The Office of Undergraduate Advising supports the University of Connecticut’s mission to help every student grow intellectually and become a contributing member of the state, national, and world communities.
The Office of Undergraduate Advising supports this mission by:
- providing leadership, advocacy, and strategic planning for our undergraduate advising community,
- promoting effective and equitable advising strategies that enhance student success, retention, and graduation,
- supporting an active communications network,
- delivering advisor onboarding, training, and professional development, and
- facilitating connections and collaboration with students and faculty and staff advisors.
The Office of Undergraduate Advising actively works to provide access and equity across all university units, to advise all individuals regardless of background through innovative advising practices, and to facilitate the transformation of our campus climate to build a welcoming and anti-racist community.
Erin Ciarimboli, Ph.D., Director of Undergraduate Advising
In her role as director of undergraduate advising, Dr. Ciarimboli collaborates with faculty and staff across UConn’s campuses to enhance undergraduate advising efforts and promote student success through equitable and inclusive practices, collaborative partnerships, innovative problem solving, and data-driven decision making. She joined UConn in May 2020, first as the Director of University Advising and Pre-Professional Advising, after working in student affairs for the University of Georgia and Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio).
Erin enjoys working with students to encourage exploration, critical reflection, and value-driven engagement in their academic journeys. She is passionate about social justice and access to higher education; during her time in Georgia, she was a proud leader of U-Lead Athens, a nonprofit dedicated to equal access to higher education for un(der)documented and first-generation students of immigrant families. Dr. Ciarimboli received her BA in Psychology from the University of Kentucky, her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and her PhD in Higher Education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.
Kelly Gilbert, Assistant Director for Engagement, Learning, and Development
In her role as Assistant Director for Engagement, Learning, and Development, Kelly provides educational services, programming, and advocacy for elevating undergraduate advising practices and program development. These include the development and implementation of advisor onboarding, training, and professional development. Kelly leads in the strategic planning and implementation of the university’s scholastic standing process, which includes specializing in identifying students at risk and ways to support students of color and other marginalized populations. Kelly also works collaboratively with advising leaders and senior administration to identify gaps and eliminate barriers to advisor and student success in areas such as data, technology, and communication.
Kelly has served in several roles at UConn since 2006 and joined the Office of Undergraduate Advising in 2018. Kelly earned her BS at the University of Connecticut in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences with a concentration in molecular techniques, where her clinical research focus was on aneusomic patterns in breast cancer tumors.
Office of Undergraduate Advising
University of Connecticut
Rowe Center for Undergraduate Education
368 Fairfield Way
Storrs, CT 06269