Mentoring & Advising Workshops

Spring 2021 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.

January is Mentoring Month!
Don’t forget to encourage your students (and yourself) to join Pitt Commons.

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

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
3-5 p.m.
Presented by 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. This means we, as their advisors, need to think about how we're discussing it. This workshop will discuss the underinformed ideas about language instruction that students and their families carry (e.g., their high school language experience is comparable to a college language experience, or language training takes too much time to fit with other majors or pathways). Then we will address how we, as advisors, can structure the way we speak about languages to give students the kind of opportunities that languages 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, 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, including faculty, students and people in a variety of career paths to talk about the practical value of language in their field.

Financial Wellness and Services: Referrals and Information for Advisors and Mentors
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
3-4 p.m.
Presented by Joel Philstin, Director, Financial Wellness Program and Janet McLaughlin, Assistant Director of Financial Aid Services

Financial Wellness is a growing concern in higher education. From coverage on the student loan debt crisis, to reports on students struggling to pay their basic educational charges, students are constantly confronted with financial decisions and need more information on financial resources. Join us to discuss how the Financial Aid Wellness Center and the newly created Financial Wellness Program are helping to provide more financial information and creating programs to better inform and assist students for both short-term and long-time financial success.

2021 Mentoring and Advising Summit: Inclusive Excellence in Mentoring and Advising
Thursday, March 11, 2021
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Career Champion Program
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
1-3 p.m.
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. Note: This is a 2-hour training, and participants should commit to the full training time to receive all the content.

Pitt Mentoring and Advising Community Circles

The Mentoring and Advising Community Circles (PMACC) are groups of undergraduate mentors and advisors across Pitt who share a common interest or experience. The goal of the PMACCs is to build professional networks, communities and knowledge around a common interest or experience in advising and mentoring undergraduate students.  Each PMACC also has a specific goal statement in relation to that community's interest or experience.  

Join us in the Spring 2021 semester as we launch four PMACCs!

Learn more and sign up for an upcoming PMACC meeting