5th Annual Academic Advising Association Conference: All Are Welcome: Building Bridges in Unsettled

Joanna Seley, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

February 1, 2018

We are writing to you today with an opportunity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to help develop your academic advisors and student affairs professionals.  This year we are hosting our 5th Annual Academic Advising Association Conference: All Are Welcome: Building Bridges in Unsettled Times.  The 2018 theme will inspire and motivate advisors and student affairs professionals to think about strategies and ways to promote building bridges in the midst of social, political, and cultural unrest. As academic advisors and student affairs professionals, we are at the front lines of how this unrest manifests in students' experiences on our college and university campuses. We have a responsibility to advocate for marginalized and vulnerable students on whom the strain of these times rests the most heavily. Rather than living out of fear of the ‘other,’ we challenge and seek to empower our students to press into difficult dialogues with people who have widely ranging viewpoints. Are traditional advising models and student development theory sufficient to address these concerns? What resources, skills, knowledges do our students need to persist and thrive in the future? And how can we support our own professional growth in the face of increasing student loads, new responsibilities, and decreasing budgets? The work of this conference is to begin to discuss and formulate responses to these questions.

The conference will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 8:00AM-3:30PM at UNL’s East Campus Union.  More information about the conference can be found at https://aaa.unl.edu/2018-aaa-conference-0

We ask you to please share the information about our conference.  Registration is now open and can be accessed at https://goo.gl/forms/JPxUGuA4NY7ftVjd2

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