UW/Community College Advising Conference

The 35th Annual UW/CC Advising Conference was held on Friday, April 14, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Alder Hall on the UW-Seattle campus

Sponsored by UW-Seattle Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising

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8:30–9:00 a.m.
Registration and Networking
9:00–9:05 a.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks

Luz Iniguez, Director of the Educational Opportunity Program, Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity,University of Washington-Seattle

9:05–9:35 a.m.

Megan Kennedy, Director, Resilience Lab, University of Washington-Seattle  

Across college and university systems, we all play a role in supporting student well-being and promoting compassionate campus cultures. In this keynote address, Megan Kennedy, the UW Resilience Lab director, will present the Foundations for Advancing Student Well-Being. The four foundations include: Promoting equity and access – creating an atmosphere where all students feel safe and encouraged to be their authentic selves. Nurturing connection - supporting students as they build stronger relationships within themselves, increase their self-awareness, and navigate their sense of life purpose. Building resilience coping skills - teaching and modeling everyday practices to develop the cornerstones of resilience. And connecting to the natural environment - establishing an intentional and meaningful relationship between students and the places where they learn and grow. This keynote presentation will help us connect the value of supporting the whole student with transfer student success.

9:35–9:45 a.m.
UW-Seattle Office of Admissions Update

Paul Seegert, Director of Admissions, University of Washington-Seatlle

9:45–9:50 a.m.

Tim McCoy, Lead Academic Adviser, UAA Advising, University of Washington-Seattle

10:00–10:50 a.m.
Breakout Session #1

1.A: Transfer Admissions 101

Alder 103 

Carlos Williams, Assistant Director of Admissions for Transfer Recruitment Undergraduate Admissions, UW Seattle   

An ideal workshop for new advisers, we will provide an overview of the transfer admission process, including: Academic Planning Worksheets, the Equivalency Guide, applying to majors, personal statement, the online application and more!

1.B: Preparing for the Allen School Application

Alder 107

Kayla Shuster Sasaki, Recruiter & Chelsea Navarro, Academic Adviser-Senior, UW Seattle

Connect with the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering Recruiter and Transfer Adviser about new resources for prospective transfer students to prepare for and navigate the competitive application process. Attendees will learn about the Allen School’s transfer pathway, the application process, and how students can become competitive applicants.

1.C: Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Panel on Resources for First Gen, Low-Income, Underrepresented Minority Transfer Students

Alder Auditorium

Richard Durden, Adviser, Educational Opportunity Program, Muhamed Manhsour, Adviser, TRIO, Laura Barrera, Recruiter/Adviser, CAMP, Cierra Draper-West, Counseling Services Coordinator, Champions Programs

This panel will consist of representatives from all four Office of Minority Affairs student services programs. Each panelist will introduce themselves and their program including the student demographics of whom they support. It will be an overview of Academic Counseling Services. We will then field questions from the audience.

10:50 a.m.–11:20 a.m.
Resource Fair #1 (UW Support Services)

Join us for the resource fair! This first of two sessions will feature UW campus partners that support students. Resource Fair attendees will rotate freely among campus partners in the lobby of Alder Hall.

11:20 a.m.–12:10 p.m.
Breakout Session #2

2.A: Moving beyond "Undecided": Helping Students Choose a Major

Alder 107

Jennifer Heckler, Faculty/Honors Coordinator and Wendy Swyt, Faculty, English, Highline College 

Many students face challenges with understanding and choosing a major when transferring to UW. In the FYE course and the transfer portfolio course, we have developed practices to help students narrow their choices and understand the impact of majors at the University of Washington for both admissions and career choice.

2.B: Conversations with Direct to Major Units

Alder Auditorium

Ahna Kotila, Academic Services Director, Economics, Becky Beard, Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Applied Math/Computational Finance and Risk Management, Casey Renneberg, Senior Undergraduate Adviser, Chemistry, Jeanny Mai, Senior Undergraduate Advisor, Physics, Elisa Quintana and Paula Newcomer, Astronomy, Kat Eli, Academic Services Director, Law, Societies & Justice, Joslin Boroughs, Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising, UW-Seattle, Sarah Garner, Director of Student Services, Math/Applied Math and Computational Mathematical Sciences 

Historically, transfer students intended on capacity constrained majors needed to be admitted to UW then apply to their major once matriculated.  Campus wide efforts at UW Seattle to give prospective transfer students more transparency with admissions to capacity constrained majors has resulted in new direct admissions opportunities for transfer students.  These changes allow prospective transfer students to apply to some majors before matriculation. In this session, we bring several of these units together for an opportunity to connect with individual units on campus that have or recently added direct to major admissions for transfer students.  Learn tips and best practices for your students to transfer. Meet UW advisers to ask your individual questions.

2.C: Transferring to UW Engineering

Alder 103

Charlotte Goddard, Director of Policy and Administration, College of Engineering, Jennifer Tsai, Academic Adviser, ENG: Industrial & Systems Engineering- Administration, College of Engineering, UW-Seattle

Join us to learn more about resources available to support your students looking to transfer to UW Engineering. We will discuss major discernment, academic planning for a strong application, scholarship opportunities, and the application process. We will also share recent transfer statistics and talk about how to use them, in conjunction with the Areas of Impact, in conversations with your students about the accessibility of engineering majors at the UW. You will leave the session with a suite of resources you can share with your students.

2.D: Transfer Pathways in the College of Built Environments

Alder 106

Jennie Li, Counseling Services Coordinator, Landscape Architecture, Nikita Anderson, Counseling Services Coordinator, Real Estate, Kim Sawada, Academic Counselor, Architecture, Megan Herzog, Program Operations Specialist, Urban Design and Planning, Rachel Faber Machacha, Counseling Services Coordinator, Construction Management, UW-Seattle

Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Real Estate, Construction Management, and Architecture departments offer exciting academic and professional pathways for students interested in the built environments. Engage with advisors about academic planning, major applications, and scholarships for transfer students, and hear from a panel of transfer students about their academic journeys

12:10 p.m.–1:20 p.m.
1:20 p.m.–2:10 p.m.
Breakout Session #3

3.A: Pathways into Social Work: Transfer Student Perspectives on the BASW program

Alder 106

Rose Reed, Admissions & Outreach Specialist, UW-Seattle School of Social Work

Do you advise students who are passionate about social justice and want to build professional skills in enacting social change and supporting others effectively for a career in social work? Learn from our UW Social Work admissions staff and current students about the BA in Social Welfare program.

3.B: Foster School of Business Tips and Support for application process

Alder 107

Jordan Wolf, Academic Services-Associate Director and David Sprengeler, Academic Adviser, Foster School of Business, UW-Seattle

The Foster School of Business has specific requirements for students to apply and provides multiple resources and support for Transfer students. Hear how to prepare students to be engaged members of the Foster community.

3.C: Open majors in STEM: environmental degrees and careers in the PNW

Alder Auditorium

Meghan Gescher, Undergraduate Student Services Specialist, UW College of the Environment, Joe Kobayashi, Academic Services-Assistant Director, Marine Biology, Mikelle Nuwer, Associate Teaching Professor, Oceanography, UW-Seattle College of the Environment

We emphasize high impact majors that pave the way to productive careers in environment and sustainability. Our open STEM majors admit students at any time. Targeted transfer student opportunities include summer bridge and mentoring programs, community building seminars, and scholarships. Join UW faculty, students and advisors to discuss pathways, share ideas for innovation and expansion, and hear success stories.

3.D: International Admissions

Alder 105

Raquel Odom, Undergraduate Admissions, UW-Seattle
This session will highlight the international transfer application process and how it is different from the US transfer process. We want to provide advisors with information on how international students can satisfy College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs) with foreign high school transcripts and how foreign university transcripts are evaluated for applicable transfer credit. New advisors are encouraged to attend Transfer Admissions 101 before attending this session.

Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Real Estate, Construction Management, and Architecture departments offer exciting academic and professional pathways for students interested in the built environments. Engage with advisors about academic planning, major applications, and scholarships for transfer students, and hear from a panel of transfer students about their academic journeys.

2:10 p.m.–2:40 p.m.
Resource Fair #2 (UW Department Advisers)

Please join us for the second part of the resource fair! This second of two sessions will feature UW Department Advisers. Resource Fair attendees will rotate freely among UW Department Advisers in the lobby of Alder Hall.

2:40 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Breakout Session #4

4.A: The Avenues to Success in Health Professions

Alder Auditorium

Nora Coronado, Program Director, Center for Workforce Inclusion and Healthcare System Equity, Cher Espina, Director of Admissions and Student Diversity, UW School of Nursing, Jenn Maglalang, Director of Admissions, School of Social Work, Heather Eggleston, Manager of Academic Services, UW MED: LAB MED - MLS Program, Andrea Pardo, Graduate Program Manager, Biology, Jalen Smith, Student Lifecycle & Community Engagement Coordinator, Epidemiology, Teri Ward, Director, IMSD Program, UW-Seattle

The Health Professions Recruitment Collaborative provides an exchange of information regarding studies in the Health Sciences Schools and additional programs. Many students transfer to the UW and go on to successful studies in our programs. This session will provide an overview of the programs, their requirements, and the resources that are available to students, before, during, and after their career search and pursuit of health studies.

4.B: Becoming a Husky: Creating a Meaningful Transition

Alder 105

Emily Kolby, Academic Services-Director, Renee Infelise, Program Manager, First Year Programs, UW-Seattle 

First Year Programs at UW intentionally supports incoming transfer students through large-scale programs like Advising & Orientation (A&O), as well as seminars and focused engagement opportunities. This session will highlight what we have learned from transfer students, as well as the specific resources and experiences that can shape their transition.

4.C: UW Major System 101

Alder 107

Joslin Boroughs, Director, Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising, UW-Seattle 

Using student case studies, this session will outline the different pathways students take to entering a major at UW. The presentation will emphasize the importance of major readiness and provide advisers with the tools to support students as they prepare for a successful academic transfer to UW.

4.D: Tri-campus Admissions Roundtable

Alder 106

Carlos Williams, Assistant Director of Admissions for Transfer Recruitment, UW Seattle, Ben Johnson, Associate Director of Admissions, UW Bothell, John Langston (UW Tacoma)

An informal roundtable conversation facilitated by representatives from UW Seattle, Bothell & Tacoma campuses. Whether you are experienced or new to advising, bring your challenging questions and recurring scenarios to this unscripted conversation. We can help with those tricky admissions and advising issues.

3:30 p.m.-3:40 p.m.
3:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Raffle-Must be present to participate!

The University of Washington is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office (DSO) at least ten days in advance of the event at: (206) 543-6450 (voice), (206) 543-6452 (TTY), (206) 685-7264 (FAX), or dso@u.washington.edu.