TRiO Student Support Services Adviser
40 Education Sciences Building
For appointments, call 612-625-0772
Nate Whittaker began his college career in 1996 as a student in the General College (University of Minnesota). In 2001, Nate obtained a bachelor’s degree in the Inter-College Program (multicultural education and youth studies thematic) with a Leadership Minor. In 2005, he completed his Master’s of Education degree in Youth Development Leadership with an emphasis in social justice from the College of Education and Human Development.
Nate has had the humbling opportunity to work with democracy projects with young people in conflicted areas of Belfast, Northern Ireland and also lived in Cape Town, South Africa (his “second home”) where he worked with youth in a post-Apartheid context. These opportunities have instilled a profound commitment to under-privileged communities and an obligation to progressive activism. Besides working as an adviser for the TRiO program at the University of Minnesota (CEHD), Nate is highly involved in national policy activism for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. Since 2010, Nate has led a yearly Global Seminar to Cape Town, South Africa that occurs during winter break. He has also taught numerous courses on social justice, social change, community development, and self-authorship.
Outside of academia, Nate is a professional dance music producer and deejay/turntablist signed with multiple independent record labels worldwide and travels often for this work. He has been an avid writer, often focusing on the more “spiritual” realms of social justice work. He has a peaceful black Vizsla/Labrador pup named “Dio” and enjoys coffee shop conversations, long drives with loud music, and spending time in nature.
Drop-in Advising Hours
Academic year drop-in hours: Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m.,
Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.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
- Drop-in advising is usually limited to a 10 to 15 minute session. Students needing more time should schedule a 30 minute appointment by calling Student Services at 612-625-0772.
- During the summer months, drop-in advising hours are not regularly held. Please call CEHD Student Services at 612-625-0772 to schedule an appointment.
Examples of Issues for Drop-in advising
- Review of classes and class schedules
- APAS review and updates
- Petition discussions
- Signatures for academic forms
- Short Q & A
- General discussion
- Non-academic topics (such as time management, connecting on campus, etc.)
- Referral to resources
Select Highlights and Interests
Equity and diversity related development:
- Dismantling Racism and White Privilege in Student Affairs: from Recruitment to Graduation
- Nobel Peace Prize Forum
- Annual White Privilege Conference
- South African National Association of Child Care Workers
- Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs: Diversity Connections Intern
- Underground Railroad Experience Team and African American Youth Leadership Training Initiative, 1994 – 1997
Leadership related development:
- Council for Opportunity in Education Federal TRiO Policy Seminars
- Digital Storytelling Community of Practice
- University of Minnesota Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference
- Rainbow Families Conference
- General College Truth Movement Founder
- All-University Award for Global Engagement, 2013
- Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award, University of Minnesota, 2013
- Honored by the Minnesota Chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild for social justice activism at the University of Minnesota and the development of the General College Truth Movement
- NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary) National Bronze Pin winner
- NACURH (National Association of College and University Residence Halls) 4-Year Achievement Award