Oregon Higher Education Mentoring Symposium

Oregon Higher Education Mentoring Symposium

In January 2016, Oregon State University and Western Oregon University were awarded state funding to design and implement diverse mentoring programs. The mentor coordinators have been working to pilot these at their respective universities and designed this symposium to share best practices with colleagues throughout Oregon.

The Oregon Higher Education Mentoring Symposium will feature two Keynote Speakers, concurrent sessions and Networking Opportunities that appeal to those professionals with roles that relate to career services, internship coordination, advising, academic counseling, employer relations and alumni relations. During the Symposium, emphasis has been places on these key areas:

  • Mentoring initiatives throughout Oregon and the opportunities to collaborate statewide.
  • Mentoring theories ranging from traditional one-to-one connections to the new concept of developmental networks.
  • How to design and implement an effective mentoring program using in-person and virtual strategies.
  • Various mentoring methods including one-to-one, group, flash, and long-term.
  • Mentoring best practices in regards to recruitment, training, sustaining, and evaluation.
  • Resources available for in-person and virtual mentoring platforms.

Keynote: Lori Ellis                                          

Lori Ellis is a co-founder of the Career, College, Collaborative (C3), a statewide cross-sector of agencies and professionals focused on mobilizing school counselors, administrators, and advisors to build viable pathways to post secondary and career opportunities for students. In addition to leading efforts of C3, she is the state lead for the national Reach Higher initiative bringing together education and industry to work on a plan that supports work around college and career readiness. Lori works for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission as a college and career readiness administrator and for the past 10 years was the ASPIRE and Outreach administrator. Under Lori’s leadership, the ASPIRE post secondary mentoring program grew from 43 sites to more than 160 including middle schools, high schools, colleges, and community-based organizations. Her new role as the college and career readiness administrator incorporates her passion for students, training and development, and collaboration to reach all corners of Oregon to engage stakeholders into this conversation about college and career readiness. Education: D.Ed (2018), Educational Methodology, Policy, and Leadership, University of Oregon. MBA, Northwest Christian University. BA English, University of Oregon.

Keynote: Dr. Laura Gail Lunsford

Biography: Author, consultant, scholar, speaker, and mentor Laura Gail Lunsford joined the Cameron School of Business in 2016 as the director of the Swain Center. She has authored over thirty articles, case studies, and chapters on mentoring and leadership. Lunsford authored the Handbook for Managing Mentoring Programs. She is co-editor and a co-author on three upcoming books on mentoring and leadership, including the Sage Handbook of Mentoring. She was a tenured associate professor in psychology at the University of Arizona prior to coming to UNCW. Her PhD is from NC State University. Her previous administrator positions include being the first, full-time director of the Park Scholarships at NC State and the first Director of Alumni Relations at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Education: PhD, Psychology, NC State University. MS, Human Development & Family Studies, UNC Greensboro. BA Psychology, NC State University.

Oregon Higher Education Mentoring Symposium – General Schedule

8:00 - 8:30 AMRegistration
8:30 - 10:00 AMWelcome & Breakfast Keynote Lori Ellis, C3: College, Career, Collaborative
10:15 - 11:45 AMCampus Compact: Designing a Mentoring Program with an Equity Lens
12:00 - 1:30 PMLunch - Keynote: Dr. Laura Gail Lunsford, Starting and Supporting a Mentoring Program
1:45 - 2:45 PMASPIRE: Statewide Mentoring Initiatives for Higher Education
3:00 - 4:00 PMWOU Student Health Services: Peer Mentoring Best Practices
4:15 - 5:00 PM OSU and WOU: Mentoring on the Cheap/Closing Remarks
5:00 - 6:30 PMOptional Networking Event/Social Justice Roundtable


The Oregon Higher Education Symposium in its inaugural year, will bring together all of Oregon’s public higher education partners interested in designing, building, or sustaining a mentoring program.

There is no cost to attend the Symposium and attendees are invited to come and go throughout the day as their schedule allows.

Location: CH2M HILL Alumni Center: 725 SW 26th Street, Corvallis, OR 97331
Date: June 22, 2017
Cost: No Fee to Attend
Registration Includes:
  • Keynote Breakfast
  • Keynote Lunch
  • Access to all sessions
  • Optional Networking Event/Social Justice Roundtable
  • All Symposium related materials
  • *For more information on registration for the Oregon Higher Education Mentoring Symposium and the Oregon Academic Advising Conference, visit our registration page by clicking on the Registration button, below.


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