Extra Mile Award Nominee of the Month: Kristyn Crouse

January 04, 2018

Kristyn is just beginning her time here at UCSC, having started right along with the incoming first-year students this past Fall 2017 quarter. Kristyn is a College Advisor at Stevenson college. As an advisor, Kristyn assists with navigating a student through academic planning, policies, and procedures here at UCSC. She is a huge advocate of participation inside and outside a student's comfort zone. Kristyn is devoted to empowering students by creating an advising environment that not only promotes learning and responsibility, but also exploration, bravery, and collaboration.

Kristyn was raised in a Florida beach town and is a student affairs professional, passionate about higher education. She has lived on the west coast for the last 9 years - bouncing between Oregon and California and has been working with and advocating for students over the past six years.

She holds a BA in Communication Studies and Minor in Civic Leadership from Portland State University. In 2014, Kristyn served with AmeriCorps VISTA, a national service program designed to alleviate poverty. She has previously worked as an Academic Adviser for Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, providing support and assistance to students, monitoring their transfer requirements to a wide range of 4-year institutions.

During her undergraduate experience at Portland State, she served as a Resident Assistant and was heavily involved in campus, regional, and national housing organizations. With a love for the arts, she also worked at the Portland Art Museum.

In addition, for the past three years Kristyn has and continues to serve in a variety of support roles for Girls to Women - an East Palo Alto non-profit focused on education and enrichment of elementary and middle school girls.

In a recent Extra Mile Award nomination, Kristyn was recognized for her willingness to jump right into her job at the busiest time (start of fall quarter) as a new employee to UC Santa Cruz. She was also commended for her commitment to student success.

Thank you, Kristyn, for going the Extra Mile!