2018-19 Adviser Forum East has ended
**Reminders: Please bring a notebook and pen to every session, and wear your CAC name badge at all times.**

Dear CAC family,

Welcome to our Adviser Forum East in New York City! We are thrilled to have you here in the Big Apple and are grateful to our host chapter, the awesome NYU Corps!

Our theme this year goes to the heart of CAC’s mission -- Advancing Opportunity. The goal over the next few days is to recommit ourselves to advancing opportunity in various ways. We hope you will discover best practices from your peers, engage with the research, reflect on your journey and what may lie ahead by interacting with the alumni panel and industry workshops, and be inspired by our guest speakers whose stories capture in powerful ways the journey to advancing opportunity.

On behalf of our national team and Board of Directors, we are grateful for the work that each of you — 716 advisers serving 210,000 students in 16 states across the country — do every day. We continue to build a national movement at a critical time in our nation’s history. Let us commit to ensuring every student hears those four key words, “I believe in you” and, together, we advance opportunity.

It is an honor to serve with you!

Nicole Hurd
Founder and CEO
College Advising Corps

Ashley Stone

The George Washington University
Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration
Ashley Stone is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration at The George Washington University. Her research focuses on rural students in higher education. She works to disrupt monolithic notions of what it means to be rural by highlighting the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity that is often overlooked in rural communities. She also uses a critical approach to her work in an effort combat deficit perspectives associated with rural students and to uncover the unique skills and resources that they bring into college. Dr. Stone has also conducted research examining the impact of service learning courses on first-year students and has worked collaboratively with Dr. Taryn Ozuna Allen on her work exploring the experiences of Latinx Students attending Historically Black Colleges or Universities.

Prior to transitioning into a faculty role, Dr. Stone worked for over a decade in a variety of Student Affairs roles, including full-time the Director for New Student Services and Student Support at Southern Methodist University and as an Assistant Director for Student Access, Transition, and Success at Purdue University. She began her career in Multicultural Affairs while earning her master’s degree at Baylor University and worked in service-learning and community engagement initiatives while pursuing her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. These past experiences help Dr. Stone bridge the divide that too often exists between the academic and student affairs divisions on university and college campuses by informing her work both in the classroom and her research agenda.