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

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 two years in my local community of LA. This job introduced me to the field of counseling, and now, I have my Masters of Education in Counseling from the University of Southern California. I work as a community college counselor at my alma mater, ELAC. I am also known as a freeway flyer because I work several adjunct positions. I work at Mt. San Antonio College as a general counselor, and teach Student Success at Santa Monica College and LA City College. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education at Claremont Graduate University, in their Urban Leadership Program. Overall I am passionate about promoting higher education in low-income communities and have in-depth experience working with undocumented students as I am DACAmented. During my free time I explore southern California by hiking different trails. I am currently on a journey to complete 100 hikes!