Nikki Hodous currently serves as the Director of Student Care and Assistance for the Office of the Dean of Students at the University of Iowa. Before joining the Office of the Dean of Students, she served in a variety of residential life positions, ranging from being an Resident Assistant to Director of Residential Life.
In her current roll, she administers support to students experiencing crisis, emergencies, and significant barriers impacting their ability to be successful. Areas of her work include facilitating assistance to students struggling through personal support, identifying options, and access to resources, evolving response to mental health and crises to decentralized police response, guiding campus basic needs efforts, co-chairing the university’s Early Intervention Team, and administration of a variety of additional support services. She provides leadership to such services as: the Student Life Emergency Fund, Emergency Safe Room, Name Change Fund, support for students impacted by COVID-19, Hawkeye Meal Share program, the FoodPantry@Iowa, and the campus Clothing Closet. Nikki depends upon the Student Care and Assistance staff’s persistent efforts that values student success and commitment to care and the strength of campus partnerships to accomplish all efforts.
She has worked within the University of Iowa’s Office of the Dean of Students for nine years providing support to student navigating a wide range of challenges. Before joining the Office of the Dean of Students, Nikki served in a variety of resident life positions- ranging from being a Resident Assistant to Director of Residence Life. Her previous institutions include Saint Mary’s University in Minnesota, Baldwin Wallace University and University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She earned her master’s degree in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University.
Outside of work, she holds many roles, but her favorite is mom to Genevieve. In her free time, she enjoys giggling with her daughter, reading, listening to a variety of podcasts, and watching all things on Bravo.