Anna Burleson: So, what is the role of the Dean of Students at USD?
Kim Grieve: The role of the Dean of Students is to make sure the students have the best possible experience by providing co-curricular activities and promoting student leadership and growth. We’re also here to make sure students are safe and healthy by providing those resources, and we collaborate with Academic Affairs to make sure we’re providing a holistic learning experience.
AB: What do you do when it comes to personal interaction with students?
KG: I co-advise the Student Government Association and meet with students individually to serve as a student advocate. I want to make sure their issue is heard. I’m always asked to judge contests on campus and provide welcomes for organizations. I attend student events three to four times a week and I absolutely love that. It’s very energizing. I love to work with students.
AB: Tell me a little about your own experience in college. What about that has affected the way you do your job today?
KG: As a freshman, my dad told me what I tell students today; get involved as much as possible in student activities, get to know your faculty and staff, set really high standards for yourself and build diverse relationships that last. And one other thing I’d want to tell incoming freshmen is to be proud to be a Coyote.
AB: Did you take your dad’s advice? What did you do when you started college?
KG: I was in Greek life, I was a work-study student for student services and I was involved with a lot of philanthropy. I also went abroad, studying at the University of London.
AB: That’s really cool you went to London.
KG: It really sparked my interest in continuing in wanting to travel and get to know other cultures. I currently also work with AWOL, and I’m planning a trip abroad for next year.
AB: It can be hard your first year out on your own.
KG: It is hard to transition into a university environment, but we’re all here to help. It’s normal.
AB: Is there anything you would tell incoming first-years?
KG: Research shows that students who are actively involved in the collegiate experience are much