Gina Brewington

Headshot of CFANS Associate Director of Academic Advising Gina Brewington
CFANS Associate 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

Courses taught:

  • CFAN 3096: Making the Most of Your Internship

Equity and diversity related development:

  • 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)

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