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USC-System Advisors' Conference

Every year the Office of the Provost hosts a system-wide conference focusing on academic advising best practices, student support, and innovative strategies. All professional staff academic advisors, faculty academic advisors, and student support advisors are invited to attend the conference.

 2020 USC-System Advisors' Educational Conference: Register Now!

All Faculty and Professional staff advisors are encouraged to attend the 7th annual USC-System Advisors Educational conference on Friday, February 14, 2020. The theme this year is “Every Student. Every Voice. One University: Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Advising”.

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7th Annual USC-System Advisors' Conference

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020

Time:  8:00 - 9:00am  Registration & Continental Breakfast
              9:05 - 3:00pm Keynote, Conference Sessions, Closing Session

              *Lunch Included

Location: Ballroom, Russell House University Union, USC Columbia campus

Theme: Every Student. Every Voice. One University: Fostering Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Advising. As advisors, we must support diverse students with diverse needs by ensuring our advising community aligns with our university values to support inclusive excellence. As part of the university’s strategic plan, this year’s conference theme will focus on fostering a welcoming and inclusive university community. Our university must “increase the engagement of students, faculty, staff, administrators and members of our community in courses, trainings, and events that promote the awareness and understanding of diversity, inclusion, critical analysis and civil discourse.” The 2020 system-wide advisors educational conference will explore new partnerships, maximize resources, navigate silos, collaborate, and innovate to deliberately promote and foster a culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Proposal Submission: Faculty and professional staff advisors and campus partners are invited to submit 150 – 250 word abstracts for presentations that address how academic advisors, resource advisors, and academic program advisors can best support our students in inclusive and diverse environments. Submissions should focus on system-wide practices that foster diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Example Presentation topics may include: 

  • Creating an inclusive advising environment
  • Assessing students diverse needs
  • Effective intercultural communication
  • Community engagement
  • Empowering marginalized student
  • Different advising styles for different students
  • The multi-generational workplace
  • Ethical & legal issues
  • Providing accessible resource
  • Self and student advocacy



Previous Conference Themes and Materials

For themes and materials from previous advisors conferences please see below.

Building Bridges: Mind the Gap was the theme for the 2019 conference held on February 15, 2019. Sessions were aimed at equipping advisors to help students navigate potential gaps in knowledge and experiences across all USC campuses. 

2019 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Advising Hacks was the theme for the 2018 conference held on February 16, 2018. The  conference aimed at providing academic advisors with the most essential information related to their position. Attendees  chose two of five tracks. 

2018 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Transfer Transitions was the theme for the 2017 conference held on February 10,2017. The conference focused on providing academic advisors with the knowledge and resources to assist transfer students toward a timely degree completion and included a keynote address by the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Sandra Kelly. 

2017 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Next Generation Advising was the theme for the 2016 conference held on February 19, 2016. The program focused on the students, technology and advising practice required to advise our ever-changing student population.

The program also included comments from our new provost, Dr. Joan Gabel, a keynote address, lunch and breakout sessions to maximize participation by advisors from all campuses.

2016 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Keynote Address: EAB Next Generation Advising by Matt Pellish [pdf]

The Complete Advisor: Putting the Pieces together was the theme for the 2015 conference held on February 13, 2015.

2015 Conference Booklet [pdf]

Appreciative Advising was the theme for the 2014 conference held on February 28, 2014 and included a keynote address:  by Dr. Jenny Bloom on The Appreciative Advising Revolution. 

Poster Session Materials [pdf]

Keynote and Breakout Session Materials [pdf]

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