Meet Your Dean of Students Christina Olstad


I’m excited for the opportunity to serve as the dean of students at UW-Madison. As dean, I’ll be leading a terrific team of individuals who are all dedicated to our students’ success: the Associated Students of Madison staff and programs, the Dean of Students Office, Center for the First-Year Experience, Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and the Parent and Family Program. With partners within Student Affairs and across campus, we can make a greater impact on the student experience at UW-Madison.

Together, we’ll focus on ensuring that campus units respond to all students’ needs effectively and compassionately, overseeing their transition to campus as first-year and transfer students and advocating for their interests throughout their time here.

I’m passionate about student success – my past work involves areas such as financial wellness, faculty outreach, working with students in distress, and supporting students with food insecurity. I come to Madison with nearly two decades of experience in higher education administration, residence life, crisis response, and staff development. In my most recent role, I served as interim assistant vice president for student affairs, housing, and residence life at Towson University outside of Baltimore.

I look forward to building on and supporting the great work that has been done in creating an equitable, inclusive environment where all students feel like they belong. While I recognize that our work in this area is never done, I believe that through partnerships, transparency, and compassion, we can better our community.

Finally, I’m impressed with UW-Madison’s many traditions, deeply rooted in the Wisconsin Idea and Wisconsin Experience. I am excited to support students as they explore these traditions, from orientation to graduation. My hope is to inspire students to live authentically and take pride in being part of the UW-Madison community.

Take care, and On, Wisconsin!

Dean Christina Olstad’s Student Office Hours:

Due to COVID-19, student office hours will take place virtually.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Dean Olstad during office hours, please contact Kathy Kuno@

Spring 2020 virtual office hours:
4/3/20      1pm – 3pm
4/8/20      10am – 11am
4/14/20    2pm – 4pm
4/20/20   1pm – 3pm
4/28/20    1pm – 3pm
5/4/20      1pm – 3pm


Welcome to UW-Madison!

Updates from Christina Olstad