This Week’s Trainings

Hi All,

We are in our last two weeks of training for the fall offerings. This week we have:

Tuesday, September 26th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Title: Data Literacy Advisors (1 AEU)

Presenter: Wade Oliver, Director of the Office of University Advising

Description: This session introduces what it means to be data literate and why it is important for higher education professionals to understand and use data. Specific topics will include determining what data is appropriate to use for a particular purpose, interpreting data visualizations such as graphs and charts, thinking critically about information that comes from data analysis, and an introduction to data analytics tools. We will conclude with a short discussion regarding the current movement among higher education institutions, like Utah Valley University, to recognize the impactful role advisors and other professionals can play to improve student success through the use of data.

Wednesday, September 27th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Title: The Seven Vectors: Chickering’s Theory of Identify Development (1 AEU)

Presenter: Melanee Wilson, Advisor Training and Development Coordinator

Description: For this presentation, we will look at an early exploration of student development theory based on the research and scholarship of Arthur Chickering. We will discuss the Seven Vectors or tasks of Identity Development and consider what this means for us as advisors, how this affects our work in higher education, and the impact this has on our work with students.

Thursday, September 28th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Title: Cultural Competence in Academic Advising (1 AEU)

Presenter: Lisa Giguere, Academic Advisor in the Woodbury School of Business

Description: We live in a multicultural world that requires we change our practices to become practitioners who connect with all students we work with. Academic advisors no longer have the option of working solely with students who share the same worldview, cultural norms, or even language. Drawing upon the NACADA Pocket Guide: Cultural Competence in Academic Advising: Skills for Working Effectively Across Cultures by Luiza Melo Dreasher, this session will help advisors learn to understand and appreciate the value of diversity. Topics addressed include culture and its role in framing our behavior, cultural differences that may impact the advising relationship, a three-step approach to cultural competence in advising, and the D-I-E Framework.

If you have any questions, please let me know.



Melanee Wilson

Advisor Training and Development Coordinator

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