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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Sarah Shah

College Advising Corps
Director of Evaluation and Impact Measurement
As Director of Evaluation and Impact Measurement, Sarah oversees College Advising Corps’ research and evaluation efforts and works with the external evaluation team to translate findings into concrete recommendations for program improvement.

Prior to joining College Advising Corps, Sarah joined the Teach for America Mississippi Delta Corps and taught third grade for three years in rural Arkansas. She saw firsthand how academic and financial barriers often obstructed the college aspirations of students in her community.

Sarah has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University – but she still bleeds Carolina blue through and through. She is also some-kind-of-crazy about her dogs Caesar and Zeus.