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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Dr. Zoe Corwin, PhD

UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Professor of Education
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 Learning: Online Literacy and Educational Opportunity and Postsecondary Play: Games, Social Media and Higher Education with Johns Hopkins Press and Preparing for College: Nine Elements of Effective Outreach with SUNY Press. Corwin is currently overseeing two initiatives using games and gamification to support students. The first is a large-scale statewide initiative to increase FAFSA completion, and the second is a pilot study to support first year students as they transition to a local Cal State campus. An additional study she’s leading examines the role of skateboarding the in educational and career trajectories of low-income and minoritized youth. Corwin started her career in education as a high school Spanish teacher.