Lauren McCarthy

CFANS Academic Advisor
130 Coffey Hall
+1 612 625 6443

About me

Lauren McCarthy and GoldyWelcome, CFANS students! I have been working in CFANS since 2012, initially as a scholarship coordinator and more recently as an academic advisor. I enjoy working with CFANS students because they are passionate about their majors and their future professions.

When I'm away from Coffey Hall, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughters, reading, walking, playing racquetball, and keeping up with friends and family. Once my daughters are a little older, I look forward to traveling more with my family. I have studied in or visited 12 countries and someday hope to add Canada, Iceland, and Tanzania to that list!

Advising Philosophy

I see my role as academic advisor in three main parts: guide to the inner workings of the University of Minnesota, coach to support students as they discover their interests and connections within their fields, and sounding board as students question their choices and opportunities. Putting together the puzzle of a major, liberal education, study abroad, internships, student activities, and more is an exciting partnership for me and my advisees.

What excites me about working with students is getting to know them and see them achieve their goals. I know from my own experience, as well as that of my advisees’, that there is so much more to college than classes. It’s important to me to help my advisees make connections between what they are learning and doing inside the classroom and in other areas of their lives. I continually try to learn and develop my skills to serve my students in a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming manner. 

Professional Development

Highlights and Focus Areas

Equity and diversity-related education and development:

  • Post-baccalaureate certificate in Undergraduate Multicultural Teaching and Learning from the University of Minnesota, 2015
  • University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Basic and Advanced Certificate (completed in 2013 and 2015, respectively)
  • Leadership, Engagement and Development (LEAD) Program, 2016-17

Working with returning students

Research on factors supporting student success