Steph Grayson Gauchel
- BA, Wright State University
- MA, Lesley University
- EdD, Northeastern University
Steph (they, them, their or he, him, his pronouns) has served as the assistant dean for student affairs at HDS since 2016. Steph provides support, counseling, and referral to students in academic, personal, or medical difficulty. Steph also serves as the local disability coordinator, as a student Title IX Resource Coordinator, and more broadly as a resource for all forms of identity-based issues. They also play a major role in the HDS student co-curricular experience, including orientation, student programming, and the HDS Student Association.
Steph’s educational and professional interests are rooted in intersectional feminism and social justice. Before coming to Harvard Divinity School, Steph was at Tufts University for nearly a decade, serving primarily as Director of the Women’s Center, but also held roles as Director of Student Affairs Pluralism Initiatives and Interim LGBT Center Director. Steph has a B.A. in Women’s Studies, an M.A. in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration. Their dissertation was entitled, “Making visible: An exploration of trainer conceptualization of program content related to gender, racial, and sexual identity within college sexual assault prevention programs.” Steph is passionate about working with students, particularly around personal and identity development and exploring how systems of oppression and privilege operate intersectionally to impact lived experiences. Steph’s own positionality has contributed to specific interest in considerations of identity related to experiences of visibility and invisibility; challenging binaries and identity essentialism; multiracial and transracial adoptee identity; and, kinship and belonging.