Meet Your Advisers



We are your Porter Advisers, Bob Giges, Emily Burt, and Erica Bellis. Our mission is to support you in pursuing and achieving your academic goals. We'll do our best to enhance your educational experience and empower you to make the most of your time at UCSC. Porter advisers are available to:

  • Provide you with guidance to help you map out your academic plans and to qualify for your intended major.
  • Help you understand General Education and University requirements for graduation.
  • Help you identify and develop personal, educational and career goals.
  • Assist you in identifying additional campus resources to enhance your academic career.

The college system is designed to create smaller living and learning communities within the larger university campus. Students affiliate with a college through graduation and beyond. We hope to meet with each one of you on a regular basis.

Academic advisers are available to assist you in deciding on a major, to help you maneuver through the system, or to discuss nearly any academic concern. We are also available to assist you with major exploration, course selection, and academic planning, often on a drop-in basis. So, please, come to us when you need help, inspiration, or just a sounding board. We are here for you!


Staff Advisers


Vacant, Supervising Academic Preceptor


Bob Giges, Academic Preceptor


Hi, my name is Bob Giges, and I’m one of the academic advisers at Porter College. I’m also a former UCSC transfer student with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Santa Cruz.  I’m happy to help with any and all academic advising issues as you discover, define, and navigate your way through your UCSC journey. I especially welcome students who are unsure about which major to pursue at UCSC. Stop by or make an appointment so we can talk about your academic plans. 

(I also teach acting improvisation courses for the College and would be happy to talk improv as well.)  


Erica Bellis, Academic Adviser



My name is Erica and I am one of the academic advisers here at Porter College. I earned both my B.A and M.A. degrees from UC Berkeley, so I am very familiar with navigating the UC system.  My goal is to help you maximize your time here at UCSC and capitalize on all of the opportunities the university offers. I am here to help, guide and encourage you to reach beyond and create new goals for yourself while you are in college. I love hearing about your academic and personal interests, so please feel free to come talk to me any time. 


Peer Advisers


Cassandra Mar, Peer Adviser


Hi! My name is Cassandra Mar, and I am an undergraduate peer advisor. I’m a second year, majoring in Legal Studies and hoping to later add Politics as a double major. In my free time I like to go eat at Lilian’s Kitchen, go to the beach, and watch Law and Order SVU. Feel free to stop by with any questions and comments!