Meet Your Advisers


    Lead Academic Preceptor

  • Ethan Hutchinson

    Ethan Hutchinson, cowell@ucsc.edu

    He/Him/His Prounouns

    Ethan comes to Cowell College as a native North Carolinian, although he has spent some time living and working in the Bay Area. He earned his Bachelors degree in Recreation, Parks & Tourism and his Masters of Education in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Ethan’s previous experience working with students in higher education includes student judicial affairs at Saint Mary’s College of California and student success programs at Guilford College. Ethan is committed to collaborative advising between adviser and student, each with responsibility to the relationship, and to encouraging students to take opportunities during their academic career which support their holistic development.  In his free time, Ethan can be found running, playing fetch with his dog, Dirt, and learning to do a variety of things; unicycling, swing dancing, square dancing, bee keeping, and more.


  • Academic Adviser

  • Kaitlin Jacobson

    Kaitlin Jacobson, kjacobs1@ucsc.edu

    She/Her Pronouns

    Kaitlin Jacobson has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Duke University and recently earned a Masters of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington. Kaitlin’s previous experience working with students in higher education involves working in residence life at Indiana University during her masters degree and advising incoming first year students during orientation at Penn State University. Kaitlin has also worked outside of higher education as a litigation assistant at a law firm in San Francisco as a proxy research analyst. Like her colleagues at Cowell, Kaitlin values developing collaborative relationships to encourage students to engage with their decisions and make meaning of their academic and personal journey. She also aims to help students with navigating the complexity of the university. In her free time, Kaitlin really likes cooking, Netflix, and staying in touch with her family and friends all over the country/world.


  • Academic Adviser

  • Asia Valdivia

    Asia Valdivia, amv@ucsc.edu

    She/Her Pronouns

    Asia is a native Californian and Santa Cruz local.  She spent her undergraduate career in wine country attending Sonoma State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology.  More recently she received her Masters in Counselor Education with a specialization in College and University Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University. Asia’s previous experience working with students in higher education involves working with high touch programs supporting first-generation, low-income students and undergraduate advising. She spent a majority of her undergraduate years serving as a peer advisor and orientation leader for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Sonoma State University, and more recently worked with the Metro Success Program at San Francisco State University as an academic advisor. Asia is devoted to empowering students by creating an advising environment that not only promotes learning but exploration and inclusion. In her free time, Asia enjoys experiencing new eateries, watching SF Giants and Golden State Warrior games, day trips, and making memories with her loved ones.


  • EOP Counselor

  • Malik Douglas

    Malik Douglas, mdougla1@ucsc.edu

    He/Him/His Pronouns

    As an EOP Counselor, Malik aids in facilitating students' academic, social, and personal transitions/adjustments to the university. It is his goal to see EOP students become "B or Better Scholars." EOP values the different aspects of a student's life and are concerned with how these aspects affect their academic success. Some aspects may include: lifestyle, cultural values, and relationships.

    EOP Academic Counselors are available by appointment to meet individually with you to discuss personal and academic issues. They can connect you with appropriate resources, as well as counsel you through your personal concerns that may be negatively affecting your academic success. So please stop by the EOP office in the ARCenter and they will be happy to assist you!