Events for Advisers, 2016-2017

Informational, Training, and Development Events for Advisers
UCSC Division of Undergraduate Education:  Office of Campus Advising Coordination

Check back later for additional events!  If you have a suggestion for an ADEPT event, please email


Title IX, Sexual Harassment, CANRA Training for Advisers

Tuesday, October 4, 10:30 - Noon, Hitchcock Lounge at Porter College

Title IX Officer Tracey Tsugawa and Title IX Response Team Coordinator Laura Young-Hinck will review advisers' reporting responsibilities and share strategies for supporting students who have been affected.

Strategies for Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum (Innovative Educators Webinar Recording):

Monday, October 10, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, Charles E. Merrill Lounge at Merrill College

Overview: Transitioning to college is an exciting time for all students and comes with a variety of challenges. Students on the Autism Spectrum may need additional support to navigate this transition successfully and adjust to living independently. Parents and students may need coaching on the differences between K-12 policies and college expectations. Characterized by an insistence on sameness and deficits in social communication and interaction, students on the Autism Spectrum will be faced with academic, social, and self-management demands that they may have never handled on their own. This webinar will identify the range of individual characteristics displayed by students on the Autism Spectrum and some of the challenges that they may face in college. Participants will learn practical strategies to assist, coach, and support students on the Autism Spectrum as they transition to living independently and are stretched academically, socially, and personally.
Sarah Turnbull, Crown College Lead Academic Preceptor, will facilitate.

The Hidden Curriculum and Other Considerations for More Inclusive Advising

Tuesday, October 18, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Silverman Conference Room, Stevenson College

Overview: Colleges and universities student populations have diversified a great deal in the last few decades. Due to the current political climate around the country, there is a dire need to support the diverse array of students at our campuses in new and dynamic ways. Students are admitted with and without certain pieces of knowledge, experiences, and skills. Researchers, policy makers, and student affairs professionals often conduct research about diverse student populations from a deficits-approach to student success, or in other words, they look at what is wrong with the student, instead of looking at what’s right with the student and wrong about the environment. I want to provide an overview of the way some underrepresented students experience the university based in the historical systems of oppression endemic to higher education. Then, I want to help attendees think about what cultural competency means, take stock of the intersectional identities for advisors and students, and recognize the important part your actions, reactions, and interactions with students have a direct impact on campus-wide student success. I hope to have discussion as well on the topic and we will be open to many different perspectives. This presentation will be facilitated by ABC Retention Specialist, Aaron Jones, who provides direct academic support, counseling, and programs to African/Black/Caribbean students out of the African Resource & Cultural Center and Educational Opportunity Programs, and Anum Qadir, Academic Adviser for Crown and Merrill Colleges.

Infoview for Academic Advisers

Tuesday, October 25, 9:30 AM - Noon, Kerr Hall room 8 (Mac Lab)

Attend this overview of Infoview reporting, led by Tony Soottinanchai of the Office of Campus Advising Coordination. Topics will include: Finding and Running Reports, Shared Academic Advising Folders, Prompts and Options, Importing/Exporting, Inbox Reports, and InfoView Related Excel tricks.
There is limited seating for this event, and prior registration is required. To register, contact Tony at


Mindset, Right to Fail, and Persistence: Academic Advising in Support of Student Success (NACADA Webinar)

Wednesday, February 1, 10:45 AM - 12:30 PM, Namaste Lounge, Colleges 9/10

Research suggests that many students are entering college environments lacking skill sets that are predictive of college persistence and success.  Today's students often have misleading perceptions regarding their abilities and the effort required to succeed in college.  There are those who feel they lack the "natural" acumen to do well in a course, and others who believe they have an innate ability that transcends the need to study.  When these students encounter academic difficulties, many feel lost and lack the skills needed to manage these difficulties and "bounce back."

How do these attitudes impact students' lives and chances of academic success, and how can they be changed?  The webinar will explore how advisors can help these students to cope, navigate, and thrive.

 We ♥ Advisers: Summer Session 2017 Info Sessions

Tuesday, February 14 - Choose from the following times/locations:

  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Porter/Kresge/College Eight/Oakes - Hitchcock Lounge
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. -  Science Hill/College Nine/College Ten - Engineering 2, Room 399
  • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. - Crown/Merrill/Stevenson/Cowell - Merrill Lounge 

Join us at one of the Summer Session Valentine's Info Sessions for Advisers!  You'll have three opportunities, you can attend one or all, but the same information will be available at each. We'll cover: 2017 coursesdates and deadlines, tuition, fees, financial aid,  2016 by the numbers (enrollment, demographics, outcomes), and new adviser resources. If you have any questions or if there is anything else you'd like us to cover or have available for take-away, please email

Winter Advising Forum

March 17, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Scotts Valley Hilton

The Winter Advising Forum is an annual all-day professional development event for campus advisers.  Information is posted here.  ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT - the deadline to register is March 8.

• Using Social Media to Engage Students in Advising

March 20, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM, Charles E. Merrill Lounge

Learn how you can integrate social media platforms into the advising work that you’re already doing to better engage students with their advisors. If you are already comfortable using social media, this webcast will show you simple ways to more effectively use these platforms to reach your students. You will leave with tips on how to:

  • Send the right message at the right time
  • Incorporate humor in your posts
  • Use memes to get critical points across
  • Create shortcuts in your workflow to manage multiple platforms
We will have a brief group discussion following the presentation. Danielle Mello, Colleges Advising Coordinator, and Sean Malone, Advising Programs Coordinator of The Office of Campus Advising Coordination will facilitate. 


 The Major-Career Connection - Helping Students Identify Successful Pathways 

April 18, 10:00-11:30 AM, Cervantes and Velasquez Conference Room (Baytree Building)

Students don’t just see academic advisers as people that help them choose classes, but as knowledgeable professionals that represent the university as a whole. Whether it comes to choosing a major or exploring transferable skills and careers that are associated with their major of choice, advisers are often the first people students’ ask for help. Skillful major/career conversations can be powerful, especially in an era where major qualification and time to degree are critical.

  • In this workshop Danielle Mello, Colleges Advising Coordinator, and Christina Hall, Career Center Coach, will provide department/ major advisers with a toolbox to support developmental advising. In this workshop we will:
  • Explore how to effectively work with declared students who need support to individualize their educational and post graduate plans, as well as those who are in the decision making or major migration process.
  • Hear from Sara Sanchez, Coordinator of Undergraduate Honors and Research Opportunities will also speak to how we can engage students through getting them connected to research and other enrichment opportunities.
  • Examine real case study examples with Sociology Adviser Tina Nikfargam to illustrate how advisers have worked with students exploring the major/career connection.
  • Review specific career center resources you can educate your students on.
  • Participate in an activity to get you thinking about how to facilitate these conversations in your work.

Presentation Materials

Nudging Students to Success: the Integration of Academic Advising and Motivational Psychology (NACADA Webinar Recording)

May 3, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, Charles E. Merrill Lounge at Merrill College

Join us for a viewing of the recording of this webinar in which presenters from highly-rated past NACADA conferences come together to address a dilemma that academic advisors from across the globe are all too familiar with: How do we effectively motivate students to take advantage of student success offices and academic planning tools? Despite the fact that most higher education institutions now offer a wealth of student success resources, survey data suggests that these offices are under-utilized by students. Our presenters will discuss the micro and macro factors that contribute to this issue, and will argue that academic advisors play an essential role in the solution. Utilizing techniques found in Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness,” advisors are able to nudge students into making good decisions by altering predictable behavior through incentives. Discussion will focus on nudging students via intentional acts of persuasion and guidance to produce outcomes while maintaining a student’s agency. A discussion will follow our viewing of the recording.

• All Hands Informational Meeting

May 15, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, Kresge 327

The All Hands Meeting is held each May to inform the campus academic and advising community about the size and characteristics of the fall incoming frosh class, to explore upcoming academic and enrollment trends at UC Santa Cruz. and to provide an opportunity to discuss strategies for successfully advising, accommodating, and enrolling our new students. 

Presentation Materials:

All Hands Agenda

Writing Slides

Language Slides

Language Handout: Myths

Language Handout: Benefits

Fluid Navigation Overview

Advising and Curriculum Navigation

Student Homepage Overview

Icon Image Inventory


• Pre-Orientation Info-Session for Advisers

July 13, 9:30 - 11:00 AM, Thiman 1

The info-session will include a good deal of information advisers will need to know prior to orientation, and will help coordinate our advising to best serve our incoming frosh and transfer students.  Some of the items we will cover are:

•  Important enrollment information
•  Expectations for curricular capacity, and advising strategies to support a smooth enrollment process
•  Information on new initiatives and new policies, and
•  General orientation information


Mental Health First Aid:

We will be offering six Adult Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification classes open to all faculty, staff and students this academic year.  This year’s class is updated and includes a higher education module with more information related to college age students.  MHFA is a one-day class that runs from 8:15 am - 5 pm. There is no cost to take the class.

We will also be offering one Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) certification class open to all faculty, staff and students this academic year.  The YMHFA class is similar to the adult version of MHFA but the information shared is focused on youth ages 12-18.

Class description:

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour class.  Participants learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others to cope with mental health problems.  Participants that complete the class receive a three-year certification in MHFA. Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. Mental Health First Aid is an empirically-backed public education and prevention tool - it improves the public's knowledge of mental health problems and connects people with care for their mental health problems.

The university has offered MHFA on-campus since Spring 2011.  Over 1,300 students, staff and faculty have taken this course.   Our goal is to certify 400 individuals each year in MHFA.  Participants that have taken the class include frontline career staff, peer mentors, student staff, college and department academic advisors. student leaders, TAs, ladder faculty, adjunct faculty, administrators and students that are just interested in taking the class.

Class offerings - Academic Year 16-17

Friday, December 2 - Youth Mental Health First Aid

Wednesday, February 8

Friday, April 14

Friday, May 12

Thursday, June 22

To sign up for a class please send your name and the day you would like to take the class to Mike Yamauchi-Gleason,

Offered by Mike Yamauchi-Gleason, Certified MHFA Instructor, and CAO for Kresge and Porter Colleges.