Dear Gladiators and families,
Welcome! My name is Valentina Di Blasi and I am the Dean of Students at John Cabot University.
The Dean of Students Office oversees many aspects of student life outside the classroom, including: Residential Life, New Student Orientation, Student Clubs and Activities, Student Leadership Programs, Community Service, Religious Life, Immigration Services, Health and Wellbeing Services, the disciplinary process, and coordination of the University’s response to crisis situations involving students.
The Student Life team provides a variety of services and extracurricular programs, and is also available for one-on-one support and assistance. We are committed to building and maintaining a vibrant community that is inclusive and open to new and differing experiences and viewpoints. Working closely with all JCU constituencies, we strive to ensure that students have the opportunity and support needed to engage in the life of the university and make the most of their time at JCU.
We believe that learning is at the heart of every students’ growth and development, whether visiting or degree-seeking. Learning is an active process of personal engagement that occurs through both organized and informal experiences, within the university community. We recognize that students learn in a variety of ways and believe that learning is enhanced through inquiry, critical thinking, knowledge application, and reflection. We design practices that encourage students to identify areas of strength and need for growth as they reflect on their own learning.
It is important to acknowledge that the process of learning is often challenging and uncomfortable, especially in an international environment. In our experience, it is often through encountering challenges that students are moved to growth. While maintaining the expectation that students are capable of facing and learning through challenges, we are committed to providing students support throughout their time at JCU, and to treating all students with dignity and respect.
Student Life at JCU will offer you a unique, diverse and enriching environment, where you will be encouraged to seize opportunities that will challenge you to explore your limits, find new interests and make unforgettable friendships.
We hope that you will find the Dean of Students office a safe and welcoming place. Stop by and get to know us! Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm daily.
Valentina M. Di Blasi, Ed.M.
Dean of Students