Advising Syllabus

CSU, Dominguez Hills Academic Advising Mission

Academic advising at California State University, Dominguez Hills is a collaborative, accessible, and transformative teaching and learning experience that empowers students to develop educational plans consistent with their academic, professional, and personal goals and encourages self-reliant problem-solving, critical thinking, lifelong learning, and self-development.

CHHSN Advising Mission

The foundation of advising for the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing (CHHSN), Student Services Center (SSC) is based upon conceptual, relational, and informational principles, which are the core competencies of NACADA The Global Community for Academic Advising. In this belief, the advisors of CHHSN SSC are fully dedicated to socio-personal, academic, and career support for our students. The advisors provide this support by being responsive to student needs, issues, and concerns to innovate our advising practices towards equity, accessibility, and inclusion. As a center, we build a community that prepares students for the knowledge and skills they need as student leaders and emerging health and human services professionals. The advisors cultivate this community and college identity by creating a collaborative space in partnership with the college’s students, staff, and faculty.
(Kerr, M., Langford, L., Prado, C., Valdez, A., Viray, J., 2022)  





Lisa Langford

CHHSN Student Success Center Director

Mark Kerr

Graduation Specialist

Matt Lasmarias

Retention Specialist

Janelle Viray

Retention Specialist

Cristina Prado

  • Human Services
    • General
    • Mental Health Recovery
  • Child Development
    • Counseling and Family Services
    • Management and Admin
    • Juvenile Delinquency

Debbie Yoklavich

  • RN to BSN

Angel Valdez

  • Clinical Lab Science
    • Medical Technology
    • Cytotechnology
  • Exploring Toros (A-C)

April Thomas

  • Kinesiology
    • Pre Physical Therapy
    • Physical Ed. Teaching
    • Physical Ed. Undeclared
    • Physical Ed. Fitness Director

Vanessa Monroy

  • Child Development
    • General
    • Early Development and Learning

Jennifer'Lyn Johnson

  • Health Science
    • Community Health
    • Healthcare Management
    • Radiologic Technology

Advising hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm *

Daily Drop-in Hours:

Monday-Thursday 1:30pm-3:00pm (In-person)

Fridays 1:30pm-3:00pm (Zoom)

NOTE: Drop-in hours for our Retention Specialist and Graduation Specialist are from 2:00pm- 3:00pm. 

Office Location: Welch Hall (WH) 220

Appointment Phone:  (310) 243-2120

Appointment Email:

*Appointments times and days may vary and are offered in person, via email, or by phone

According to Dearborn (2002), “Academic advising is a collaborative relationship between a student and an academic advisor. The intent of this collaboration is to assist the students in the development of meaningful educational goals that are consistent with personal interests, values, and abilities. “

Advisor & Student Responsibilities

Advisor Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to ensure progression to graduation
  • Assist students in accessing, navigating, and utilizing the Academic Requirements Report
  • Explain academic policies and procedures
  • Assist in identifying and utilizing university resources
  • Collaborate with the student to ensure student success
  • Be accessible for advising in person, via phone, or by email
  • Maintain confidentiality

Student Responsibilities:

  • Meet with your academic advisor regularly
  • Come prepared for each appointment
  • Ask questions to clarify any concerns you have
  • Follow up with recommendations from your advisor
  • Become knowledgeable about university and program policies and procedures
  • Become familiar with your Academic Requirements Report
  • Take accountability for your education