Group photo Advisory Committee members
2016 committee (top row left to right): Shannon Hayes, Monique Brown, Michael Brick, Kathryn Weiland, Amanda Bachert, and Jessica Stein.
(bottom row left to right): Ron Padron, Megan Forbes Cleaver, Peter DeCrescenzo, Alicia Thomas, Ebony Fullwood, and Nicole Roop.
(not pictured): Bailey Kier, Kayley McInerney, and Stephanie Ryan.

The theme of this year's conference is, "Fostering an Inclusive Community through Advising."  The theme of this year's conference was chosen to highlight the role advisors play in preparing students to engage the world outside of the University. 


Dr. Kumea Shorter-Gooden is the first Chief Diversity Officer Associate & Vice President at the University of Maryland. She is the co-author of Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, which is a winner of the 2004 American Book Awards. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Shorter-Gooden has presented and published on African American women and identity, psychotherapy with diverse populations, and diversity issues in higher education.

Workshops, panels, guided discussions, or professional development presentations highlighting impactful advising initiatives will provide members of the academic advising community multiple opportunities and examples of how campus offices successfully adapt to new student challenges.   Participants will further explore how members of our campus community can learn from one another for the benefit of the students we advise.