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1. NACADA Global Awards Ceremony
2. Welcome Reception
3. Advising Communities
4. Region/Global Updates and Connection Time
5. Best of Region/Global Winners
6. Keynote Speaker

7. Common Reading
8. Volunteer Opportunities
9. Health and Wellness Events
10. Conference Attire


The Global Awards Ceremony honors the people, programs, and institutions making significant contributions to the field of academic advising. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 23 beginning at 4:30 pm. 

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Join us for an evening of great food, music and plenty of fun during the “Taste of Portland” Welcome Reception. The reception will commence at 8 pm on Sunday after the Opening General Session and Keynote Address in the Oregon Convention Center. Come to connect with other NACADA conference participants and enjoy a bit of Portland’s famous food and lively music.  From culture, to wonderful food, and great attractions, Portland is a city to experience. We hope to give you just a taste of that during this year’s welcome reception!

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Be sure to attend the Advising Community Fair on Monday, October 24 from 8-9 am.

  • Learn what is going on in the Advising Communities Division - projects, activities, listserv discussions, new initiatives!
  • Volunteer to help with activities or serve on a committee within the Advising Communities Division.
  • Consider running for leadership positions within the Advising Communities.
  • Meet and collaborate with colleagues on future conference presentations or articles for the Clearinghouse or Academic Advising Today.
  • Attend a 'Hot Topics' session presented by various Advising Communities.  

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The Region/Global Updates and Connection Time will be held on Monday, October 24 from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Join us during the Region and Global updates and connection time to discuss issues and topics that affect your region, meet your steering committee and other leaders, network with colleagues, hear about upcoming initiatives and events, and learn how to get more involved in NACADA. All participants are welcome!

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Congratulations to the Best of Region Winners from the 2022 Conferences. Be sure to check out these excellent presentations. 

Region 1: Accessible Language for Better Advising: Inviting Dialogue for Student Success
Kathryn Fore, SUNY Albany

Region 2: Take a Break With Hamilton: Revolutionary Self Care for Advisors & Those We Serve
Edna Renee Macbeth, Virginia Commonwealth University

Region 3: "Dear College Freshman" - Expanding the Sphere of Influence of the First-Year Experience Course
Julie Galloway, Melissa Creek, Olivia Jolley and Sherrie Cannon, Tennessee Tech University

Region 4: Fly Little Eagles Fly! Advising and Coaching Students to Become Core Self-Sufficient
Vantrel Mainor, Savannah State University

Region 5: Utilizing the Framework of The Four Tendencies to Help Students Respond to Expectations (Virtual)
Bryan Bowerman, University of Southern Indiana

Region 6: Major/Career Mismatch: Helping Career-Focused Students Understand the Value of General Education
Antonia Bacigalupa Albaum, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Region 7: UNIV 101 as a Mechanism for Intrusive Advising: Removing Barriers for Conditional Admit Students
Jamie Wilson, University of Kansas

Region 8: Channeling Your Inner Ted Lasso - Everyday Leadership Inspiration for Your Advising Team & Style (Virtual)
Audrey Audebert, University of Victoria

Region 9: Using Curriculum Design to Create Outcomes-Based Advising Workshops
Christina Wolfe-Chandler, California Polytechnic State University

Region 10: From Padawan to Jedi: How Coaching Helps Students Master Their Own Success
Marianna Henry and Kristen Nuesmeyer, Utah Valley University

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The keynote address will be live-streamed!  

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota) is an inspiring educator, writer, and researcher in Higher Education. Passionate about Indigenous rights issues, college admissions, and greater Native presence in media and higher education, Megan believes in empowering young people to use their voices for the issues they care about in their communities. A powerful speaker, she has presented at colleges and universities as well as conferences nationwide.

Megan is currently the Director of Native Student Services at the University of South Dakota. She has held positions in undergraduate admissions, college counseling, and student advising at the University of Pennsylvania, Questbridge, Santa Clara University, Albuquerque Academy, and the 7th Gen Summer Program.

Megan's writings have been featured on Huffington Post, ThinkProgress, Racialicious, Model View Culture, and Last Real Indians. She is the founder of Natives In America, an online literary publication for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth.

She earned her Bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania in English and her Master's from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Higher Education where she was co-chair of FIERCE — Future Indigenous Educators Resisting Colonial Education. Megan is currently pursuing her PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a focus on Higher Education and a minor in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Her favorite phrase her mother ever taught her in Lakota is “Weksuye, Ciksuye, Miksuye” meaning “I remember, I remember you, Remember me.”

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Join fellow participants on Monday, October 24 from 11:45 am-12:45 pm for the common reading "Affirmation, Support, and Advocacy: Critical Race Theory and Academic Advising" by Jasmine A. Lee. NACADA Journal (2018) 38 (1): 77-87. Click here for the full article.

The research presented in this year’s Common Reading article describes the unique challenges of students from historically marginalized communities, particularly Black students, attending predominantly White institutions. Challenges include overt and covert campus racism, daily microaggressions, and limited or no sense of belonging. How are these challenges exacerbated when a student's academic advisor is unable or unwilling to understand their daily experiences on a predominantly White campus? How can academic advisors work to affirm, support, and advocate for underrepresented students during their matriculation? The author calls for advisors to gain and maintain a consciousness of the ways race and racism influence not only the experiences of students of color but also their relationships with academic professionals.

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The conference planning committee is thrilled to welcome you to Portland! Don't miss out on a chance to volunteer at conference. Sign up information will be posted closer to conference. Please check back then. 

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The health and wellness co-chairs are planning some great options for this year's conference. More information will be posted closer to conference. Please check back then. 


Comfortable and casual best describe the "dress code" at NACADA's 2022 Annual Conference. Wear comfortable shoes as conference venues tend to be extremely large! Join the fun on School Spirit Day and see how many different schools are represented by wearing a polo or t-shirt from your institution on Monday, October 24. 

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