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Center Campus

Center Campus is the most eclectic area of campus. It has the oldest house on campus (Sessions), the Friedman apartments (now located on Paradise Road), the co-ops and several pairs of houses that operate as unified communities. Center Campus houses are close-knit communities with strong social traditions including Sessions Halloween, Park multicultural potlucks, Cutter/Ziskind BBQs and Haven-Wesley movie nights. Center Campus houses range in size from 14 to 80 students and embody a variety of architectural styles. As the area name might suggest, most Center Campus homes are close to classrooms, the Campus Center and major offices and are a short walk to downtown Northampton.

Area Coordinator

Dana Olivo

office First floor of Ziskind house
email Send an e-mail
phone (413) 585-2234

Dana Olivo, Center Campus CoordinatorDana comes to Smith with over 12 years of Higher Ed experience

What are your open hours?
I hold open hours on Mondays from 9-10:30 a.m. and Thursdays from 1:30-3 p.m.

What are your professional interests?
I have been working in Higher Ed/Student Affairs for over 12 years, and over that time has been able to develop long lasting, and meaningful relationships with students, colleagues, and their families. I have a strong professional interest in working with, and supporting students of color, and enjoys being both a mentor and advocate for marginalized students.

What are your personal interests?
When not at work, I spend most of my time with my family. I have two beautiful mini me's (children), a dog, and a partner. I am also a birth doula, a lapsed photographer, a sometimes painter of watercolors, and an avid reader of romance novels.

What is your education background?
I went to Boston College and graduated with a degree in Sociology and Human Development. .

Where did you grow up?
I am originally from Maryland. Since graduating college, I have lived in New York City, west of Boston, and more west west of Boston (Amherst, and Northampton)

What are your two favorite places on campus?
My office! It's beautiful!! It's my number one favorite on campus. My number two would be the Campus School where my little people go to school. It's a beautiful school, with caring teachers, and a space that holds not only the learning, and emotional well being of my children when they are not with me, but also is a an incubator for the learning of student teachers on campus.