Dean of Students
The units under the Dean of Students focus on student engagement and success.
Dr. Maria Blandizzi currently serves Student Affairs and the campus as Dean for Students, a role she assumed in July, 2014. As Dean for Students she has oversight responsibility for student conduct and disciplinary matters, and also maintains a broad portfolio that includes primary responsibilities for shaping programs, services and policies that directly support the success and wellness of UCLA’s undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to overseeing several functional areas, she spearheads initiatives that are of keen interest to the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and serves on the Executive Management team for the Division of Student Affairs
The following departments report to Dr. Blandizzi: Office of Student Conduct; Fraternity and Sorority Life; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Resource Center; Case Management Services; Student Legal Services; Parent and Family Programs; and the ADA/504 Compliance Office. Additionally, the following programs and services report to her: the Financial Wellness Program; Respondent Support Services; the Deputy Title IX Administrator; and the Administrative Support team for the organization.
As the DOS, Dr. Blandizzi is the chair of the Consultation and Response Team, whose primary focus is to consult with faculty and staff when a student might be in crisis; respond to students in crisis; and educate campus on how to recognize signs that a student may be in crisis. She is also the chair of the Economic Crisis Response Team, whose primary focus is to support students who have self-identified, or are identified faculty or staff, as experiencing a financial crisis that impacts their continued success as students.
When she assumed the DOS role, she led her team through a review of the organization and functional orientation of the Office of the Dean of Students with an eye toward bringing the office into a more prominent role in supporting academic success, monitoring campus climate issues, and encouraging productive collaborations and initiatives to enhance the campus experience for all students. As she enters her 4th year as Dean, the re-defined role of her position and the new organizational orientation is beginning to impact the campuses’ expectations of its Dean for Students.
She is constantly focused on addressing the complex issues impacting student services and programs, campus climate, and community relations. Maria is committed to serving students pursuing higher education and has spent her entire professional career working within the University of California system, having served in professional roles at UC Irvine, UC San Francisco, UC Office of the President, and of course, UCLA.
Her advanced academic study and professional practice has impressed upon her a profound respect for understanding students’ development during their academic pursuits. She understands the depth of commitment a student has made to achieve their academic and professional goals. While every student comes with different life experiences, what they share is a passion for learning and an idealism that inspires us to work for the betterment of humankind. Maria’s passion is to understand our students and create community that brings out their best selves.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree at UC Irvine, her Master’s degree at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California. She is raising two boys, Luca (6 years old) and Leonardo (5 years old), with her partner and co-parent, Rick Wan. The Blandizzi Wan family can be seen at student events, eating in the dining halls, and enjoying the beautiful campus on evening and weekends.