Getting Support

At Seattle University, we strive to develop and care for students as whole people. Your academic and personal success are of the utmost importance. If you're ever feeling like you might need some help, there are many people on campus to reach out to including Student Persistence, professors, advisors, and staff.

If you are experiencing an emergency, please contact Public Safety at 206-296-5911, visit CAPS during urgent care hours Monday-Friday 10-11am and 3-4pm, or call the 24 Hour King County Crisis Line at 206-461-3222. 

Contact Us!

Need some support, but not sure where to start? Reach out to one of us, or submit info through the form below and we will reach out to you as soon as we are able to. You can submit for yourself, or for a friend or student.

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Natasha Malyuk

Advising Services Coordinator

Building/Room: Bellarmine Advising Center

Pronouns: she/her/hers


As a first generation student during my undergraduate degree, I did not truly understand how to navigate the university system or where I needed to go for help.  I thought the best approach was to sign up for any and everything, however, I quickly became very overwhelmed with all the information that was shared with me both in and out of the classroom. My first year was eye opening and stressful for me. In hindsight, I could have benefitted from more focused academic support and advice beyond orientation, but I never sought it out. I think academic advice and intervention from an academic advisor could have helped me understand the value of planning your courses, extra-curricular and professional opportunities available, and figuring out what each service or resource on campus offered. If I had done this earlier, it could have resulted in a less stressful first year of university. Once I realized this, I found many staff and faculty who had great advice about involvement in and out of the classroom. I learned to find a way to customize my university experience to fit my needs and wants.   I hope students find a way to make their university experience meaningful in their own way by ensuring that no matter what, they have people like me who want to help them make more intentional choices that work for them during their time at SeattleU. 





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Yvette Gutierrez-Morfin

Student Persistence Specialist

Phone: 206-296-2426

Building/Room: Bellarmine Advising Center

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Joelle Pretty


Assistant Provost for Student Academic Engagement

Phone: 206-220-8525

Pronouns: she/her/hers

As an undergraduate, I didn't understand the increased level of difficulty college would require. It was a shock to learn after my first year that because my grades didn't meet minimum requirements, I would lose my scholarship. I didn’t do as well in my major classes as some others, and didn’t know I could change my major – no one ever asked me to reconsider my options. I did graduate, but learned many lessons along the way. Part of why I wanted to work in higher education is to both help students avoid the mistakes I made and take advantage of opportunities I missed out on.

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Michelle Um

Graduate Coordinator

Building/Room: Bellarmine Advising Center

Pronouns: she/her/hers


I graduated from University of Washington in 2021 with a double major in Psychology and Education due to my passion for mental health and educational mentorship. Coming from a low-income family, I was able to attend college through grants, scholarships, and part-time jobs. I made sure to engage with the university community by participating in student organizations, taking on leadership positions, and working with professors as a teaching assistant. Now, I’m getting my master’s in School Counseling to further my career goal of becoming a high school counselor who advocates for students’ well-being and academic pursuits. At Student Persistence, I aim to help students navigate educational opportunities and foster student resilience.