LIFE AT CIIS

DOS Office Staff

DOS Office Staff

 

SHIRLEY STRONG

Dean of Students and Director of Diversity

Shirley has been engaged in education, philanthropy, community building, and social action for nearly 30 years. Her academic experience includes service as an administrator at a variety of colleges and universities including the University of New Mexico, San Francisco State University, and Mills College.

Shirley has spent the past 13 years as the Executive Director of Project Change, a Tide Center organization founded by the Levi Strauss Foundation, which develops and supports multiracial community coalitions, partnerships, and alliances in local communities throughout the U.S.

 

Shirley holds a master's degree in educational psychology/counseling from the University of Illinois, and she has studied in the doctoral program in counseling psychology at the University of San Francisco. Shirley can be reached in Room 407 at (415) 575-6171 or at sstrong@ciis.edu.

 

LAUREN SELFRIDGE

Student Affairs Manager

Lauren joined CIIS in October 2010, bringing over five years of experience as a higher education student affairs professional. She holds an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a B.S. in Business Management from Champlain College in Burlington, VT. Lauren loves interacting with students and particularly enjoys her role as Student Disability Services Coordinator at CIIS. She serves as the staff advisor of AWARE (Awakening to Whiteness and Racism Everywhere), which welcomes CIIS students, faculty, and staff who want to participate in a process of unlearning racism and examining our own privilege.

Lauren enjoys knitting, photography, lunch breaks at the Ferry Building, and going on adventures with her dog. She is also delighted to be studying in the CIIS Integral Counseling Psychology program. Lauren can be reached in room 401 at (415) 575-3481 or at lselfridge@ciis.edu.

 

JODY O'CONNOR

International Student Advisor

Jody joined the CIIS community in November 2005 as the International Student Advisor, bringing with her 3 years of international student advising experience and a deep appreciation and interest in world cultures. She assists F-1 visa students with immigration issues as well as other non-academic matters. She holds an interdisciplinary BA degree in Japan Business Studies from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and is an active volunteer at the Asian Art Museum and with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.

Jody spent 3 years in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan, teaching English on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. Jody's goal is to help continue to build a welcoming place for international students at CIIS and in San Francisco. In her spare time, you will find Jody listening to music and taking urban hikes. Jody can be reached in room 401 at (415) 575-6157 or at joconnor@ciis.edu.