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College of Education and Human Development
104 Burton Hall
178 Pillsbury Dr. S.E
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Voice:  612-626-9252

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Kirsten Collins

Kirsten Collins

TRiO Student Support Services Adviser

40 Education Sciences Building
For appointments, call 612-625-0772
Direct: 612-625-6004
coll0260@umn.edu

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About Kirsten

I started out as a TRiO student in General College at the University of Minnesota (U of M) in 1998, and earned a B.A. in Women's Studies from CLA at the U of M in 2003. After graduation I spent four years working for non-profits in California (two of which were as an AmeriCorps volunteer), in the fields of hunger-relief and domestic violence. I have a graduate certificate in Academic Advising from Kansas State University, as well as a graduate certificate in Teaching Adult Learners and an M.A. in Adult Education from Portland State University (PSU). I am also a certified Communication Across Barriers Poverty Coach, trained to serve as an expert around breaking poverty barriers within organizations and improving outcomes for people who are living in poverty.

My professional experience also includes advising and mentoring for the Students First program at PSU (serving first-generation students), as well as working as an instructor for TRiO supplementary instruction courses through Augsburg’s summer bridge program. My research interests include class as diversity, creating inclusive learning environments, and working-class and poverty studies. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, local music, biking, and travel.

Drop-in Advising Hours

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00 p.m., Thursdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Note: At times during the semester these hours do fluctuate. It is always best to call ahead to ensure the drop-in hours are still available.

Drop-in hours will be different for every adviser

Examples of Issues for Drop-in advising



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