Howdy, Students (and any others that may be reading),
It's a great day to be a Gopher! Justin Mattingly here, a Minnesota transplant by way of Kentucky, Florida, and Iowa. I earned a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University in Public Relations (three major changes later!), followed by a little over a year working for Minneapolis advertising agencies, which lead to a Master of Arts in Leadership in Student Affairs at the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining CFANS, I worked at the University of Minnesota Rochester, University of St. Thomas, and Minneapolis Community and Technical College in roles encompassing academic advising, career counseling, life coaching, student organization advising, leadership development, and instruction.
My educational and professional passions lie at the intersection of personal discovery, identity development, personal health and wellbeing, and career construction/life design. In particular, this involves working together to explore and develop who you are and why you are “here”, what your ”path” ahead could look like, and how you can best navigate it.
When I’m not around campus, you can find me jamming out to music and curating Spotify playlists, visiting family and friends in and out of state, jumping down a Netflix/HBO/Hulu/Amazon Prime rabbit hole, or exploring Minnesota with my partner (Chrissy) . . . tearing up its scenic byways, hanging around one of its 11,842 lakes or 6,564 rivers/streams, experiencing its coffee/food/beer culture, wandering around its parks/trails, or partaking in its many outdoor events.
It’s going to be a crazy, beautiful, wild ride here at the U and I’m incredibly excited to meet you and navigate these next several years together. Whether related to personal, academic, or career-life, I’m here for it, so let’s get started whenever you’re ready.
Until then (and always), please know that at the U and within CFANS, 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.
My approach to advising is driven by a strong calling and passion to help students understand who they are, why they are “here”, what their ”path” looks like, and how they can best navigate it. To build relationships capable of this type of work, the heart and soul of my day-to-day is cultivating inclusive, equity-minded spaces that inspire people to “show up” fully, be their complete selves, and share in authentic, vulnerable conversation. This journey starts with building campus and community partnerships and letting students know that they don’t have to “go it alone”. Together, we explore their personal stories and current realities to confront barriers to access, opportunity, success, and fulfillment. We tackle thoughts, feelings, behaviors, and skills related to belonging and mattering, identity development, resilience and self efficacy, decision-making and accountability, and independence and interdependence in their educational, professional, and personal lives. This is possible through modeling vulnerability and facilitating variations of motivational interviewing, vertical questioning, intentional reflection, strengths finding, action planning, and more. By following the aforementioned approach, I am able to continually challenge myself and the colleagues and students I work with to become life-long learners, intentional decision-makers, and self-caretakers.
Professional Development Highlights & Focus Areas
- CLI 1711: University Experience (University of Minnesota Rochester)
- CLI 1712: Personal Development and Career Exploration (University of Minnesota Rochester)
Equity and Diversity-Related Development (ongoing):
- LGBTQIA* Ally to Accomplice Training
- The Intercultural Competence Training Tool (Co-creator)
- Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Administrator
- UMN Mental Health Advocate
Other Strength/Passion/Focus Areas:
- Mental/Emotional Health and Wellbeing
- Major/Career Exploration
- Personal/Self-Exploration and Development
- Intercultural Exploration and Development
- Social Justice Education