Associate Dean of Students for Wellness
Ryan Travia joined Babson College in March 2015 as Associate Dean of Students for Wellness. In this new role for the College, Ryan leads the division of Student Affairs in the development of a holistic approach to ensuring student health and safety, personal development, and overall well-being. Ryan provides leadership and strategic direction for a comprehensive portfolio that includes health services, counseling services, health promotion, substance abuse prevention, and sexual assault prevention and response services. Ryan serves as a senior on-call dean, responding to student and campus crises and facilitating follow-up, as necessary, with a variety of on- and off-campus partners.
Prior to joining the Babson community, Ryan served as the founding director of the Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Services (AODS) at Harvard University since 2005. In this capacity, Ryan provided vision and leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive substance abuse prevention program focused on education, intervention, policy development, and coordination with treatment providers. As the first substance abuse prevention specialist in Harvard's history, Travia’s leadership saw the implementation of a multitude of programs that promote safer practices among students and monitored the effectiveness of the university's protocol regarding alcohol and other drug abuse. Among his many accomplishments at Harvard was the creation of a nationally recognized, award-winning peer education program, the Drug & Alcohol Peer Advisors (DAPA). Ryan also held a dual appointment as founding director of Harvard’s Department of Health Promotion & Education. In this role, he oversaw the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, Health Education, and coordinated a multidisciplinary team of health professionals from medicine, nursing, nutrition, mental health, and wellness in support of an integrated and holistic approach to health and wellness. Prior to his position at Harvard, Ryan led the alcohol and drug education program at Dartmouth College.
Ryan holds a Bachelors degree in Human Development and Elementary Education/Moderate Special Needs and a Masters degree in Educational Administration, both from Boston College. Keeping student involvement central to his efforts, Ryan volunteers as the Region I Consultant for the BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA – Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, a university and community based nonprofit organization focused on health and safety issues. In this capacity, Ryan serves as a national resource and advisor on issues related to student health and peer education, and coordinates activities among affiliates throughout New England colleges and universities. He also serves on the board of directors for the New England College Health Association (NECHA), a regional affiliate of the American College Health Association, currently as President of the Association. Ryan has provided extensive expert consultation on issues pertaining to substance abuse prevention, health promotion, and peer education.
His energetic and visionary contributions to student leadership have been noted with such awards as Outstanding Advisor and Outstanding Peer Education Group through BACCHUS, Outstanding Organization by the Cambridge Prevention Coalition, and a Prevention Excellence Award from Outside The Classroom Inc., in recognition of institutions that have excelled in their overall prevention efforts. In 2007, the New England College Health Association presented Ryan with the prestigious President’s Award, honoring a dedicated leader in the educational community who demonstrates creativity and innovation. Ryan was also the inaugural recipient of Babson's "Early Impact Award," presented to an individual for demonstrating leadership in modeling Babson's core values (Integrity, Diversity, Innovation, Collaboration, and Excellence). Ryan continues to give tirelessly to improving the lives of students and helping them make positive personal decisions regarding their health and safety.
Associate Dean of Students for Wellness
Wellness Center, Park Manor South, Room 020