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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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Chris Henrikson

State Street Poets, Inc.
Founder & Executive Director
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 beyond).  In addition to his ongoing work with Street Poets, Chris has served as a consultant, trainer and retreat facilitator for a wide range of organizations including the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Youth Mentoring Connection and the Los Angeles Conservation Corps.  Originally from Boston, Chris is a graduate of Duke University (B.A. English) and the American Film Institute (M.F.A. Screenwriting).  He worked as an arts journalist in New York City and later as a screenwriter in Hollywood before a volunteer teaching stint in a Los Angeles County juvenile detention camp in 1995 inspired him to create Street Poets. Over the years, his efforts to initiate young people into lives full of meaning, passion and purpose have led him into the study and practice of the healing traditions of West Africa and the Americas.  He currently sits on the board of the Arts for Incarcerated Youth Network and Wolf Connection, a wolf-dog sanctuary and retreat center one hour from downtown Los Angeles.