Potential Advising Communities

Potential Advising Communities (PAC's) have moved through the Division's Process to Become An Advising Community.  It can take more than a year for the PAC to gather evidence and garner support to provide the justification of member need for a community not yet represented within the Advising Communities Division. After sufficient evidence and support gathering, PAC's are provided the opportunity to summarize their concept in a final video including their purpose and rationale for becoming an Advising Community. The Division's leaders will review all the PAC's info and then participate in an online vote to determine if they will become Advising Communities. Once approved at the Division level, final approval of all new Advising Communities comes from the NACADA Council and Board of Directors. 

Following are the PAC's currently moving through the process, with their contacts:

Potential Flipped Advising Community

Potential Chair: Matt Williams, University of Florida

The Flipped Advising Community (FAC) rationale is focused on using multiple means to structure student learning with curated content, to enhance students’ understanding and preparation both synchronously and asynchronously outside of the advising session, so to enhance their critical thinking interactions with advisors during the advising session. In short, the FAC seeks to advance the framework of the NACADA Concept of Advising for the 21st Century. The goal to have students better engaged and prepared for the advising encounter so more time can be focused on students’ narrative and higher-order cognitive and affective critical thinking, as it pertains to the development of their academic and career plans and other topics related to their success. The FAC’s goal is not to duplicate other communities but to ingrate elements of their work into a comprehensive whole. The FAC will have our members producing curated content that will be available to all NACADA members.

Post-Conference Report for 2019
FAC Rationale

Steering Commitee Members: The FAC steering committee is Joel Parker, Diana Thompson and George Steele.

Potential Social Justice Advising Community

Potential Chair, Ariel Collatz, UC Davis

The NACADA Social Justice Advising Community aims to provide a space in which advisors can join in solidarity to promote scholarship, move theory to practice, and increase professional development opportunities related to advising and social justice. Social justice acknowledges that we live in an inequitable world and that each of us has a responsibility to work towards a more empowering society.  Advisors have the power to contribute to student success by identifying and implementing inclusive and equitable practices. By recognizing advising’s contribution in creating equitable educational institutions, advisors are empowered to ensure that systems, environments and practices are intentional and recognize students’ needs along with their complex and intersecting identities.

Rationale and Post-Conference Report for 2019

Steering Committee Members:

  • Research Subcommittee Chair: Drew Puroway, Saint Thomas University
  • Communication Subcommittee Chair: Alissa Whitmore, Iowa State University
  • Events/Workshops Subcommittee Chair: Narketta Myles, Kent State University
  • Website/Chronicler Subcommittee Chair: Yung-Hwa Anna Chow, Washington State University

Potential Advising Community for Students with Experience in the Foster Care System

Potential Chair: Amy Sosanko, Community College of Allegheny County

Students with experience in the foster care system attend, are retained, and graduate college at a significantly lower rate than their peers. They encounter substantial barriers to their education, including homelessness, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and a lack of support financially and in making decisions to transition into adulthood.  Experiences in the foster care system are more common among individuals of color and persons who identify themselves within the LGBTQ+ community; contributions to this field of expertise responds to issues of access to education and equity of educational opportunities. An Advising Community to support students with experiences in the foster care system aims to provide a network of resources for advisors who are interested in helping these students reach their academic and career goals. 


Post-Conference Report for 2019
ationale 2019

Steering Committee Members:
Angela Swenson-Holzinger, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Joe Murray, Florida Atlantic University
Jasmine Moore, Florida Atlantic University
Kasandrea Sereno, University of South Florida
Kathleen Vancheri, Passaic County Community College
Elizabeth Marion, Prairie View A&M University
Rachel Ruic, Kent State University
BriAnne Danielson, Herzing University
Rich Doria, Bunker Hill Community College

Potential Advising Community for Advisor Well-Being and Retention

Potential Chair: Kacey Gregerson, University of Minnesota

The Advising for Wellbeing & Advisor Retention community exists to encourage advisors to address wellbeing and self-care with their students, while also encouraging the same for advisors. This community thus hopes to decrease burnout amongst advisors and increase retention in the field. This community views wellbeing as a holistic and human need for students and advisors alike, and views self-care as ensuring student and advisor needs are met. This community hopes to encourage discussion among advisors about integrating wellbeing and self-care into advising appointments with students, while also encouraging institutions to consider the needs of their advising staff, and advisors to consider their own self-care. This community will do this by conducting research of both advisors and students, and considering and creating innovative approaches for both students and advisors. 

Post-Conference Report for 2019 
Rationale 2019

Steering Committee Members:

  • Allie Funkhouser (Region 2 Co-liaison)
  • Allison Ramsing (At-large)
  • Banks Blair (Co-Lead Innovative Practice - Advisor)
  • Chanda Walter (Co-Lead Innovative Practice - Student)
  • Di Dingman (Region 5 Liaison)
  • Edna Renee Macbeth (Region 2 Co-liaison)
  • Holly Green (At-large)
  • Jake Rudy (Co-Chair)
  • Kathleen Vancheri (Co-Lead Innovative Practice - Student)
  • Liz Sutton (Co-Lead Research)
  • Lizzy Harman (Co-Lead Innovative Practice - Advisor)
  • Olivia Miller (Co-Lead Research)