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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Cecilia Santiago-Gonzalez, E.D.

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Director of Strategic Initiatives for Student Success
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 pledge programs, advising technology, and supports the university’s Graduation Initiative 2025 efforts. 
She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Educational Leadership department at Cal State Fullerton where she supervises graduate students engaged in their student affairs/higher education fieldwork. She has also taught courses in educational research and assessment, history of higher education, and developmental writing. 
Cecilia received a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Her dissertation work focused on identifying the ways in which faculty act as institutional agents for low-income Latino students in STEM disciplines at a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). She has a Master’s degree in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Whittier College.