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

Katherine Kouot

Heart of Los Angeles
Director of College Access & Success
Katherine Kouot is a Los Angeles native who is passionate about education, youth empowerment, and social justice. Katherine attended public school in South Central Los Angeles before going on to study English Literature and French at the University of Southern California. During college, Katherine developed her passions through her experiences with student activism and mentoring youth in South LA. In 2011, Katherine led the USC Nisei Diploma Project, a campaign that successfully petitioned USC to award honorary degrees to the Japanese Americans who were interned during WWII. She also played an active leadership role in USC Student Coalition for Asian Pacific Empowerment (SCAPE), working to increase consciousness and activism within the Trojan Asian Pacific Islander undergraduate community. Since college, Kat has worked in the education non-profit sector supporting LA youth. Her commitment for college access and success grew from her experiences tutoring for USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI). After college, Kat joined Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP), working to implement college access and career development curriculum at high schools in South LA, East LA, and the San Fernando Valley. Most recently, Katherine joined Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) as the College Success Director, where she works to holistically support students on their pathway towards college, career, and life success. She is a graduate of Front Line Leaders Academy (FLLA) and currently serves on the Alumni Council for Young People For (YP4). Kat is committed to working towards collective liberation for every member of the community. She hopes to leverage her experiences to better serve first-generation students of color.