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Dean College is pleased to announce that Lynne DaSilva has been named as the new Director of the Arch Learning Community.

A member of the Dean community since 2010, DaSilva brings a wealth of experience in teaching, advising and academic support to the program. She serves as an adjunct professor for both Arch-specific and non-Arch courses and was honored with the Dean College Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015 for her exceptional work in the classroom. She has held additional roles at Dean as a Success and Career Advisor in the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning and as an Academic Coach in the Morton Family Learning Center. Most recently, DaSilva has been serving as the Assistant Director of the Arch Learning Community.

“Lynne is a dedicated Learning Center professional who knows our students and the culture at Dean inside and out,” said Michael Adamowicz, Director of the Morton Family Learning Center. “We are thrilled to have her in this new role as Director of the Arch Learning Community.”

The widely regarded Arch Learning Community program at Dean College is designed to provide comprehensive support to students with diagnosed learning disabilities and/or other learning differences who would benefit from additional academic support while taking part in a traditional college curriculum. As Director of the Arch Learning Community, DaSilva will lead the program as it provides individual academic coaching, Arch-designated courses and specialized success and career advising to help students acquire the skills necessary to be successful in their degree program.

"I am incredibly excited to continue my work in the Arch Learning Community in this new role, and to embrace the holistic approach to engaging and supporting our students academically, socially and emotionally on their path to success," said DaSilva.

“Lynne has been such a critical part of the Arch Learning Community over the past few years, and I am excited for her leadership in her new role as director,” said Wendy Adler, Associate Vice President of Student Success & Career Planning. “This is a great opportunity for both Lynne and Dean.”

A resident of Franklin, MA for the past 23 years, DaSilva holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Education with a focus in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services from Bridgewater State University.

Learn more about the Arch Learning Community.