Rochelle T. Dickey ’83, P’19, dean of students and vice president for Student Life, will retire in Spring 2023, following the conclusion of the 2022-23 academic year.
Dickey has served the Colorado College community since 1990, including as the senior associate dean of students, associate dean, director of minority student life, and director of minority and international students. Dickey garnered numerous awards for her work, including the following:
- Victor Nelson-Cisneros Award
- Gresham Riley Award
- CC Student Mentor Award
- Community Education Award
- Urban League Service Award
- Freedom Fund Award from the NAACP
Additionally, she received advising awards from the Colorado College Student Government Association and the Blue Key and Mortar Board National Honor Societies. The Butler Center created the Rochelle T. Dickey award for an Outstanding Event Contributing to the Empowerment of Communities of Color in honor of Dickey.
“I am grateful for Rochelle’s leadership, wisdom, and support during my time at CC. She has shared her understanding of students and their well-being, a wealth of institutional knowledge, and much insight into our community and our shared values,” says President L. Song Richardson.
During Homecoming and Family Weekend 2022, CC hosted a ribbon cutting of its first-ever multicultural student lounge: The Rochelle T. Dickey Student Lounge. The lounge was made possible through a collaboration between CCSGA and the Butler Center.
In addition to her work supporting the CC community, Dickey was deeply involved in outreach and partnership efforts to connect the college to the broader Colorado Springs community, including through the community-wide Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and serving on the African American Youth Leadership Conference Board of Directors.
Dickey, who grew up in Colorado Springs, was a first-generation student who majored in drama at Colorado College and graduated in 1983. She went on to earn a master’s in educational counseling and human services from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
“I have to borrow from Serena Williams here; I look at this retirement as more of an evolution to a new phase. In the meantime, I’m wholly committed to the work of the college during the remainder of my time here. It’s been an honor to serve,” says Dickey.