Katrina Tijerina

Katrina TijerinaKatrina Tijerina
Director of College Counseling
The Colorado Springs School (CO)

Professional Biography
Katrina's professional background has largely been based within the admissions side of higher education where she has been able to build long lasting relationships with college counselors across the country. Katrina recently transitioned to the other side of the desk as the director of college counseling at The Colorado Springs School (CO) where she has been given the opportunity to expand her skillset and help students navigate the college search and application process.

During Katrina's tenure in the field, she has worked at both large research university settings and small liberal arts colleges. Additionally, Katrina has had the opportunity to work for a Wisconsin state senator where she wrote education legislation for the state. Katrina has sat on several national and regional college counseling boards, presented at GWI and the NACAC National Conference.

Katrina's career in admissions and college counseling has been very rewarding, both professional and personally, as she is passionate about finding solutions for inclusive and equitable pathways to college for all, and looks forward to opportunities that will allow her to stay connected with other experts within the field.

Educational Background
MS - Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, 2016
University of Wisconsin - Madison

BA - Bachelor of Arts in English-Literature, 2013
Denison University

Why are you serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee?
“My first year working in admission was certainly a rough one. I was defeated and felt like no one truly understood my experience as the only person of color in my office and the only one tasked with the title of "intercultural recruitment." Personally, I was on the cusp of jumping ship, and I didn't foresee myself lasting long in the profession. Fortunately, I was granted the opportunity to attend GWI and it completely shifted my perspective. The reason why I am still in this field today is because of the people I met, the mentors I gained, and an area for safe and inclusive conversations. This conference is such a special experience and has been one of the few places where I have felt welcome and heard... I 100% believe in the mission of GWI and I look forward to furthering my commitment to the organization.”

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