The advising community at the University of Oregon believes that it is our responsibility as an institution to remove barriers and provide needed support to ensure success for all of our students. There are multiple ways that advisors contribute to these efforts beyond their interactions with students.
Access & Equity Committees
The Access & Equity Committees within the Office of Academic Advising and the Division of Undergraduate Education and Student Success work to identify and implement policy and best practice at an organizational level. Recent work by Access & Equity Committees include:
- Providing training on topics including essentials of intercultural communication, serving DREAMer students, and exploring themes related to UO’s Common Reading Program
- Incorporating multicultural competencies into performance evaluation of advisors
- Offering review of position descriptions and consultation in regards to recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision practices within the Division of Undergraduate Studies.
As part of the responsibilities of their role, advisors play key roles in building and maintaining partnerships with academic departments, student services, and working groups across campus. Advisors in the Office of Academic Advising learn from and help inform campus efforts through involvement in various hiring committees, strategies groups, faculty senate, and more.
Beyond connection with campus partners, administrative support for advisor professional development has included resources to participate in state and regional advising conferences, implicit bias trainings, Diversity Search Advocate Trainings, and trainings on intercultural communication, and more.
Advisors have also taken on initiatives and incorporated new practices into their work. For example, ongoing outreach efforts have included involvement with first-year experiences courses for international students and on-site prospective transfer advising at Lane Community College. As part of UO’s broader student success initiatives, the advising community on campus has worked to expand its data-informed outreach via Student Success Collaborative software to proactively provide student support, and in Fall 2018 it expanded its support for non-cognitive skills development through the incorporation of ETS SuccessNavigator.