Please take this opportunity to attend one or more of the excellent preconference workshops offered by Region 9 in 2018!

All preconferences are $25, unless otherwise noted and will be held the first day of the Conference, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

You can sign up for preconferences while registering for the conference. If you have already registered for the conference and would like to add a preconference workshop, please use this form.

P1. Back to Basics: Old School Approaches for First Generation Students
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 1:00-3:00pm
Nancy Davis, University of California-Davis
Michael Valenzuela, University of California-Davis

Come hear about UC Davis’ innovative approach to recognizing the strengths of our first generation freshmen and transfer students and supporting them through their first year. We will discuss best practices, our 5 Core Principles (“back to basics”), and key strategies to using a successful cohort model. Participants will leave with an initial action plan to take back to their home campus.

P2. Cultivating Radical Hope: Integrating Critical Theory and Mindfulness Techniques into Advising Leadership and Practice
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:15-5:15pm
Timothy Beaucage, Loyola Marymount University

The purpose of this program will be to illustrate several ways in which mindfulness practice can work together with critical anti-oppression pedagogy to create transformative experiences in advising approaches for both practitioner and advisee. Considering current socio-political climates, it is imperative that we cultivate a sense of purpose and agency within ourselves and our students. Building successful helping relationships takes practice, and this contemplative workshop will nurture a better understanding of how to develop the skills necessary to be present and compassionate in our advising work. Participants will walk away reinvigorated, and will have experienced simple ways to utilize techniques gleaned from blending mindfulness practice with critical pedagogy in all areas of the work we do within ourselves, our offices, and with our students.

P3. Transforming Dry Workshops into Full Bodied Fun
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 3:15-5:15pm
Heather Luth, University of California-Riverside

This session won’t teach you how to turn water into wine, but it will show you several techniques for transforming traditionally dry workshop topics such as major choice, stress management, and university policy into a fun and dynamic experience for your students. Learn six techniques for redesigning any kind of workshop or presentation. Your students will have a good time, but more importantly, they will be left with a sense of inertia that equips them for success moving forward.

P4. NACADA Orientation for First-Time Conference Attendees  |  FREE
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 5:15-6:15pm
NACADA Leaders

As a new member or a first time attendee at a NACADA event, you most likely have questions you want answered: How can I benefit from my NACADA membership? I am only in my first year, can I even get involved? What is my NACADA region and what opportunities are available to me?

In this session you will be introduced to NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and your NACADA region. This orientation is designed to provide guidance to new members and first time attendees as they begin their journey - learn how you can make the most of your “first year experience” in NACADA and with your region. During this session you will have the opportunity to: 1) Learn about the structure and opportunities of NACADA; 2) Develop ideas for resources and networking to help you both personally and professionally in your region; and 3) Listen to colleagues share their stories and connect with other new members to the association.

Bring your questions as well as an open and reflective attitude! Your participation in this session can be the beginning of the first chapter in your NACADA story!