Kamala Kiem


Kamala Kiem, M.A., M.Ed.
Associate Dean of Students & Director
(203) 254-4053

Connectedness, Relator, Learner, Restorative, Context

Educational Background:
Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration, Michigan State University
Masters of Education in Social Justice Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bachelors of Business Administration, Florida International University
Michigan State University Study Abroad Program in South Africa
Certified Social Justice Mediator
Ignatian Colleague Program- Cohort 6
El Slavador Immersion Trip - February 2014

Areas of Focus:
Social Justice Education & Diversity
Leadership Development
Residential Life
New Student Programs
Student Activities
Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator
Conflict Resolution
Student Conduct


  • FYE 001, First Year Experience Seminar, Fairfield University
  • EDUC 395X, Intergroup Dialogue, Race & Ethnicity, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • EDUC 394X, Social Justice Education - Classism & Sexism, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • EOL 199, Intergroup Dialogue for Resident Assistants, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • EAD 315, Student Leadership, Michigan State University


  • Safe Space II: The Coming Out Process, Student Affairs Professional Development Series
    • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Spring 2010
  • Safe Space II: The Intersection of Gender and Sexuality
    • Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, Fall 2009
  • Intra-group Dialogue: Race and Queer Sexualities in Our Lives and on Our Campuses
    • ACPA/NASPA Joint Conference, Orlando, FL Spring 2006
  • Successfully Communicating Across Difference: Methods for Engaging Students in Dialogue
    • NCORE, New York City, Spring 2005
  • Cultural Competency: Who is kidding whom? Understanding Whiteness
    • Recognizing Privilege Conference, Mount Holyoke College, Spring 2004
  • The Interdependent Theory and Practice of the M.R.U.L.E: Inclusionary, Scholarship, Activism, Student Voices
    • ACPA, Long Beach, Spring 2002
  • Courageous Leaders: Undergraduate Staff as Multicultural Educators
    • ACPA, Boston, Spring 2001

Current Committees:

  • Presidential Institutional Diversity Council (PIDC), Co-Chair
  • Presidential Institutional Diversity Council (PIDC) Assessment Sub - Committee
  • Program Review Committee, Co-Chair
  • First Year Initiatives Committee
  • Retention/Attrition Committee
  • Collaborative Student Leadership Committee
  • Academic Planning Committee

Professional Organizations:

  • National Orientation Directors Association (NODA)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)
  • America College Personnel Association (ACPA)


  • Service for Justice Residential College Mentor (2009-12)
  • Cura Personalis Mentoring Program Mentor
  • Community Associate, First Year Experience Program

Tennis, Board Games, and Movies

Favorite TV Show(s):
Once Upon a Time, Grey's Anatomy, The Daily Show, 1600 Penn, and The Office

Favorite Movie:
Meet Joe Black

Favorite Book:
Any John Grisham!

Favorite Thing about Fairfield:
Working with our Student Leaders

Favorite Quotes:
Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to leap forward

Advice for Students:
Remember, the decisions you make today affect your future, so choose wisely!

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