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Message From Leadership

Dr. Patty Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dear Terp Community, 

The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) began its strategic planning process in the fall of 2022 with a bold vision: every student thrives. I am delighted to present Forward Together, our five-year strategic plan that will unite our efforts toward achieving this vision.

When we began our planning process, we knew that the diverse experiences and perspectives of our DSA staff, alumni, families, and students should inform our future. Over nearly a year, we captured staff input from across the division through multiple gatherings. We also captured feedback from our divisional partners. The resulting plan underscores the importance of many individual contributions. Each of us drives meaningful change and innovation. 

Aligned with the University of Maryland’s strategic plan, Forward Together is our shared commitment to pursuing excellence for our students and for each other. It celebrates the collective strength of our 16 departments, and our inclusive community of care. By aligning our work and resources, we will maximize our impact. Together, we invest in our students, and we invest in each other! 

This plan belongs to us all. The future is full of possibilities. I am excited to see what we accomplish as we move forward together. 

With gratitude and hope,

Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D.



Patricia A. Perillo, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
She/ Her/ Hers 

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