Mentoring & Advising Workshops

Pitt ACT Competency Series 

Have you taken advantage of the Pitt ACT Program: Advising and Mentoring Foundations Training? This online program provides standard resources for all advisors and mentors across the University. At Pitt, we are committed to helping advisors and mentors build networks, grow in the profession, refine skills, and advance professional development. 

This semester, we are launching the Pitt ACT Competency Series. The Pitt ACT modules were developed based on competency areas identified by the Workgroup on Advising Training and on the NACADA core competency model.

We are now offering a workshop series that aligns with the competencies where you can learn more about a specific topic and gather with fellow advisors and mentors in discussion. You do not have to be enrolled in the program to take advantage of the workshops. 

Pitt ACT Competencies:  

  • One: Advising at Pitt
  • Two: University Policy and Procedures 
  • Three: Academic Programs and Requirements 
  • Four: Technology for Student Success 
  • Five: Campus Resources 
  • Six: Advising Profession and Practice 

Summer 2022 Mentoring and Advising Workshop Offerings

Navigating Challenging Advising Conversations
June 7, 2022 at 3 p.m.

Pitt Act Competency Two: University Policy and Procedures
Pitt ACT Competency Six: Advising Profession and Practice

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In this workshop, participants will learn about navigating challenging advising conversations and follow the format: Define, Depict, Discuss. The presentation will address four areas related to this topic: Academic Standing, Holistic Student Support, Families and Parents, and Faculty. Each topic will include a discussion about inclusive practices and considerations then conclude with an exercise so that participants can consider how they can apply strategies within their respective institutions and advising practices.


  • Devin Ulm, Academic Advisor, Swanson School of Engineering
  • Danielle Bonatesta, Academic Advisor, School of Computing and Information

Flourish at Pitt – Promoting Emotional Well-Being
July 20, 2022 at 2 p.m.
Pitt ACT Competency Five: Campus Resources
Pitt ACT Competency Six: Advising Profession and Practice

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Student well-being is a shared campus responsibility—one that requires each member of the Pitt community to equip themselves with the knowledge and skills to effectively support our diverse student body. This workshop will explore ways for advisors and mentors of the Pitt community to enhance their knowledge and skills in supporting the emotional well-being of our students. Participants will have an opportunity to learn ways to increase student well-being and promote human flourishing, how to support students experiencing mental health concerns, and how to manage a student in crisis.


  • Ahmed Ghuman, Associate Director of Strategic Programs and Services, University Counseling Center
  • Bernadette Smith, Assistant Director of Outreach, University Counseling Center