I begin my eighteenth year of academic advising with the 20-21 school year. My background includes an associate degree as a veterinarian's assistant, a bachelor's degree in history from UW-Madison, and a master's degree in social work from the U of M. In addition I have a minor in Women's Studies and Spanish and a year's study at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain. I have taught Career Planning and First Year Experience courses. I am currently teaching a course I helped create for the Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing called “Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose and Community” (CSPH 3211). This is a two credit, hybrid course for students with 30+ credits who really want to take a close look at what it means to lead a life of purpose and find greater meaning in all aspects of their lives.
I specialize in working with students who are undeclared, undecided, or just unclear about their major or career path and who might need extra attention reaching their goals. I am the lead advisor for Youth Studies and also advise for all our CEHD majors. Some of my students are in the President's Emerging Scholars Program, which supports students with scholarships, peer mentors, and great activities to help them reach their goals.
In addition to my advising for CEHD, I have worked for the Center for Planning and Exploration (CAPE). At CAPE, my role was that of a CAPE Coach, working one-on-one with students from all over campus who need extra help in deciding their major and career. My CAPE experience has equipped me with excellent resources, tools and understanding of the major, and career decision-making process.
My passion is in the area of coaching students to enhance their interpersonal skills such as taking responsibility, developing emotional intelligence, fostering interdependent relationships, believing in themselves, focusing on strengths and creating greater self-awareness and purpose in their lives. My values in the advising relationship center on actively listening to students, reflecting back their own innate wisdom and strengths, promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle and making wise, informed choices and decisions. I also enjoy helping students navigate this University in all its complexities and exciting opportunities.
I am committed to treating all people with respect, dignity, and equality. This means doing my own work in educating myself around issues of equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. I try to “walk the talk” as much as possible in my words and actions as I seek awareness of just who I am in relation to others.
I am mom to Aaron and Lizzie, one a software engineer, the other, a physical therapist. They are by far my greatest teachers.
I look forward to every day and meeting every student.
See you soon!
We are committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of our communities. If there is information you feel would be helpful for us to know, including disability or other accommodation needs, I invite you to share it with me directly or let the front desk know when you schedule an appointment.
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 advisor.
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 612-625-3339.
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