Advising

Advising is an important element in the professional education of all students. Each student has an advisor who can:

  • Assist in planning a program of study
  • Discuss academic progress based on information from instructors
  • Refer students to school and university resources
  • Interpret academic policies, rules and regulations
  • Assist with students’ integration of learning experiences
  • Advocate on behalf of students

Student success advising team

Current students, need help figuring out how to connect with your advisor? Find their contact information and weekly drop-in hours below. If you aren’t certain of who your advisor is or are having trouble reaching them, you may contact sswadvising@vcu.edu for assistance.

If you would prefer to schedule an appointment, you may do so on Navigate.

Check out the SSW’s student calendar for updates to drop-in scheduling and all upcoming events!

Lower-level B.S.W. advisor

Kristal Parada
paradak2@vcu.edu
(804) 827-8648

Summer 2024 drop-in hours

Lower-level B.S.W. students

  • Fridays, 2-3 p.m. ET on Zoom
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Upper-level B.S.W. advisor

Robert Anderson
andersonrl5@vcu.edu
(804) 828-0567

Summer 2024 drop-in hours

Upper-level B.S.W. students
Social welfare minor students

  • Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. ET on Zoom
  • Thursdays, 3-4 p.m. ET on-campus
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M.S.W. advisor

Lakeita Clarkson
clarksonlf@vcu.edu
(804) 828-1407

Summer 2024 drop-in hours

M.S.W. students with last names A-D

  • Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m. ET and 1-2 p.m. ET on Zoom
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M.S.W. advisor

Julie Pence
pencejm@vcu.edu
(804) 828-2836

Summer 2024 drop-in hours

M.S.W. students with last names E-J

  • Tuesdays & Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon ET on-campus or on Zoom
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M.S.W. advisor

Mary Simpson
simpsonmn3@vcu.edu
(804) 828-2777

Summer 2024 drop-in hours

M.S.W. students with last names K-Q

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon ET on campus or on Zoom
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M.S.W. advisor

Caroline Lacy
lacyc@vcu.edu

Summer 2024 drop-in hours

M.S.W. students with last names R-Z

  • Mondays, 10-11 a.m. ET on Zoom
  • Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon ET on-campus
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Director of advising and retention

Sarah Burton-Everette
severette2@vcu.edu
(804) 828-1043

Summer 2024 drop-in hours

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M.S.W. writing advisor

Rebecca Johnson
johnsonre@vcu.edu
(804) 828-0267

Summer 2024 drop-in hours

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Online M.S.W. student support coaches

Support coaches check in with students in the online M.S.W. format at various points each semester to promote persistence, academic success and community. They are a go-to for general questions and are skilled at connecting students with school and university resources. Our four coaches are:

Arielle Krimotat

krimotata@vcu.edu

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Hannah Rodriguez

rodriguezh@vcu.edu

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Brittney Spence

spenceb2@vcu.edu

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Alisha Tysor

tysora@vcu.edu

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Contact us

Have questions for an advisor? If you're not sure which advisor to contact directly, please reach out to sswadvising@vcu.edu.