Webinars / 2023 - 2024

Toward a Culturally and Racially Sensitive Renaming of Academic Probation

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2023 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

Elizabeth Boretz - California State University Fullerton,  Catherine Rivas - California State University Fullerton, & Oleg Bespalvov - Moorpark College

The term “Academic Probation” is antiquated and inappropriate for the inclusive learning environment of today. It contradicts the mission of our colleges and universities as advisors aim to welcome students from the communities most sensitive to the feelings associated with law enforcement, for example. All of us who adhere to NACADA’s values strive to create a welcoming and encouraging context for equitable student success. However, advisors implicitly criminalize academic struggles when we label students who are on a pathway to academic recovery as somehow felonious. [...]

November 9 Webinar Registration

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From "Ugh" to "Ahhhh": Creating a sustainable orientation advising model

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2023 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

Stephanie Hart & Dana McGuire, Virginia Tech

"Each summer, advisors are tasked with finding a way to advise a large number of incoming students while providing them with an experience that leaves each student feeling connected to their advisor. After years of increasing student numbers and a chaotic summer of 2020, our advisors felt overwhelmed and fatigued. In an effort to improve the experience for our advisors while maintaining an individualized experience for our students, we created an online hybrid advising program that consisted of group advising and one-on-one meetings. [...]

November 29 Webinar Registration

Hey Auntie! An HBCU approach to Academic Recovery

photo of four black women holding each other around each other's backsWEDNESDAY, JANUARY, 24, 2024 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

My'Chael Hyman, Norfolk State University

HBCU’s are known for having a family type of atmosphere of caring for students in a special way. In the Black community an Auntie is someone that is easy to communicate with, and always very supportive. An Auntie will make sure that you have what you need but will give you more grace than your mother would. Using the “Hey Auntie” approach is one that uses a combination of prescriptive and developmental advising techniques to assist students navigate themselves off Academic Probation. By creating this type of relationship of care and accountability, students feel comfortable with allowing the advising relationship to flourish and ultimately become successful. [...]

January 24 Webinar Registration

Accessible Language for Better Advising: Inviting Dialogue for Student Success

three dots in a speech bubbleTUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2024 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

Kathryn Fore & Marcelle Martens, SUNY Albany

Developmental and Appreciative advising models stress the importance of deepening relationships through creative questioning and exploration of student goals. However, often our explorations are couched in  institutional language which, for non-traditional student populations like First Gen students, can be intimidating or isolating. This presentation will draw on curricular design, counseling techniques, and even improv comedy to explore examples of accessible, open communication techniques that can create inviting questions and conversations. [...]

February 13 Webinar Registration

two hands reaching out to one anotherFrom Transactional to Transformational Referrals: Equipping Advisors and Students for Success

THURSDAY, MARCH 14, 2024 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

Niki Weight, Oregon State University

As front-line support for students, advisors are often the first to know the challenges students are experiencing and see firsthand how those challenges and lack of adequate basic needs impact students’ academic success. Impacts of the global pandemic and social, political, and economic climates of the past several years have only increased student challenges and needs and have disproportionately impacted communities of color, first generation students, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and other underrepresented populations. While advisors should not be expected (nor are equipped) to solve every problem or crisis, they are in a unique position to provide appropriate referrals to other resources. [...]

March 14 Webinar Registration

Connecting to Students through Text Messaging Chatbots

artist rendition of AITUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2024 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

Zoe Lance & Cecilia Santiago-González, Cal Poly Pomona

Artificial intelligence text-messaging chatbots are becoming more and more popular in higher education, as institutions implement the tool to give students an outlet to ask questions and staff members a new avenue to communicate. These bots can easily complement academic advising communication and help keep students on track to graduation. This session will broadly explain how a large, public university implemented one of these bots for about 25,000 undergraduate students. Using the framework of a June 2023 survey we sent to students about the bot, we will also show participants how the bot has enhanced students' advising experiences and increased help-seeking behaviors. [...]

April 9 Webinar Registration

Arial view of farm landsSmall Fish in a Big Pond: Advising Rural Students at Large Institutions

TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2024 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

Karen Ganss - University of Colorado Boulder, Cyri Dixon - University of Utah, & Claudia Numan - University of Colorado Boulder

Students from rural and small towns continue to gain national recognition as an underrepresented population in higher education. Research shows this population enrolls and persists in college at lower rates than urban peers, and has additional challenges in succeeding at large institutions. Presenters with personal and research experience with rural student populations will share best practices, as well as their passion for supporting students from small towns. Join this webinar to learn more about this unique population and the ways in which Academic Advisors can assist in the persistence and graduation of rural students in higher education. [...]

April 30 Webinar Registration

different individual gathered around chattingLeveling Up Advisor Engagement with Social Justice: Technology, Social Media, and Inclusion

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2024 - 1:00 PM CDT (GMT-5)

John Sauter, Niagara University & Christina Bowles, Missouri State University

It is critical that advisors engage in social justice work to foster more inclusive and equitable practices on their campuses and within the profession. In environments where diversity or funding is lacking, advisors can utilize technology to level up their understanding of social justice. Advisors will utilize the Blended Model of Competence & Action (2017) and the ACPA/NASPA professional competency stages (2015; 2016) to step beyond the baseline of what is required of their role; explore intermediate dynamic ways to engage social justice; and aspire to more advanced levels focused on strategic planning, modeling, and systemic planning. [...]

May 22 Webinar Registration

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Where can I find the handouts?

All handouts and slides are linked on each webinar's page. 

What system do you use for webinars?

We use the Zoom Webinar Platform for all our webinars.

What should I do if I want to host a webinar viewing?
  • Complete the online registration (or purchase a recording).
  • Reserve a room on campus appropriate for the technology and the audience. You may want to allow 30-60 minutes before the broadcast for system checks and up to 2 hoafterwardards for discussion.
  • Test your system well in advance. 
  • Determine who will facthe ilitate discussion before and/or after the broadcast. You may wish to identify and invite a topic expert on campus if the topic is outside your expertise. Work with the facilitator after any event materials have been distributed to plan the discussion protocol.
  • Send invitations to everyone who might benefit from the event. Be sure to include a FULL DESCRIPTION of the event’s content (OVERVIEW found on the event webpage), not just the title, in your invitation to ensure that everyone you invite has appropriate content expectations. Invite professional, faculty, and peer advisers; front-line advising center staff; graduate students in advising programs; student affairs staff; advising/undergraduate education administrators; career counselors; admissions and registration counselors; anyone and everyone you can think of who might be interested.
  • Send a reminder to those invited one week before the webinar.
  • Send any webinar materials or handouts to invited participants 1-3 days before the event.
  • Re-check you24 hours within 24-hours of the broadcast.
  • Purchase refreshments (popcorn, Twizzlers, water, soda, etc.) before the event if budget and facilities allow (or recruit someone to do this for you).
  • Arrive at the room before the webinar to allow for tweaking of the technology and greeting of participants.
  • Follow up with participants to thank them for attending and gather feedback for future webinars.
  • Send feedback/evaluation to NACADA Executive Office.
Can I watch a webinar with my colleagues?

Yes! We encourage you to watch webinars with your colleagues. But you cannot share your login. Be sure to reserve a room on your campus to gather your colleagues to watch the webinar or recording and then discuss it afterward. Make it an event!

Don't forget to think through the various aspects of set-up and facilitation well in advance of the event including if you'll need campus resource personnel to assist with facilitation or follow-up.

Can I ask questions of the panelists?

Absolutely! We try to make time during each webinar for questions. But if there's not enough time to get to your individual question, the panelists always are happy to respond to your questions through email (emails for each panelist found in the handouts).