Darleny Cepin

Assistant Dean for Student Life
Office Phone
315 Hamilton Hall


I have worked in higher education for 15 years. Prior to joining the Princeton community, I was an Associate Director of Residential Life at Columbia University, responsible for the strategic planning and assessment of one of the largest residential areas in a department charged with fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus environment. Professionally, I see my focus as conceptualizing and facilitating best practices in both academic and administrative matters, while also overseeing both program implementation and new initiatives aimed at directly improving the quality of student life at various higher education institutions. 

In earning my Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Adult Learning & Leadership as well as a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia University, I completed a dissertation on How Student Affairs Professionals Learn to Meet Student Needs and Institutional Expectations, which investigates how student affairs practitioners acquire, create, and share knowledge within higher education institutions. During my time at Columbia, I also oversaw the West Campus Faculty In Residence Program and Special Interest Communities, transfer student programming, and coordinated the Well Campus Series.  I was also the Advisor for the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) Columbia’s chapter. In sum, I am passionate about motivating, inspiring, and supporting students and colleagues to achieve their academic and personal goals.

I would only add that I also earned a certification in Emotional, Social and Cultural intelligence from Teachers College, which enables me to incorporate advanced strategies in emotional intelligence, coaching across cultures, organizational acumen, and self-management into my professional undertakings.  In my daily life, I practice mindfulness and meditation.


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