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Lily Peterson

Lead Path to UW Adviser
About Lily

I grew up in the Seattle area and graduated from the University of Washington, where I studied Education and Public-Health: Global Health. When I first started college, I had no idea what to expect and no family around to help me navigate the higher education system. My advisers, peer mentors, and a lot of perseverance were what helped me to balance school, work, funding my education, and family responsibilities in order to make it through graduation.

I didn’t always know I wanted to be an adviser, but my own identities and background have led me to care deeply about access to and support through higher education for all students. I believe that UW especially needs and benefits from the perspectives and passions that transfer students like each of you have to offer. So, I am excited to partner with you to explore transfer pathways, and work towards achieving your education goals!

Laura Valenzuela

Path to UW Adviser
About Laura

I am a first-generation transfer student from Quincy, WA. I transferred from Big Bend Community College to UW and majored in Sociology, and minored in Education, Learning, & Society. During my time as an undergraduate, I participated in various programs that helped my experience at UW be so memorable. I worked as a student ambassador with the Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment (MOR) office and an advising intern for the TRIO-SSS program at UW. After graduating the University of Washington, I continued to work with the MOR program as a Transfer Admissions Counselor. In this role, I was able to support students from first generation, underrepresented and underserved communities to have a higher chance to further their education. I enjoyed supporting students with their next steps in furthering their education and I still wanted to continue supporting them through their time at UW. That is what led me to this position; Being an academic advisor with the Path to UW program, I am happy to continue helping transfer students while also supporting them once they are admitted and become current students at UW.

Joslin Boroughs

Director of Advising Initiatives and Partnerships
    About Joslin

    I began my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Barbara completely undecided about what I wanted to study. Eventually I settled on Sociology and later, after work and volunteer experience, I went on to pursue my Master’s in Public Administration here at the UW. I have been working to support students’ educational aspirations and dreams since 2006. I didn’t always know that I wanted to be an adviser, but through my education and experiences I found a love for supporting people as they navigate college and make meaning of their education. I look forward to working with you as you explore your own interests and curiosities and gain important experiences that will help you achieve your goals and become the person you want to be.