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Skidmore College
Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs

The Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs oversees a broad range of programs and services designed to promote academic success, cocurricular life, and personal development.

If you are uncertain whom you should contact about a specific question or a problem, the Dean's office can help you get in touch with the right office staff.

Cerri Banks

Cerri A. Banks

Dean of Students and
VP for Student Affairs

Email Cerri Banks

Gail Cummings-Danson

Gail Cummings-Danson

Assistant VP for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics

email Gail Cummings-Danson

Gail Cummings-Danson

Lorri Riggs

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Student Success

EMAIL Lorri Riggs

Student Affairs Division

Mission Statement

In support of Skidmore College’s mission, “to educate a diverse population of talented students,” the Division of Student Affairs works with all College departments to create an integrated living and learning liberal arts experience. 

We believe:

At Skidmore, everyone deserves access to the highest levels of excellence in education:

  • Learning is a communal endeavor where we all learn from and teach each other.
  • Learning happens in all dimensions: intellectual, emotional, physical, social, professional, and spiritual.
  • Learning is a dynamic and integrative process of exploration across barriers and divisions.
  • Learning happens everywhere and requires opportunities, challenges, disappointments, and defeats.
  • Learning promotes growth, transformation, and the continuous interaction and meaning making of self, other, and communities.

Upcoming student forums: Fall 2020 reopening

All live forums are intended for students only who plan to attend Skidmore for the fall 2020 semester.  Each session is password protected. Please check your email for forum passwords in advance of each session.

All forums will be close captioned, recorded and will be available here within 24 hours for the wider community. 

International Student Forum 
Recording Available     

Health & Wellness Forum
Recording Available    

Athletics Forum
Tuesday, August 4th 11:00 am 12:00 pm EST
Zoom Link     

Student Life & Campus Resources Forum
Wednesday, August 5th 3:30 pm 4:30 pm EST
Zoom Link    

Residential Life & Student Conduct Forum
Thursday, August 6th 3:30 pm 4:30 pm EST
Zoom Link    

Title IX Forum
Friday, August 7th 10:00 am 11:00 am EST
Zoom Link     

Parent Forum 
Friday, August 7th 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Zoom Link

Important Information

Student Opportunity Funds

Students may request financial support of worthwhile student co-curricular and leadership initiatives.

Submit your application to the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Case 313.

Please note the following submission deadlines:

  • Fall Deadline:  Nov. 5, 2019
  • Spring Deadline:  March 4, 2020