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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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Matt Newlin

College Advising Corps
Director of Rural Initiatives
As Director of Rural Initiatives, Matt project plans and manages the implementation of College Advising Corps’ new focus on providing high-quality college advising to rural high school seniors in Missouri. He partners closely with the Missouri College Advising Corps to increase access and opportunity for low-income, first-generation students in southern regions of the state.

Matt has over 12 years of experience as a higher education leader. Most recently, he served as Director of Financial Aid at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where he established and managed the school’s first need-based scholarship program. He also developed and led “I’m First!” which provided support and resources to first-generation students at the Brown School. Matt was also active with undergraduate TRIO scholars and developed financial literacy initiatives across Washington University’s campus. Prior to that, he worked at the University of Missouri-St. Louis as a member of the financial aid team and maintained a close partnership with the admissions and recruitment office. He also developed and led workshops for St. Louis high schools and community colleges to help educate low-income, first-generation students and their families about financial aid and the transition to college.

Matt earned two bachelor’s degrees — communication and English — from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master’s degree in higher education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is currently pursuing his Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Maryville University. His dissertation research focuses on institutional barriers to innovation and change. Matt and his wife have three dogs and are active in animal rescue. Matt is also a movie buff and loves watching movies at home or in the theater. He is based out of St. Louis, Missouri.