2019 Mentoring and Advising Summit

March 7, 2019 - 8:30am to 5:00pm

KEYNOTE (9:00 a.m.)


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Concurrent Session Updates:

  • “Mentors as Sources of Cultural Responsiveness for Underrepresented Students at the University of Pittsburgh” (3:15 – 4:15 p.m.) is cancelled.
  • In the printed program, the session “Incorporating Civic Engagement into Advising” (10:30–11:30 a.m.) is missing one of the presenters: Alka Singh, Director of Experiential Learning for the School of Computing and Information.

Agenda Overview

8:30 a.m.

Alumni Hall

9:00 a.m.

Keynote Address: Provost Cudd

9:30 a.m.

Pathways Functionality Overview and Implementation Update
Stephen Wisniewski, Vice Provost for Data and Information

10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions I

11:45 a.m.

Sponsored by PeopleGrove

1:00 p.m.

Plenary: Interactive Panel

2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions II

3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions III

4:15 p.m.

Poster Presentations and Reception

Resource tables:

  • Alumni Association
  • Career Services
  • Civic Pathways
  • Global Hub
  • New Student Orientation
  • Outside the Classroom Curriculum (OCC)
  • Pathways
  • PeopleGrove / Pitt Commons
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Student Success / Office of the Provost
  • Suitable

Throughout the day: Visit the Story Booth to share your mentoring and advising story!

Questions/Topics include:

  1. Student success is______________
  2. As an advisor/mentor, can you reflect on a time that you have helped a student succeed?
  3. Do you have a "teaching story" where, in retrospect, you may have handled a situation with a student differently?
  4. Talk about a resource here at the University that you think is under-utilized.
  5. Please share strategies for giving advice to students. These strategies could be demonstrated successful advice or advice that was not taken by the student.
  6. In your role, how do you impact student success?

Questions? Email yourpitt@pitt.edu 

About the Summit

Join colleagues from across the University of Pittsburgh to explore how we can continue to build a strong culture of diversity in our mentoring and advising work. As we strive to support Pitt’s goal of excellence in education, it is increasingly important that we grow in our capacity to bring together different ideas, critical perspectives, challenges, and ways of life. In this day-long summit, we will discuss innovative approaches to expanding and enhancing our existing structures and processes to better facilitate the mentoring and advising experience for students. We will focus on specific tools, tactics, and techniques that support students to chart clear goals and direction for the future, develop enduring networks of colleagues and mentors, and sustain their pursuit of success after graduation.

Key organizing questions for the Summit:

  • What is the contemporary nature of advising and why is it helpful to think of advising as mentoring and coaching?
  • Who serves in advising and mentoring roles for students on campus? Who do students consider their advisors and mentors?
  • What are the best strategies for mentoring the diverse array of students at Pitt?
  • What does advising look like in the digital age? What are the innovations in this space that could help us get better at what we do?
  • How can a matrix of advisors coordinate efforts to most effectively mentor and support a student?

Why you should attend:

  • Network with colleagues from across the university who mentor, advise, and coach students.
  • Get up-to-date information on topics, trends, and successful strategies currently in use on the various Pitt campuses and nationally.
  • Learn best practices that you can adapt for your program and students.
  • Explore new and emerging technologies that facilitate informed, effective, and efficient mentoring and advising.
  • Share your innovative solutions and strategies with colleagues across the university.