I grew up in Columbus and spent a few years in the Akron/Canton area, but I am happy to be back in Columbus. My path to Denison was not traditional, but I am so glad that I led me here.
I started at Denison in 2018 as a Community Coordinator for Residential Communities. Having worked with a variety of student development offices in the past, such as residence life, student activities, orientation, and others, I have found my passion in helping support students while they are navigating personal growth during the college experience. Prior to higher education, I worked at State Farm as an account manager.
Having attended two other small liberal arts colleges, I closely relate to the experience Denison students will encounter. I share their passion for active involvement, personal development, and challenging the status quo. I hope to provide residents with a socially inclusive campus, where they feel valued, respected, and listened to.
Denison has been a pioneer in student development in their new approach to residence life. Residential Communities is deeply rooted in the facilitation of building relationships and communities for Denison students. The separation of Student Housing and Operations Planning from Residential Communities attracted me to Denison, as it is a testament to the prioritization of student growth and development from the university.
As a Community Coordinator I worked with the Office of Community Values and Conflict Resolution, where I increased awareness of University resources for students experiencing conflict, hosted campus wide programs about conflict resolution skills, and increased transparency in the University’s conflict resolution process. As an Assistant Director I work with students referred to the Office of Community Values and Conflict Resolution for possible policy violations. I use a restorative justice approach when resolving these conflicts.
With a special relationship with Student Housing, Operations, and Planning, I help run the housing selection process, manage break applications, and strive to connect our office with what is going on in the halls.
Currently, I work with our senior community in the Sunset and Brownstone Apartments, and I enjoy helping students gain independence, take ownership over their community, and learn about self-management during their final year on the Hill. Feel free to stop by my office or join me in the Slayter Union for lunch. I look forward to learning about you and what brought you to the Hill.
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- Lisko D. (2018, 2019) “Campus Values Education.” Denison University
- Lisko, D. (2018) “Community Advisor Interview Training: Avoiding Biases.” Denison University
- Lisko, D. & Wood, C (2018) “Lessons of Being a First Time CA.” Denison University
- Lisko, D. (2016) Building Community in Upperclassmen Communities.” Walsh University
- Lisko, D. (2014) “The Foundations of Programming: From Beginning to End.” Walsh University
- GLACUHO: Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers
- NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
- OCPA: Ohio College Personnel Association