Mentoring & Advising Workshops

Pitt ACT Competency Series 

Have you taken advantage of the Pitt ACT Program: Advising and Mentoring Foundations Training? This online program provides standard resources for all advisors and mentors across the University. At Pitt, we are committed to helping advisors and mentors build networks, grow in the profession, refine skills, and advance professional development. 

This semester, we will continue the Pitt ACT Competency Series that was launched in Fall 2021. The Pitt ACT modules were developed based on competency areas identified by the Workgroup on Advising Training and on the NACADA core competency model.

We are now offering a workshop series that aligns with the competencies where you can learn more about a specific topic and gather with fellow advisors and mentors in discussion. You do not have to be enrolled in the program to take advantage of the workshops. 

Pitt ACT Competencies:  

  • One: Advising at Pitt
  • Two: University Policy and Procedures 
  • Three: Academic Programs and Requirements 
  • Four: Technology for Student Success 
  • Five: Campus Resources 
  • Six: Advising Profession and Practice 


Fall 2022 Mentoring and Advising Workshop Offerings

Engaging Students Utilizing Interdisciplinary Transcript Distinctions & Catalog of Opportunities
September 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.

Pitt Act Competency Three: Academic Programs and Requirements
Pitt Act Competency Four: Technology for Student Success 

Abstract: Pitt has launched a new class of credential—a “distinction”—that incorporates a curated, synergistic combination of curricular and experiential learning activities that support a student’s growth and development in particular interdisciplinary areas. Students participate in a sequence of courses (6-9 credit hours) that are then blended with high impact activities outside the classroom. In this way, students learn to translate their knowledge into practical applications and are prepared to communicate these experiences to a broad audience. This session will offer exploration of the four distinction offerings for students and tracking mechanisms for distinction progress and completion through the Catalog of Opportunities, powered by Suitable.

Presenters: Jen Marco and April Belback

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Advisement and Enrollment Tools in PeopleSoft/HighPoint CX 
September 27, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.
Pitt Act Competency Two: University Policy and Procedures
Pitt Act Competency Four: Technology for Student Success

Abstract: In this session we will provide an overview of enrollment and advisement tools in the PeopleSoft/CX Student Information System from both the student and advisor perspectives. 

Presenters: Christopher Coat and Andrea Tryon

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Understanding the Unique Path of an International Student
November 1, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Pitt Act Competency Five: Campus Resources

Abstract: International students face obstacles in their educational journey, beginning even prior to the application process. This workshop will describe the unique challenges inherent in the international student path, including visa regulations, restrictions on their stay in the U.S., and cultural adjustments necessary for success. This session will include case studies and discussion about the resources available on campus, with plenty of time reserved for Q&A.

Presenters: Kati Von Lehman

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Student Experience Initiative: Discovery Findings and ATTAIN Student Engagement Dashboard
November 8, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

Pitt Act Competency Five: Campus Resources

Abstract: The Student Experience Initiative (SEI), which aims to document the student journey and understand what information students need, when they need it, and how they get it, is concluding its discovery phases and ready to share findings.  Synthesizing interview data from focus groups of students, their parents and guardians, and over 150 subject matter and area experts across the University, the SEI project team’s findings are essential to informing conversations with and around the student journey.  This session will recount the team’s findings and share areas of opportunity for improving the student journey. 

Presenters: Jen Marco and Jennifer Decima

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An Introduction to Pitt’s Strada Grant Initiative: Career Ready Approaches in the Classroom and Beyond
November 30, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

Pitt Act Competency Five: Campus Resources

Abstract: In this workshop, we will provide a background on Pitt’s Strada grant, where we seek to eliminate racial and socioeconomic disparities in employment outcomes for Pitt’s students and graduates by integrating career advising into our existing student support services and programs.  We will walk through some data that informed the initiative and offer a few strategies that you, as faculty and staff, can do with your students right now to help them be more career-ready. 

Presenters: Karin Asher and Jennifer Cooper

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