Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 8 in 2020!

All preconferences are $25 and are on the first day of the Conference, Thursday, March 12, 2020, unless otherwise noted. 

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please follow these steps.

P1: Insights from the New CAS Standards for Indigenous Student Affairs
1-3 pm | Thursday, March 12
Rob Hancock, University of Victoria

In summer 2019, a team of Indigenous student affairs and allies began the process of developing the first ever CAS Standards for Indigenous Student Affairs. This session will offer a preview of the standards, along with discussion of the process of creating them, strategies for implementing them across institutions, and opportunities for allies to participate in the work of decolonizing practice.

How equitable and inclusive environments are created and maintained.
The characteristics, needs, and experiences of major and emerging student populations.
 Communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner. 


P2: Powerful Presentations: You’ve got to do them, you might as well enjoy them
1-3 pm | Thursday, March 12
Jennifer Oakes, University of Victoria

Our role as Educators and Academic Advisers often requires that we present in classrooms, boardrooms, meetings and other venues. Many people find public speaking extremely frightening and frequently rely on external mediums such as PowerPoint, to deliver their message forgetting that the most powerful messenger is the presenter themselves. When reluctant, nervous or unsure, it is natural to unwittingly develop coping skills and habits which distract the audience and interfere with the intended message. If aware of individual habits, presenters can develop strategies to significantly improve personal credibility and presentation impact. 

This interactive workshop will offer professional speaking tips and training, personal experiences and peer feedback. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new skills; practice brief presentations and receive helpful constructive feedback. Still unsure? Previous participants say:
"I have presented for years, and I still learned so much; I continue to use what I learned in this workshop." (SC)
“I had no idea of how I was coming across, it was helpful to receive feedback.” (SD)
“I am ready to start presenting.” (LH) 

Delegates will choose this workshop if they want to enjoy public speaking or presentations while expanding their skills, improving their delivery, increasing personal efficacy and furthering their professional development.

 Communicate in an inclusive and respectful manner. 
 Create rapport and build academic advising relationships.
 Campus and community resources that support student success.


CANCELLED | P3: Psychological Intervention Skills in Academic Advising
3:30-5:30 pm | Thursday, March 12
Mehvash Ali, American University of Sharjah (AUS)

Those that registered for this Preconference Workshop can do the following:
  1) Transfer their registration to another Preconference Workshop. (See options for other workshops on this page.)
  2) Donate their $25 to the NACADA Region 8 Service Project: Need 2: Suicide Prevention, Education, and Support
  3) Request a refund for the $25 Preconference Workshop fee. 

Please email your selection to Michele Holaday at

This workshop will be led by a licensed psychologist with several years of experience as an academic advisor. The presenter will draw upon her experience as both a psychologist and an academic advisor to present a workshop on how advisors can incorporate psychological intervention skills into their daily work with students. Skills that can be very useful in improving student motivation, increasing rapport, facilitating change, empowering students, and addressing developmental needs. The strategies that will be explored in this workshop are empirically-supported and evidence-based interventions that are highly effective tools to bring about change in the most challenging of situations. They will therefore certainly be very useful for advisors who typically work with high functioning students. Such psychological interventions can include internal conflict resolution, cognitive restructuring, behavioural modifications, motivational interviewing, rapport building, and empowerment. This 3 hr. workshop, will include a mix of didactic training and interactive activities to introduce advisors to a variety of psychological interventions and to explore how advisors can apply those concepts in academic advising. Through targeted activities (such as conceptual training, practice role-plays, and strategic intervention planning) during the workshop, participants will learn how they can strategically utilize various psychological interventions in their work with students. Workshop will also address how to maintain the role-boundary between advising and therapy.

P4: Building Strong Advising Teams: Make it Happen! Make it Matter!
3:30-5:30 pm | Thursday, March 12
Shea Ellingham, Mt. Royal University
Rasha Tawfik, University of Calgary

Advising administrators face the challenge of designing professional development programs that meet a variety of training and onboarding needs, and this can be further complicated as advisors endeavour to establish productive advising careers looking for opportunities for advancement and growth within the field. Faced with multiple responsibilities, implementing training and development programs that can help advisors scaffold their skills into robust careers can seem to be a daunting task for many managers who are also faced with tight budgets, diminishing resources, and multiple priorities to manage. 

Drawing upon the Pillars of Academic Advising, namely the Concept of Advising, the Core Values of Advising, the Core Competencies of Advising and the CAS Standards and Guidelines for Advising, this interactive workshop will provide attendees with the opportunity to explore, discuss, and reflect on the elements of an effective training and development program for their advising teams. 

At the end of this three-hour workshop, participants will be able to: 

  • Articulate how the NACADA Pillars of Advising contribute to successful professional development programs.
  • Reflect on the components of successful advisor training programs, and the relationship to professional development.
  • Understand the sensitivity of bridging the professional space between academic affairs and student affairs as it relates to advising, student success, and retention.
  • Generate a plan for a successful advisor training program that they can take back to their own campus.
  • Network with presenters and session delegates to understand the requirements for a successful training and development program.
  • Recognize and reflect on how advising communities are development among campus stakeholders.
NACADA's Core Values of Academic Advising.
Engage in on-going assessment and development of the advising practice.
Create rapport and build academic advising relationships. 


P7: Integrating Career and Academic Advising: Lessons from the field
3:30-5:30 pm | Thursday, March 12
Sally Garner, Miranda Atkinson, University of Oregon

As higher education grapples with managing enrollment, retention and graduation rates, is excellent academic advising enough? Are separate academic advising and career centers serving students’ holistically?
Integrated career and academic advising offices and job titles emerged about ten years ago. There are various models and approaches, but the “integration momentum” is gaining. Change comes with benefits and challenges, and advisors are now faced with an advising landscape that’s shifting and more nuanced than ever. 

Two University of Oregon advising administrators will share strategies for proposing and implementing integration and the challenges/opportunities encountered in two different units: an established professional school/faculty that serves 2,500 students and a new center that serves 12,600 students that are exploring and span 50 liberal arts programs.

Facilitate problem solving, decision-making, meaning-making, planning, and goal setting.
Theory relevant to academic advising.
Campus and community resources that support student success.


P5: NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees - FREE
8-9 am | Friday, March 13
NACADA Leaders

Get introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region! This new member orientation will provide you with guidance and insights as you begin your journey to understand how you can make the most of your "first year experience" in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association. 

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!



Make It Happen.
Make It Matter.

March 12-14, 2020
Victoria, BC Canada

Call for Proposals - closed

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Service Project
Need2 Suicide Prevention, Education & Support

Past/Future Conference

Conference Co-Chairs

Janine Mayers
University of Victoria

Melana Mar
University of Victoria
(250) 853-3512

See the entire committee!