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Julia Baldassari

Academic Advisor

Professional Biography

I am from New Orleans, Louisiana and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Education, Inquiry, and Justice from Georgetown University. As an undergraduate student, I worked as an Orientation Advisor and Retreat Leader for first-year students. At the start of my career, I applied my passion for helping students as a high school English teacher in Potomac, Maryland, where I also advised students, co-facilitated a mentorship program, and worked in a professional development center to support educators. From this experience, I discovered my interest in mental health, and I moved to Denver for DU’s Graduate School of Social Work program, where I concentrated in Children and Youth and received certificates in Animal Assisted Social Work and School Social Work. After several years of clinical work as a therapist and counselor, I realized I missed working with students on their academic goals, which led me to this role as an Academic Advisor. I am particularly passionate about helping students discover and appreciate their own strengths and interests, and I enjoy advocating for students as they grow and learn.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

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Where is your favorite spot on DU's campus? Harper Humanities Garden

What is your favorite entertainment? I love to take advantage of living in Colorado by spending time outdoors hiking, walking my dog Luna, and exploring restaurants, music venues, museums, and festivals. I also love to read, travel, and listen to music.

What is one piece of advice you have for students? Get to know your classmates, your professors, and your support staff at DU. Take the time to build social connections while you’re studying so that you come out of college with not only a degree, but also a network of people who can help you moving forward.

How do you practice self-care? My favorite forms of self-care are talking with loved ones, practicing yoga, listening to guided meditations, baking, and journaling.

Share a quote you really like. “If you want to fly, you have to give up the things that weigh you down.”- Toni Morrison