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 Advising Office

Ainka Clepper
Associate Dean, Advising & Transition

OFFICE HOURS                   


Fall 2023 (August 24th – December 16th)                  

Monday – Wednesday                   

9am – 5pm*                  

In Person: 203                   




9am – 6pm*                  


 9am – 1pm* ​                   

Fall 2023 Important Dates                  

     August 24th                    

1st Day of Fall 16-week Courses                

       September 21st                    

1st Day of Fall 12-week Courses                

October 20th           

Midterms for 16-week Courses               


November 2nd                   

Midterms for 12-week Courses               



November 17th           




November 25th               



Last Day for Student-initiated Withdrawal for            

16-week courses           



Last Day for Student-initiated Withdrawal for            

12-week courses               


November 23rd - 25th                    


No Classes in Observation of            

Thanksgiving Holiday                   



December 16th                    


Last Day of Fall 2023 Semester                    


Please Note: HWC Advising Department will be closed Monday, December 25th, through Tuesday, January 2nd                        

Welcome Video Image.jpgHarold Washington College Advising Mission Statement                                                     

As an integral part of the educational experience, the Advising Department at Harold Washington College empowers students to take charge of their academic, career, and personal goals through shared responsibility between the student and advisor.      


We are still here to assist you! Meet With Your Advisor:                                        

The Advising Office is open Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Thursday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, and Friday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Students can meet with a College Advisor a few ways:                                                              


·     Virtual or In-Person appointment: To make an appointment, log into Navigate​, our web-based student support tool. You can get there through, or download the app.  Click Quick Access then "Schedule a​n Appointment" button and follow the prompts to pick a time that works for you. If you would like step-by-step guidance to making an appointment, you can watch this short video:​                                        

·     ​Virtual or In-Person drop-in: Our drop-in services via Zoom are a fast and easy way to connect with an Advisor. Just click on this link to visit us:                 

                                                      We are located in Room 203                                     

To get the most out of your advising appointment see helpful advising tips. You should meet with your College Advisor at least once each semester, more often if needed. Also check out this Harold Washington College Student Resource Guide!                                                                  

If you're not sure who to contact, email

See your Advisor if you are:

  • Struggling with your current classes, help is available
  • Undecided about your education or career goals and options
  • Unsure if your academic plan is aligned with your academic goals (go to >Academic Progress > Academic Goals to see your current academic plan) 
  • Planning to transfer to a 4-year institution including exploring our transfer partnerships
  • Confused about your academic progress or degree requirements
  • Trying to use credits at a non-CCC college or university toward your graduation requirements
  • Looking for an academic plan to help guide you term-by-term and to help you easily register
  • Interested in learning about career pathways (Career and Technical Education/CTE)
  • If you have a question about academics, services available to you, or anything else. 


We can help.  Come see us!                                                                                           

Services provided by the HW Advising Department                                                                                           

  • Student Orientation: important information all students need to know (especially for new students)
  • Academic, career, and transfer advising: guidance each student needs to succeed
  • Creating an academic plan or your personal term-by-term plan that indicates which courses are needed to earn your degree or certificate
  • Students can self-enroll in classes via! View our How To Register Video here. 
  • Processing transfer credits: credits earned at a non-CCC institution that can be used toward program completion
  • Explanation and processing of academic and financial aid holds: Satisfactory Academic Progress or SAP
  • Grading policies: information about issues affecting grades
  • Referrals to campus and community resources
  • Workshops: proactive assistance with transfer and pre- registration
  • Online advising: virtual appointments and new student orientations that are available by request 
  • Wellness Center referrals
  • Degree audit: review of courses completed toward graduation    



Faculty & Staff

Associate Dean of Student Services                   

Ainka Clepper                              

(312)553 5617                   

Transfer Center Director                   

Ellen Goldberg                                               

(312) 553-5778                   

College Advisors                                   

Alysandra Cruz-Bond                              

(312) 553-3165                   

Anna Koomalsingh                              

(312) 553-5972                   

Corona Agila                                               

(312) 553-6067                   

Courtney Gardner                                              

(312) 553-5827                   

Cristina Carrillo                                                          

(312) 553-6006                   

Ewoedzine (Cindy) Kokuma                                              

(312) 553-3006                   

Fu (Simon) Fong                                              

(312) 553-6023                   

Ian Liston                                              

(312) 553-5807                   

Jason Ortiz                                              

(312) 553-3005                      

Jing He                                               

(312) 553-5704                      

Lisa Hernandez                                             

(312) 553-6051                   

Monica Sanchez                              

(312) 553-5834                   

Mark Sorto                                              

(312) 553-6075                   

Martha Silva                                              

(312) 553-6029                   

Natalia Zuniga                                              

(312) 553-3092                   

Raul GalvinPorras                             

(312) 553-3198                   

Regina Lira                                              

(312) 553-6064                   

Sarah Tarkany                              

(312) 553-6012                   

Tiyosha Barney           ​                                

(312) 553-5824               

Tynia Frowner                                  

(312) 553-5945               





Nidia Giron                              

(312) 553-3179                   

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Contact Information

(312) 553-5879
(312) 553-6084
30 East Lake Street
Room 203
Chicago , IL 60601
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Mon - Wed: 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thurs: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Saturday: Closed

* Last student serviced 30 minutes prior to closing time.
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Summer Classes Start on June 5