The Student Success Office, which currently hosts workshops and a reading group, has expanded and reorganized the workshop series! Introducing the Advisor Learning Network (ALN). ALN will offer a series of workshops each semester organized around different themes. ALN will expand upon the professional development opportunities offered by the Undergraduate Advising Conference. Please click on the box for each group below.
New workshop schedule details are posted below each box.

The Advisor Reading Group provides the opportunity for advisors to read and discuss the most recent literature on student development, trends in higher education and students’ success in order to inform advising practices and programs. Visit the Advisor Reading Group webpage for more information.

Spring 2020: FINANCIAL AID AND ACADEMIC ADVISING *lunch provided*

  • Tuesday, February 18 @ 12:00-1:30pm | 1310B MMH (RSVP)
  • Thursday, March 12 @ 12:00-1:30pm | 1310B MMH (RSVP)
  • - Guest Speaker from Office of Student Financial Aid
  • Thursday, April 16 @ 12:00-1:30pm | 1310B MMH (RSVP)
These three meetings will focus on the following reading materials: Primary: Chapter 2 from Goldrick-Rab, S. (2016). Paying the price: College costs, financial aid, and the betrayal of the American dream. University of Chicago Press. Download available

The Advisor Training Group provides training on electronic systems and policies and practices.


STUDY ABROAD 201 FOR ACADEMIC ADVISORS
Monday, February 10 @ 1:00-2:00pm | 1102 HJP (RSVP here)
Guest Speakers from Education Abroad: Lauren Ruszczyk, Senior Associate Director, Malik Blue, Managing Advisor
This session designed for academic advisors goes beyond the basics and dives deeper into topics in study abroad directly linked to student success: social identity, finances and academic planning for study abroad. The session will include a discussion on how to use the Study Abroad Course Database and Program Search tools on the EA website to help students map a study abroad journey that fits with their 4-year plan.


BEYOND THE BASICS: UNDERSTANDING FOOTNOTES AND THE PERMISSION TO ENROLL (PTE) PROCESS
Wednesday, March 4 @ 11:00-12:00pm | 1310A MMH (RSVP here)
Using tech resources such as SIS' Transfer Course Equivalency Lookup (TCEQ) screen, and Advise on the Web, workshop participants will learn how to interpret transfer course footnotes, and how they impact student records and the Permission to Enroll (PTE) process.

The Hot Topics in Advising Group will serve as an avenue to highlight current issues in higher education.

CARE TO STOP VIOLENCE
Wednesday, February 26 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm | 1310A MMH (RSVP here)
Participants will learn about the primary roles of each department within the CARE Office and how to best refer UMD community members to our Office depending on their needs or areas of interest. Important topics discussed are: what to expect from the free and confidential advocacy and therapy services, understanding and identifying violence, how to handle a disclosure and referral options.


MENTAL HEALTH
Thursday, April 23 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm | 1310A MMH (RSVP here)
College student mental health is continuing to be a growing concern. This discussion will center around this crisis and the impact it has on the campus culture.

The Management Group serves as an avenue to discuss best practices for leadership and team development in higher education administration. This group is primarily focused on the jump from advisor to administrator, but all are welcome to attend.


BUILDING YOUR MANAGERIAL PORTFOLIO: EXPLORING PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN NACADA
Thursday, February 20 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm | 1310A MMH (RSVP here)
Need a boost to reach your professional development goals in 2020? This session will discuss the diverse opportunities available nationally and in our NACADA region for advising professionals, particularly those in managerial roles or who aspire to hold management positions in the future. NACADA Regional team members, Karen Lewis and Phylicia Nance, as well as UMD advising managers will share their personal stories and detailed information about these valuable and enriching experiences. Whether you're interested in advancement or want your skills and knowledge to remain relevant, this informative discussion is for you. Sign up today!


MOCKTAIL HOUR
Wednesday, May 13 @ 12:00 - 1:30pm | 1310A MMH (RSVP here)
Come mix and mingle with other management professionals in advising to share success stories and expand your network. This is a perfect opportunity to engage with colleagues from different departments as you discuss best practices, challenges and even develop new goals. It's also Reading Day, so take a moment to celebrate your professional accomplishments for the year.

The Policy and Practice Group will serve as an avenue to review and update the advising community on existing and new/updated policies on campus.


IMPORTANT LEAVE OF ABSENCE FINANCIAL AID CHANGES
Tuesday, March 3 @ 12:30 - 1:30pm | Maryland Room MMH (RSVP here)
Guest Speaker: Dawit Lemma, Director, Office of Student Financial Aid
Come learn about the changes to the Leave of Absence procedure and how this will affect students with financial aid.

The Terp Restoration Group serves as an avenue to discuss best practices among advisors who work with students who are at risk (e.g. below 2.3 GPA) or are on academic probation.


COLLABORATION WITH TLTC: LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE SERVICES
Thursday, March 5 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm | 1310A MMH (RSVP here)
Guest Speaker: Dr. Kathy Takayama, Executive Director, Teaching & Learning Transformation Center. Dr. Takayama will discuss the TLTC’s Learning and Performance Services, goals/plans for the near future (e.g. piloting workshops, developing online training, etc.) and possible collaboration with the Terp Restoration Group.


DEVELOPING CRITERIA FOR AN EARLY ALERT SYSTEM - PART 1
Friday, April 24 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm | 1310A MMH (RSVP here)
TerpEngage Advising has the capability for an early alert system. This meeting will be dedicated to developing some criteria for this alert for future implementation. This is part one in an ongoing discussion as all of campus will need to agree on the same minimum criteria to trigger the alert. Once finalized, we can bring the criteria to the TerpEngage Advising Steering Committee to discuss a possible implementation in the future.

As a follow up to the 2019 Undergraduate Studies Annual Advising Conference, UGST and ODI have collaborated to provide the UMD advising community with Community Learning Zones to discuss the book that was gifted to everyone during the conference: "What if I Say the Wrong Thing?: 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People" by Vernā Myers.


EMBRACE AND ENGAGE: COMMUNITY LEARNING ZONE - KICK OFF! *lunch provided*
Wednesday, February 12 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm | 1310A MMH (RSVP here)
All folks interested in participating in the Community Learning Zones are welcomed to attend! Food will be provided. We will provide a refresher of the conversations we started during the Advising Conference centered around the Vernā Myers book and discuss how the Community Learning Zones will work.


COMMUNITY LEARNING ZONE MEETINGS: HOSTED EVERY WEEK THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER
Through discussing "What if I Say the Wrong Thing?" participants will have a chance to deepen their knowledge in cultural competency and critical consciousness. Everyone is not expected to share the same knowledge upon beginning the learning communities and a curriculum has been created that allows for various levels of engagement. The goal is for intentional engagement and relationship building. Download curriculum here.


Three groups, each led by different facilitators, discuss the same weekly topics. Based on your convenience, you have the option to attend: morning, lunchtime, or afternoon discussions. If possible, try to stay consistent with the same Community Learning Zone group to build upon conversations and connections! Questions? Email UMDAdvisorEvents@umd.edu

  • Morning Group: Thursdays @ 9:30-10:30am | 2309 ESJ* (RSVP here)
  • Lunchtime Group: Wednesdays @ 12:30-1:30pm | 0123 HBK (RSVP here)
  • Afternoon Group: Thursdays @ 3:00-4:00pm | 0103 HBK (RSVP here

*Morning Group is at this location for all days except March 12th: ESJ Huddle Room 1212

Community Learning Zone Curriculum Schedule Download curriculum here.

Week Date Topics Readings
1 Feb. 26 or 27 Biases Chapters: 1, 2, 6, 13
2 March 4 or 5 Inclusion and Exclusion Chapters: 4, 9, 10, 15
3 March 11 or 12 Microaggressions & Microaffirmations Chapters: 4, 12, 21
4 March 25 or 26 Privilege/ Unearned Advantage Chapters: 8, 20
5 Apr. 1 or 2 Cultural Competence Chapters: 3, 5, 7
6 Apr. 8 or 9 Communication Chapters: 17, 19
7 Apr. 15 or 16 Accountability Chapters: 11, 16, 18, 22
8 Apr. 22 or 23 Continued Learning Chapters: 24, 25


Accessible Entrance for H.J. Patterson: loading dock entrance facing campus drive - there is a chair lift. Upon using it and entering the building, veer to the left and then room 1102 will be immediately to your right.

map of HJ Patterson building

Accessible Entrances for Marie Mount
Map of Marie Mount 1310A or 1310B

1. Accessible Entrance #1: Rear entrance facing Chapel Lane- upon entering the building, veer left and head towards Elevator #2 (you are on Level M, take the elevator to Level L)
2. Accessible Entrance #2: Side entrance facing Skinner Building, near loading dock - upon entering the building, veer right, do not use Elevator #1, turn right down long hallway until you see Elevator #2 (you are on Level 1, take the elevator to Level L)

Maryland Room

3. Accessible Entrance #3: Underneath front entrance stairs facing McKeldin Mall - access via sidewalk on the left side of the stairs. Upon entering the building, at the hallway intersection, turn left, Maryland Room will be immediately in front of you.