Mentoring & Advising Workshops

Mentoring and Advising Virtual Workshop Series – Summer 2020


Join the Office of the Provost as we bring together mentors and advisors around the University this summer in a series of virtual town halls and workshops to learn about relevant issues.

Engaging with New Students Town Hall Series
In our first event on May 19, Pitt leaders shared information with advisors and mentors about how to answer questions from new students in this time of uncertainty. Join us as we continue the conversation over the summer as we learn more. 

Joseph McCarthy, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies​
Marc Harding, Vice Provost for Enrollment​
Kenyon Bonner, Vice Provost and Dean of Students

Molly Swagler, Executive Director of Enrollment Outreach and Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment

Upcoming town hall: Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Registration and other information

Wellness and Resilience for College and Beyond: An Undergraduate Course to Foster Student Wellness
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
4:00-5:30 p.m.

Presenter: Carla D. Chugani, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

This workshop will provide advisors with an overview of the Wellness and Resilience Course (WRC) offered at the University of Pittsburgh. The WRC was originally developed at the University of Washington, where nearly 1,000 students per year enroll. The WRC teaches students evidence-based skills for improving mental health and wellness from the fields of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and positive psychology. This presentation will focus on the course content, delivery, and student experience to allow advisors a detailed understanding of what this course is about and what the experience of participating is like for students. Also discussed will be Dr. Carla Chugani’s research related to the course to show how participating can help support student mental health and wellbeing.

Documentation in Pathways: Best Practices, Guidelines and Sensitive Situations
Thursday, August 6, 2020
12:00-1:30 p.m.

Presenters: April E. Belback, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring; Amanda Brodish, Director of Data Analytics and Pathways; and Ashley Christopherson, Undergraduate Academic Advisor

The Pathways platform provides several ways for advisors and mentors to document student interactions.  Maintaining records of student interactions are important for several reasons (institutional memory, personalizing the advising experience, enhanced collaboration) but advisors and mentors often struggle with what to include in a student record.  This session will consider some best practices in writing reports and notes in Pathways and review guidelines, including standards all users have to follow.  Last, we will review how to document and make referrals for sensitive situations in Pathways.