Communication Advising Office

Undergraduate Advisor: Rachelle Martinez & Shawnnie White
Location: Media Center and Communication Building (MCC) 124C & 124B

Fall Quarter Advising Schedule 

Weeks 1 & 2:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00am-11:30am Walk-Ins Walk-Ins Walk-Ins Walk-Ins CLOSED
1:30pm-3:00pm Walk-Ins Walk-Ins Walk-Ins Walk-Ins CLOSED


Weeks 3-10:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00am-11:30am Appointments Walk-Ins Walk-Ins Appointments CLOSED
1:30pm-3:00pm Appointments Walk-Ins Walk-Ins Appointments CLOSED


Academic Advising Contact - Three Options

UCSD students can meet with an advisor in person or submit a question through VAC. The COMM Advising Office does not answer advising questions via email and phone due to confidentiality. 

Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

Current UCSD students can submit a question through the Virtual Advising Center. We encourage students to contact us through VAC as much as possible for quick questions, if you can't stop by in person or when the advising office is closed. 

Walk-In Advising

10 minutes walk-in advising are available throughout the quarter to help with simple questions such as:

  • Degree check 
  • Current quarter planning (not a 2 or 4 year quarter by quarter plan) 
  • Academic petition review (study abroad, double major petition, AIP 197/COMM 198/COMM 199 petitions) 
  • Pre-authorization request issues

Scheduled Appointments

Appointments are 30 minutes and are available to address more detailed and complex questions such as: 

  • Long-term quarter-by-quarter plan
  • Career Counseling
  • Academic Probation/Disqualification Concerns
  • Readmission Forms
  • SAP Appeal Forms
  • Options for majors
  • Questions and referrals to other campus resources

To make an advising appointment, please sign up using the COMM Advising Google Appointment Calendar. Students must log into Google Mail using your UCSD account. Advising appointments are released every Monday for the following week. Please check the calendar periodically for openings. 

To cancel an appointment slot you've already booked, please contact

Prospective Students 

Please refer to the Office of Admissions for any admissions questions as our department primarily serves current students. 

Advising Office Calendar

Please note for office closures happening during typical advising hours. Click on the time listed to see how long the office is closed for. 

Meet Your Undergraduate Advisors   

Name: Rachelle (pronounced "ray-chul") Martinez

Pronouns: she/her

About Me: 

An immigrant from the Philippines, I have spent almost my whole life in Southeast San Diego. I enjoy watching gratuitous amounts of television (favorites include Friends, Insecure, and anything on Food Network) as well as every film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I love to travel, explore new places, shoot photos, and indulge in my gastronomic side!


University of Michigan, M.A. in Higher Education

UC Berkeley, B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

How did I get to UCSD:

As an undergraduate student at Berkeley, I was heavily involved in the recruitment and retention of students of color on campus. I found this work to be incredibly rewarding, and it sparked my passion for education grounded in the foundational values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a graduate student, I interned at the National Center for Institutional Diversity as a program and research assistant. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, I went back home to San Diego and served in a few temporary roles at USD and UCSD before ultimately joining UCSD's Department of Communication as an Undergraduate Advisor. 

My Advising Approach

I have a holistic, student-centered approach to advising where I consider all aspects of a student's life and how that can impact their experience at UCSD. I am here to empower and guide students through this chapter of their lives. College can be challenging and awesome and confusing all at once, and I am here every step of the way!

Fun Fact

I love Harry Potter! A fan of both the books and the movies, I like to say I'm the Head Girl of Ravenclaw.


Name: Shawnnie White

Pronouns: she/her

About Me: 

I am a Bay Area Native. I have recently relocated to San Diego Area. I love basketball. Go Warriors! I love eating delicious foods such as pizza, burritos, burgers, etc.  My perfect day is going to the movies and watching every action or romantic comedy movie. 



Saint Mary’s College of California, M.A. in Counseling

Saint Mary’s College of California, B.S. in Social Psychology 

How did I get to UCSD:

I graduated from Saint Mary’s and had no clue what I wanted to do career wise, thus I decided to become a receptionist. However I ended up hating my job, which made me reevaluate what I wanted in a career. I decided that I wanted to aid students in attaining their academic goals. I felt like it was an excellent homage to my entire support system who helped me through my academic career. After attaining my Master’s, I became a substitute teacher at an alternative high school, and then I found employment at De Anza College. I worked within the Transfer Center, aiding Community College students transfer to their desired institutions. I moved to San Diego and started working with the SDSU Upward Bound program. I helped low-income, first-generation students learn about and eventually apply to colleges. Now I work within the Communication Department as an Undergraduate Advisor.

My Advising Approach

I am student focused. I think of myself as a resource on campus that can be utilized by students in accomplishing their academic goals. I know first hand how difficult college can be especially when you are not aware of pertinent information. Therefore I aim to be a source of support to students in any way I can be, whether as an ear to listen or referring the student to services that will meet a specific need. 

Fun Fact

I wanted to be an actress when I was younger.