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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!

Yours,
Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps

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Tuesday, December 11
 

2:15pm PST

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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Mt. Olympus

2:15pm PST

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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6

2:15pm PST

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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Los Feliz

2:15pm PST

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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 5

2:15pm PST

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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 4

3:30pm PST

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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 6