Education and Human Development

Undergraduate academic advising

CEHD advisors meet with you regularly so you're supported from orientation through graduation. Make an appointment with your CEHD advisor to:

  • Explore potential majors and opportunities within different majors.
  • Ask questions about registration and completing your degree.
  • Find out about campus life and University resources.


We are now offering in-person appointments as well as appointments over Zoom, Google Hangouts or phone. Drop-in advising is available over Zoom. Call CEHD Student Services at 612-625-3339 to schedule an appointment with your advisor, or schedule an appointment online through their individual profiles. Check with your advisor for their weekly availability.

Not sure who is your advisor? Log in to MyU and click on the Academics section.


    CEHD Student Services
    360 Education Sciences Building
    56 East River Road
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    (get directions on Campus Maps)

    Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday

    Drop in advising

    A 10-15 minute session for topics like answers to short questions, signatures on forms, time-sensitive matters, or a quick review of classes.

    Call or email

    Best for asking your advisor about general requirements, policies, forms, or resources.

    Phone: 612-625-3339

    Individual appointments

    Typically 30 minutes and need to be scheduled at least one day ahead of time. Typical topics include exploring majors, registration planning, identifying personal goals, and support for any obstacle in your way.

    List of advisors

    Laura Essig Laura Essig

    • Associate Director of Student Degree Progress & Retention
    • 612-626-4866

    Hi All, my name is Laura Essig and I am so excited to be guiding you on your academic journey! I was born and raised in Michigan where I attended Michigan State University (MSU) and earned my BA in Public Administration & Public Policy and my MA in…

    Laura Essig

    Phuong Geiger Phuong Geiger

    Hello! My name is Phuong Geiger and I look forward to working with you! I started working at the University of Minnesota in May of 2018.

    Phuong Geiger

    Sara Georgeson Sara Georgeson

    I have been working in student services at the University of Minnesota for over 20 years and am fortunate to be part of the CEHD advising team.

    Sara Georgeson

    Consuelo Gutierrez-Crosby Consuelo Gutierrez-Crosby

    • Assistant Director of TRIO SSS and President's Emerging Scholars Coordinator, CEHD Student Services
    • 612-301-1785

    Consuelo is a Latina from Albuquerque, New Mexico who came to MN as a first-generation college student to attend Macalester College.

    Consuelo Gutierrez-Crosby

    Jessica Heidemann Jessica Heidemann

    Hello Students! I’m happy to support those transferring to CEHD from other colleges at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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    Anna Mraz Anna Mraz

    Hello Students! My name is Anna Mraz and I am an undergraduate advisor in the College of Education and Human Development.

    Anna Mraz

    Rochelle Privratsky Rochelle Privratsky

    I am brand new to student services in CEHD at the University of Minnesota (as of April, 2023), however I have previous advising experience at other universities in the Twin Cities metro.

    Rochelle Privratsky

    Ellen Sunshine Ellen Sunshine

    • Associate Director of Student Recruitment, Admissions, and Engagement
    • 612-626-0627

    Hello students! I am really excited to be in CEHD working with students in all of our majors, along with students who are undecided or exploring majors in other colleges.

    Ellen Sunshine

    Linda Vang Kim Linda Vang Kim

    Hi! My name is Linda Vang Kim and I am looking forward to being your academic advisor! I have worked at the University of Minnesota since 2007 in different departments including the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) and Student…

    Linda Vang Kim

    True Xiong True Xiong

    Hello! My name is True Xiong. I grew up in Minneapolis and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.

    True Xiong

    Chris Yang Chris Yang

    Hey Students! My name is Chris Yang, born and raised here in Minnesota. I currently reside in Brooklyn Park, MN. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my three kids, and I watch and participate in sports.

    Chris Yang
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    Student resources

    Get support in balancing your academic, personal, and social life. CEHD advisors have put together a list of on-campus resources to support you.

    Are you a current CEHD student who is ready to declare your major?

    Make the most of your experience in CEHD! Our advisors and career counselors created a first-year/sophomore roadmap and a preparing for your major/final year roadmap to help you plan your college experience and prepare for your future.

    Follow these steps

    Academic support

    Your academic advisor is a good place to start when you have a question or are looking for resources on campus. In addition, these resources are available to all students at the University of Minnesota.

    Get list of resources

    TRIO Student Support Services advisors

    Call TRIO Student Support Services at 612-625-0772 to schedule an appointment with your advisor.



    8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Monday-Friday

    TRIO Student Support Services
    40 Education Sciences Building
    56 East River Road
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    Facing academic challenges

    It’s common to experience academic challenges at some point during college. Your academic advisor is here to help you through those challenges, and will be an ally for you throughout your time at the U of M. Together, you will develop a plan to help you stay on the path to success. 

    Get assistance

    Quote from Marianna Valadez, '17

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    "My advisor was always there for me when I needed her. She was supportive academically as well as on a personal level. She encouraged me to pursue many opportunities within CEHD as well as in the real world. Those real-world experiences are what led me to pursue a career in health administration."

    Marianna Valadez, '17 Kinesiology