A female presenting individual, wearing a black and white blouse and black pants. She has her hair in a ponytail. She is smiling and looking into the camera.

Cindy Kochansky, Ed.M.

Senior Academic Advisor

Professional Biography

I spent my first few years out of college working in the corporate world after graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During this time, I found myself drawn to a career in education where I could positively impact people’s lives. Since earning my M.Ed. from Boston University, I’ve been an elementary and secondary classroom teacher, a director of student development managing all operational and guidance elements of the secondary student experience, and a student success coach and college admissions consultant. My interest in undergraduate student life is a natural progression of my professional experiences and interests.

I am excited to be part of the University of Denver academic advising team and will work to empower students by recognizing their uniqueness and helping them thrive as undergraduates.
I have two daughters, a sophomore in college and a recent graduate of USC who is now exploring graduate school options. My daughters keep me involved in college life and allow me a parent’s perspective of the challenges and priorities of today’s college student experience.

My family recently moved to Denver from Atlanta, and I'm enjoying living out west. In my free time, I enjoy working on our bungalow in the city with my husband and exploring cultural and outdoor activities around Denver and the mountains. 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

CliftonStrengths Top 5 Themes: Learner, Includer, Woo, Relator, Arranger

Where is your favorite spot on DU’s campus?: Campus Green 

What is your favorite entertainment? I love outdoor activities: hiking, biking, and skiing. I'm planning to try snowshoeing this winter.

What is one piece of advice you have for students? Learn to advocate for yourself by speaking up for yourself and seeking guidance from those around you who can help you achieve your goals.

How do you practice self-care? I enjoy exercising in the morning and reading in the evening.

Share a quote you really like: “Young people, don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education…then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.” Michelle Obama