What a wonderful opportunity to attend the CA Collaborative Conference!  Attending this conference was unequivocally a life-changing experience and one professional development opportunity I look forward to participating in again.  I met and connected with some amazing advisors executing very creative and interesting work, which inspired me in a number of ways.  This was a unique experience networking and connecting with folks from various public institutions which offered interesting learning opportunities and the exchange of best practices beneficial both to students and advisors, alike. 

Charlie Nutt, NACADA Executive Director, conducted one of the general sessions.  He was so amazing and inspiring to the point of action.  I began to reevaluate the influence of my own work in advising and how I could modify the “status quo” to be more impactful to my students.  Each session I attended caused me to genuinely consider my contribution to my home campus, where I fit in to help the students achieve their goals and make the campus everything it strives to be.

Mya Hines

African American Studies Program Coordinator

University of California, San Diego


Ever since the first California Collaborative Advising and Counseling Conference in October 2015 at CSU Dominguez Hills, I have looked forward to attending this conference again. The design of bringing together the CSU, CCC and UC systems enhances the communication of everyone involved and leads to the creation of positive partnerships.

The 2016 conference at UC Davis was a powerful experience, chock-full of informative sessions that allowed for wonderful learning opportunities, sharing of experiences and collaborating with fellow advisors from all over California. We may be from different educational systems and various schools, but our goal remains the same…help make a positive impact in the lives of our students.

Thinking back about the conference, here are a few takeaways:

  • Dynamic presentations – Each session offered a wide array of choices including presentations on at-risk & special populations, professional development, student success, e-advising and collaborations. So many wonderful discussions where participants had the opportunity to join in and contribute, as well as gain new ideas.
  • The Transfer Student Perspective – The transfer panel was considerably a highlight to many of us in hearing from students about their experiences, challenges, and successes.
  • Keynote - Charlie Nutt spoke to our hearts and pushed us to never remain stagnant. He had the ability to tap into our passions and our whys, as well as how academic advising is a central part of student success.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Steering Committee for the travel scholarship. I truly appreciate the generosity of the committee. Without the scholarship, my colleague and I would not have been able at attend the conference due to budget. I feel I have gained a newfound energy from attending the conference. There were many takeaways from the conference that my colleague and I were able to bring back to our campus.

Matthew Markin

Academic Advisor

California State University, San Bernardino


Academic Advising and Counseling professionals derive from different backgrounds- all with a single purpose to support student success. Throughout the conference, we can observe diversity among attendees’ knowledge, practices and skill sets, in our institutional settings and our student populations, but what we have in common is the desire to contribute to students’ academic success. The conference without a doubt is a welcoming environment to share ideas, provide resources, build collaborations, and serves as an individual reminder of the commitment we have towards students.

I was pleasantly surprised to have received the scholarship to attend the conference. However, I was even more surprised when notified of my proposal acceptance. The California Collaborative Advising & Counseling Conference definitely encourages the pursuit of excellence across all advising communities. I personally look forward to attending the conference every year. I enjoy being a part of a community that promotes leadership, growth, inclusion, equity, open-mindedness, and that welcomes free dialogue.   

Jacquelyn K. Trejo

Academic Advisor

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona