A long-time advocate for Hunter College students, Dean Ayravainen has dedicated her career to building programs that foster community and enhance the academic and personal success of students. She actively creates an open, welcoming and inclusive environment that nurtures and empowers all students. Through the Division's programs, services and initiatives, Dean Ayravainen is committed to cultivating a culture of respect and open communication, engaging students fully in the life of the College.
Dean Ayravainen leads a dynamic and diverse portfolio of over twenty departments that make up the Division of Student Affairs. She and her staff are dedicated to providing a cutting-edge student experience from orientation through graduation. The Division includes residence halls, academic advising, counseling services, career development services, new student orientation, recreational sports, as well as services such as the Registrar, financial aid, testing, and accessibility accommodations. The Division also supports student life through its student clubs, student emergency and veteran services, scholarships, and leadership programs. Dean Ayravainen constantly develops new resources for new initiatives in student-focused programming, and funding opportunities.
In addition to advocating for students, Dean Ayravainen serves an invaluable role in helping them to navigate the College. She encourages responsibility and promotes leadership in a diverse and socially responsible learning environment. She strongly believes that a diverse and fully engaged community strengthens all of its members and ultimately develops leaders who will change New York City and the world.
Dean Ayravainen is passionate about making sure that students' needs are met, and she can readily be found walking the halls and checking on students, as well as the staff who serve them. She is known for her warmth and accessibility and welcomes meeting with students in both formal and informal venues regarding matters that affect the Hunter College community.