2023 Mentoring and Advising Summit

Inclusive Excellence in Mentoring and Advising

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The 2023 Mentoring and Advising Summit will take place Friday, March 3, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About the 2023 Summit

The vision for the sixth annual Mentoring and Advising Summit is to explore how we can continue to build a strong culture of inclusion and belonging in our mentoring and advising work. As we strive to enhance and enrich our educational offerings, it is increasingly important to embrace different ideas, critical perspectives, challenges, and lived experiences. 

During this virtual summit, participants will engage with and learn about specific tools, techniques, theories, and concepts to support undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows as they chart goals, develop enduring networks of colleagues and mentors, and sustain their pursuit of success after graduation. These aims are particularly important for our at-promise populations, which include first-generation and underrepresented minorities.

Timely Topics in This Year’s Summit

  • Creating a sense of belonging and inclusion through mentoring and advising #inclusion 
  • Leveraging technology to improve advising policies and practices #technology 
  • Highlighting collaborative and holistic advising and mentoring approaches #collaboration
  • Building bridges towards student success for at-promise students #studentsuccess 
  • Developing strategies for student, postdoctoral fellow, staff and faculty well-being #wellbeing 

Who Should Participate? 

Any faculty member, staff member, administrator, graduate student, or researcher who advises, mentors or coaches undergraduate students, graduate/professional students, or postdoctoral fellows. 

Why Should You Participate? 

  • Network with colleagues who mentor, advise, and coach students.
  • Get up-to-date information on topics, trends, and successful strategies on campus and nationally.
  • Learn best practices that you can adapt for your program, students and postdoctoral fellows.
  • Explore technologies that facilitate informed, effective, and efficient mentoring.
  • Share your innovative solutions and strategies with colleagues

Call for Proposals

The Mentoring and Advising Summit Planning Committee will work to balance current and emerging topics, trends and successful strategies to meet the needs of individuals serving students as formal and informal advisors, mentors and coaches.  

A portion of the 2023 Mentoring and Advising Summit will highlight innovative solutions and strategies currently being implemented on all Pitt campuses. To this end, the Mentoring and Advising Summit will feature two tracks to highlight sessions specific to those populations: undergraduate students and graduate and professional students. Please submit a proposal to lead a workshop or lightning talk.

  • Workshop: A one-hour workshop session can take various forms, from a facilitated problem-solving or idea-generating presentation to a hands-on skill development program. Workshops allow time for in-depth exploration of a topic and active attendee engagement. A workshop must be designed so that participants learn specific strategies that can be adapted and implemented in their respective units. Presenters will be asked to engage with participants during the synchronous workshop session timeframe on the day of the Summit.
  • Lightning Talk: A 5-minute pre-recorded video focused on an emerging theory or an innovative strategy, tool, or approach implemented by a unit, department, or program that might be adapted by other units on campus. Presenters will be asked to pre-record and submit (in early February) their talk using a flexible format template. Lightning Talks will be uploaded to the Summit virtual platform and available for viewing throughout the conference event.  

All workshop presenters are required to attend a one-hour training session (see dates below) in order to participate as a presenter in the 2023 Mentoring and Advising Summit.

  • February 14th, 2023 at 2 p.m.
  • February 15th, 2023 at 3 p.m.

Submit your Proposal

To submit your proposal for the 2023 Mentoring and Advising Summit, please review the full call for proposal document and complete the short application today!