Mentoring and Advising Workshop Series

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Join the Office of the Provost as we bring together mentors and advisors around the University this fall in a series of workshops to learn about relevant issues and guide meaningful conversations.
 

Fall 2019 Workshops

Helping Advisors Help Students Navigate Disability Resources and Services (DRS)
Thursday, September 26, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 121

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Join this workshop for insights into how advisors and mentors can assist students in navigating the DRS office and processes. Learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including education. Get an overview of disability information and best practices on language for advising and helping students. DRS disability specialists will also share how to provide proactive outreach to students, specifically with resources related to Pitt.

Presented by: Chad Jurica, Disability Specialist, and Amy Arnold, Disability Specialist, Disability Resources and Services

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The Benefits of Innovation
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 121

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This workshop will explore how the process of innovation benefits students—during their time here at Pitt and in their careers post-graduation. Take advantage of a hands-on demonstration of how students can learn innovation through a mini-Big Idea Blitz that condenses a 24-hour program for students into a one-hour session designed to help advisors and mentors communicate the powers of innovative thinking to your students.

Presented by: Babs Carryer, Director, Big Idea Center, University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute

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Improvisation for Advising Conversations
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall, Room 121

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Improvisation is becoming increasingly recognized as a critical skill for engaging in productive conversations. Recently, improv has been brought into higher education spaces as a key training modality for academic advising. Through a series of facilitated simulations and role-playing with real Pitt students, advisors will have a chance to learn, share, and practice new approaches to bring to their advising work.

Presented by: Olivia Hartle, Project Manager, and April Belback, Director of Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring, Office of the Provost

 

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PAST WORKSHOPS

Incorporating Civic Engagement into Advising 
Monday, August 12, 2019
Workshop Recording 

The Pathways for Civic Growth project team presented on integrating civic mindedness and engagement into advising and the institutional culture at Pitt. As this project continues to scale up in its second year of funding through the Provost’s Personalized Education Initiative, the team looks forward to collaborating with new partners across Pitt’s many schools and departments to make the Pathways for Civic Growth a part of every advisor’s toolbox. The focus of this meeting was to introduce attendees to the civic diagnostic tool, mentoring protocol, and resources for directing students to civic experiences that fit their needs via a central location for opportunities.

Presenters:
Linda DeAngelo, Associate Professor, Administrative and Policy Studies, School of Education
Lina Dostilio, Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement, Community and Governmental Relations
Holly Hickling, Academic Community Engagement Advisor, University Honors College
Sarah Kurz, PhD Student and Graduate Researcher, Administrative and Policy Studies, School of Education
Meredith Mavero, Manager of Student Programs and Community Outreach, Institute of Politics
Alka Singh, Director of Experiential Learning, School of Computing and Information

 

Understanding Enrollment and Advisement Tools Available to Students in the PeopleSoft Student Information System
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Workshop Recording 

This presentation provided an overview of enrollment and advisement tolls in PeopleSoft from the student and advisor perspectives.  Special emphasis was given to the Schedule Planner and the Plan By My Requirements tools.

Presenters:
Christopher Coat, associate university registrar
Jeffrey Bastian, senior systems analyst for student services 


 

Inclusive Mentoring: Using Social Psychological Interventions to Improve Mentoring and Learning of All Students
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Workshop Recording 

College mentors often de-emphasize students’ motivational characteristics—e.g., their sense of belonging, self-efficacy, and their views about whether intelligence is fixed or malleable.  These characteristics can especially impact learning outcomes of women and underrepresented students, and stereotype threats exacerbate these issues.  This session discussed research studies that show how mentoring and coaching students using different types of social psychological interventions can improve the motivation and learning of all students, especially women and those from underrepresented groups.

Presenters:
Kevin Binning, research scientist, Learning Research and Development Center, and assistant professor, Department of Psychology
Chandralekha Singh, director, Discipline-based Science Education Research Center, and professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy