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Dean of Students Staff


Valeria Beasley-Ross

Associate Dean of Students
Email: vross@olemiss.edu
Phone: 662.915.7247

Valeria Beasley Ross has been a part of the University of Mississippi community as a student, alumna, and staff member for more than twenty years. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Students. Prior to this position, Valeria served in several other roles and capacities in the Office of Dean of Students. Most recently she served as Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Affairs and Volunteer Services. Her educational achievement includes a Bachelor of Social Science, a Bachelor of Public Administration, and a Master of Social Science with a minor in African American Studies all from the University of Mississippi. She is on track to complete her doctoral degree in higher education from The University of Mississippi in the 2015 Fall Semester. Valeria’s research interests include persistence and retention models for student communities; student crisis response, bias response, university crisis response, customer service, cultural competence, civic engagement, social justice, and matters related to gender and the intersection of race and gender. Valeria is additionally an alumnae member of the AmeriCorps Organization, and she has completed certification for NASPA's Mid Manager's Institute and NCORE's Cultural Competence Training.