Shamim Sisson is retired from the University of Virginia where she served most recently as senior associate dean of students and director of the Office of Student Life. Her career in higher education has been primarily in the field of student affairs with previous appointments at Auburn University, Valdosta State University, and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. She has longstanding professional interests in women’s education, communication between men and women, leadership development, and interracial and intercultural understanding. Other emphases of her work have included student development theory as applied to university systems and college and university responses to sexual assault. She holds a B.A. from Judson College; M.Ed. from Livingston University; and Ed.D. in counseling and college student development from Auburn University. Shamim lives in Charlottesville, VA with her husband Jim Cooper, professor emeritus at the University of Virginia. This is their second voyage, having last sailed in Fall 2009.