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Our Advisors

All our advisors work with undergraduate students exploring all majors.

Veronica D. Williams


Director of Academic Advising

Welcome to Indiana University Northwest! My name is Veronica D. Williams and I have been the Director of Academic Advising since the Student Advising Center opened in April 2015. I have been in higher education for over 16 years.  I have a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from D’Youville College and a Masters of Science in Student Personal Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

I am extremely passionate about my work with all students and strive to make your transition to college easier.  If you ever need someone to keep you on track and focused, stop by office in Hawthorn Hall 300. You are always welcome!  

John Strickland

Academic Advisor - Exploratory COAS


Hello, Redhawks!

My name is John Strickland, and I’m an Academic Advisor for the Student Advising Center at IU-Northwest. I’m new to the Northwest Indiana area, having recently moved here from Pensacola, Florida, where I worked for the University of West Florida as a coordinator for their student housing office. UWF is also where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications, as well as my Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel Administration.

I’m really excited to work at IU Northwest, an institution that is dedicated to providing a diverse and passionate student body with the opportunities and resources to succeed as college students and beyond. I’m even more excited to work with YOU, the students of IU-Northwest!

In my free-time, I’m hanging out with my partner, Michelle, and our cat, Emma. I also play guitar, collect vinyl records, and I love to watch professional wrestling.

McKindra Gibbs

Academic Advisor - Exploratory CHHS

Portrait of McKindra Gibbs, Student Advising CounselorWelcome to IUN! My name is McKindra Gibbs and I have worked in different capacities of higher education for over five years. It would be my pleasure to assist you with developing your academic career plan. My personal mission would be to ensure that you receive support, encouragement, and an accountability partner along your college journey.

Please feel free to stop by Hawthorn 300 anytime. I would be more than happy to assist you!

Kourtney Givens

Academic Advisor


Welcome to IUN! I am very excited that you are joining us. My name is Kourtney Givens. I have been an advisor for the Student Advising Center since June 2016. I am a native to The Region and a Merrillville High School alumna. I earned by Bachelor’s degree from IUPUI in Business Management with a minor in Not-for-Profit Management as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work.

It is important to me that you are academically, socially, and culturally successful in college. I personally believe that during your college years, you will learn the most about yourself and others around you. I am very passionate about helping you reach goals that you set for yourself.

Please feel free to stop by Hawthorne 300 anytime. Look forward to meeting you!