The Division of Student Life welcomes Andrew Oni as the new executive director of student safety and wellbeing.
Oni brings 18 years of experience across higher education, community health outreach/education, and healthcare to his role at Oberlin.
Oni began his career in higher education as student advisor to incoming students at Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Nigeria. In this role, he provided support to freshmen regarding adjustment to college life, connecting old, new, and transfer students to campus resources.
Subsequently, he worked with a non-government organization in collaboration with the mayor’s office, in Elmsford, New York, to support and connect families with resources. During this period, he provided support to at-risk students by identifying needs and linking students and their families with resources. As part of his role, Andrew collaborated with local law enforcement agencies to create community services in lieu of incarceration.
After working for nearly a decade in that position, Oni moved to healthcare, where he worked as program manager for Garnet Health in Middletown, New York. During this period, he was responsible for identifying, creating, and executing health education programs as well as prevention programs in mental health and substance use, especially opioids. To do this, he collaborated with county governments and partnered with other strategic healthcare providers in executing programs. He also worked with several departments within Garnet Health: behavioral health, emergency department, and other relevant departments to connect patients with agencies for continuity of care to reduce readmission rates.
Most recently, Oni served at Mercy Health Lorain, where he was responsible for providing support to physicians and providers by creating networks of relationships. In this role, he was also responsible for ensuring a smooth referral process among providers.
Oni has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in counseling and psychology, and a PhD in higher education leadership, management, and policy. In his spare time, Oni enjoys listening to music, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Oni’s office is located in Dascomb Hall, and he can be reached at 440-775-5787.
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