Listening, Mentoring, Coaching, Advising


Andrea Cohen

Director of Strategy and Chief of Staff Division of Academic Affairs


Tuesday, November 28
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Pacific Time


Graduate Student Commons, 204
OR Zoom


Graduate Division


Sonya Newlyn

Andrea Cohen

Director of Strategy and Chief of Staff
Division of Academic Affairs

Professional Skills:  Teaching & MentorshipLeadership & ManagementWriting & Communication

Tuesday, November 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Graduate Student Commons, 204

Lunch provided to in-person attendees

Listening to understand represents an equally important half of effective oral communication to the other half, delivery of the communication by spoken word. Listening well forms the essential communication base upon which to build the skills of mentoring, coaching, and advising. Listening well also aids your performance on a team and in any professional and personal relationship. Learn how to listen conscientiously and to mentor, coach, and advise with empathy.

Andrea Cohen serves as director of strategy and chief of staff in the Division of Academic Affairs at UC Santa Cruz where she engages with strategic initiatives; manages recruitments, supports personnel, and guides employee development; centers DEIA goals; and conducts research and strategizes on divisional and campuswide projects. A trusted adviser to colleagues at all levels, Andrea develops project and implementation plans, facilitates groups through projects and change processes, offers workshops and training, participates on several boards, and was the founding chair of UCSC’s Campus Advisory Committee on the Status of Womxn (CACSW). Andrea earned a master’s in public administration (M.P.A.) from Villanova University in Philadelphia and a bachelor’s in geography from the University of Colorado Boulder.