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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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Felicia Medellin

College Advising Corps
Regional Director Midwest
As the Regional Director Midwest, Felicia cultivates meaningful community college and career pathways in the CAC advising model. She also oversees program success in the Midwest, monitoring performance, facilitating the sharing of best practices, and building sustainable relationships with stakeholders.

Prior to joining CAC, Felicia worked at both local and national community-based organizations developing an expertise in grants management, community development, program development, workforce development, college access and success, curriculum development, and experiential learning techniques. During her tenure at a national civil rights organization, Felicia institutionalized a college and career readiness program growing from six to 31 grantees in 15 states. Felicia was also a founding staff member for the Cristo Rey Kansas City High School, managing the innovative work-study program.

Felicia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and Spanish from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and earned a master’s degree in higher education administration as an ENLACE Leadership Institute Fellow from Northeastern Illinois University. Felicia enjoys yoga and music festivals and is based in Kansas City, Missouri.