Sabrina is a Spokane native and North Central High School graduate. She attended Eastern Washington University, earning a BA in Graphic Communications in 2002. Currently, she is working towards a Master's degree in Communication Studies.
Eagle pride runs through her family. Sabrina is a 3rd generation Eastern graduate. A very early EWU memory she fondly recalls is spending time in the PUB during spring breaks playing video games. Reminiscing about her Eastern experiences, she notes that the Cheney campus has improved greatly over time. From grass worn pathways to paved heated walkways, and cold brick lecture halls to comfortable technology enhanced classrooms and work spaces, the campus just keeps improving the whole college experience.
As an Academic and Admissions Advisor for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work, Sabrina's passion is higher education with an emphasis on leadership opportunities. She thoroughly enjoys working with students of all backgrounds and teaching students how to navigate and negotiate the system at EWU. She has special experience working with Transfer Students as well as First Generation Students in particular. She stays informed on the intricacies of the transfer process and advising needs of students in transition.
Personal Experience on Academic Advising:
As a student, I had to learn to appreciate my academic advisor. Once I figured out that he was my greatest advocate, I learned to use him as a regular resource and sounding board. When I finally decided on a major, I transitioned to my major advisor who was just as resourceful, but in a different way. I depended on both of my advisors for guidance and assistance when needed. Looking back, I wish I would have utilized them more.
Diane is a first generation college graduate, and completed both her BASW and MSW degrees at EWU. She has been an advisor at EWU since 1999 and is the Coordinator of Graduate & Undergraduate Services for The College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work, where she advises undergraduate and graduate students, focusing on issues relating to program requirements and career development. She develops relationships with students helping them navigate the academic system, including the unforeseen bumps and gullies that they often experience along the way. She has found that students who seek out advisors often find this easier to manage.
Throughout her career Diane has helped students effectively transfer from other institutions to EWU, including both community and four-year colleges. She is skilled at helping students make decisions and assume responsibility for their academic outcomes. She has worked with hundreds of students and to this day and considers it an honor to be part of each ones academic journey. “I am so fortunate to have a dream job that allows me to develop long-term relationships with students." she says. It is important to me to make sure students are satisfied with their experience at EWU and that they understand the process of completing their degree. "I work with them a minimum of two years and the relationships do not end when they leave EWU. It is very exciting to hear from former students and very rewarding to hear about what they are doing around the world. Our alums are doing great work and making a difference on a local, regional, national and global level.”
Nominated by a student, she was awarded the Outstanding Faculty/Departmental Advisor by the EWU Academic Advising Association (ACADA) in October, 2014
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