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 

Spring 2022 Mentoring and Advising Workshop Offerings

Pitt Act Competency 2: University Policy and Procedures
Understanding and Delivering Appropriate FERPA Messages in Advising Interactions 
Pitt ACT Competency Two: University Policy and Procedures
Tuesday, January 25
Noon-1:30 p.m. 
Register for the Jan. 25 workshop

The University Registrar’s Office has been intentional about providing the University community with updated training and resources on FERPA (the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) and the related University policy and procedure, “Access to and Release of Education Records” ( AC 04). 

However, mentors and advisors often have many questions surrounding the understanding of FERPA. During 2021, the Office of the Provost led a NIC (Network Improvement Community) where we discussed FERPA and how to better deliver appropriate messages to students in an advising and mentoring context.  This session will present the work of two different NIC teams and their approach on the delivery of FERPA to our students at Pitt. 


  • Jennifer Marco, Assistant University Registrar
  • Jill Harvey, Director of First Year Advising, Swanson School of Engineering
  • M. Kathleen Kelly, Associate Dean of Academic Outreach & Advising, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Elizabeth Nagel, Associate Professor of Practice and Associate Co-Chair, Department of Health and Human Development

Pitt ACT Competency 6: Advising Profession and Practice
Developing a Holistic and Collaborative Advising Approach: Case Studies from Pitt Advisors and Mentors

Pitt ACT Competency Six: Advising Profession and Practice
Thursday, February 10 
1-2:30 p.m. 
Register for the Feb. 10 workshop

There are myriad ways to approach advising and mentoring to fit the diverse Pitt student body and different academic units across our institution. This session will feature a panel discussion of four academic advisors at Pitt who approach their advising practice in different ways yet offer holistic and collaborative strategies for advising students. 


  • Strengths-Based Advising – Elizabeth Adams, College of Business Administration
  • Learning-Centered Advising – Rachel Parkes and Jen Gentzel, School of Computing and Information
  • Advising as Coaching – Michele Lagnese, TRIO Student Support Services