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Chenyu Guo

Student Services Associate

Pronouns
He/Him/His

Education
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) in 2018. You would think four years of cold winters would be enough for me... No... I came back for a Master of Arts in Comparative and International Development Education at CEHD and graduated in 2022.

Life before CBS…
I have always had a passion for inclusive education due to my own personal experience. In college, I enjoyed participating in a large variety of cultural organizations. After I graduated, I developed a career working with students in student services and academic areas. Right before I joined CBS, I was teaching bilingual in-person and online lessons to K-12 students at a local academy in Las Vegas and China.

Adjusting to college life...
Being Chinese American, entering college was not an anticipation but an expectation. Even though I felt like I had prepared for it my whole life, I still encountered many challenges in college. Namely, finding a supportive community was a challenging but extremely rewarding experience.  Later in graduate school, I studied and wrote about the impact of belonging and community on students' academic success and engagement. It became clear to me that helping students to find their communities of belonging is something that is both personal and central to my career in education. 

Favorite part of the job?
My favorite part of my job is working with the Peer Advisors - a group of student employees that provide basic academic and resource advising services to students. Learning about their lives and aspirations are something that brings joy in my work. I also enjoy helping students who come and visit our office, whether it's their first or hundredth time. 

Current passions, hobbies, things that give you joy?
I am a sociable person. Connecting with others and hanging out with friends always brings me joy. When I am alone, I like to sing and play guitar. Throughout my life, traveling has been a big part of my journey. I enjoy new experiences and will continue to expand my understanding of the world through my travels.

Be on the lookout for
If you hear a loud laugh the moment you enter the Molecular and Cellular Biology building, it's probably me.

P:
612-624-9717
E:

cguo@umn.edu

3-104 MCB
420 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455