Well-Being & Advisor Retention Advising Community

The Well-Being & Advisor Retention Advising Community 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. 

Our Advising Community has identified the following areas of focus: 

  • Research -  Coordinate academic research and review existing works for the committee's use
  • Innovative Practice: Students -  Focus on new/emerging practices in incorporating wellness/wellbeing into the advising relationship, contributing to student retention/success
  • Innovative Practice: Advisors -  Focus on new/emerging practices in incorporating wellness/wellbeing into an advisor's work, contributing to staff retention/success  
  • Regional Liaisons - Connect with regional chairs and conference chairs to incorporate wellness/wellbeing into regional events/planning; reach out to region chairs to find out what the region needs are in the areas of wellness and retention and the ways our community can assist them.

Current Chair

Olivia Miller
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Current Term: 2022-2024