Brown Bags, Coffee Talks, and Common Readings

The Office for Advising Development offers or sponsors two professional development series offered by advisors for advisors in a casual setting to provide a venue for conversation, learning, and enhancement of advising practice through advisor interaction.

Brown Bag and Coffee Talk Series

The OAD Steering Committee Brown Bag/Coffee Talks Subcommittee organizes brown bag lunches and coffee hours for advisors throughout the academic year.

Brown bags and coffee talks for 2017-2018 are continuously being organized throughout the year.

For Fall 2017, we’re currently planning an October event:

OAD Brown Bag/Coffee Talk – October 23, 2017 – My.UIC Portal
OAD Brown Bag/Coffee Talk – January 10, 2018 – “Immigration under the new administration: How can we prepare?” with Student Legal Services

In 2016 – 2017 our events were:

OAD Brown Bag/Coffee Talk – December 7, 2016 – “Financial Literacy: Advisors and Our Students”
OAD Brown Bag/Coffee Talk – April 6th, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – NACADA Webinar “Nudging Students to Success: The Integration of Academic Advising and Motivational Psychology”
OAD Brown Bag/Coffee Talk – April 12th, 2017 – 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Optimizing Impact II: More Student Research Experiences
OAD Brown Bag/Coffee Talk – May 24th, 2017 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – NACADA Webinar “When Students are Sad and Stay Sad: Best Practices in Advising Students with Depression”

In 2015 – 2016 our events were:

Screenings of “A Walk in My Shoes” Documentary from Kansas State University College of Education (9/3/15 and 9/15/15)
NACADA Webinar “Advising Needs of First Generation College Students: NACADA Leaders Share Their Experiences” (9/16/15)
NACADA Webinar Follow-Up Discussion (9/23/15)
Disability Resource Center Q & A (9/29/15)
NACADA Webinar “A Narrative Approach to Academic Advising: Helping Students Create Their Stories” (2/18/16)
Making the Most of Professional Development – A Panel Discussion (2/29/16)
NACADA Webinar “Advising Needs of First Generation Students: Taking a Closer Look” (3/23/16)
DRC 2.0 (4/7/16)

Tuesday/Thursday Topics: Common Readings

The Tuesday/Thursday Topics Advisor Common Readings deliver a monthly series of advisor-to-advisor discussions.

The 2016-2017 schedule and topics are:

September 19: Faculty Relationships (Daley Library conference room 1-470)
October 17: Advising Undeclared Students (Daley Library conference room 1-470)
November 16: Standardized Testing Culture (BH 121, Honors College)
February 15: Under-prepared Students (Daley Library conference room 1-470)
March 27: Social Media and Advising (Daley Library conference room 1-470)
March 29: New Advisors/Wiz of Oz (BH 121, Honors College)
April 17: Parent Interactions (Daley Library conference room 1-470)

All discussions will be held from 12:05-12:50 p.m.

For more information about the Advisor Common Reading, sign up for emails at Questions or comments? Email co-chair Alex Sainvillier,, or Diana Soriano,

The Common Readings Committee’s Mission Statement that guides their activities and discussions is:

The Common Reading Committee aims to cultivate a collaborative and student-centered forum for the exchange of ideas, resources, and best practices while fostering a sense of community among UIC advisors. This advisor-to-advisor opportunity for continued education and networking includes monthly common reading discussions (“Tuesday/Thursday Topics”).