UWaterloo Advising Conference

Enhancing Your Advising Practice

We know the important and critical role advisors play in supporting the success and well-being of our students. The advisors conference, hosted by the Community of Advisors, takes place once a year and provides advisors from all faculties and campus departments a chance to come together for professional development specific to advising. 

Join us at the 2018 UWaterloo Advising Conference on Wednesday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Federation Hall, University of Waterloo.

Registration is now closed. If you have questions about your registration or the event, please email Natasha Makovora.

Conference schedule

  Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
8:30am to 9:15am  Registration and Meet & Greet
9:15am to 9:30am Opening Remarks
Dr. James Rush, current Dean of the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, incoming Vice President, Academic & Provost, University of Waterloo
9:30am to 10:45am Building Resiliency
Clare Tattersall, Manager, Undergraduate Services, Western University
10:45am to 11:00am  Break

11:00am to 12:00pm

Listening, responding, and supporting our students

Part one: What is the role of the Sexual Violence response Coordinator on campus and how we can work together

Amanda Cook, Sexual Violence Response Coordinator, University of Waterloo

Part Two: Round Table Discussions: Active Listening Strategies
12:00pm to 1:00pm  Lunch
1:00pm to 2:00pm 

Circle of Support
This panel will include presenters from the Arts UG Office, Residence Life, CECA, and others from across campus

AccessAbility Services
Jennifer Gillies, Associate Director, AccessAbility Services, University of Waterloo
Appreciative Advising Hands On: Strengths-Based Advising Practices
Paul Sileika, Coordinator, Academic Advising, Ryerson University
2:00pm to 2:15pm  Break
2:15pm to 3:15pm

Intercultural Communication in the Advising Encounters
Trevor Holmes, Senior Instructional Developer, Faculty Programs and Research & Svitlana Taraban- Gordon, Senior Instructional Developer, Graduate Programs & Internationalization - Both from the Centre for Teaching Excellence

Early Alert
Nasim Shojayi, Coaching Specialist, University of Waterloo 
Making Spaces: Working Towards a More Inclusive Advising Practice
Priscila Carrara, Student Success Officer, University of Waterloo
3:15pm to 3:30pm  Closing Remarks
Dr. Ron McCarville, Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies, University of Waterloo


2018 conference planning committee

  • Heather Westmorland - Student Success Office
  • Luke Balch - Faculty of Science
  • Paige Doherty - St Jerome's University
  • Cheri Oestreich - Environment and Business
  • Kelly Heald - Oliver - Graduate Studies, Planning
  • Sara Houston - Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Natasha Makovora - Student Success Office

This event is hosted by the Community of Advisors and the Student Success Office.