While the Office of the Provost’s Mentoring and Advising Summit: Inclusive Excellence in Mentoring and Advising is taking place virtually this year for the first time, the online format is opening the door to include a broader range of participants than ever before.
Attendees at the fourth annual event, scheduled for Thursday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, will gather to gain insights about building a strong culture of inclusion in mentoring and advising work. More than 800 people—including advisors, mentors, faculty and administrators from more than 40 institutions and organizations across the U.S.— have registered for the event so far.
“In our fourth year, we’ve expanded the summit to include a national context and audience,” said April Belback, director of undergraduate advising and mentoring and chair of the summit. “We’ve been able to connect in new ways and expand the reach of our partnerships. We will be welcoming the Advising Success Network, the National Survey of Student Engagement, the Reinvention Collaborative and many others to explore how to fortify cultures of inclusion in mentoring and advising work. It’s going to be a powerful day.”
Anyone at Pitt who advises, mentors or coaches students—including members of faculty, staff, administration, graduate students and researchers—are encouraged to participate and register to attend.
Agenda highlights include:
- More than 20 breakout session options led by Pitt faculty, staff, researchers and students, organized by tracks and themes;
- A fireside chat with Ann E. Cudd, Pitt provost and senior vice chancellor, and Darris Means, associate professor, from Pitt’s School of Education;
- A roundtable conversation with national experts from the Advising Success Network, highlighting the national conversation on advising and student success;
- Insights from research on the development of a new Academic Advising Topical Module to assess fundamental advising practices in higher education; and
- Numerous opportunities for informal conversation, connection and networking.