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Student Success Team

Dean and Associate Deans of Student Success

JC Lopez JC Lopez Dean of Student Success (he/him/his)

jclopez@depauw.edu 765-658-4850 Memorial Student Union Builiding Office 103 & Center for Diversity Inclusion

JC Lopez (Jean Carlos) serves as the inaugural Dean of Student Success in the Division of Student Affairs starting July 2021. Over 14 years he has worked in capacities including; Chicago Posse Mentor 16, Class Dean, Director of Campus Living & Community Development (Housing & Residence Life and Fraternity & Sorority Life), Director of Campus Activities and Summer Programs, and Advisor to NPHC & MGC, to name a few functional areas. JC currently works directly with the First-Year Experience, Mentor Program, and Summer Gold Visit Days.

Jeannette Johnson-Licon (JJL) Jeannette Johnson-Licon (JJL) Associate Dean of Student Success

jjlicon@depauw.edu 765-658-4026 Memorial Student Union Building Office 102

Jeannette Johnson-Licon (JJL) is the Associate Dean of Student Success, with over twenty years of experience working with DePauw students.  Born into a Mexican-American family and raised on the U.S.-Mexico border, JJL earned Bachelor's degrees from the University of Texas-El Paso (an accredited Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution,) and a Masters in Public Policy (with concentrations in health education) from Duke University.  This academic year (2021-2022), Jeannette will be working with CDI staff to provide additional support for First-Generation, LGBTQ and Latinx students.

Sarah Ryan Sarah Ryan Associate Dean of Student Success, Women’s Center Director, Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate (she/they)

sryan@depauw.edu 765-658-4173 DePauw Women's Center - 306 E. Hanna St.

Sarah Ryan serves as Women's Center director and associate dean of Student Success. She joined DePauw's staff in 2003, first working with the Hartman Center for Civic Engagement before moving to the Women's Center in 2011. Sarah is a Sexual Assault Survivor Advocate (SASA) and began her training in advocacy and crisis response in 1996. She is a Green Dot bystander intervention trainer, Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) leader, Restorative Justice circle keeper, and Mental Health First Aid responder. Sarah approaches her work through the lens of intersectional feminism. She is available for consultations, referrals, and programs on topics related to gender, sexuality, healthy relationships, supporting survivors, bystander intervention, and self care. Originally from upstate New York, Sarah completed her undergraduate studies in English literature at SUNY Brockport and earned a Master’s degree in college student development from Kansas State University.

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Holbrook Hankinson, PhD Holbrook Hankinson, PhD Executive Director of the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Part-Time Assistant Professor of University Studies (he/him/his)

Holbrook Hankinson, PhD (‘75) joined the Center for Diversity & Inclusion in July 2021.  Prior to DePauw, he was Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for Delta Air Lines Global Services; Senior Director of US Training, Learning, and Development for McDonald's Corporation; and consulted with companies in the US, Europe, Middle East, and Asia.  He teaches two courses at DePauw: Designing Your Life and Leading in Business and Beyond. He is the DePauw chapter  advisor for the National Society of Leadership and Success Honor Society and is an associate of the Institute for Postindustrial Leadership at the University of Indianapolis. 

Joseph Harris Joseph Harris Assistant Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (he/him/his)

Joseph Harris joined the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in November of 2019. He is originally from Maryland and graduated from Bowie State University with a Degree in History with a concentration in Pan-African Studies. He has presented or participated in numerous projects concerning diversity at all levels of education, including presenting on the praxis of teaching diverse literature at the National Council for Teachers of English (NTCE). He is currently a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University’s college of education with a specialization in urban education and literacy. In his spare time, he is a book reviewer for the website “Black Nerd Problems”.

 Elizabeth Haymaker Elizabeth Haymaker Interim International Student Specialist (she/her/hers)

Originally from Greencastle, Beth earned her AB from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in French and Rhetoric, as well as an MFA in Fiction Writing from Indiana University. She has nearly two decades of experience working with international students and scholars, supporting global studies inside and outside of the classroom. Recently relocated back to her hometown after twenty years in Brooklyn, New York, Beth is eager to connect with DePauw's international students, support them in their undergraduate studies and their transitions between countries and cultures. When she's not on campus, she's likely in the woods somewhere with her two dogs, spending time with her family, and newly appreciating the unique regional cultures represented in Putnam County. 


Troyanna Jefferson Troyanna Jefferson Office Manager she/her/hers

troyannajefferson@depauw.edu Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Troyanna Jefferson, an Indiana native and graduate of Goshen College, is one of the newest additions to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion where she serves as the CDI Office Manager. She studied Communication Across Cultures as well as Race, Class, & Ethnic Relations. Troyanna has refined her administrative and interpersonal skills while serving as a Youth & Young Adult Ministry Coordinator, and is currently mentoring and coaching a diverse group of interfaith students as they prepare for life before, during, and after college. 

Center for Spiritual Life

Chaplain Sami Aziz Chaplain Sami Aziz Chaplain He/Him/His

samiaziz@depauw.edu 765-658-4469 Center for Spiritual Life

Originally born in Aurangabad, India, Sami arrived in Dallas Texas at the tender age of 2 years old. From there his life moved to Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and finally Indiana at DePauw University to serve as the first Indian Muslim to be a Director of a Center for Spiritual Life in America. He has a Masters in Chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary and has started a Doctor of Ministry from Hartford Seminary as well. In his free time he enjoys studying nature, meditating on the Divine, and visiting historical sites.

Rev. Maureen Knudsen Langdoc, PhD Rev. Maureen Knudsen Langdoc, PhD University Chaplain and Associate Dean She/Her/Hers

mklangdoc@depauw.edu 765.658.4005 Center for Spiritual Life

Maureen Knudsen Langdoc serves as University Chaplain and Associate Dean, providing leadership and strategic direction for spiritual and religious life at DePauw. Her scholarly work focuses on ethics, moral formation, cultural criticism and Wesleyan theology. Recent publications include In Conversation with Samuel Wells and Stanley Hauerwas and "Practices of Resistance: How Not to Respond to the Lockdown." Maureen earned degrees from Greenville College (BA), Duke University (MDiv; certificate in "Gender, Sexuality, Theology and Ministry") and King's College London (PhD). A recipient of a Fulbright grant, she is ordained United Methodist clergy and a John Wesley Fellow. Maureen lives in Greencastle with her husband, the Rev. Bryan Langdoc, and four children. Together, they enjoy traveling, cheering on the Tigers, and family movie nights. 

Rev. Beth Newton Watson Rev. Beth Newton Watson Chaplain She/Her/Hers

bethwatson@depauw.edu 765-301-0087 Center for Spiritual Life
Rev. Beth Newton Watson serves DePauw University as one of its Chaplains. She is ordained clergy in the United Methodist Church and serves also as the Associate Superintendent for the West District of the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. At DePauw Chaplain Beth is a Board Certified interfaith chaplain working with persons of all faiths and philosophies, offering spiritual care, crisis ministry, grief support and pastoral counseling.   She is a nationally Certified Educator in the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, training chaplains in various locations across the country.  Chaplain Beth has a private counseling practice as well.   She is a graduate of Smith College and Chicago Theological Seminary. She can be reached by text or call at 765-301-0087 or email bethwatson@depauw.edu.