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1. NACADA Global Awards Ceremony
2. Welcome Reception
3. NACADA Networking
4. Advising Communities
5. Region/Global Updates and Connection Time
6. Best of Region/Global Winners
7. Keynote Speaker
8. Common Reading
9. New NACADA Publication and Book Signing
10. Volunteer Opportunities

11. Health and Wellness Events
12. 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 Wednesday, October 6 beginning at 4:30 pm. For virtual attendees, an awards video will be available for viewing within the NACADA app.  

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The welcome reception will begin at 8 pm on Wednesday, October 6. The theme for the welcome reception will be centered on Oktoberfest. Cincinnati hosts the nation’s largest Oktoberfest (and the 2nd largest in the world to the original in Germany). Come experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of our proud Cincinnati German heritage (and perhaps participate in the world’s 2nd largest chicken dance)!

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There will be various networking opportunities throughout the conference. More details will be posted closer to conference. 

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Be sure to check out each Advising Community's profile in the conference app.

  • 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 Thursday, October 7, 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 regional leaders, network with colleagues from your region, 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/Global Winners from the 2021 Conferences. Be sure to check out these excellent presentations. 

Region 1 Collaborative Interaction: Using “Yes, And” in Academic Advising
Tim Douglas, Emerson College
Region 2 Navigating Burnout in Academic Advising through Mindfulness
Wiona Porath, Tim Beaucage, Johns Hopkins University
Region 3 Moving from Advising to Mentoring – How Peer Advisors Contribute to Student Success
Michelle Henderson, University of Louisville
Region 4 Factors Contributing to Poor Retention for Students with Learning Differences
Alexander Morris-Wood, Beacon College
Region 5

Exploratory Student NBA Draft
Andrew Morrow, Ball State University | 2021 winner (presented on-demand)

Taking the Leap: Transforming the Advising Model to Support Student Growth in Community College Environment
Nichole Mann, Indiana University East | 2021 runner up (presented in-person live)

Region 6 The Heart of Communication: Using Validation to Strengthen Advising Relationships
Jill Paulson, University of South Dakota
Region 7 Taking the Leap:  Transforming the Advising Model to Support Student Growth in the Community College
Courtney Yount McGinnis, Gabrielle Moore-Jones, George Hudson, Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley
Region 8 Setting up your Digital Command Center for More Effective and Efficient Advising
Carrie Ben-Yisrael, Washington State University
Region 9 #NowTrending: Gen Z & Microcredentialing
Lauren Daly, Touro University Nevada
Region 10 Efficiency, Sustainability, and Intentionality in Advising
Karli Hansen, Colorado State University
Global TBD

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The keynote address will be available both in-person and virtually! 

Dr. Samuel D. Museus

Dr. Samuel D. Museus is Professor of Education Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He also serves as Founding Director of the National Institute for Transformation and Equity. Museus has produced hundreds of publications and conference presentations focused on diversity and equity in higher education. His publications include 10 books, including Creating Campus Cultures: Fostering Success among Racially Diverse Student Populations and Racism and Racial Equity in Higher Education. Museus is also creator of the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Model of College Success and the CECE survey, which are tools that colleges and universities around the nation use to advance their inclusion and equity agendas.

Museus has previously received several national awards in recognition of the impact of his scholarship, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Early Career Award in 2011 and the NASPA George D. Kuh Outstanding Contribution to Research and Literature Award in 2014. His work has also been featured in several high-profile media outlets, such as NPR, the Boston Globe, and the Washington Post. He also consults with college campuses in the United States and abroad that seek to transform their institutions and cultivate more inclusive organizational environments.

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Over a decade ago, Samuel Museus, the conference’s keynote speaker, and Joanna Ravello examined three postsecondary institutions with high and equitable success rates among students of color to understand the role that advising played in producing these outcomes. The findings were published in the NACADA Journal, and they highlight the crucial part advising has in fostering success among students of color on these campuses. Since then, Museus and his research team conducted more research including over 1,000 interviewees and 20,000 survey respondents at colleges and universities across the nation. This year’s reading is a synthesis of lessons and themes from a decade of research that informs efforts to maximize the impact of college advising on students of color.

Join fellow participants on Thursday, October 7 from 11:45 am-12:45 pm, in a discussion of this year's common reading article, "Revisiting the Role of Culturally Engaging Academic Advising in Equitably Serving Diverse College Students" by Samuel D. Museus, University of California, San Diego. 

The common reading article is available for viewing; please click here. 

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New NACADA Publication | Advising Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer College Students
Changes on college and university campuses have echoed changes in U.S. popular culture, politics, and religion since the 1970s through unprecedented visibility of LGBTQA persons and issues. In the face of hostile campus cultures, LGBTQA students rely on knowledgeable academic advisors for support, nurturance, and the resources needed to support their persistence. This edited collection offers theoretical understanding of the literature of the field, practical strategies that can be implemented at different institutions, and best practices that helps students, staff, and faculty members understand more deeply the challenges and rewards of working constructively with LGBTQA students. In addition, allies in the field of academic advising (both straight/cis-identified and queer) reflect on becoming an ally, describe obstacles and challenges they have experienced and offer advice to those seeking to deepen their commitment to ally-hood.

Book Signing | Thursday, October 7 from 3:15-4:15 pm
Meet the author's and get your copy of the publication signed on Thursday, October 7 from 3:15-4:15 pm. You can purchase a book through the NACADA Store. 

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The program committee is thrilled to welcome you to Cincinnati! Don't miss out on a chance to volunteer at conference. Sign up information will be posted later this summer.

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More information will be posted later this summer on fun ways to stay active while enjoying the 2021 NACADA Annual Conference!

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Comfortable and casual best describe the "dress code" at NACADA's 2021 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 Friday, October 8. 

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