Dean’s Message: Fall 2022

woman in front of fountainAs we begin a new academic year, I’m reminded once again that learning as part of the Dyson College community is exciting. Dyson students are fully immersed in their studies, developing the real-life skills they’ll need to be changemakers not only in today’s world, but tomorrow’s, too.

Within this issue, you’ll find a number of examples of Dyson students engaging in opportunities that brought their studies to life. Students in the Writing for Diversity and Equity in Theater and Media program—one of Dyson’s newest, fastest growing, and most unique majors—share their future-altering experiences connecting with industry professionals and practicing their craft to find their voices as writers.

Meanwhile, in the Master of Public Administration program, Sydney Moraitis ’22, learned firsthand how research can spark change, helping to spearhead a digital access survey of Westchester County families in partnership with the Westchester Children’s Association.

In what was surely a singular experience, three undergraduate Dyson students, in collaboration with their classmates and Dyson faculty, took to the global stage, speaking and advocating at various United Nations events this fall.

As a Pace alumna, Vice President of NOVA Hope for Haiti Jan Mansley ’90 supports Dyson’s immersive learning experiences through a scholarship that she and her husband have endowed for math students that requires the recipient be involved in community service.

Fellow alumna Ebony Ladelle ’10 notes that her real-world contacts from the Master of Science Publishing program helped her launch a successful career in the industry that has now led to her first published young adult novel, Love Radio.

At Dyson, we know one of the best ways to learn is by doing. By immersing themselves in their studies, Dyson students not only take advantage of valuable opportunities on and off campus but gain the skills and knowledge they will use to effect positive change.

If you have news you wish to share with the Dyson Community, please contact Angela Nally ’99, ‘06, assistant dean for communications, at

Tresmaine R. Grimes, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education