2017 AAA Conference: Guiding the College Student’s Journey: Navigating Obstacles and Building Resiliency

Our 4th Annual conference will take place on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in the Nebraska East Campus Union

We're excited to be extending invitations to 21 local 2- and 4-year institutions.  The 2017 theme, “Guiding College Students on their Journey: Navigating Obstacles and Building Resiliency,” touches upon the fact that twenty-first century college students have been entering higher education in greater numbers, from decidedly diverse personal/social backgrounds and levels of preparedness than in previous decades. Additionally, these students face the added pressure of an uncertain economic future. In an effort to address these considerations and to help students matriculate and graduate, advisors and higher education professionals have adapted practices and theories that focus on “resiliency". 

We hope to inspire and motivate the advisors and student affairs personnel who attend our annual spring conference to think critically about how the discourse of“resiliency” impacts 21st century college students on our campuses.  We hope this is an educational and inspirational conference for AAA and our college partners!

If you have any questions about the conference, contact Sara Winn or Malika Yadgarova, conference co-chairs. 

Keynote Address: “Building Resilience as a Cultural Sustaining Pedagogy (CSP) in Academic Advising” by Dr. Laura K. Muñoz

Dr. Laura K. Muñoz is the Joe B. Frantz Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a former National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.  She specializes in the history of race, gender, and education in the American Southwest.  She has published essays on the history of Mexican American school desegregation and on reconceptualizing the American history survey for high school and college students.  Her interest in student advocacy grew out of her childhood experiences. She attended five public elementary schools as a result of the busing desegregation plan that emerged from the federal lawsuit Cisneros v. Corpus Christi Independent School District (1970).  After earning her Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 2006, she returned to her hometown university—a Hispanic-Serving Institution—where she teaches extensively in the First-Year Learning Communities Program and where she specializes in working with first-generation, low-income, non-traditional, and transfer students.  She has advised students formally and informally across the university at all levels, including honors students and McNair Scholars.  She also previously directed the History M.A. program, advising students from application to graduation.  In 2016, she won the TAMUCC College of Liberal Arts “Excellence in Teaching” Award for her commitment to student success.   

2017 Conference Schedule of Events

Click HERE for detailed descriptions of each presentation.




8:00 – 8:50

Check-in, Breakfast, Poster session

Great Plains: 2nd Floor

9:00 – 10:00

Welcome and Keynote

Great Plains: 2nd Floor

10:00 – 10:15 Break


Concurrent Session One


Access: The Other Side of Resilience

Great Plains: 2nd Floor

Who Has Time for That?: Developing Career Resilience in Underrepresented Students

Columbine: 3rd Floor

When All Else Fails, Parallel Planning to the Rescue: Shifting Student Perspectives on the Back-up Plan

Goldenrod: 3rd Floor

Powerful Partnerships: Leveraging Advising Identity to Serve Students

Sunflower: 3rd Floor


11:15 – 12:30

Lunch and time to browse poster sessions. 

Feel free to use this time to meet and network with colleagues.

Great Plains: 2nd Floor



Concurrent Session Two

12:30 – 1:30

College-Going Experiences of Male Foster Youth Alumni Who Have Stopped-Out of College

Garden: 2nd Floor

The Key to Academic Intervention: Increasing Self-Efficacy through Goal-Setting

Columbine: 3rd Floor

Intersectional Everyday Practices for LGBTQIA+ Student Inclusion

Goldenrod: 3rd Floor

Rerouting: Guiding Foreclosed Students Toward Career Ownership

Sunflower: 3rd Floor

1:30 – 1:45 Break


Concurrent Session Three

1:45 – 2:45

Preparing for Change: Overcoming Obstacles through Parallel Planning

Garden: 2nd Floor

Students in Psychological Distress: The Advising Game Plan for Student Success

Columbine: 3rd Floor

How To Infuse More Career Development Into Your Advising Sessions

Goldenrod: 3rd Floor

Taking Care of Our Students & Ourselves

Sunflower: 3rd Floor

2:45 – 3:30

Warm cookies, evaluations, closing

Great Plains: 2nd Floor


Post-Conference Social at SchillingBridge

SchillingBridge Cork & Tap - Fallbrook


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