Advising and Student Support


Strengths-Based Professional Advising

The William O. Douglas Honors College believes that once examined, a student’s strengths, achievements, values, and interests will provide knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions regarding major, future occupation, and life goals. Fostering a supportive and respectful environment, the DHC encourages students to actively engage and take responsibility for their academic career at Central Washington University.

Every student has talents, and the DHC advisors encourage students to develop their talents into strengths that can be used to help them succeed in and out of the classroom. All students in the Honors College are encouraged to complete Gallup’s CliftonStrengths assessment and receive coaching from a Gallup-certified coach. The Honors College provides coaching for all of its students.

DHC Peer Advisor

The DHC Peer Advisor works alongside the DHC Director and Academic Advisor to provide advice and guidance from their unique Honors College perspective. The DHC Peer Advisor helps students through the course selection process, tracking of their DHC course requirements, and connecting students to campus resources. The DHC Peer Advisor’s comprehensive knowledge of the DHC is a valuable resource for all honors students.

If you need a meeting, whether it's for advising, addressing holds, exploring career options, or engaging in philosophical discussions about the meaning of life, please make use of the DHC Booking App. Our staff members specialize in various areas and are here to assist you with your specific needs.

Dr. Christina Denison, Director

Christina.Denison@cwu.edu

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Exploration
  • CliftonStrengths Coaching
  • Life Advice
Tristan Blaisdell, Academic Advisor

Tristan.Blaisdell@cwu.edu

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Exploration
Kento Ibarra, Peer Advisor

dhcpeeradvisor@cwu.edu

  • Academic Advising
  • Academic Support

The Big 6

Gallup's research has identified six components of an undergraduate education that contribute to workplace engagement and a reported higher quality of life. The Honors College encourages all students to incorporate The Big 6 in their undergraduate careers.

  1. Identify at least one professor who makes you excited about learning.
  2. Build a relationship with at least one professor who cares about you as a person.
  3. Obtain a faculty mentor who can invest in you and encourage you to achieve your goals.
  4. Work on an academic project that takes more than one quarter to complete.
  5. Have an internship or job that allows you to apply classroom learning to work.
  6. Involve yourself in extracurricular activities and peer communities.

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