Advising Philosophy

VIH Advising Philosophy
The VIH program guides and supports students throughout their journey in the program and beyond. We provide intensive advising opportunities at various stages of the program to assist students with program selection, budgeting, CEE planning, creating tangible goals and overall program adjustment. We focus on the holistic advising approach when it comes to working with our students in obtaining a meaningful and joyous experience. 


Holistic Advising Approach and Student Support 


What is Holistic Advising? 

The intentional planning and integration of critical student academic and personal support (Achieving the Dream, 2022).

Holistic Advising Focuses: 

  • Equity Focus
    • Personal reflection and identification of Biases Leadership development
  • Student centeredness and wellbeing
  • Care & support
  • Challenge and Support



Advising Approaches: 

Proactive - Intrusive Advising 

Utilize strategies that show interest and involvement in students and approach the student before a situation occurs (Varney, 2012).

Strengths-Based Advising 

Valuing students lived experiences, skills, and talents and applying them to challenges and situations (Wagner, 2020).

Developmental Advising 

Focus on the overall development of students and identifying goals and creating plans to achieve those goals.