University of Wisconsin–Madison
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UW-Madison Advising & Career Services Conference

Join your advising and career services colleagues for a conference experience that is refreshing and restorative, engaging, centered on community and connections, accessible, relevant, and fun!

Save the Dates: The 2023 Advising & Career Services Conference will be held from March 7-9, 2023!

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About the Conference

  • How can I register for the Conference?

    Registration for the 2023 Advising & Career Services Conference will open in January 2023.

  • Will the conference be in-person or virtual?

    There will be both in-person and virtual events.

    • Tuesday, March 7 | Virtual Keynote & Welcome
    • Wednesday, March 8 | TBD
    • Thursday, March 9 | In-Person Breakout Sessions & Closing at Gordon Dining & Event Center

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  • Will sessions be recorded?
    • The virtual keynote presentation will be recorded.
    • Breakout sessions will not be recorded.
  • Who can attend this conference?

    The conference is designed for the UW-Madison advising community and career services professionals to support their professional growth.

    At this time we are unable to open the conference to non-UW-Madison employees but it is something we’re considering for future years.

  • What will Conference sessions focus on?


    Some examples may include: Holistic student support, support in a hybrid model, theory & practices of advising, faculty connections, supporting our sophomore students, etc. 

    Career Services

    Some examples may include: Employment outcomes, international student career development, working with employer partners, barriers to internship participation, etc.

    Leadership and/or Supervision

    Some examples may include: Successful hybrid work models, supporting supervisee success, strong office culture, seeking team feedback, etc.

    Personal & Professional Development

    Some examples may include: Professional organization involvement, individual career satisfaction, financial wellness, work/life boundaries, employee wellbeing

  • Who hosts the conference?

    This year the Advising & Career Services Conference is planned by the Office of Undergraduate Advising in consultation with the Advising Training & Development Team (ATDT) and Career Services Council Professional Development (CSCPD). 

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, March 7 | Virtual Welcome, Keynote & Reflection with your Unit/Office

Wednesday, March 8 | More information coming soon

Thursday, March 9 | Breakout Sessions & Closing at Gordon Dining & Event Center

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2022 Keynote: Identity-Conscious Supervision in Higher Education

Information about the 2023 Keynote coming this winter!

Higher education professionals often supervise in their career, but rarely receive training around supervision and management. Professional development focuses on skill building in functional areas yet often ignores lived experiences of bias and hostility in the workplace that prevent learning and growth. This keynote addresses a new conceptual framework focusing on developing a strong sense of self, organizational change, and tangible starting points.

Keynote and conference welcome was held virtually on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from 9:00-10:45 am.

  • Dr. Shruti Desai

    Dr. Shruti Desai (she, her, hers) currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs for Campus Life at Duke University where she leads a dynamic team committed to identity consciousness through programming and storytelling, leadership, fraternity and sorority life, professional development, and marketing and communications.  Prior to that, she served as the Chief of Staff for the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to her role at WashU she served as Assistant Vice President at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL where she oversaw Title IX, Counseling Services, and Residential Life.  Shruti held professional roles in Residence Life at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Kansas, and Texas Tech University.  

     Shruti has served as adjunct faculty at the George R. Warren Brown School of Social Work and Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis and the co-chair elect of NASPA’s Asian Pacific Islander Knowledge Community. She has also served as faculty at NASPA’s Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Academy. Most recently, she co-authored Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs: Building Relationship & Transforming Institutions, which was published by Routledge. 

    Shruti’s research examines resilience in women of color in Senior Student Affairs Officer roles. Shruti has worked to lead systemic change for LGBT and individuals of color for students and professional staff. Shruti presents regionally and nationally on identity-conscious supervision, creating supportive cultures for marginalized identities, building a culture of assessment, and resilience. Shruti is an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI) as well as a past faculty and intern with SJTI. Her passion lies around getting beyond the false binary of race in America, examining identity as intersections of power and privilege, and data as storytelling.  Shruti holds a B.A. in Psychology from Mercer University, a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Maryville University. She lives in Durham, N.C. with her incredible wife and their zoo of two dogs and a cat. 

  • Robert Brown

    Robert Brown (he, him, his) serves as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Outreach in the Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he works alongside students, faculty, and staff to reimagine pedagogy, policy, and programs. Previously, he served as the inaugural Director of Social Justice Education at Northwestern, where he led several curricular and co-curricular institutional social justice education initiatives. He also provides organizational development consultation and training with a focus on social justice, leadership and organizational change. His work centers on dismantling systems of oppression through critical dialogue and reflection intertwined with theoretical concepts. Prior to joining Northwestern, Rob held professional roles in Residence Life and Multicultural Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis and University of Wisconsin – Madison. 

    Robert has presented and facilitated regionally and nationally on topics related to social justice education, racial justice, inclusive pedagogy, identity-conscious supervision, assessment & evaluation, college men & masculinities, and civic engagement. Rob is an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), a past faculty and intern with SJTI, Lead Facilitator with LeaderShape, and has held leadership roles in NASPA and ACPA. Robert holds a BS in Finance and Community Service Studies from DePaul University, MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. He was honored to receive the 2020 DePaul University Distinguished Alumni Award for his commitment to the Vincentian mission through his leadership on equity and social justice issues. Robert’s research interests explore topics related to equity and inclusion in higher education; faculty development and critical pedagogy; and identity-conscious supervision and management. Most recently, he co-authored Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs: Building Relationship & Transforming Institutions, which was published by Routledge.

    He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and enjoys traveling, golfing, binge watching TV shows, cooking, watching sports, and spending time with his wife, son, and friends and family around Chicago! Rob works diligently to bring his professional experiences, research interests, and passion for social justice to life through his work as a social justice educator always seeking to create space for community building, healing, and liberation.

  • Craig Elliott

    Craig Elliott PhD (he, him, his) is a father, a partner, a feminist anti-racist, and a revolutionary-at-heart. He is married to Nicole and is father to Jackson and Thomas. He has worked in student affairs for 30, and serves as the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Montana Tech University. He identifies as white, cisgender male, heterosexual, upper middle-class, Buddhist, able-bodied, U.S. citizen, and in his early 50s. 

    Craig has presented numerous programs at the local and national level on equity, inclusion, social justice, and leadership, and has served in a variety of leadership capacities in ACPA, NASPA, and NCORE. Notably, Craig has served as President of ACPA-College Student Educators International from 2019-2020, while also serving as Vice President and Past President. He is a Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI) alumnus, serves on the faculty with Student SJTI, is a Co-Lead facilitator for LeaderShape, and is on the board of World Trust. 

    Craig recently co-authored a book with fellow SJTI alums Robert Brown and Shruti Desai on Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs: Building Relationships and Transforming Systems. His research interests explore white supremacy and internalized dominance, feminism and masculinity, the intersection of transformative learning and social justice, and institutional change. Craig also is part of the editorial collective for Rad Dad, a zine on feminist and social justice parenting. He has also contributed chapters on feminism, fathering, co-authored articles on institutional barriers to inclusion and equity, and transformative learning, and co-edited three anthologies on feminist parenting. His website is 

    Craig also serves in his local community in scouting and youth soccer. He loves soccer, music, time with friends and family, and really good, strong coffee. 

Dr. Shruti Desai
Robert Brown
Craig Elliott


Please reach out to the Advising & Career Services conference co-chairs:

Kala Grove, Assistant Director for Advising Training and Professional Development

Tara Milliken, Assistant Director for Career Services Training and Communication

For general questions or accommodation requests, contact 

“Every year I look forward to this conference! It does an amazing job of bringing together our community, informing us about trends and allowing time for reflection.”

2017 Advising Conference participant

“All of the sessions I attended included concrete, actionable information. I also very much enjoyed the cohesiveness of the advising conference around the [wellness] theme.”

2018 Advising Conference Participant

“The information shared by colleagues (and students) was invaluable! I am always impressed at the quality of presentations and the knowledge on our campus in ALL circles”

2022 Advising & Career Services Conference Participant