2018-19 Adviser Forum West has ended
Welcome to Los Angeles, and to 2018 Forum West!
**Reminders: Please bring a notebook and pen to every session, and wear your CAC name badge at all times**

Dear CAC family,
Welcome to my home state of California and our Adviser Forum West! We are thrilled to have you here in the City of Angels and are grateful to our host chapter, the awesome USC Corps! Fight on!

Our theme this year goes to the heart of CAC’s mission -- Advancing Opportunity. The goal over the next few days is to recommit ourselves to advancing opportunity in various ways. We hope you will discover best practices from your peers, engage with the research, reflect on your journey and what may lie ahead by interacting with the alumni panel and industry workshops, and be inspired by our guest speakers whose stories capture in powerful ways the journey to advancing opportunity.

On behalf of our national team and Board of Directors, we are grateful for the work that each of you — 716 advisers serving 210,000 students in 16 states across the country — do every day. We continue to build a national movement at a critical time in our nation’s history. Let us commit to ensuring every student hears those four key words, “I believe in you” and, together, we advance opportunity.

It is an honor to serve with you!

Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps
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Tuesday, December 11 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Adviser Session #4: When Leaving Home Seems Impossible: Polarizing Hometown Expectations, College Access, and Advising Rural Students LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore the various challenges that rural students face and how we as advisers can foster a more collaborative environment by examining our own biases and our role within the community. Rural communities have cultural ecosystems that are very different from their urban and suburban counterparts. Due to “brain drain” and a lack of college-access resources, we have witnessed a polarizing effect on the expectations placed on our students—better yourself through higher education vs. stay in the community to work and develop the local economy. Teachers and college advisers are presenting the idea that the key to self-betterment is leaving home for a college or university. In contrast, parents, peers, and community members often express a desire for students to stay in lieu of leaving for college. Learn how you can address these competing agendas and best support your rural students.


Blake Bixler

Adviser, University of Missouri

Stephanie Jerger

Adviser, University of Missouri

Trista Joy Sullivan

Adviser, University of Missouri

Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Mt. Olympus