By Ree Palmer, Bicentennial Graduate Assistant, Master's Student, Class of 2018, Higher Education and Student Affairs
The Office of the Dean of Women at Indiana University opened in 1901 to serve the growing population of women students on campus. During its 45-year history, six women served as the Dean of Women, and they established foundational programs for student services on campus.
Originally created to provide supervision, discipline, and guidance for women students, the office evolved to offer a variety of programs including housing and residence life, career counseling, and student organizations.Additionally, the Deans of Women served as some of the earliest women administrators on campus.
In 1946, the Office of the Dean of Women merged with the Office of the Dean of Men to become the Office of the Dean of Students, but the impact of the office did not disappear from campus.