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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!

Yours,
Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps

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Monday, December 10
 

3:00pm

Registration
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Monday December 10, 2018 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Dolby Ballroom Terrace

6:00pm

Program Team Dinners
Enjoy dinner out with your program team in LA!

Monday December 10, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm
 
Tuesday, December 11
 

7:00am

Alumni Networking
Tuesday December 11, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

7:00am

7:00am

Breakfast
Tuesday December 11, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

8:00am

Opening Session - State of the Corps
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nicole Hurd

Dr. Nicole Hurd

Founder & CEO, College Advising Corps
Nicole F. Hurd, Ph.D., is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of College Advising Corps (CAC). Under her leadership, CAC has grown into the largest college access program in the country and received many accolades for its innovative work. Some of these honors include selection... Read More →



Tuesday December 11, 2018 8:00am - 10:00am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

10:00am

Break
Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:00am - 10:15am

10:15am

Adviser Session #1: Excel at Data-Driven College Advising!
Limited Capacity seats available

Find out how you can use Excel to manage both student information and your crazy schedules! How often do you find that essential advising information—such as class ranking, free/reduced lunch status, test scores, and GPA—is housed in a number of different places? Or that navigating a group of student schedules can be more than a bit daunting? It falls on us as advisers to effectively manage all of this information. You’ll explore methods for compiling information in Excel and learn how to combine information from separate spreadsheets into a centralized source of information. You’ll also learn how to more efficiently plan your days and schedule one-on-one meetings with students, again through the use of Excel. Note: we encourage you to bring your laptop to participate in the spreadsheet activities.

Speakers
CH

Chris Henson

Adviser, Texas A&M University
TL

Thomas Langford

Adviser, Texas A&M University
ZL

Zachary Lawrence

Adviser, Texas A&M University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

10:15am

Adviser Session #1: Express Advising: Managing Your Caseload Effectively and Efficiently
Limited Capacity seats available

What if we told you it’s possible to effectively advise a student in under 30 minutes a year? If that intro caught your eye, this is the session for you. We all want to be effective with our students in the most efficient way possible…so, how do we do that? Express advising. This method of advising allows us to increase 1:1 interactions through data-driven questions, build meaningful near-peer relationships with students, and meet in a way that is less stressful for students. We’ll share tools and strategies, including the ones that didn’t work. Every school is different when it comes to adviser caseloads. Some schools have thousands of students in grades 9 through 12, while others are K-12 buildings barely reaching 500 students. No matter the size of your caseload or where you’re located—be it Los Angeles, California or rural Northern Michigan—we’ll teach you how to adapt express advising to your school(s)!

Speakers
BS

Brandi Schroeder

Adviser, Michigan State University
VS

Vaughn Springer

Adviser, Michigan State University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6

10:15am

Adviser Session #1: GRACE as Your Guide: A Holistic Approach to Data, Goals, and Your Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to use GRACE data to maximize your effectiveness as an adviser. Central topics will include filtering data, guiding interactions using Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and best practices for large-scale events. Using “GRACE as your guide” will help you gain confidence as you maneuver your caseload.

Speakers
RM

Rebecca Moreno

Adviser, Texas Christian University
MP

Michelle Prokof

Adviser, Texas Christian University
GW

Glen Williams

Adviser, Texas Christian University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Mt. Olympus

10:15am

Adviser Session #1: Making Data Work for You: Using Data to Increase Advising Effectiveness
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to analyze and apply data—from GRACE and the College Board K-12 reporting portal—to effect positive outcomes for both advisers and students in your high schools. We’ll highlight a pair of case studies, share our strategies for applying data to improve results, discuss how to make data work for you, and show how you can create better results through targeted work. 

Speakers
LC

Lisley Canales

Adviser, Texas A&M University
JK

Jordan Kuneyl

Adviser, Texas A&M University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 5

10:15am

Adviser Session #1: Mo Money Mo Problems
Limited Capacity filling up

Your students have worked hard to apply to multiple colleges and now the financial aid award letters are starting to roll in. What do you do when students come to your office excited about the dollar amounts on those financial aid award letters? How do you advise them on the best financial decision related to college? Come walk through the entire process of reading a financial aid award letter and helping students determine the best college value for the money.

Speakers
NS

Nathan Schwausch

Adviser, University of Texas at Austin


Tuesday December 11, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Feliz

11:15am

Break
Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:15am - 11:30am

11:30am

Adviser Session #2: "I Know My Child Better Than Anybody Else": Responding to Parents and Creating Innovative Practices to Increase Their Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

Many advisers cite parent engagement as one of the most challenging aspects of their service. It can be difficult to communicate with parents, let alone convince them their child should pursue a degree at a post-secondary institution. Learn about biases surrounding parent involvement in your schools and communities, craft a “10:6:4” plan to reach parents on varying engagement levels, and take efficient and effective communication practices back to your schools.

Speakers
KM

Kathryn McLravy

Adviser, Michigan State University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

11:30am

Adviser Session #2: A Practical Guide to Self-Care: How Can We Help You Help Yourself & Your Students?
Limited Capacity seats available

At times, both college advisers and high school seniors may feel stressed and overwhelmed. Explore methods for college advisers to practice self-care in their own lives and strategies they can share with students. By analyzing existing stress management techniques, peer sharing, and small group discussions, you’ll learn how to create a personalized self-care plan to prevent overload/burnout and reduce the negative effects of stress often experienced by first- and second-year advisers. You’ll also learn how to assist students in practicing self-care in both high school and college and participate in a self-care exercise that you can take back to your school. 

Speakers
CI

Christina Igl

Adviser, Michigan State University
GW

Gabby Wahla

Adviser, Michigan State University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6

11:30am

Adviser Session #2: Chicken Soup for the College Advising Soul 2.0
Limited Capacity seats available

The grit, tenacity, and passion it takes to be the best advisers for our students can wear out the strongest of us. Whether it was providing emotional support for students after stressful situations, advising unmotivated scholars, or coping with the loss of a student, we will discuss the hardships and tribulations we have endured and how to overcome them through self-care. Join us to learn more about self-care best practices you can use now and throughout your years as a young professional.

Speakers
JI

JoMarie Infranca

Adviser, Hybrid Advising
KL

Kat Lara

Adviser, University of Missouri


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Feliz

11:30am

Adviser Session #2: Engaging Students, Teachers, and Administrators to Build a College-Going Culture 
Limited Capacity seats available

Developing a college-going culture can be hard for any single adviser. Discuss examples of engagement on three levels within the school—students, teachers, and administrators—to create and support a school-wide, college-going culture. Take this opportunity to share out and learn new strategies and practices, such as making the most out of low student-engagement days, cultivating departmental relationships, or conducting events to engage administrators and partners.

Speakers
AC

Ashley Crowder

Adviser, Texas Christian University
AE

Audrianna Ebel

Adviser, Texas Christian University
LS

Lezli Shelander

Adviser, Texas Christian University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 5

11:30am

Adviser Session #2: The Bend and Snap: Developing Stronger Student Engagement Systems that Work in Your School
Limited Capacity seats available

Dive into the systems-building process to navigate challenges to student engagement. We’ll brainstorm student-engagement ideas that work in the context of school administration support of, and involvement in, building a college-going culture. We will consider how these solutions might be developed into sustainable systems using the “Bend and Snap,” a three-step process that 1) defines a specific challenge, 2) walks through successful and unsuccessful actions—“bends” and “snaps”—to address the challenge, and 3) examines the resulting system that can be built and its outcomes. You’ll walk away with a better understanding of systems-building, crowdsourced engagement strategies, and a unique portrait of the similarities and differences within and across our corps. 

Speakers
MB

Matthew Bozzo

Adviser, University of Michigan
KD

Kepriah Davis

Adviser, University of Michigan
PM

Patrick Mullen-Coyoy

Adviser, University of Michigan


Tuesday December 11, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Mt. Olympus

12:30pm

Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Speakers
JC

Julian Castro

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development & Former Mayor of San Antonio


Tuesday December 11, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

2:15pm

Adviser Session #3: Keeping It Classy: Strategies for NOT Getting Too Close to Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Both new and “seasoned” advisers need to understand the importance of professional boundaries. Come explore how you can use the near-peer model to foster meaningful relationships with students and have productive one-on-one sessions, while maintaining appropriate adviser-student boundaries. 

Speakers
DC

Darius Caffey

Adviser, University of Missouri
KM

Kelsey Major

Adviser, University of Missouri
ZU

Zumi Urueta

Adviser, University of Missouri


Tuesday December 11, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Mt. Olympus

2:15pm

Adviser Session #3: P(l)ay Attention: Strategies and Games for Engaging Classroom Presentations
Limited Capacity seats available

CAC advisers have all sorts of vital information to share, from the application process to testing strategies to the nitty-gritty of financial aid, but all of us are all too familiar with the glazed-eyed looks we get from students halfway into a presentation. How do we keep our advisees from tuning out when we’re trying to tell them what they need to know? Join us as we focus on tools and strategies for more dynamic and engaging classroom presentations that will keep students’ heads off of their desks, incentivize participation, and encourage recall of important information. From Teach for America behavior-management techniques that will get the rowdiest class to pay attention, to learning games that make dispensing college-process information more than just a lecture, our session will help you become a more confident and effective classroom presenter.

Speakers
ED

Evan Dir

Adviser, University of Missouri
PL

Philip Layfield

Adviser, University of Missouri


Tuesday December 11, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6

2:15pm

Adviser Session #3: So You Want to Be a Doctor? Advising Students in the Pre-Health Professions
Limited Capacity seats available

Come explore best practices for advising students who are interested in the pre-health professions, learn what high school students should do to prepare, and discuss common roadblocks students encounter. First-generation students often face a huge knowledge gap when it comes to health-profession programs and most advisers aren’t prepared to help them develop post-undergraduate plans. You’ll leave this session with a general understanding of the application processes for common programs, strategies to effectively advise and engage pre-health students, and tools to help students develop clear plans (including selecting majors, building pre-health resumes, and reducing application costs).

Speakers
NG

Nina Gennusa

Adviser, Michigan State University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Feliz

2:15pm

Adviser Session #3: Whose School Is It Anyway?
Limited Capacity seats available

Whether your school has daily or weekly video/audio announcements, an email reminder system, or even a bulletin board, your students are blasted with information that’s going in one ear and out the other. I wonder what would happen if we…entertained them? Our target demographic is not only aware of what’s hot and not in today’s world, they’re in charge of it and changing it daily. To reach my students, I created engaging and comedic commercials that utilize pop-culture references and humor relevant to advising as well as the college-going culture of the school. Since the beginning of the school year, we’ve premiered several projects that immediately caused a dramatic spike in 1:1s. You can learn how to do the same for your program! You don’t need acting experience. You don’t need to be outgoing or extroverted. You don’t need to have a creative bone in your body. Come explore different ways to engage your students on various media platforms and outlets through humor and pop culture, and develop your own personal style for creative advertising.

Speakers
SA

Sidney Anderson

Adviser, Michigan State University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 5

2:15pm

Adviser Session #3: Winning Your One-on-Ones
Limited Capacity seats available

You’re halfway through the school year and you’ve already been through a lot trying to meet all those KPIs, not to mention all those teenagers! Your experience has provided you with some tips and tricks for meeting with students, from the ones who won’t leave you alone, to the ones who avoid the heck out of you. Join us for structured discussion time to exchange knowledge and support one other in having effective one-on-ones. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran experiencing a sophomore slump, or a dazed and confused first-year adviser brimming with questions, this session is the place for you!

Speakers
YB

Yash Bhatia

Adviser, Washington University in St. Louis
MG

Madeleine Gibson

Adviser, Washington University in St. Louis
JL

Jaydee Lee

Adviser, Washington University in St. Louis


Tuesday December 11, 2018 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

3:15pm

Break
Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm

3:30pm

Adviser Session #4: Advising at the Intersections of Identity 
Limited Capacity seats available

Within advising, we often consider the needs of specific student populations separately and fail to recognize that our students do not possess just one identity factor. “Intersectionality”, a term coined by UCLA professor Kimbele Crenshaw, provides us with an understanding of the many multiple-layered identities both we and our students hold. Come explore how we can create an intersectional approach to deepen our understanding of our students and allow for self-reflection as advisers.  

Speakers
JM

Jasmine Morgan

Adviser, Kansas State University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 5

3:30pm

Adviser Session #4: Advising Undocumented Students: Best Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore how today's social-political climate affects undocumented students and participate in a forum to share best practices for empowering these students. You’ll have the opportunity to work through scenarios to strategize how best to implement these newly learned skills. 

Speakers
TA

Tania Arellano

Adviser, University of California, Berkeley
BB

Briggitte Bolanos Vieyra

Adviser, University of California, Berkeley


Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6

3:30pm

Adviser Session #4: Asset-based Advising: Acorns, Options and Backwards-planning
Limited Capacity seats available

Students are not empty beings needing to be filled with college knowledge. They are more like acorns…already possessing the potential to grow into something great but needing the proper elements to do so. We often work with students who believe college isn't for them and that they do not possess the grades, skills, or abilities to pursue higher education. How do we help these students see themselves in college and believe in themselves the way we do? Asset-based advising is a great tool for working with students who hold negative self-beliefs. Come learn about best practices for tapping into a student's full potential via advising, presenting various options for post-secondary education, and backwards-planning strategies. 

Speakers
FG

Fabiola Gutierrez

Adviser, University of California, Berkeley


Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

3:30pm

Adviser Session #4: Every Student, Every Day
Limited Capacity seats available

As advisers, we have a sense of responsibility for the success of every senior in our schools, yet we know it can be a challenge for one adviser to reach every single student. In order to meet the KPI goals of CAC, advisers at large high schools must learn how to identify the appropriate stakeholders to help foster community and support schoolwide efforts to reach diverse students. We will share our personal strategies as well as the resources that we utilize to create a college-going culture at our high schools. You’ll receive both paper and electronic templates that you can use to implement and build on these strategies at your own high schools. 

Speakers
AL

Alma Luna

Adviser, Texas Christian University
MM

Maggie Moore

Adviser, Texas Christian University


Tuesday December 11, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Feliz

3:30pm

Adviser Session #4: When Leaving Home Seems Impossible: Polarizing Hometown Expectations, College Access, and Advising Rural Students
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.

Speakers
BB

Blake Bixler

Adviser, University of Missouri
SJ

Stephanie Jerger

Adviser, University of Missouri
TJ

Trista Joy Sullivan

Adviser, University of Missouri


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

4:30pm

4:30pm

Break
Tuesday December 11, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm

4:30pm

Focus Group: CAP
Tuesday December 11, 2018 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

6:00pm

Dinner
Tuesday December 11, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3
 
Wednesday, December 12
 

7:00am

Breakfast
Please sit with your...

Wednesday December 12, 2018 7:00am - 8:00am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

7:15am

Eat, Learn, Grow Session: Advising Toolkit: Developing a Space for Corps-Wide College Knowledge
What if all your advising questions could be answered on one webpage? Join us as we demonstrate a way you can utilize an information hub to advise even more effectively. By developing a tool like a corps-wide wiki, advisers have a place to reference information learned in training, conferences, and in the workplace. We will highlight the wiki as our method of aggregating college-advising information, and show its usefulness for other programs. This will be an interactive session (please bring your smart phones), allowing you some time to identify advising knowledge gaps and consider developing a wiki for your own corps. 

Speakers
GB

Georgina Bernal

Adviser, University of Southern California
NE

Nancy Escobar

Adviser, University of Southern California
CM

Camille Medrano

Adviser, University of Southern California


Wednesday December 12, 2018 7:15am - 7:45am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

7:15am

Eat, Learn, Grow Session: SAT HACKS: How to Help Your Students Prepare for Standardized Testing
We all know that test scores are major determinants in the landscape of college access. A score affects not only college acceptance but eligibility for merit scholarships. Certain scores can even lead to full rides. For students who have scored lower historically and can’t afford private tutors or tutoring centers, it is essential that we as advisers understand how best to prepare them for this important exam. Come join us as we examine test history and statistics, explore effective practices for hosting and proctoring SAT practice sessions, and reveal how to better prepare your students for the test.

Speakers
MK

Marjai Kamara

Adviser, University of Michigan
AZ

Abigail Zrike

Adviser, University of Michigan


Wednesday December 12, 2018 7:15am - 7:45am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

7:15am

Eat, Learn, Grow Session: Supporting Students Bound for Community College During Application Season and Ensuring Future Transfer Success
Advisers identify strategies that will allow students heading to community college to be successful, and to propel them toward certificate completion, graduation, or college transfer. 

Speakers
MI

Mutoni Ingabire

Adviser, University of Southern California
SL

Stephanie Lopez

Adviser, University of Southern California
SR

Stephanie Ramos

Adviser, University of Southern California


Wednesday December 12, 2018 7:15am - 7:45am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

7:15am

Eat, Learn, Grow Session: Urban Advisers in Rural Communities: Overcoming Culture Shock to Address Student Needs in Today's Political Climate
Explore the dichotomy and dynamics of diverse advisers and rural community-college access. We’ll examine characteristics of “otherness” and share out our experiences with culture shock and its impacts on both advisers and students. You’ll also have the opportunity to discuss your “additional role” within a rural community, self-care techniques, and best practices.

Speakers
AL

Aminah Lott

Adviser, Michigan State University


Wednesday December 12, 2018 7:15am - 7:45am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

7:20am

Program Staff Breakfast
Wednesday December 12, 2018 7:20am - 7:50am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

8:00am

Group Photo
Wednesday December 12, 2018 8:00am - 9:00am
Hollywood & Highland Mall - Central Courtyard 6801 HOLLYWOOD BLVD., HOLLYWOOD, CA 90028

9:15am

Keynote
Speakers
SM

Sylvia Mendez

Civil Rights Activist
Sylvia Mendez (b. 1936) is an American civil rights activist of Mexican-Puerto Rican heritage. She and her brothers weren't allowed to attend the white school in her segregated California school district, so in 1945, her parents filed a lawsuit that led to Mendez v. Westminster... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

10:15am

Break
Wednesday December 12, 2018 10:15am - 10:30am

10:30am

National Session: Creating a Postsecondary-Going Culture
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jerry Lucido, PhD

Dr. Jerry Lucido, PhD

Associate Dean of Strategic Enrollment Services; Professor of Practice; Executive Director of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice, University of Southern California
Dr. Lucido is the Director of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice at USC. He has played a leading role at the national level to improve college access for low-income and underrepresented students and to design and execute effective college admission and enrollment... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Zoe Corwin, PhD

Dr. Zoe Corwin, PhD

Professor of Education, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Dr. Zoë Corwin’s research has examined college preparation programs and access to financial aid for underserved students, college pathways for foster youth, and the role of social media and games in postsecondary access and completion.  She is co-editor of Diversifying Digital... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Patricia McDonough, PhD

Dr. Patricia McDonough, PhD

Research Associate Professor; Director of Digital Equity & Education Project, University of Southern California
Dr. McDonough’s scholarship and teaching in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies have influenced the adoption of policies in California and nationally that encourage educators to increase postsecondary access for all students, especially underrepresented... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

11:45am

National Session Breakout: Building post-secondary going culture with underclassmen
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will explore tools and practices for engaging underclassmen in the college application and financial aid process, emphasizing tactics that fit within their busy academic and personal lives. Learn more about opportunities like the Coalition Application and Raise.me, and be prepared to share what works at your own school! Please bring your laptops to participate fully in this session.

Speakers
WH

Will Herald

Program Director, University of Chicago
Will Herald is the Program Director of the University of Chicago College Advising Corps. Raised by a single mother from South America, Will attended the University of Chicago, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in 2012. After graduation, he worked in College Admissions at UChicago... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6

11:45am

National Session Breakout: Hands-On Tools for Increasing Engagement with Families and School Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Hands-on tools for engaging schools and families in developing a strong college-going culture. Materials based on research by Dr. Patricia McDonough. Techniques include family-engagement workshops, among others. Please bring your laptops to participate fully in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Claudia Morales

Claudia Morales

Program Staff, University of California, Berkeley
Since her undergraduate days at UC Berkeley, Claudia Morales has been a role model and adviser for other low-income, first generation students like herself, nurturing hundreds of students and families to success after high school.  After more than 25 years with UC Berkeley’s Center... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 5

11:45am

National Session Breakout: Integrating Community Colleges into your College-Going Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Advisers know a student is most likely to succeed in a post-secondary institution if the student enrolls into a best fit and match college. How do community colleges fit into this? In this presentation two program directors from the Texas A&M University chapter will explore the advantages that community colleges hold (both financially and academically) as well as how to advise students about these advantages. Advisers will learn how to integrate community colleges into their advising program as well as the best ways to set students up for success in wanting to transfer to a 4 year university.

Speakers
avatar for Alicia Graves

Alicia Graves

Program Director, Texas A&M University
Alicia Graves is a Program Director with the Texas A&M University College Advising Corps. She graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 2011. Shortly after graduating, she began serving as a college adviser with TCU’s chapter of the College... Read More →
avatar for Jeanette Maxie

Jeanette Maxie

Program Director, Texas A&M University
Jeanette Maxie was born and raised in Port Arthur, TX and graduated from Thomas Jefferson HS in 1991.  She later graduated from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA with a bachelor’s degree in English Education.  Jeanette has also earned her Master’s degree from Miami University... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Feliz

11:45am

National Session Breakout: Working with your school to build a post-secondary going culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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Matt Burckhalter

Director, Texas Christian University College Advising Corps
Matt Burckhalter believes in the power of education to transform people and communities. He was first in his family to graduate from college and has committed his life to service helping others do the same. In 2011, he was the founding director of the TCU College Advising Corps... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

12:45pm

Break
Wednesday December 12, 2018 12:45pm - 1:00pm

1:00pm

New Program Director Networking
Wednesday December 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

1:00pm

Program Staff Networking
Wednesday December 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

1:00pm

Lunch
Open seating!

Wednesday December 12, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

1:30pm

Life After the Corps: Alumni Panel
Moderators
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Khadija Tejan

East Regional Director, University of Missouri
Khadija is a native of Jefferson City, Missouri and a May 2010 graduate of the University of Missouri, having earned a bachelor's in political science with a minor in history. She also completed a master's of educational policy, organization and leadership, with a concentration in... Read More →

Speakers
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Victor Estrada

Alumni, University of Southern California
Victor Estrada currently works in the Office of Financial Aid at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Director. Previously, he served for two years as a college adviser at Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School as part of the USC College Advising Corps. Born and raised... Read More →
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Carl Hollingsworth

Alumni, Texas Christian University
Carl is a Senior Data Analyst at ASML Cymer, where he leads data governance projects and develops business intelligence tools used to monitor the performance of thousands of photolithography machines worldwide.  His interest in both data quality and decision automation began during... Read More →
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Cassy Huang

Program Manager, UC Berkeley Public Service Center
Cassy manages the Public Service Center’s Alternative Breaks program, Student Initiated Community Projects, and Residential Service Initiative (RSI). Prior to joining the PSC in 2017, Cassy worked in K-12 public and charter schools as well as nonprofit organizations for 8 years... Read More →
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Christine Rabbitt

Program Director, iMentor
Christine Rabbitt has been a part of iMentor Bay Area since it’s founding in 2016. She brings forth 10 years of experience working in the education spending the majority of her career in the non-profit sector and policy. Christine struggled to find her best fit college during her... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

2:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #1: Business, Entrepreneurship, and Philanthropy
Speakers
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Katie Daly

Director of Talent Aquisition, Starbucks
Katie has been a talent acquisition professional for over 11 years in the hospitality, operations, and retail industries.  Since joining Starbucks, Katie has hired retail managers in markets across the country, developed talent inside her own team, consulted with leaders on how... Read More →
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Dr. Jill Kickul

Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Southern California
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Helen Lin

Vice President of Decentralized Learning & Development, Panda Cares/Express
As a member of the Human Resources team, Helen Lin spearheads the Decentralized Learning and Development Team.  Helen began her career at Panda Express immediately after college in 1994 as Assistant Manager in Arizona. She understands first hand the importance of continuous learning... Read More →
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Jayna Zweiman

Co-Founder, The Pussyhat Project
Jayna Zweiman is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer. Her independent practice combines architecture, art, and new media to focus on experiences that overlap physical, virtual, and conceptual spaces. Perhaps best known as the co-creator and co-founder of Pussyhat Project... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Feliz

2:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #1: Counseling and Social Work
Speakers
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Tilo Lopez

College Advisor, YouthBuild
Tilo is building a college advising program for opportunity youth across 10 school sites in Southern California. He currently serves as Youth Commissioner for the City of Hawthorne. He is the current lead organizer for the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference. This is its 55th year... Read More →
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Carmen Macias

EduCare Foundation
My name is Carmen Macias. I was born in Jalisco, Mexico and raised in East Los Angeles. I am a proud community college alumnus that transferred to UC Santa Cruz and earned a BA in Psychology. After I graduated from UCSC I joined USC’s College Advising Corps and served students for... Read More →
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Belen Sanchez

Managing Director, KIPP Through College LA
Belen Sanchez is the Managing Director of KIPP Through College at KIPP LA Public Schools. In this role she oversees the team that provides direct support to KIPP LA students beginning in 7th grade through their attainment of a college degree. Prior to joining KIPP LA, Belen was at... Read More →
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Dr. Jawaan J. Wallace

Dean of College Counseling and 9th Grade Dean, Marlborough School
Dr. Wallace joined the Marlborough School community in August 2017 from Brentwood School where she served as Director of College Counseling for six years.  At Brentwood, Dr. Wallace was responsible for implementing and directing the college counseling program for the entire Brentwood... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 5

2:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #1: Higher Education Administration and Leadership
Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Santiago-Gonzalez, E.D.

Cecilia Santiago-Gonzalez, E.D.

Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Success, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Cecilia Santiago-González is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Success at Cal Poly Pomona where she oversees the Bronco Advising Center, all matters related to university advising policy, professional development for advisors, student success communication, graduation... Read More →
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Symone Morales

First Gen Coordinator, UCLA
Symone is a coordinator for the First-Year Experience at UCLA. She supports students in their transition to UCLA by providing programs, information, and campus resources to assist them in navigating the campus. In 2016, Symone assisted in inaugurating and overseeing a first-generation... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

2:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #1: Law
Speakers
avatar for Eric Brown

Eric Brown

Attorney
Eric Brown serves as the principal counsel for First Pacific Advisors, LLC (FPA) in Los Angeles, California. FPA manages registered mutual funds, private hedge funds and separate accounts that constitute $31 billion in assets under management. Mr. Brown addresses a variety of issues... Read More →
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Ryan Murguia

Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urqhart & Sullivan, LLP
Ryan Murguía is an Associate in the global law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP. He graduated from Yale University in 2005 and Northwestern University School of Law in 2010 with a concentration in Law and Social Policy. During law school, he served as a judicial extern... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Mt. Olympus

2:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #1: Nonprofit Management
Speakers
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Molly Heber

High School Insider Project Lead, Los Angeles Times
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Katherine Kouot

Director of College Access & Success, Heart of Los Angeles
Katherine Kouot is a Los Angeles native who is passionate about education, youth empowerment, and social justice. Katherine attended public school in South Central Los Angeles before going on to study English Literature and French at the University of Southern California. During... Read More →
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Cristina Patricio

Associate Director of Transform Schools, Los Angeles Education Partnership
Cristina Patricio was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She is the first in her family to attend college. She holds a B.A. in Chicanx Studies and History and a M.A. in Chicanx Studies from California State University, Northridge. Her culminating thesis focused on her experience... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6

3:15pm

Break
Wednesday December 12, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm

3:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #2: Counseling and Social Work
Speakers
avatar for Tilo Lopez

Tilo Lopez

College Advisor, YouthBuild
Tilo is building a college advising program for opportunity youth across 10 school sites in Southern California. He currently serves as Youth Commissioner for the City of Hawthorne. He is the current lead organizer for the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference. This is its 55th year... Read More →
avatar for Belen Sanchez

Belen Sanchez

Managing Director, KIPP Through College LA
Belen Sanchez is the Managing Director of KIPP Through College at KIPP LA Public Schools. In this role she oversees the team that provides direct support to KIPP LA students beginning in 7th grade through their attainment of a college degree. Prior to joining KIPP LA, Belen was at... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jawaan J. Wallace

Dr. Jawaan J. Wallace

Dean of College Counseling and 9th Grade Dean, Marlborough School
Dr. Wallace joined the Marlborough School community in August 2017 from Brentwood School where she served as Director of College Counseling for six years.  At Brentwood, Dr. Wallace was responsible for implementing and directing the college counseling program for the entire Brentwood... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 5

3:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #2: Higher Education Administration and Leadership
Speakers
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Psalm Brown

Claremont McKenna College
avatar for Cecilia Santiago-Gonzalez, E.D.

Cecilia Santiago-Gonzalez, E.D.

Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Success, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Dr. Cecilia Santiago-González is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Success at Cal Poly Pomona where she oversees the Bronco Advising Center, all matters related to university advising policy, professional development for advisors, student success communication, graduation... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

3:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #2: K-12 Opportunities
Speakers
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Cynthia Gonzalez, Ed. D

Principal, Communication and Technology School
avatar for Marisol Delahoussaye

Marisol Delahoussaye

Assistant Principal of Counselling, Jefferson High School
Marisol Angeles Delahoussaye is an assistant principal at Thomas Jefferson High School, a school located in south central Los Angeles. Marisol is a graduate of Arizona State University, where she earned her BA in bilingual education.After graduation, Marisol moved back to California... Read More →
avatar for Ana Gonzalez

Ana Gonzalez

Principal, Lynwood High School


Wednesday December 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Feliz

3:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #2: Research and Public Policy
Speakers
avatar for Emily Chung, Ed. D.

Emily Chung, Ed. D.

Associate Director of the Center for Enrollment Research, Policy and Practice, USC
Emily Chung is the Associate Director for CERPP at the University of Southern California. Having joined CERPP in 2011, Dr. Chung oversees its daily operations. She loves the mission of CERPP, which is to foster equity and expertise in college access, admission, and outcomes. Dr... Read More →
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Emily Getoff

Senior Outreach Coordinator, YI Advisors
Emily Getoff is the Senior Outreach Coordinator for YI Advisors, the consulting arm of the leading national youth organization, Young Invincibles.  At YI Advisors, she helps form strategic partnerships between clients and local communities of students and young adults. Emily's... Read More →
avatar for Austin Lyke

Austin Lyke

Research Assistant, Policy Analysis for California Education
Austin Lyke is a second-year Ph.D. student in education at UCLA and a research assistant with Policy Analysis for California Education. Austin’s research covers the higher education spectrum from community colleges to law schools and focuses on institutional responses to organizational... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Mt. Olympus

3:30pm

Life After the Corps - Industry Workshop #2: Science and Technology
Speakers
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John Matich

Chief Operating Officer, Mozi
John Matich is the co-creator of Mozi, a writing software used both in secondary schools and college to help students produce focused, organized writing in all of their classes. Prior to co-founding an education software company, John was the director of professional development... Read More →
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Anton Anderson, MD

Anton Anderson is the principal of Productivity Consulting, a technology strategy firm, based in Southern California. Anton has a broad background in applications programming and graphic design. He has been a featured speaker at industry trade shows and private seminars since 1990... Read More →
avatar for Ashaunta T. Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS

Ashaunta T. Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, USC & Children's Hospital LA
Ashaunta T. Anderson, MD, MPH, MSHS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at Stanford University, and her... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6

4:15pm

Break
Wednesday December 12, 2018 4:15pm - 4:30pm

4:30pm

Life After the Corps - Hands-On Workshop: Applying to graduate school: Master's and PhDs
Speakers
avatar for Felicia Medellin

Felicia Medellin

Regional Director Midwest, College Advising Corps
As the Regional Director Midwest, Felicia cultivates meaningful community college and career pathways in the CAC advising model. She also oversees program success in the Midwest, monitoring performance, facilitating the sharing of best practices, and building sustainable relationships... Read More →
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Matt Newlin

Director of Rural Initiatives, College Advising Corps
As Director of Rural Initiatives, Matt project plans and manages the implementation of College Advising Corps’ new focus on providing high-quality college advising to rural high school seniors in Missouri. He partners closely with the Missouri College Advising Corps to increase... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

4:30pm

Life After the Corps - Hands-On Workshop: Applying to law school & business school roundtables
Speakers
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Lisa Henderson

Attorney
Lisa Henderson graduated at the top of her class in 2005 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School where she was Lead Note and Comment Editor of the UMKC Law Review. In law school she volunteered with The Innocence Project, working with death row inmates and the wrongfully... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 5

4:30pm

Life After the Corps - Hands-On Workshop: Building Your Professional Identity and Network
Speakers
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Jennifer Alcaraz

East San Jose Regional Manager, Destination College Advising Corps (UC Berkeley)


Wednesday December 12, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Mt. Olympus

4:30pm

Life After the Corps - Hands-On Workshop: Conquering "Excelophobia"
Limited Capacity seats available

Please bring your laptops!

Speakers
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Gina Moraida

Database Coordinator, College Advising Corps
As Database Coordinator, Gina works closely with the Director of Evaluation & Impact Measurement and is responsible for the day-to-day management and oversight of GRACE, College Advising Corps web-based student data tracking platform. Additionally, she supports students through Reach... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Shah

Sarah Shah

Director of Evaluation and Impact Measurement, College Advising Corps
As Director of Evaluation and Impact Measurement, Sarah oversees College Advising Corps’ research and evaluation efforts and works with the external evaluation team to translate findings into concrete recommendations for program improvement.Prior to joining College Advising Corps... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Silver Lake

4:30pm

Life After the Corps - Hands-On Workshop: Data Visualization: Telling Stories with Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Please bring your laptops!

Speakers
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Samantha Richardson

Program Evaluation Specialist, College Advising Corps
As Program Evaluation Specialist, Samantha works closely with the Director of Evaluation and Impact Measurement to support the College Advising Corps’ research and evaluation efforts. She facilitates the Corps’ efforts to collect, manage, and share data in meaningful ways that... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Feliz

4:30pm

Life After the Corps - Hands-On Workshop: Resume Coaching
Speakers
avatar for Erica Martin

Erica Martin

Curriculum Specialist, College Advising Corps
As Curriculum Specialist, Erica helps identify, elevate and develop curricula and tools that reflect the best of College Advising Corps’ program model.Inspired by her experiences as a first-generation college student, Erica has dedicated her career to addressing educational inequality... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 4:30pm - 5:15pm
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6

5:15pm

Break & Transition to Offsite
Wednesday December 12, 2018 5:15pm - 7:00pm

7:00pm

Off-Site Event
Wednesday December 12, 2018 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Avalon Hollywood 1735 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA
 
Thursday, December 13
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Thursday December 13, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

8:00am

8:30am

Self-Care and Wellness
Stress is a factor in all of our lives.  But we need to learn to manage our stress to live well and be happier and healthier.  Participants in this seminar will learn some basic stress management techniques that they can use every day, whether at work or in their personal lives.

Speakers
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Colleen Greene

Senior Wellness Coordinator, University of Michigan
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Colleen Greene has worked in wellness at the UM for over 20 years.  She has been very involved with the growth of wellness at the corporate / university level, and has seen employee wellness go from an afterthought at many work sites, to... Read More →


Thursday December 13, 2018 8:30am - 9:30am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

9:30am

Civic Engagement and Adviser Advocacy: GIFTS & WOUNDS: Finding Purpose, Meaning & Mission in Traumatic Times
This poetry-laced presentation will invite participants to reflect on their own stories, to explore the shadows of their own beings (as well as that of our American culture), and to act creatively and courageously in the face of fear and injustice. The presentation will be followed by a conversation with the audience.

Speakers
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Chris Henrikson

Founder & Executive Director, State Street Poets, Inc.
Chris Henrikson is the founder and Executive Director of Street Poets Inc., a non-profit arts education organization that harnesses the power of poetry and music to build community and transform the lives of youth in the schools, probation facilities and streets of Los Angeles (and... Read More →


Thursday December 13, 2018 9:30am - 10:30am
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

10:30am