The Dean of Students Office

Creating a Culture of Care

About US

Our Vision

The Dean of Students Office, in the Division of Student Affairs, works with students, their families, faculty and staff to create a culture of care in which students feel supported and empowered to succeed.

Our Mission

The mission of the Dean of Students Office is to initiate learner-centered programs and services that foster a culture of care conducive to academic and personal development.

Our Goals

  • Empowering students, parents and families to navigate the University experience
  • Engaging and supporting students in acknowledging responsibility for their choices in preparation for meaningful lives and engaged citizenship in a global community
  • Educating and consulting with faculty, staff, and students
  • Coordinating and supporting processes that uphold student community values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect & responsibility
  • Preventing distress and responding to crisis
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop critical thinking skills in a vibrant and inclusive campus community

Our Core Values


An academic community of integrity advances the quest for truth and knowledge by requiring intellectual and personal honesty in learning, teaching, research, activities, and service. Cultivating honesty lays the foundation for lifelong integrity, developing in each of us the courage and insight to make difficult choices and accept responsibility for our actions and their consequences, even at a personal cost.


An academic community of integrity fosters a climate of trust, encourages the free exchange of ideas, and enables all to reach their highest potential. Only with trust can we believe in and rely on others and move forward as a community. Within an environment of trust, we can collaborate with individuals, sharing information and ideas without fear that our work or property will be stolen, our career stunted, or our reputations diminished. Through trust, our communities can believe in the social value and meaning of an institutions’ scholarship and degrees.


An academic community of integrity establishes clear standards, practices, and procedures and expects fairness in the interactions of students, faculty, and administrators. For students, important components of fairness are predictability, clear expectations, and a consistent and just response to dishonesty. Faculty and administrators also have a right to expect fair treatment, not only from students but also from colleagues and the administration.


An academic community of integrity recognizes the participatory nature of the learning process and honors and respects a wide range of opinions, ideas, and cultures.


An academic community of integrity upholds personal accountability and depends upon action in the face of wrongdoing. Every member of an academic community — each student, faculty member, and administrator — is responsible for upholding the integrity of the community.

Our Staff

The Dean of Students Office staff hold a wide range of professional interests and an equally diverse array of identities. While some of our staff’s student support specialties and interests align with their personal identities, others reflect communities and topics that our staff are deeply committed to advancing as an ally or advocate.

Dr. Brett Carter (he|him|his)
Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
About Dr. Carter: Dr. Brett Carter is the Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students at UNC Greensboro. He has been involved in higher education for over 30 years. He is responsible for a wide range of Student Affairs functions including the Dean of Students Office, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Offices of Accessibility Resources and Services, Military-Affiliated Services, Counseling Center, Campus Recreation and Wellness, and Student Health Services.
How Dr. Carter supports students in DOS/OSRR: Dr. Carter has a long history of diverse work experiences with student housing, judicial and academic integrity programs, student support services, first-year experience programs, and crisis management.
Student support specialties & interests: Student development, advocacy, diversity and inclusion, first-generation students, and community service.

Shelley Wald (she|her|hers)
Associate Dean of Students
About Shelley: Shelley is originally from Richmond, Virginia and is a proud first-generation college student. Shelley completed degrees at Longwood University (B.A.) and the University of Illinois-Champaign (M. Ed.). She has served students working in residence life at a variety of institutions (Texas Tech University, University of Richmond, Marymount University, North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro) before coming to the Dean of Students office.
How Shelley supports students in DOS/OSRR: Shelley oversees the Dean of Students office and the Office of Rights and Responsibilities. She is responsible for advocating for student needs at UNCG. She also works with university initiatives that support first-generation students.
Student support specialties & interests: First-generation students, LGBTQ students, students of color, and students that are also parents.

Megan Karbley, M.Ed. (she|her|hers)
Assistant Dean of Students
About Megan: Megan grew up in North Carolina and is a proud UNCG alumna. After completing her undergraduate degree in English at UNCG as the first in her family to attend college, she went on to Ohio University, completing her Master’s degree in Education. Megan then supported students at Tulane University in New Orleans for 6 years and Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, California for 3 years, in many capacities: from campus recreation to advising, student conduct, advising LGBTQ students, and more. Before coming home to UNCG, Megan was the Director of Title IX at High Point University. Megan is also a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations program at UNCG.
How Megan supports students in DOS: Megan’s primary role is to support students who have been impacted by sexual and intimate partner violence by assisting them with connecting to campus resources, safety planning and response, and academic support. Megan works with complainants and respondents.
Student support specialties & interests: Queer, trans and non-binary students, first-generation students, white identity development, anti-racist education, and community building through restorative practices. 

Lindsey Welch Vega (she|her|hers)
Assistant Dean of Students
About Lindsey: Lindsey Vega is a North Carolina native and proud first generation college graduate that began her college journey at UNC-Charlotte. After experiencing some common First Gen challenges, Lindsey transferred to a community college and began working full-time. She persisted in her career while also attending classes in the evenings and ultimately graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a BS in Business Administration and a Minor in Economics. At that time, Lindsey was also volunteering with various non-profit groups assisting adolescents and young adults with their educational challenges. This experience coupled with her own struggles navigating higher education led to a new found passion for helping students succeed in spite of the obstacles they were facing. In February of 2014, Lindsey left her career as a Business Development Executive to begin a journey in education where she held positions as an Americorps Academic Enrichment Specialist and High School Business Teacher before returning to UNCG and earning a Master’s degree in College Counseling and Student Development. Lindsey Vega now serves as an Assistant Dean of Students at UNCG co-managing the Crisis Management Process for the University
How Lindsey supports students in DOS: Lindsey’s primary role is to support students who have experienced mental health challenges that have impacted their academic success.
Student support specialties & interests: First-generation students, student mental health and well-being, and substance use/recovery.

Denisha Bland (she|her|hers)
Assistant Dean of Students
About Denisha: Denisha was born in Germany to a military family, but was raised in and calls New Bern, NC home. She is a proud first generation graduate and double alum of UNCG. As an undergraduate student, Denisha studied Social Work and volunteered in various capacities on and off campus. While working as a School Social Worker, Denisha started her studies in the Masters in Higher Education Program at UNCG. Her passion to support students has offered her amazing opportunities, inclusive of training teachers in Jamaica! Denisha’s passion for people, mental health and advocacy stem from her personal life and family experiences and she believes every obstacle can be used as a building block.
How Denisha supports students in DOS: Denisha’s primary role is to support students who may be seeking safe and stable food and housing options. Denisha also supports Parents and Families of UNCG students.
Student support specialties & interests: First generation college student support, student mental health support, student leaders, the black male experience transitioning to and through college, interpersonal violence, religious identity impact on student development.

Bianca Smith (she|her|hers)
Student Services Specialist
About Bianca: Bianca was born and raised in the Carolinas and is a proud UNCG alum. At UNCG, she obtained a B.S in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration. Bianca also holds a B.A. in Fashion Marketing and Management from the Art Institute of Charlotte. Before joining the Spartan family, Bianca served students in The Office of Student Life at High Point University.
How Bianca Support Students in DOS: Bianca supports the front desk student employee team oversees the operations of the Dean of Students Office. 
Student support specialties & interests: Bianca’s passionate about student professional development and helping students prepare for the transition out of college.

Caroline Forrest (she|her|hers)
Graduate Assistant, Student Support, Outreach and Assessment
About Caroline: Caroline was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. In 2019, she graduated with a B.A. in linguistics and French from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During her time there, she was involved in service learning, a book club for men experiencing incarceration, an online linguistics research journal, and taught English and American culture summer classes to international students. She also served as a Resident Assistant for two years. The energy of a college campus and its many opportunities for growth have inspired her to pursue a M.Ed. in Higher Education, with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration, at UNCG. In her spare time, she loves reading anything she can get her hands on, watching interior design shows, listening to podcasts, and doing yoga.
How Caroline supports students in DOS: As the Graduate Assistant for Student Support, Outreach, and Assessment, Caroline most frequently works with students who have experienced a medical incident on campus, been referred to the Dean of Students Office via a Starfish flag, and/or have been impacted by sexual misconduct. In addition to student support and assisting with office assessment, Caroline also oversees the DOS’s outreach efforts such as social media and presentation requests.
Student support specialties: Exploratory/undeclared students, Jesuit education, linguistics, and language education
Student support interests: Asian American and Pacific Islander students, international students, non-native English speaking students students impacted by sexual misconduct.

Michaela Henderson (she|her|hers)
Graduate Assistant, Crisis Management and Student Support
About Michaela: Michaela was born and raised in Maryland. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland (UMD). At UMD, Michaela was a Supplemental Psychology Instructor for freshman students, and she worked as a Research Assistant in the Psychology Department. Michaela is currently pursuing her Master’s of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Clinical Mental Health at UNCG. She is passionate about mental health wellness, psychoeducation, and providing emotional support to those in need. In her free time she enjoys catching up on her favorite shows and listening to music.
How Michaela supports students in DOS: While working closely with the Assistant Dean in the office, Michaela’s primary role is to support students experiencing personal crisis due to mental health stressors. She also connects students to campus resources and provides academic assistance using SMART planning.
Student support specialties and interests: Mental health support, psychoeducation, cultural trauma in Black individuals.

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (EUC 236B)

Robert Barker (he|him|his)
Assistant Dean and Director 
Robert BarkerAbout Robert: Robert, a native of Martinsville, Virginia, graduated from Old Dominion University with degrees in Sports Management and Higher Education. Robert has experience in Campus Recreation, Student Housing, Student Conduct, Leadership Development, and Dean of Students Office. Prior to arriving at UNCG, Robert worked at UNC Chapel Hill for 6 years. He loves sports, music, concerts, going on dates with his wife, and playing with his two kids. Robert shares a birthday with Cameron Diaz and Warren Buffett.
How Robert supports students in OSRR: Robert’s primary role is to educate the campus community related to Student Conduct and Academic Integrity while holding students accountable for their decision-making through critical educational conversations and experiences.
Student support specialties & interests: First-generation students, crisis management, integrating the curricular and co-curricular experiences, leadership development, advocating for diverse student populations.

Marcus Perkins (he|him|his)
Graduate Assistant, Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
About Marcus: Marcus is a native North Carolinian from Kernersville, NC and a soon to be double UNCG alum. After completing his undergraduate degree in Psychology at UNCG, he decided to return for his Master’s in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education for his passion in student development and higher education itself. In undergrad, Marcus served in many roles on campus that aimed at leadership education, first-year mentoring and residential life. In his current role as a first-year graduate student he assists in student conduct cases as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR). Marcus’s interests include hip hop and r&b music, horror movies, and true crime documentaries
How Marcus supports students in OSRR: Marcus assists students in OSRR by listening to students’ issues and concerns and providing them appropriate services. He also advises students of their rights and informs them of the conduct process here at UNCG.
Student support specialties & interests: Queer students, first-generation students, first-year experience, BIPOC students, black experience.

Each staff member has completed Safe Zone Training.
Learn about Safe Zone at the Office of Intercultural Engagement Website.

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