Matthew Hayden

  • Associate Dean of Students
  • Lecturer, LEAD Program


  • MA, Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, 2005
  • MM, Music Performance, Voice, University of Akron, 2002
  • BM/BA, Performance, Voice; English, Oberlin College


Matthew Hayden works with the Office of the Dean of Students, the Counseling Center, and student organizations on campus on issues and initiatives related to emotional wellness and mental health promotion. He is working with students to create a Peer Support Center. This center will sponsor its own programs as well as support efforts of other peer-to-peer organizations oncampus and programs that provide support to students on wellness and personal concerns.

He recently received intensive training to be a mediator for the Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue at Oberlin College.

A double-degree alumnus of Oberlin in voice performance and English, Dean Hayden holds graduate degrees in music and social work. His previous work experiences include positions in a university wellness center, a rape crisis center, a shelter and legal assistance agency for refugees, LGBT and Latina youth organizations, and a Planned Parenthood clinic. His other experiences at Oberlin include working in the Office of Residential Education’s Program Houses and south campus residence halls.

Dean Hayden enjoys supporting students on both academic and personal matters, and working with the campus community to create a supportive environment. He also sings professionally and teaches voice.


From Peer Listener to Case Worker

July 18, 2018

A double major in sociology and psychology at Oberlin, Stanek transformed her personal interests into the beginning of a career.