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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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Samantha Richardson

College Advising Corps
Program Evaluation Specialist
As Program Evaluation Specialist, Samantha works closely with the Director of Evaluation and Impact Measurement to support the College Advising Corps’ research and evaluation efforts. She facilitates the Corps’ efforts to collect, manage, and share data in meaningful ways that drive improvement and increase impact.

Most recently, Samantha worked as a Research Assistant at Coffey Consulting, LLC, where she assisted with program evaluation efforts related to college success initiatives. Her love for using data as a means to drive change was spurred through former work at the Center for Research on Higher Education Outcomes at the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She has also previously supported students through work in admissions and student affairs.

Samantha received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University. She grew up in Southwest Virginia and is particularly passionate about advocating for students in rural Appalachia. In her free time she loves to visit new restaurants, listen to live music, and watch UVA basketball games.