CAA Biennial Conference
2016 CAA Conference – 30th Anniversary
Our Campus Climate: Fostering an Inclusive and Diverse Community through Advising
May 17, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Blane Harding
Blane Harding currently serves as the Director of the Center for Student Cultural Diversity at the University of Nevada Reno. He previously served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas. Mr. Harding is also a consultant for private companies and has worked with over 50 institutions of higher learning across the country. He retired from Colorado State University, after 24 years of service, in 2012 where he served as the Director of Advising, Recruitment, and Retention for the College of Liberal Arts. Professor Harding has taught courses in African American history and Ethnic Studies for the past twenty five years. Mr. Harding has also served as a retention faculty member with the Council for Opportunity in Education which oversees the national TRIO programs. He is a faculty member and past Chair of the Summer Institute Advisory Board for the National Academic Advising Association as well as the former Chair of the Multicultural Concerns Commission. Mr. Harding has published several articles on diversity, multicultural advising, and advisor training. Mr. Harding has presented at national conferences on various topics that focus on African American, Latino(a), Bi-racial, Native American, and Asian/Pacific Island students in higher education. He has published several articles on diversity, multicultural advising, and advisor training. These include a chapter titled “Students with Specific Needs” in Academic Advising: A Comprehensive Handbook October 2008 and “From Bridges to Coalitions: Collaboration Between Academic Advising Units and Offices that Support Students of Color”, NACADA 30 Anniversary Monograph Series, August 2009. His most recent publication co-authored with Marsha Miller is titled “Cultivating the Potential in At-Risk Students”, NACADA Pocket Guide Series, Spring 2013.