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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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Symone Morales

UCLA
First Gen Coordinator
Symone is a coordinator for the First-Year Experience at UCLA. She supports students in their transition to UCLA by providing programs, information, and campus resources to assist them in navigating the campus. In 2016, Symone assisted in inaugurating and overseeing a first-generation college student program at UCLA called First To Go, which promotes campus involvement and visibility with a focus on the retention and success of first-generation college students (both first-year and transfer students). The First To Go Program seeks to foster an environment that is welcoming and inclusive for first-gen students by offering connections to resources, creating networking opportunities with faculty, staff and like peers, and providing programming specific to the population.
 
She earned bachelor of arts degrees in sociology and African-American studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a master’s degree in student affairs from UCLA.