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Advising: Collaborate - Validate - Empower

Regardless of where students begin their academic journey, we as higher education professionals have a responsibility and shared interest in helping students successfully complete their goals. While on this journey with students we may discover questions that pose challenges for advising and barriers for students. Questions like: How can we collaborate with each other to support students across multiple institutions? How do we validate student concerns and connect them with support services at others institutions? How do we empower students to take ownership of their academic goals and work towards meeting those goals? Overall, how do we best collaborate with others, validate and empower students in higher education?

You are invited to collaborate with us for one day of learning and community building to see all students as our students at this year’s summer Advising Mini-Conference.

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The Call For Proposals for 2023 MCC's Summer Advising MINI-Conference IS NOW OPEN!

The Conference Planning Committee would like to welcome presentation proposals. To submit a conference proposal.


Open Wednesday, May 17, 2023 – Friday, June 9, 2023.


Criteria for selection of poster/presentation/video: Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Relevance to the themes of collaboration, student impact and strengthening advisor student relationships
  • Impact on advising
  • Appeal to conference participants
  • Creativity, ingenuity, and applicability for participants after the conference.

Eligibility for submission: MCC, UNO and local staff who are involved in advising- administration, faculty, full-time & part-time advisors, administrative staff and graduate students are invited to submit proposals. We encourage novices and experienced presenters alike. Share your research, best practices or techniques with colleagues in the region for navigating a new normal, and supporting students and staff as they transition safely back to campus.

The conference offers three distinct tracks:
1.) Conceptual: Collaborative Best Practices (MCC & UNO staff ONLY)
2.) Relational: Advisors and Students/ Advisors and Faculty
3.) Informational: Advising and Higher Ed.

Proposals should include your presentation title, learning objectives, and desired format (See format descriptions below).

Please include a brief abstract describing your presentation and the desired learning objectives. Abstracts will be included in the conference schedule and on the conference website. Please limit abstracts to 130 words.

Format options for conference sessions include poster, video or topic presentations, panel discussions, interactive training activities, and round-table discussions. Poster or topic presentations and panel sessions discuss current issues in advising. Some are based on research, some share best practices, and some are developmental, while others are theoretical. The format may be mostly lecture with a discussion following, a panel session followed by questions, or a more informal discussion. Round-table sessions are less-structured discussions on relevant advising topics that generate audience/presenter interaction. All sessions will be approximately 45 minutes long.