Monday, February 27


P1: Social Justice: Emotional Strategies for Changemaking

9 a.m.-noon | Cost: $60
Ariel Collatz, Malina Gillies-Doherty, and Anya Gibson | University of California, Davis

Social justice work is an ongoing and always-evolving process that contributes to student success. Advisors play an important role in creating more equitable educational experiences for students. As a result, the field of academic advising is showing its growing commitment to social justice. Still, doing this work brings daily challenges. In addition to knowledge of foundational concepts like privilege, oppression, identity, and power, academic advisors need additional strategies to do this daily social justice work.

This session covers emotional components of social justice work to empower advisors to meet these challenges using mindfulness, emotional awareness, and self-compassion. When we place our attention in the present moment with compassion and without judgment, we expand our ability to intentionally choose how to engage. From this point, we can more easily begin to deconstruct oppressive systems.

This workshop explores how our identities relate to our social justice learning. Participants will engage in interactive exercises and self-reflection that enable them to be more effective and sustainable social justice advocates. Participants will leave with a social justice care plan that will help them develop an individualized strategy to understand how they can approach the unique situations that they face. We will also provide and practice centering strategies and explore self-compassion as a foundational support for our social justice practice.

P2: Designing for the Future: Decision-making for Learner Centered Practices

9 a.m.-noon | Cost: $60
Melissa Rudd and Erica Mitchell | Arizona State University

Advising professionals face unique challenges in the current higher education landscape. Shifting student demographics, staffing challenges and the evolving needs of learners requires higher education professionals to respond and adapt quickly. 

Through group activities, discussion, and reflection, this highly participatory workshop will equip higher education professionals with strategies to help navigate their complex ecosystem. Included are strategies for decision-making that honor all levels of positional authority, and place learners at the center of solutions design.

Participants are encouraged to bring a real-world challenge in their workplace and engage in activities designed to inspire appreciative, inclusive, and innovative decision-making practices they can apply immediately. The presenters will share their experiences, and guide participants through actionable methods that can be applied in a variety of settings.

P3: Using Creative Play Techniques in Advising

10 a.m.-noon | Cost: $60
Allison Ewing-Cooper and Meredith Parker | University of Arizona

Play is an effective technique for people of all ages and in a variety of settings, including academic advising. This interactive presentation will briefly cover the benefits of play before providing opportunities to practice these techniques. Participants will receive a play starter kit, complete with a bag of Legos, colored pencils, paper, manipulatives, and a canvas. Activities include building structures with Legos, mapping out possible lives, drawing pictures with partners, decorating canvases, and participating in some group games. After a session of fun and games, participants will leave with a new appreciation for play and plenty of ideas to use with their students.

P4: Motivational Academic Advising: a New Approach to Advising Based on Motivational Interviewing

10 a.m.-noon | Cost: $40
Tom Liljegren | Utah State University

How can academic advisors best prepare students to take action to increase their academic and career success and overcome obstacles? Motivational Interviewing offers a model of practice designed to help students use their own motivation and values to push themselves towards progress.

Motivational Interviewing is a counseling technique that has shown to be effective in many therapeutic and health settings. It can also be the foundation of an academic advising approach. This presentation will outline the approach and techniques of Motivational Academic Advising as a comprehensive advising model. Additionally, participants will practice techniques to apply to everyday advising.

P5: Maximize Your NACADA Membership and Your Conference Experience

1:30-2:40 p.m. | Cost: Free - no registration necessary.
NACADA Leaders

We've combined the best advice and put it into one session. All participants are invited to discover the opportunities to maximize their membership experience. Through activity and discussion attendees will learn more about the resources and leadership opportunities available within NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and the divisions that make up the association's structure.



February 27-March 1, 2023
Las Vegas, Nevada

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