to promote and support educational, equitable, and efficient student adjudicative and restorative processes. He is available to students to help them better understand or access processes and policies related to conflict, conduct, and individual or community harm.
Outside of his role on campus, Cameron is an avid Portland Timbers supporter and enjoys cheering them on at Providence Park or in other stadiums across North America.