Student Affairs

Student Affairs provides students with the support and opportunities they need to translate their curricular learning and personal experiences into an integrated education that prepares them for a lifetime of ethical leadership, grounded in the culture and tradition of the United Arab Emirates. Our services and programs directly support the academic, personal, and professional success of NYU Abu Dhabi students so that they may graduate prepared to make an impact in their communities and shape a more collaborative, inclusive world.

Student Affairs brings together multiple functional areas within student affairs including career development, student involvement, community outreach, athletics, residential education, fitness, cultural engagement, spiritual life, health and wellness, accessibility services, and more — to help students of 120+ nationalities maximize their educational experience and reach their full potential.

Student Affairs collaborates with students to explore individual and collective meaning in their personal, intellectual, professional, and social lives. We cultivate belonging within a uniquely intercultural community; catalyze lifelong development for a complex world; and foster meaningful engagement with the United Arab Emirates.

Leader Profile

Kyle Farley
Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs 

Kyle Farley serves as NYU Abu Dhabi's Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, providing strategic oversight for a comprehensive set of programs and resources for students that enables the university to reach its highest aspirations as a source of intellectual, cultural, and social vitality for both the UAE and the wider world. A scholar of Colonial American history by training, Kyle has spent over fifteen years helping students integrate their academic pursuits with their residential and community experiences so they can find deeper meaning and purpose across their time in university. He is a strong advocate for the transformative power of a liberal arts education to broaden perspectives and deepen understanding across differences, and has held senior higher education leadership roles in the US, Australia, Singapore, and the UAE. 

As the Dean of Jonathan Edwards College at Yale University, Kyle taught courses in the History Department, oversaw academic support resources and served as the primary advisor for over a thousand undergraduate students. In Australia, he was appointed Dean of Higher Education at Academies Australasia. As the inaugural Dean of Students at Yale-NUS College, Kyle built structures for student engagement and support for Singapore's first residential, liberal arts institution, providing leadership on all matters related to the student experience. In his current role at NYU Abu Dhabi, Kyle oversees the Division of Student Affairs, including residential education, leadership and career development, student life, community outreach, intercultural education, spiritual life, health and wellness, fitness, and athletics.

Kyle received his BA in Philosophy from Calvin College, and a PhD in History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Senior Leadership Team

Aisha Al Naqbi

Assistant Dean of Students
Director, Student Affairs Initiatives

Pete Dicce

Assistant Dean of Students
Director, Athletics

Dana Downey

Assistant Dean of Students, Director, Career Development Center

Saman Hussain

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Spiritual Life and Intercultural Education

Sara Amjad

Assistant Dean of Administration

Additional Key People

Saleh Alhalabi

Communication and Outreach Coordinator