Guttman Staff Present at the CUNY Advising Summit



May 6, 2022 | Advising, Research

Members of the Office of Advising & Transfer Support and Office of AccessABILITY partnered to present at the annual CUNY Advising Summit. This year’s summit, themed “Advising Reimagined,” encompassed a host of workshops that reflected on the pandemic and its impact on institutions that inspired transformation among advising practices and innovative approaches to advising models.

On Thursday, May 5, Diana Zechowski (Career Strategist) and Krystal Liriano-Gonzalez (Associate Director of Student Support and Academic Achievement) presented alongside colleagues of the CUNY Transfer Council (CTC). Their presentation titled: “Transferring in a Pandemic: How the CUNY Transfer Council United to Support Students through the Transfer Process” addressed the CTC’s strategic plan, goals, and achievements. Krystal Liriano-Gonzalez is the current Chair of the council. She looks forward to growing the council by including senior college stakeholders and partners and inviting all interested in completing an interest form to receive more information about the CTC.

On Friday, May 6, Diana Mangar (Assistant Advisor), Keshia Daniel (Student Success Advocate), Krystal Liriano-Gonzalez (Advising), Nicholas Acosta (Disability Accommodations Specialist), Uriah Brown (Student Success Advocate), and Victoria Romero (Associate Director of Student Support and Academic Advising) delivered a presentation titled “It Takes a Village: A Collaborative Approach to Supporting At-Risk Students.” The presentation highlighted Guttman’s advising practices and collaborations with campus partners that improve communication and techniques to support the success and retention of at-risk populations at Guttman Community College, namely probation and dismissal students. Collaborative initiatives highlighted in the presentation included “Academic Warning” communication with Financial Aid, Probation “To-Dos” in Starfish with the Academic Support Center, and the “SOS” initiative with the Office of AccessABILITY.

The Office of Advising & Transfer Support presented at CUNY’s Advising Summit for the second year. In 2021, team members presented “Putting the Star in Starfish: ​Leveraging Connect & Early Alert Tools to ​Provide First-Rate Advising During a Pandemic,” which focused on the utilization of Starfish to increase communication and engage students while in a remote setting.