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:

In response to COVID-19, Dean Christina Olstad is holding virtual office hours this summer.  This is time she has scheduled on her calendar to meet with students on a 1:1 basis.

If you would like to schedule a virtual appointment with Dean Olstad, please contact Kathy Kuno at

Office Hours have been scheduled for the following:

06/12/20            3pm – 5pm
06/15/20            9am – 11am
06/23/20           2:30pm – 3:30pm
07/02/20           2pm – 3pm
07/10/20           9am – 11am
07/15/20            11am – 1pm
07/21/20            3pm – 4:30pm
07/29/20           11am – 1pm
08/04/20           2:30pm – 4pm
08/10/20           1pm – 3pm
08/20/20          11am – 1pm
08/24/08          1pm – 3pm




Welcome to UW-Madison!

Updates from Christina Olstad

  • Message of Support: Hate Act Incident on Campus

    Dear Campus Community, During Pride Month and on the eve of Juneteenth—on Thursday, June 18—a column at the entrance of Grainger Hall was graffitied with a Nazi swastika. The University of Wisconsin–Madison has condemned the …

  • Student dialogue on social and racial justice

    Now more than ever it’s important that our students find space to gather, process, and create community. A constant news cycle makes us all prone to information overload and we need take time to pause …

  • Statement from your Dean of Students – We’re here for you

    Dear students: Over the past several days, we have all witnessed moments of great pain and violence, as well as inspiring acts of people coming together to confront racism and inequality. We’ve seen peaceful protests …

  • Congrats to our 2020 Ginsberg Family Recipients

    Each year, the Ginsberg Family Awards recognize students who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions to the university community while maintaining a record of academic excellence. The awards are a legacy of Paul Ginsberg, …

  • More Dean of Students posts