Dr. Marlyn Delva, associate dean of student affairs and education, dean of students, and assistant professor of epidemiology and sociomedical sciences at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, is the recipient of the 2019 ASPPH Student Services Excellence Award. Dr. Delva was selected for her innovative and forward-thinking practices and extraordinary dedication in working with students. The award was announced by ASPPH in last week’s issue of its Friday Letter.
[Photo: Dr. Marlyn Delva]
Dr. Delva has earned a national reputation for her notable record of success in overseeing student services and her dedication and passion towards ensuring the well-being of our students, both in and outside of the classroom. In her tireless advocacy for students, she has established education and wellness activities that both aid and empower students to achieve academic and personal success. Furthermore, her commitment to an inclusive approach to establishing a culture of care and wellbeing for our students has led her to continually re-examine and re-design programming and services so that our students have access to integrated care and support to ensure their success.
In addition to her role as the head of the office of student affairs, Dr. Delva also plays a significant role in the educational initiatives at the School, including co-creating global field placement opportunities, teaching in the Core MPH program, and developing cultural awareness programming to enhance the student experience and curriculum.
“This award is well-deserved recognition for Marlyn’s extraordinary contributions to the Mailman community and to our students,“ says Dr. Julie Kornfeld, vice dean for education. “Her commitment to ensuring the success of our students as they go on to become public health professionals is unparalleled and we benefit from her commitment and excellent service each and every day.”
Dr. Delva will be recognized at the awards ceremony at the ASPPH Annual Meeting in March.