Mentoring & Advising Workshops

Fall 2020 Virtual Workshops

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Join the Office of the Provost as we bring together mentors and advisors around the University in a series of workshops and professional development opportunities to learn about relevant issues.

Taking Care of Yourself First: Advisor Self-Care
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Workshop Recording and Materials
Presented by the University Counseling Center: Ahmed Ghuman, PsyD, MBA, LPC, Associate Director of Strategic Programs and Services, and Cassandra Long, LSW, Psychotherapist, Care Coordinator

Come join us as we explore new ways to engage in self-care. Members of the University Counseling Center will guide participants through a variety of self-care activities, as well as discuss ways to engage in self-care while working from home. This event will provide an opportunity to rebalance, restore, and rejuvenate yourself!  In the words of Maya Angelou, “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” So come join us and learn new ways to take care of yourself! 

Career Champion Program
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Special note:  there is a new Zoom link for today’s presentation: Please use this meeting link and disregard the previous link you received after registering.

Presenters: Karin Asher, Associate Director of the Career Center, Ryan Sweeny, Assistant Director for Career Development and Alyssa Camerota, Career Consultant for Undecided Students

Through the Career Champion program, Pitt’s Career Center aims to educate and empower our faculty and staff partners when having conversations with students about their career plans.  Participants will learn about the career decision-making process, hear best practices for career conversations, and learn about ethical considerations in the field of career services. Pitt’s Career Center recognizes the importance of our faculty and staff partners in the career education process, and this program will establish consistent University-wide messaging around career education for our students.  Participants will receive a certificate of completion and a digital badge to showcase that they are a member of the Career Champion community at Pitt.

Language as an Opportunity Multiplier:
Changing the Language of our Language Advising

Monday, November 9, 2020
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Presenter: Andrew Lotz, Academic Advisor and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

From global and cultural competency to raw earning power in their careers, students--especially incoming and first year students--need to change the way they understand language training. Which means we as their advisors need to think about how we're discussing it. This event will discuss the under-informed ideas about language instruction that students and their families carry (e.g. thinking their high school experience is anything like a college language experience, or that language training takes too much time to fit with other majors or pathways). And then address how we as advisors can structure the way we speak about languages to give students the kind of opportunities they provide: if students don't start early with a language, the big benefits--such as higher lifetime salaries, expanded job options, and taking language training when it comes "free" with tuition--can be lost. 

The session will be broken into three parts, and will feature model student interactions with students, have breakout sessions that will focus on the benefits of language training within four different pathways of careers (medical, industry, public service, and creative), and a hands-on portion at the end where we can practice these things in creative ways to improve our advising practice together. We're planning on a host of voices to join in, not just faculty from across a variety of disciplines, but also students and people in a variety of career paths to talk about the practical value of language in their field. 

Virtual Lunch and Learns:
Creating an Advising Community Series

Join us for “hot topic” sessions and to discuss practical ways to approach our advising and mentoring practice. Each session will be lead by a member of the advising and mentoring community at Pitt. A few days before the session, we will send questions and ideas to get the discussion started.

Holistic and Intrusive Advising Approaches for Student Retention
Friday, October 9, 2020
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Discussion Leads: Michael Farabaugh, Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes and April Belback, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring
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Virtual Advising Strategies: What We Learned the Fall 2020 Semester
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Discussion Lead: Jessica Wandelt, Lecturer II & Academic Advisor, Department of Biological Sciences
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Do you have an idea for a virtual lunch and learn session? Would you like to be a discussion lead? Email!