Gina Brewington

Headshot of CFANS Associate Director of Academic Advising Gina Brewington
CFANS Director of Academic Advising
For appointments, call
130 Coffey Hall, Office 130J
Advises for undergraduate programs in:
Pre-Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
Sustainable Systems Management

About Me

Hello CFANS Students!

I grew up next to dairy farms in Southeastern Wisconsin, but also near large cities Milwaukee and Chicago. I lived in the the Upper Peninsula of Michigan from 2000-2007, where I earned my Bachelor's degree at Northern Michigan University and served two years with AmeriCorps as well as studied abroad in Alicante, Spain. I have worked at Normandale Community College, the University of WI-River Falls and Inver Hills Community College primarily in Federal TRIO programs, academic advising, career services and service-learning. I earned my Master of Arts in Leadership from Augsburg College.

I have lead groups of students in domestic service trips through the organization "Students Today Leaders Forever" and study abroad experiences to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Egypt. I am passionate about supporting first-generation and underrepresented students to successfully pursue their goals.

I love to learn about other cultures, talk about food, cooking, the outdoors and traveling.

We, as advisors, 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.

Advising Philosophy

The philosophies that guide my advising practice are rooted in proactive advising techniques that I developed from my years of work in Federal TRIO programs.  Strong focus is put on building holistic relationships and trust with the students I work with.  I also honor their unique as well as diverse stories by giving them space to engage and share information with me.  I view this relationship as a reciprocal partnership.  My goal is to support, educate, learn, guide and empower students to achieve their academic, personal and professional goals. 

Professional Development Highlights and Focus Areas


  • 2022 NACADA Region 6: Excellence in Advising - Advising Administrator

Courses taught:

  • CFAN 3096: Making the Most of Your Internship

Equity and diversity related development:

  • CEI441 Teaching for Student Well-Being Program
  • University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Basic Certificate (May 2018)
  • University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Advanced Certificate (May 2019)
  • CFANS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2020)
  • CFANS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022)
  • CFANS Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) (July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024)

International and learning abroad related development:

  • Co-led CFAN 3518 Environmental Issues in New Zealand (January 2018)
  • Previously co-led study abroad experiences to Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Egypt