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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Main Stage [clear filter]
Tuesday, December 11

8:00am PST

Opening Session - State of the Corps
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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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3
Wednesday, December 12

9:15am PST


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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

10:30am PST

National Session: Creating a Postsecondary-Going Culture
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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 →
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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 →
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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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

1:30pm PST

Life After the Corps: Alumni Panel
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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 →

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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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3
Thursday, December 13

8:30am PST

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.


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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

9:30am PST

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.

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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 PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3

10:30am PST

Closing Keynote/Ceremony
Thursday December 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am PST
Loews Hollywood Hotel - Salon 1-3