West Campus

Maggie Sawada

Interim Associate Director of Residence Life 
p. 617-353-3902


A native of Buffalo, NY, I am no stranger to our New England winters. I maintain that I originally moved to the Boston area because my husband is a born-and-raised Red Sox fan from Syracuse, NY. However, anyone can tell you that I am just as big a fan, especially as October draws near (on a good year!). I began working at BU as a Hall Director in Warren Towers in 2005 and then cozied up in South Campus for several years with my husband and two kiddos, now 16 and 12 (who have only ever known the BU campus as their stomping grounds!). In May of 2012, I had the great honor to receive my M.Ed. in Policy, Planning & Administration from BU and can now call myself a true Terrier! In most recent years, since 2018, I have returned to a first year neighborhood now overseeing West Campus, where each Fall, I get to be a part of the very first steps of our students’ journeys in ways that will shape how they call BU “home.”

Adrienne Kisner

Residence Hall Director, Claflin Hall
p. 617-353-3892

My name is Adrienne Kisner and this is my second time at Boston University, but my first year as a member of the professional Office of Residence Life staff.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Spanish from Albright College, a M.Div. from Boston University School of Theology, a Ph.D. in Practical Theology also from BU, and an MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.  After attending graduate school at Boston University, I worked as a Residence Director, Chaplain, and writing instructor at Wheelock College.  Since Wheelock College merged with BU, it’s like I never left.  They say not to walk over the coat of arms on Marsh Plaza or you’ll be here forever—I am anecdotal proof that this is true.  In my spare time, I teach creative writing for Southern New Hampshire University, write young adult and middle grade fiction, and sit on the second floor of the Boston Public Library.  My door is always open for those who have any questions, comments, concerns, or book recommendations.

Adrienne oversees the following building: (273 – Claflin Hall) Babcock St.

Harry Pershing

Residence Hall Director, Sleeper Hall
p. 617-353-3902

Hello! My name is Harry Pershing. I feel like I’ve been orbiting Boston my whole life – I was born in Ithaca, New York, grew up in Southern Maine, went to school in Rhode Island… and now I’m finally here! I got my first taste of residential life work in the maelstrom of chaos that is Brown University, where taking care of freshmen kept me (mostly) sane throughout all four years of my bachelor’s in Music. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, I didn’t actually graduate until a week after I got my master’s from the New England Conservatory, go figure. But I’m extremely thankful for that belated graduation ceremony. Getting to reunite with my RAs two years later and see how my last crop of freshmen grew up was what inspired me to pursue a job in residence life.

When I’m not in Sleeper Hall, you can find me walking along the Charles or feeding almonds to my turkey friends across Chestnut Hill. My door is open to anyone who wants to talk or show me pictures of their dog.

Harry oversees the following building: (275-Sleeper Hall) Babcock St.

David Andrade

Residence Hall Director, Rich Hall 
p. 617-353-3912


I’m a Boston Local that grew up in Jamacia Plain. I’m a proud Bunker Hill Community College and Lesley University graduate. I’m currently completing my Master of Social Work from Boston University’s School of Social Work. I’m a passionate individual with a love for card games, anime, and fitness. I’m a basketball enthusiast, both on the court and as an avid spectator. In the gym you usually find me lifting.

Beyond personal interests, I am deeply passionate about social justice, community building, and mental health. Advocating for positive change is not just a commitment; it’s a calling that drives me to contribute meaningfully to the world around me. Feel free to stop by and say hello if you want to see me nerd out ask me about participatory budgeting!

David oversees the following building: (277- Rich Hall) Babcock St.