Wisconsin Welcome (and Welcome Back), Badgers!

A welcome message from your Dean of Students Christina Olstad:

Dean of Student Christina Olstad sits in a large Union chair
Christina Olstad, Dean of Students in the Division of Student Life at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enjoys a dish of Babcock Dairy ice cream while sitting in an oversized Memorial Union Terrace chair on Aug. 8, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Miller / UW-Madison)

Hello Badgers,

Welcome to the first day of class! You (we) did it — we have a near 90% vaccination rate, and we’re back together, in person. You can once again feel the energy on campus. Soak it all in. It feels good to be back.

I’m proud to be your dean of students at UW–Madison. My role is to be your advocate, your coach, and your biggest fan as you navigate campus life. My team within the Dean of Students Office and staff in Student Affairs that focus on student advocacy, are all here to help you succeed as a student. When you don’t know where to go with personal, academic, or health issues, contact the Dean of Students Office.

As we gear up for fall, a few reminders on ways you can build community, stay informed and safe, and take care of your mental and physical health.

Build community with other Badgers.

Stay informed, safe, and take care of each other.

Make health and well-being a priority.

As you start the academic year, let’s continue to show grace and be kind to one another and ourselves. COVID-19 and the new variant might make us feel a little apprehensive, and that’s normal. But if we’ve learned anything from last year, it is that Badgers are resilient. Keep it up: Remember to wear face coverings when indoors and we’ll continue to share campus health and safety protocols at covidresponse.wisc.edu.

See you around campus, and when you see me out and about, introduce yourself (I usually have ice cream coupons); I’d love to hear your story.

Until then, stay well, Badgers.

On, Wisconsin!

Christina Olstad, EdD (she/her)

Dean of Students



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