Meet our Academic Adviser

Elliot Parras

Photo: Elliot Parras
Arts & Sciences Center for Academic Success
Office Location: 
Humanities 415A


I was born and raised in Albuquerque. I received my undergraduate degree from NMSU in Government and Communication Studies with a minor in Marketing. I then went on to receive my masters degree in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies from UNM. I was a high school teacher for six years and loved it. Currently, I own an old school glamour shot photography studio in Coronado Mall with my boyfriend which is really fun. In my spare time I love to work out, hang out with friends, travel and go to music festivals.


My main goal as an academic advisor is to help students tackle the institutional barriers that exist within higher education. College can be overwhelming for some students, especially for those who are the first in their family to attend. As a first generation student myself, I know firsthand how daunting it can be. Between registering for classes, figuring out financial aid, studying for final exams, etc., it is extremely easy to become dissuaded. This is why I will make it my duty to alleviate any stress I can by providing the utmost attention to any and all students who meet with me.

Because college is a unique experience for each student, every individual comes with a different set of needs depending on their particular set of circumstances. It is my job to recognize these differences for each student and to also develop a plan for them based on those specific needs. I will do my best to find both on campus and off campus resources for students, ensuring that if I’m not able to help with something, somebody else will.

All in all, I long to provide a safe space for students to come and seek help. Whether it be an academic concern or a logistics issue, I hope students are able to find solace through my advising techniques and strategies.