The California Collaborative Advising and Counseling Conference brings educators from California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California together to create a transparent system that allows students to move seamlessly through California's higher education system, optimizing progress to degree completion and eliminating the achievement gap.

Conference dates

Tuesday, April 23rd and Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Conference location

Kona Kai Resort & Spa

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steering committee

  • Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan (Steering Committee Chair), Director of Liberal Studies Program at San Diego State University

  • Gabriel Adona, Counselor/Professor at San Diego Mesa Community College

  • Una Daly, Director of Community College Consortium for Open Ed Resources

  • Dr. Thomas Dickson, Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of California Riverside

  • Dr. Bridget Driscoll, Associate Vice President for Retention & Academic Advising at California State University, Dominguez Hills

  • Duan Jackson, Executive Director of University Academic Advisement of California State University Long Beach

  • Josh Loudon, Associate Director of Academic Advisement at California State University Fullerton

  • Dr. Brett L. McFarlane Executive Director of Academic Advising in the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of California Davis

  • Matthew Markin, Academic Advisor at California State University San Bernardino

  • Eduardo A. Mendoza, Director of Advising & Academic Services at California State University, San Bernardino

  • Jazzie Murphy, Interim Director of Academic Advising at California State University Sacramento

  • Dr. Kathy Thornhill, Director of Undergraduate Advising, Career Services, and Community Based Learning at Humboldt State University

  • Elizabeth Tisdale, Professional Academic Advisor in the School of Business at the University of California Riverside

  • Michelle Xiong, Liberal Studies Advisor at San Diego State University

  • Website Masters: Donald Strand and Elliot Newman


The following sponsors have made this year’s conference possible:

  • CSU Chancellor’s Office - Platinum

  • UC System - Gold

  • UC Riverside - School of Business Administration – Silver