Courtney Garcia

Assistant Director for College and Career Advising—Global Connections and Scientific Discovery and Sustainability Flight Paths

What is your background and areas of interest?

I have worked in higher education for over a decade as a tutor, graduate teaching assistant, advisor/counselor, and now advising and career coordinator. I love working with college students to help them achieve their personal, academic and professional goals. I am also passionate about uncovering and resolving systemic/institutional barriers to educational access and success that impacts all students, especially traditionally underrepresented students. 

What brought you to the University of Oregon?

I first came to UO as a graduate student in the international studies and conflict and dispute resolution master’s programs. I rejoined the UO community as professional advising staff member when Tykeson College and Career Center opened in fall 2019. I was thrilled to join the Tykeson advising team because I get to help implement integrated career services and programs that will enhance the student experience at the UO.

How did you get involved in academic advising?

As a first-generation college student, I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation, or that advising was a profession. During senior year of college, one of my professors suggested that I apply to be a tutor for student athletes. I continued being a tutor at the UO while getting my master’s degrees. It was a great job! Working with college students helped prepare me for my next job as a college and career readiness specialist at a local nonprofit. A couple of years later I saw an advising job posting and I realized that my interests, skills, and values aligned with the position. So I applied!

What’s the best advice you have for a college student?

Build your team. Don’t try to college alone. Meaning: communicate with professors, advisors, roommates, friends, and call your support people back home once in a while. We are all rooting for you and are here for you whenever you need. Also, remember that your mental and physical health are most important—drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, check your vitamin D levels, and access counseling, the Ducknest, and Health Services when needed.

How can students contact you?

Please feel free to email me any time at