22nd Annual Undergraduate Studies Advising Conference

The theme of the conference highlights the role advisors play in preparing students to engage the world outside of the University. The conference will focus on impactful advising initiatives that provide the academic advisors with multiple opportunities and examples of how campus offices successfully adapt to new student challenges. Participants will explore how our campus advising community can learn from one another to benefit the students we advise. The conference includes breakout sessions, workshops, panels, guided discussions, and professional development presentations.

The conference will take place from 9am-4:30pm on Tuesday, August 15th. The conference events will be held in STAMP Student Union.

2017 Keynote Speaker

Sharon Fries-BrittDr. Sharon Fries-Britt is a Professor of Higher Education in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research examines the experiences of high achieving Blacks in higher education and underrepresented minorities (URMs) in STEM fields. A secondary line of research examines the experiences of underrepresented faculty in higher education.

For her leadership, mentorship and research she has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Mentoring Award, the first recipient of the University of Maryland Woman of Color Award; the University of Maryland Faculty Achievement Award, President’s Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues and the Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education’s Outstanding Faculty Award.

Advising Conference Schedule

Tuesday, August 15, 2017,
Stamp Student Union

8:30am-9:00am: Registration Breakfast
8:30am-9:15am: Coffee Talk Networking Breakfast
9:15am-10:30am: Welcome Keynote Address
10:40am-11:30am: Breakout Session 1
11:30am-12:45pm: Luncheon Presentation of Advising Awards and Address
12:55pm-1:45pm: Breakout Session 2
1:55pm-2:45pm: Breakout Session 3
2:45pm-3:05pm: Afternoon Snack
3:15pm-4:05pm: Breakout Session 4

2016 Advisor of the Year Awards

Fitzgerald WalkerStaff Advisor of the Year
Neruh Ramirez, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ian WhiteFaculty Advisor of the Year
Elsa Barkley Brown, Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies

Chynna ObanaGraduate Assistant Advisor of the Year
Sara Berkowitz, Graduate Assistant for Department of Art History and Archeology

Call for Proposals

The deadline to submit a proposal will be Friday June 2nd, 2017. Shortly after the submission deadline, we will begin the review process of all proposals. You will be notified by email of the results in early July.

We are extremely excited for this year's conference and look forward to seeing you there!