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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Cristina Patricio

Los Angeles Education Partnership
Associate Director of Transform Schools
Cristina Patricio was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She is the first in her family to attend college. She holds a B.A. in Chicanx Studies and History and a M.A. in Chicanx Studies from California State University, Northridge. Her culminating thesis focused on her experience as a Community School Coordinator; she captured the unique experience of six Chicanx students who transitioned from a comprehensive high school to a community school pilot high school. Before joining LAEP in 2009 as a program assistant, she worked for L.A.’s Best, Inner City Arts, and Self-Help Graphics. She has over fifteen years of experience working with students, families, schools, and non-profits. As the Assistant Director of Transform Schools at Los Angeles Education Partnership, she currently oversees a federal Full Service Community School’s grant in East Los Angeles. She continues to reside in East Los Angeles with her partner Ruben and two sons, Chimalli and Yollotl.