DEI in Advising

 The University needs advisors to meet the challenge of creating more significant and intentional relationships with the students we serve. Student and University expectations for advisors are changing, and Developing Deeper Advising Relationships is a major step towards the professional evolution of advising on campus. This workshop series is going to enhance our staff advising relationships through interactive learning, situational role-playing, and self-actualizing training activities, and in particular focusing on the concepts of human equity and inclusion within the context of social group membership and identity exploration.

- DDAR Leadership 2015

Developing Deeper Advising Relationships (DDAR)

Academic advisors have an important role to play in creating a climate of equity and inclusion on our campuses. To fulfill this role, they need tools beyond what is provided in typical diversity training to develop and foster relationships which can positively impact student success and retention. DDAR focuses on the concepts of human equity and inclusion within the context of social group membership and identity exploration and includes the goals of helping advisors create more intentional advising relationships and understanding changing expectations for advising.

Course Requirements

DDAR is a four-part cohort series and participants must complete all four sessions sequentially, within the block they've registered for in order to receive credit. For example, a participant cannot attend sessions 1 and 2 of Fall Block and then sessions 3 and 4 of Winter Block; they must complete all four sessions within either Fall Block or Winter Block. 

Course Outline
  • Session 1: Inclusive Advising for a Diverse Student Population 
  • - Grounding Our Work
    - Your Role as an Advisor
    - Diversity and Inclusion 
    - What does Advising Mean to You? 
  • Session 2: Diversity Consciousness and Advising
  • - Diversity Consciousness
    - Principles of Community
    - Diversity Concepts
    - Why Multicultural Competence
  • Session 3: Bias, Oppression, and Allyship
  • - Bias and the Cycle of Socialization 
    - Understanding Oppression in Our Work
    - What About Allyship?
  • Session 4: Skill Building for Inclusion Excellence in Advising
  • - Communication and Advising
    - Conflict Management and Advising
    - Empathy Building and Advising
    - Self Evaluation and Advising
    - Leadership and Advising


For individuals interested in enrolling in this course, register through the UC Learning Center: 

Register through the UC Learning Center  


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