Northwest Indian College Advisors offer holistic and student-centered guidance, empowering students with practical knowledge and skills to support cultural identity, academic success, self-determination, and personal growth.

What We Do:
Academic advising is provided to students by:

  • Advisors in the Center for Student Success
  • Faculty Advisors in the academic program in which the faculty member teaches, or by
  • Site Managers at our instructional sites.

The academic advisor will work with students to enroll for courses and provide the necessary information to ensure adequate course selection for the student’s intended program of study. Advisors offer assistance to students in understanding degree requirements, planning schedules, and monitoring satisfactory academic progress.  Students should schedule appointments with their advisor to verify that courses they have selected apply to their degree program prior to quarterly registration. While appointments are not mandatory, they are strongly recommended, especially during busy registration times before the start of each quarter. Drop-in advising is always available to students on a first come, first serve basis.

Faculty Advisors
Faculty Advisors guide students toward accomplishing their academic and professional goals related to their particular areas of study. The role of the Faculty Advisor complements and extends the relationship of student and teacher beyond the classroom. Faculty members share your passion for a subject and the advising relationship provides you with an opportunity to draw on their experience, expertise and professional relationship to your particular academic discipline.  Faculty advisors work with students to create innovative educational plans, to access internships and to develop research opportunities so that you succeed beyond the classroom.

Students who have earned 45 or more college level credits need to select a faculty advisor for more specific degree mentoring and advising for the remainder of their degree.  Use this form to select a faculty advisor:

Faculty Advisors Commitment Form – Lummi Campus ONLY

Please make an appointment or stop in to see a Student Services Advisor to discuss the selection of a Faculty Advisor.

Advising Center Hours

Lummi Campus
8am-5pm M-F
2522 Kwina Rd. Bellingham, WA 98226
Center for Student Success, Bldg 17,
Phone: 360-392-4335,

When to Talk to an Advisor?
Transfers, Testing & Placement

First Quarter Student?

Important Student Links & Resources

How to Prepare for an Advising Meeting?
Student Educational Plan
Advising Confidentiality

Disability Services

Meet Your Academic Advisors

Harrison Crowe
Academic Advisor

Harrison Crowe is Seneca-Cayuga and Osage descent. He earned his BA degree in Human Services from Northwest Indian College and is currently working toward his M.Ed. in Adult Education at Western Washington University. Currently Harrison serves as the Second Year/Career Advisor and supporting students as they transition toward their academic and professional goals.

Shoshaunee Perez
First Year Experience Advisor

Shoshaunee is a descendant of the Tulalip and Tlingit and Haida tribes. She earned her Associate of Arts and Science- General Direct Transfer from NWIC in 2013 and Bachelor of Arts- CARE in 2019. Currently, Shoshaunee serves as the First Year Experience Advisor, advising students within their first 45 credits of college. She also helps advise Running Start students, and serves as the temporary Testing Center Coordinator.

Julia Orloff
Native Environmental Science Advisor

Julia Orloff is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Science program at Northwest Indian College. She recently completed a Post-Graduate certificate in Academic Leadership through the Fielding Graduate University focused on women in STEM and initiatives in higher education, specifically at TCUs. She has a degree in Electro-Mechanical Technology. Currently, Julia serves as the Native Environmental Science Advisor and is a member of the National Advising Organization – NACADA. In her spare time, Julia enjoys showcasing her talent through traditional arts. Julia is an Aleut tribal member.

Site Campus Advisor (Contact Information)

Gaylene Gobert (Site Manager)
Phone: (360) 255-4435

Collete Keith (Site Manager)
Phone: (360) 594-4094

Jenny Serpa (Site Manager)
Phone: (360) 456-5221, ext 1184

Edna Wyena (Site Manager)
Phone: 360-255-4432

Port Gamble/S’Klallam

Francine Swift (Site Manager)
Phone: (360) 297-6215

Nez Perce
Angela Picard (Site Manager)
Phone: (208) 621-4605


Career Services

Career Services Webpage

Career counseling is available for students in the following areas:

  • Explore career interests and opportunities
  • Learn interviewing, cover letter writing, resume writing  and job search skills
  • Networking and preparing for career fairs

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