Advancing Practice

Summer 2020 - All Summer programs are offered via Zoom

(Zoom link is available in event descriptions on bCal)

Center for Support & Intervention: Supporting Students in Distress

Wednesday, July 15 10:30-12:00 RSVP.

In this session tailored to student-facing staff and faculty, learn about the Center for Support and Intervention's campus community prevention initiatives, how to recognize indicators of distress in students, and about how to refer students to key campus resources. For situations that are more intense or concerning, learn how CSI can provide additional insight, consultation, and direct assistance to you and to our students. This session will be recorded.


  • Alfred Day, Associate Dean of Students and Director
  • James Kato, Assistant Director
  • Aly Jarocki, Violence Prevention & Education Program Coordinator  
  • Hailey Lopez, Case Manager
  • Noah Henry-Darwish, Case Manager
  • Shannon Lee ‘21, Student Coordinator for Bears That CARE

    Please submit your questions here (you must be logged into CalNet). For other concerns about this training, feel free to contact us at

    The Center for Support and Intervention (CSI) is an office that, in addition to leading bystander intervention education and other prevention work for the campus, supports students who are experiencing distress and helps manage the impact of this distress on their well-being, academic success, and the community. Case managers work with students, staff, and faculty to help coordinate the community of care and support network that exists between campus and community resources. Read more at our website, and for more specific information related to this training, feel free to review the university's Gold Folder resource in advance.

Residential Life UNPLUGGED

Friday, July 24, 9:00-10:00am RSVP.

Join us for a candid conversation with the Residential Life Executive Team responsible for the residential student experience. The goal is for participants to become aware of current issues that face today's residential student population living in our undergraduate and graduate/family spaces. Find out how we are attempting to serve this complex and diverse population especially around the challenges of CoVid19 and Anti-Blackness. Bring your popcorn and learn what really happens in ResLife. Q&A period included. This session will be recorded.


  • Dr. Glenn DeGuzman, Associate Dean of Students & Director of Residential Life


  • Amber Ulmer, Associate Director of Residential Conduct & Community Standards
  • Dr. Jaqui Thomas, Assistant Director for Assessment and Academic Success
  • Jen Siecienski, Associate Director of Graduate and Family Living
  • Zan Tansey, Associate Director of Undergraduate Student Residential Life

Building Transfer Student Community in an Online Environment

Monday, July 27, 10:00-10:45am RSVP.

Join campus experts and a panel of students for a discussion about how to facilitate community-building for incoming transfer students in our current remote learning environment.  We will focus on a few specific programs and practices so you have ideas for concrete steps to take to welcome your transfer students to campus and get them started building their community at Cal.

  • Lorena Valdez is the Director of the Transfer Student Center in the Centers for Educational Equity and Excellence
  • Michele Rabkin is the Associate Director for Berkeley Connect
  • Tiffany Reardon (Associate Director for Engineering Excellence Programs) will facilitate

This session will be recorded. Co-hosted by the Transfer Student Success Community of Practice.. 


Every other Friday, 10-11:00am. RSVP.

Does any of the following sound familiar? You were navigating all of the logistics of working remotely and supporting students virtually when suddenly.... you became responsible for 24/7 childcare and managing your kids' education as well. Now you are trying to meet with students on-line and participate in Zoom meetings while SIMULTANEOUSLY feeding your kids lunch, handling screaming babies, breaking up fights, and/or overseeing home schooling. 

Are you tearing your hair out yet?? Would you like to connect with others in our student services community who can relate? Join this one-hour session to take a break, check-in, and share your tips and tricks for managing this new reality. Come once or come often, as your schedule allows. Competency areas: Relational and Personal.


Past SU20 Workshops:

Mindfulness, Well-Being, and Self-Care for our Student Services Community. Link to workshop recording. 

Tuesday, May 19, 10-11:30am.

Presenter:  Dacher Keltner, UC Berkeley Professor of Psychology; Director, Berkeley Social Interaction Laboratory; Faculty Director, Greater Good Science Center

Meet UC Berkeley Professor Dacher Keltner, who is the Faculty Director of the Greater Good Science Center and a leading researcher in the field of emotion and well-being. In this time of uncertainty and upheaval, we in the field of student services are being called upon to support students in new ways, while at the same time we are challenged by our own unexpected levels of stress and anxiety. Moreover, people of color and low-income people are being hit hard by the pandemic, throwing into sharp relief racial divisions and income inequality. How does this reality impact our work? In this Advancing Practice session, we will learn together about:

  • Self-compassion, acceptance, awe and reverence, and how these qualities can support our own self-care,

  • Practical ways we can help ourselves build resilience,

  • Our cultural context regarding equity and well-being.

We hope you’ll walk away from this session feeling motivated and empowered for better self-care so you can better support both yourself and your students.

Basic Needs Update: What have we learned from COVID-19? Link to workshop recording.

Monday, June 1, 10-11:00am

Presenters: Kiyoko Thomas, Basic Needs Manager, Ruben Canedo, Basic Needs Committee Chair, and others

During SP20, many students struggled with finding adequate housing and food, health/medical care, and basic technology. Even before COVID-19, many students in our community were in crisis. The pandemic exacerbated their situation and brought additional students into crisis. What have we learned from this semester and how can the campus incorporate these lessons for the future?

Learn how the Basic Needs Center responded to this crisis by launching the COVID-19 Student Relief Circle, a central entry-point portal for students. The effort is a collaboration between the Basic Needs Center, Centers for Educational Equity & Excellence (CE3), Disabled Students’ Program, Financial Aid & Scholarships Office, Graduate Assembly, Graduate Division, Grassroots Mutual Aid Providers, Student Advocate’s Office, and the Student Technology Fund. 

This workshop is for staff and instructors and is co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Academic Innovation Studio, and Advising Matters

If you or someone you know has financial resources or has networks that can give to these efforts, there are two funds available:

  • Basic Needs Center @ : supports emergency rental assistance/eviction prevention, emergency food awards, and students in basic needs crisis including health/medical. 

  • Financial Aid & Scholarships Office @ UCB FASO COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund : supports relocation expenses related to COVID-19, wage loss from off-campus employers, and technology needs. 

Updates re Basic Needs efforts and resources.

Community Conversations: Exploring Equity-Oriented Academic Coaching. Link to workshop recording. 

Thursday, June 4, 10:00-11:30am

Moderator: Marissa Valdez Reynoso, Director, Student Organization Advising & Leadership Development; LEAD Center Associate Director 

Alicia Mandac, Assistant Director, Economics Undergraduate Student Services
Jan Carmelo Bautista, EOP Degree Completion Counselor
Amy Azuma, L&S College Advisor
Andrew Estrada Phuong, Chancellor's Fellow, Consultant, Program Developer, and Head Graduate Student Instructor, PhD student in the College of Education

The Cal Coaching Network (CCN) and Advancing Practice invite you to this community conversation on equity-oriented academic coaching. We’ll explore definitions and models together, as well as how coaching can positively impact belonging and equity at UCB. You’ll hear stories and personal experiences from colleagues who are blending coaching and advising in their work with students, and you’ll leave the session with resources and next steps to enhance your own academic coaching skills. 

Appreciations and Updates for Our Student Services Community Link to session recording. 

Monday, June 8, 10:00-11:15am

Please join us for this very special student services community event with Chancellor Carol Christ, EVCP Paul Alivisatos, VC Cathy Koshland, VC Steve Sutton, VC Oscar Dubon, Vice Provost and Dean Lisa Garcia Bedolla, and Academic Senate Chair Oliver O’Reilly. Let's come together as a community to mark the end of the semester and to take a moment to reflect on all we have accomplished together. We will also provide updates on what we know about the Fall 2020 semester. 

Please submit your questions for our speakers in advance here.

Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood? Link to workshop recording

Thursday, June 18, 10-11am

This month's student services community interview features Shirley Ly (Student Learning Center) and David Vera (Financial Aid Office). 

Shirley Ly is a Science Program Coordinator at the Student Learning Center. After earning her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UC Davis, Shirley served in healthcare, biotech, and higher education. In 2017, she joined the SLC team at UC Berkeley, where she channels her passions for science and learning every day to enrich the community of budding scientists at Cal. Shirley is pursuing an M.Ed. in Science Curriculum and Instruction while working full time.

David Vera has been at Cal since 2013. David started his higher education career as a work-study student in 2005 and became a full-time financial aid counselor in 2008. Although he has a bachelor's in child development, David decided to pursue a master’s degree in higher education administration at Santa Clara University. Last year, David earned a doctoral degree in higher ed leadership and hopes that one day he will become a director in financial aid or student services.

Join our Berkeley advising and student services community and get know one another better! Each month we will host a dynamic duo via an "Inside the Actor's Studio" style interview. The exchange will cover personal background, work, and information about each staff member's unit. It's like a fireside chat or a networking lunch. Without the fire and food, but holding the warmth. The session will be moderated by Tim Cahill and Cassandra Dunn and will be recorded.

Supporting Undocumented Students post SCOTUS Ruling on DACA. Link to session recording. 

Wednesday, July 1, 1:00-2:15pm.

Join our Undocumented Student Program staff as we provide an overview of the June 18th Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruling on DACA, and learn how we can collectively move forward by sharing and implementing best practices in efforts to support our undocumented students. The session will be recorded. 

Read: Supreme Court bars Trump from ending DACA — what it means for California ‘Dreamers’

Fall 2020 Enrollment Updates for Student Services Staff. Link to session recording.

Monday, July 6, 11:00am-12:00pm

Presenters: UC Berkeley Office of the Registrar staff

Please join us for a presentation about the upcoming Fall 2020 enrollment period in light of Berkeley’s plans to offer in-person and remote classes to students in the Fall. We will review decisions that have been made, how to use the class schedule to find classes, new terminology, and document any issues that still need follow-up. The session will be recorded.

For immediate information as it is released, please see the Instruction FAQ:


SP20 Workshops:

COVID-19: Supporting Ourselves and Our Students. Link to workshop video.

Monday, March 30, 10-11:00am

Workshop Presenter: Aaron S. Cohen, PhD, Counseling and Psychological Services

Please join CAPS Psychologist Dr. Aaron Cohen for this webinar and discussion. Let’s join together as a community to think about how we can help our students and take care of ourselves during these unprecedented times. Competency areas: Relational and Personal.

Best Practices for the COVID-19 Era: Paperless Advising in Data Science. Link to workshop video.

Thursday, April 2, 10-11:00am

Workshop Presenters: Director of Advising Laura Imai and Advisor Marjorie Ensor

When the new Data Science major was approved in 2018, an advising team was brought on board to serve a large and diverse student population with no existing advising services in place. At the onset, the Data Science Advising team made a commitment to capitalize on this opportunity by implementing (and in many cases innovating and streamlining established practices) policies and procedures to better serve new majors. 

By taking advantage of existing tools in Google Suite, we were able to implement fully online procedures without any technical expertise, software development or membership fees. In this online webinar, we will share some of the lessons learned from setting up a paperless office, and walk through how we use Google Suite to manage the following procedures:

  • an online student declaration process for the major and minor, including double majors and simultaneous degrees

  • an online student petition process for course substitution/exception requests

  • an online drop-in advising queue for students to sign up for same-day advising

Please join us and learn how these tools and procedures might work for you in today's virtual advising environment!  Competency areas: Technological, Informational.

Career Planning Strategies to Support Students During COVID-19. Link to workshop video.

Monday, April 6, 10-11:00am

Join Larry Jackson and Santina Pitcher from the Career Center to learn about resources and strategies to share with your students who are looking for internships, jobs, and/or applying to grad schools. We'll also provide a link to an indexed resource that you can bookmark and reference in your own conversations. Competency areas: Informational.

SP20 Undergraduate Grading Option Policy Updates. Link to workshop video.

Wednesday, April 8, 10-11:00am

Presenters: Rebecca Sablo (Associate Registrar), Susan Hagstrom (Manager of Advising Strategy and Training), Susan Cass (Manager, Central Evaluation Unit), and additional OR staff.

Please join us for a presentation about the spring semester grading option policy developed in response to COVID-19 and how this policy impacts other policies, procedures, and systems across campus. We will review decisions that have been made thus far and document any issues that still need follow-up. 

Note that the information shared during this session will be geared towards student services staff working with undergraduate students. Competency areas: Informational.

Summer Sessions & Study Abroad Updates. Link to workshop video.

Monday, April 13, 10-11:00am.

Please join us for an update on changes to summer session and study abroad programs that have resulted from the SP20 COVID-19 situation. The following presenters will be available to answer your questions:

  • Rick Russo, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean, Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning
  • Amber Dillon, International Academic Specialist & Dual Degree Programs Coordinator 
  • Barbara Tassielli, Assistant Director of Advising - Independent Programs
  • Deb Scher, Project Analyst
  • Jess Bauer, Deputy Director of Summer Sessions
  • Justin Oliver, New Student and Pre-College Programs Administrator
  • Michelle Dylla, Student Services Supervisor

Competency areas: Informational.

Social Change Roles in Times of Crisis, a Virtual Reflection

Tuesday, April 21, 10-11:00am.

Presenters: Staff from the Public Service Center and special guest Deepa Iyer from the Center for Social Inclusion

Social change occurs within an ecosystem of actors taking on various roles. In times of crisis we may find ourselves taking on familiar roles or being called to step into new ones. This conversation, guided by a model developed by Deepa Iyer, at the Center for Social Inclusion, will provide an opportunity to reflect on where we are with regards to "acting" in this moment, share the various social change roles that typically exist within the larger ecosystem of people working towards justice, equity, and inclusion, and discuss how we might stretch and grow in this moment. Students are welcome to participate in this session. Competency areas: ConceptualRelational and Personal.

To get the most out of this workshop, please fill out this reflection tool in advance: and review this handout:

Co-sponsored by the Public Service Center.

Understanding the CE3 Student Experience During COVID-19.

Workshop TranscriptEvent video by Lu Ramirez Martinez, CE3 student videographer.

Zoom recording.

Featuring student leaders from the Centers for Educational Equity & Excellence (CE3)
Wednesday April 29, 2-3:00pm.

The pandemic presents a disparate impact on significant numbers of our CE3 students who depend on our university for basic needs — food, housing, financial aid, etc. How are low-income and historically underrepresented students navigating their lives now that campus is virtual? Please join us for this very special opportunity to hear directly from our CE3 student leaders. Through the medium of personal stories, we hope you will gain a deeper understanding of the lived experiences of CE3 students, as well as the complicated impact of COVID-19 on students' day-to-day life. This session will be recorded. Competency areas: Relational, ConceptualInformational and Personal.

Moderators: Marilyn DeGarcia, Academic Counselor, Educational Opportunity Program and Andrew Henry, Academic Achievement Counselor, Transfer Student Center.


Difficult Decisions link to workshop video.

Friday, May 1, 1-2:30pm

As this unprecedented semester nears its end, our students are facing very challenging decisions, in addition to navigating complex issues around family, basic needs, well-being, and academics. We are being called upon to assist students through these difficult decisions which are unlike any we have faced before. Please join us as we think together as a community about how best to support our students. We will grapple with some challenging student scenarios and learn from each other and our panel of campus colleagues. This session will be recorded. Competency areas: RelationalConceptualInformational and Personal

Moderator: Jan Carmelo Bautista, Degree Completion Counselor, Educational Opportunity Program


  • Jennifer Ochoa, Undergraduate Major Advisor, Department of Psychology 
  • Yuki Burton, Assistant Director, Educational Opportunity Program 
  • Claytie Davis, Interim Director, Counseling and Psychological Services 
  • Chaniqua Butscher, College Advisor, College of Engineering

Who Are the People In Your Neighborhood? Link to workshop recording

Tuesday, May 12, 2-3pm

Our inaugural student services community interview features Heidi Yu, Career Center, and Tomie Lenear, Student Parent Center, who will interview each other.

Tomie Lenear is the Program Coordinator for the Student Parent Center, serving our community of students who are also parents, of which he is a class of 2014 alum. Born and raised in Oakland Ca he channeled his childhood challenges towards Bay Area Hip Hop culture and media, before entering Cal. From an on-air personality with several popular media outlets, to independent recording artist (formerly of The Coup) his breakout moment came when he joined controversial political rap record label Guerrilla Funk Recordings, under the stage name T - K.A.S.H. After a sobering 08' economic recession, he reverted back to a life that prioritizes faith, fatherhood, and the value of a college education. Between his current role and his time as an undergraduate, Tomie has been at UC Berkeley for almost a decade. 

Heidi Yu is part of the L&S Career Counseling Team at the Career Center, and she is excited to work with L&S students because she remembers being an English Literature major from Barnard who had no clue what to do with her degree. After a winding path of temp jobs, teaching abroad in Korea, getting an MSW degree, and working in nonprofits and higher education, Heidi decided to make the leap to move to the West Coast to grow as a person and professional and feels fortunate to land roles first at Portland State University, then at San Francisco State University, and finally at UC Berkeley. 

Join our Berkeley advising and student services community and get know one another better! Each month we will host a duo who will interview each other in an "Inside the Actor's Studio" style. The exchange will cover personal background, work, and information about each staff member's unit. It's like a fireside chat or a networking lunch. Without the fire and food, but holding the warmth. This session will be recorded.

Student Services Socials: Community & Connection in the Era of Social Distancing

Bring your own coffee and donuts, your kids, and your pets. Meet new colleagues, reduce isolation, share ideas, and have fun! Special outfits are highly encouraged but not required. Competency areas: Relational and Personal.

Thursday, March 26, 10-11:00am Co-hosted by Isela Peña-Rager (L&S Advising) and Marissa Reynoso (LEAD Center).

Tuesday, March 31, 2-3:00pm Co-hosted by Anay Martinez (L&S Advising) and Jenny Cornet-Carrillo (Berkeley International Study Program).

Thursday, April 9, 10-11:00am Co-hosted by Tim Cahill (L&S Advising) and Al Day (Dean of Students office).

Tuesday, April 14, 2-3:00pm Co-hosted by Jessie Rosales (L&S Advising) and Alberto Ledesma (Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity--Division of Arts and Humanities).

Thursday, April 23, 10-11:00am Co-hosted by Amy Azuma (L&S Advising) and Meredith McCall (Athletic Study Center).

Tuesday, April 28, 2-3:00pm Co-hosted by Ken Mahru (English Dept grad advising) and Lauren Cooper (UC Berkeley Extension International Programs).

Thursday, May 7, 10-11:00am Co-hosted by Alyssa Panyawai, Clinical Social Worker at Counseling and Psychological Services, and Phuong Tang, L&S College Advisor.



Fall 2018

10/5 Friday 

competency area: Conceptual and Personal

2:30 - 3:15 pm Shape Shifter: Adaptability and the Future of Advising with Elizabeth Wilcox  

3:30 - 5:00 pm The Future of Advising, a PechaKucha featuring 

     Isela Pena-Rager - Advising as a Profession

     Chetan Chowdhry - Advising and Teaching & Learning

     Elizabeth Storer - Advising, Social Media & other New Platforms

     Omar Ramirez - Advising as Transformative

     Amy Azuma - Advisors as Thought Leaders

     Zachary Chestnut - Advising and Assessment

     Heidi Church - Advising and Technology

     Closing: Fast Forwarding the Future

 Social to follow at the Bair's Lair

 If you are able, prep for this session by reading this article Envisioning the Future

10/19 Friday 

competency area: Relational

2:30 - 3:30 Fraud Alert: Identifying and Addressing Impostor Syndrome with Amy Honigman, Sr. Clinical Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services with an Introduction by Margie Winn 

3:45 - 4: 45 The College of Wellness with Ricky Vides

11/1  Thursday 

competency area: Informational and Relational

2:30 - 3:00 pm All Things Financial: An Update from Financial Aid with Cruz Grimaldo and Nicole Hill 

Best of the Best: Encore Performance of the NACADA Region 9 Best of Conference Presentation

3:15 - 4:30 Minor Setback for a Major Comeback: Rising Strong Above Academic Probation with B. Yuki Burton, Angel Klyce and Miguel Eamiguel 

Social to follow at the Bair's Lair

11/30 Friday 

competency area: Conceptual and Relational

3:00 - 3:30 Disruptive Advising & the e-portfolio with Elizabeth Wilcox

3:45 - 4:45 The Inflexible Student with Elizabeth Wilcox 

 Save the date 12/12 for our end of the year celebration and awards ceremony

Summer 2018

# Do You Follow? Meaningful Communication Strategies Through Modern Technologies with Elizabeth Storer and Kimberly Cattarusa

Techno-Advising: Reach, Simplify & Expand with Diana Lizarraga

Cal Answers Data Activism: Using Student Data to Plan & Influence with Sereeta Alexander, Noam Manor, & Andrew Eppig

Spring 2018

Body, Mind & Heart: A Learning & Wellness Event Especially for you on Valentines Day

February 14, 2018 Seaborg Room, Faculty Club

A Multiple Competencies Event (Institutional, Conceptual, Personal)

2:00-2:30 Supporting Pre-Health Students: New Advising Resources (I)

Santina Pitcher, Assistant Director Counseling & Programs, Career Center & Carina Galicia, Assistant Director or Student Services, Biosciences Divisional Services

Much work is being done to create new and better resources for our pre-health students. Santina and Carina will provide a comprehensive overview of the many new tools they are creating to help our lower division students find their way toward pre-health majors and beyond.

2:30-3:00 Neurovisor: How Brain Science Can Improve Your Advising (C)

Elizabeth Wilcox, Sr. Consultant for Advising

Advances in brain science are shedding new light on best conditions for learning. Join this session to find out how you can adapt your advising to help reinforce these important conditions when you interact with students.

3:00-4:30 Getting to the Heart of the Matter: An Opportunity to Rejuvenate through Inward Focus (P)

An experiential workshop led by Alicia Mandac, College Adviser, College of Letters and Science (and almost certified Yoga Instructor) that focuses on caring for ourselves from the inside out. Learn how tuning into our mind, bodies, and spirit can allow us to show up for our students and those we care for. This workshop involves some light physical movement, please wear comfortable clothes.

4:30-6:00 p.m. Networking and Social (with hey, what else? Cookies & bubbly)

(We will also be doing an early demo of our new onboarding and resource library for advisors new to the UC Berkeley campus – NewBE at the social. Trust us – You’re going to love it!)


November 17 - End of the Semester Special Event - NACADA Best of the Best with Jazzie Murphy and Christina Teller with social to follow

Fall 2017

Failure 101: When Dreams Seem Crushed with the Stanford Resilience Project

Adina Glickman and Alice Petty, Stanford University
August 1 |10:30-noon - Special Program | Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Failure, though we try at all costs to avoid it, is actually essential to learning, growth and discovery. Adina and Alice will be leading this interactive session to help us help ourselves and others grow from  setbacks and bounce back with grace and dignity.

We Need to Talk: Courageous Conversations with Isela Pena-Rager, Bradley Jong and Dr. Jung Yi

August 9 | 9-10:30 am |150 University Hall

Ever had a difficult conversation with a student? If you're part of the Cal advising community, the answer is mostly likely "Yes!" 

The We Need to Talk team has been offering workshops for staff and faculty based on the culturally-affirming Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach to focus on how each of us respond to students during challenging exchanges and unexpected events. Advisors will practice how to use a CBT thought record to increase awareness of their automatic (and completely normal) negative thoughts and become increasingly skillful at offering themselves more balanced thoughts that can lead to more helpful actions. 

My Most Challenging Case, Facilitated by Associate Campus Counsel David M. Robinson

September 6 |10:30 am-noon | Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Inflexible, angry, resistant, dependent, unsure, hostile, seeking or possibly unsafe? Sound like a challenging case you've had recently? Join us for this workshop where we will apply "group-think" to approaching some really complicated and delicate "real" cases. We will review our legal and ethical responsibilities and discuss how you can create and extend the critical support networks you need to handle the unexpected. 

Please provide your most challenging cases for group discussion at this workshop to Elizabeth Wilcox by September 1st.

Life After Advising: Portfolio Development with Emerald Templeton

September 13, 9:00-10:30 150 University Hall

It's not just about your resume and LinkedIn profile anymore. Professional porfolios are becoming more common and can help set you apart during performance evaluations and during your next job search. Emerald will help you get yours started.

Life After Advising: Improving Your LinkedIn Profile with Kimberly Cattarusa

September 20, 9:00-10:30 150 University Hall

Know the difference between a resume and LinkIn profile? Kim will give you insider knowledge on how to create a memorable profile with maximum professional benefit.

The Promise of Berkeley: The Berkeley Underground Scholars Program with Violeta Alvarez and founder Danny Murillo

September 21 | 10:30am-noon | Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

The Underground Scholars creates a pathway for formerly incarcerated and system impacted individuals into higher education. We are building a prison-to-school pipeline through recruitment, retention, and advocacy. Our continued success directly challenges the stigmas associated with our population. Get to know us...

Cross-College Best Practice: Approaches to New Advisor On-boarding 

October 2 | Please note - Time and location change - 9:00-10:30am - 24 University Hall

Join us as we unveil our new on-boarding program for incoming advisors. Also, hear about how this program will compliment existing "best practice" training and on-boarding approaches in the Schools and Colleges.

Advising for Change with Paige Lee, Aaron Cohen and Alicia Mandac

October 10 | 9:00-10:30am | 150 University Hall

Students often need to change behaviors and ways of thinking in order to perform their best. Join this dynamic team to understand how you can coach students through challenges and tough transitions. Many techniques used in motivational interviewing can also be applied to advising settings. Join us to find out how through case study and in-session practice.

Business Process Analysis for Advisors with Kathy Mendonca and Delia Clark

October 17 |Special half-day program, 9:00am-noon |24 University Hall

Stay-tuned for more Life After Advising career mobility workshops (developing your LinkedIN profile, cover letter and portfolio development).

Did SIS throw your processes for a loop? Delia and Kathy will help you address this disruption by introducing you to the basics of process analysis. With the tips and tools they provide you should be able to streamline and strengthen many of your core administrative functions. 

Navigating Power Differentials with Professor Maura Nolan


New Network Community Opportunities: Announcing a special opportunity - We are making time for advisor led workshops and discussion on current topics. If you have a ready-made workshop topic you would like discussed, or want to take on a facilitator or learning leader role, please contact Elizabeth Wilcox at

Summer 2017

Encore NACADA Region 9 Session: The Architect of Hope, Elizabeth Wilcox, Sr. Consultant for Advising

Friday, June 2 | 9:00-10:30 am | 150 University Hall

Research shows that hope is measurable, predictive of academic achievement and GPA, and (most importantly) it can be developed. It also indicates that hopelessness is related to a wide range of negative personal and educational outcomes. Join this session to better understand, through case study, how you can become an “architect of hope” by using backward design and divergent thinking to build agency and pathways. You’ll leave with a five step “hope toolbox” to help you harness the power of hope to transform.

What participants said about this workshop.

“My goodness this was a life changing talk, too many meaningful layers to count!”

 “Loved this session, powerful message of reminding us we are the hope for students.”

 “This is the best session I have attended at NACADA during the two years I attended. Honestly, got emotional during certain parts it was that empowering.”

 “Thank you for giving my favorite workshop of the conference! Very powerful and so needed in this current climate!”

“My life is different because of this presentation.” 

Life After Advising 2.0 - Core Career Skills Mapping (An Interactive Workshop)

Wednesday, June 7 | 9:00-10:30 am | 150 University Hall

In this interactive workshop we will help you identify transferable core skills (by looking carefully at your recent projects and assignments) and map these to employment sectors beyond advising. You will be able to see where you have strengths and where more development will be needed for career mobility.

Life After Advising: Resume Review (An Interactive Workshop)

Monday, June 19 | 9:00-10:30 am | 150 University Hall

Is your resume effectively skimmable? Does it use key words and phrases to describe your core skills and value added? Is it the right length? Are there skill, experience or education gaps? How could you fill these? Is it focused on the job you want instead of the job you have? Bring your current resume to this session and we will work to improve and streamline it together.

Spring 2017 Workshops

New Workshops

Life After Advising: Identifying Crossover Career Skills and Pathways

Friday, January 6 | 9:00-10:30 am | 24 University Hall

Joining this session are others who have successfully transitioned from advising to new campus roles including Noam Manor and Kira Blaisdale Sloan, Office of Planning and Analysis, Dana Jantz, COO Department of Plant and Microbial Biology and Andrea Lambert, Special Projects Administrator, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Love advising but longing for a change? Believe it our not, you have many transferable skills to other roles in higher education and even other employment sectors. Join us to identify these crossover skills and abilities and take a long, hard look at what your options are for a career 180 or even a 360. This is your chance to get working on those career related New Year’s resolutions…

To Share and Share Alike: The Anatomy of an Awesome Note with Associate Campus Counsel David Robinson

Monday, January 9 | 9:30-10:30 am | 150 University Hall

What makes a great note in our new shared notes system? Let our Associate Campus Counsel David Robinson, master of all things legal and ethical, show you how.

Navigating Power Differentials with Professor Maura Nolan  (GSAOs this one’s for you!)

Time and Date TBD

Are you a GSAO interested in helping your students develop ideal faculty mentoring relationships? Are you an undergraduate advisor trying to help students build better faculty partnerships? Join us for a discussion of how you can help students better navigate our complex institutional and academic hierarchies with the founder of Berkeley Connect, Professor Maura Nolan.

The Benefits of Being Lost: Advising the Undecided Student with Elizabeth Wilcox

Tuesday, February 28 | 9:00 10:30 am | 150 University Hall

Undecided students often stress over choosing a major…when, in fact, there are many benefits to slow exploration and decision making. Join us for a discussion of the many benefits of being lost, confused, and afraid of that all-important academic decision – how to choose and stick with the right major.  New approaches for facilitating and guiding academic exploration will be reviewed.

Real Talk: When Personal and Professional Identities Collide facilitated by Omar Ramirez and Yuki Burton

Tuesday, March 7 | 9:00 - 10:30 am | Rm. 170 Wurster Hall

The reality is that we are in challenging times --- we are experiencing transitions globally, nationally, campus-wide and even on an individual basis. These transitions may lead to tensions that impact our work as advisors.  Oftentimes we are socialized to separate our personal and professional worlds. With the aim of normalizing and validating our experiences, this interactive workshop will offer participants the opportunity to turn their internal dialogue outward.  Through self-reflection, group discussion and a student/staff panel, participants will strengthen their network of support within our advising community.  Additionally, advisors will gain tools and strategies to support them in reconciling such tensions as we move towards creating professional spaces that affirm our intersectional experiences.

Student Development Theory 101 with Vice Chancellor Stephen Sutton

Monday, March 13 | 12:00 - 2:00 pm | 150 University Hall

New to student development theory or just need a re-fresh? This boot camp theory workshop is for you.

Stay Tuned...More Spring Workshops Coming Soon!












Background of Advancing Practice

Review the history of Berkeley's professional development program for advisors.

Fall 2016 Advancing Practice Sessions

Review fall session titles.

April 2014 - March 2016 Curriculum Archive

Review past Advancing Practice sessions within the Five Competency Areas.

Advancing Practice Nationally Recognized

UC Berkeley’s advisor training and professional development program, Advancing Practice, made its mark on the national stage.


Introducing competencies cards! Every time you attend an in-person learning event you will earn a competency card in one of our five competency areas. Collect three cards in each of the five areas for "master" level learner.

SIS Related Community Huddles

Discussion of the impact of new technologies on advising.