2017 Fall Conference

Inclusive Advising: Building Bridges in a Diverse Learning Environment
September 28, 2017
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, State College, PA

The Sixteenth Annual Professional Development Conference on Academic Advising is sponsored by Penn State's Division of Undergraduate Studies, University Faculty Senate, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of Undergraduate Education, and The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal.

Conference Details

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM–4:00 PM

Location: The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel 

Topic: Inclusive Advising: Building Bridges in a Diverse Learning Environment

This year's advising conference examines the influence of diversity on our campuses and how to best support all students in such complex learning environments.  Academic advisers seek to build connections and advocate on behalf of students to ensure that the needs of our diverse student populations are met across campus.  We invite you to reflect on personal practices as we advise students with different life experiences, learning preferences, academic preparedness, family backgrounds, among other differences that attribute to our students' unique needs and identities.  How can academic advisers ensure that student diversity is taken into consideration during advising and with regard to institutional practices? We look forward to conversation that examines the adviser's role in advocating for best practices for all students and provides insight into how we can be cognizant of diverse student needs.

Opening Remarks:

Photo of Penn State President BarronOpening remarks by Penn State President, Dr. Eric Barron


Photo of Justin BrownJustin Brown is a well known speaker and diversity instructor in the field of higher education. He currently works as a resident director at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Justin's passion for working with students developed while pursuing a bachelor's degree in public relations from Slippery Rock University. During his undergraduate tenure, Justin was actively involved on campus, working and collaborating with various offices and departments on campus. It was during this time that Justin created the Diversity Awareness Program (D.A.P), a program dedicated to raising awareness and educating college campuses about the importance of diversity and the embracing of all cultures and backgrounds. Justin then continued nurturing D.A.P through his graduate studies at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, while working towards earning his master's degree in student affairs in higher education. D.A.P. has successfully grown in popularity, having visited over 100 colleges and universities and over 20 chapters established within those institutions.

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