CJ Venable (they/them/their pronouns) is the Training and Professional Development Specialist for University Advising at the University of Nebraska-Lincolnwhere they coordinate training and professional development for undergraduate academic advisorsacross campus.Prior to CJ’s role at UNL, they advised and worked as an advising administratorin the College of Communication and Information at Kent State University.CJ earned bachelor's degrees in Secondary Education and Mathematicsfrom Webster University and a master’s degree in College Student Personnelfrom Bowling Green State University. CJ is currently a candidate for the PhD in Cultural Foundations ofEducation at Kent State University. Their dissertation topic, “Confronting White Emotionality in Higher Education and Student Affairs through Professional Development,” explores the interlocking challenges of whiteness, settler colonialism, and emotions in orienting white student affairs professionals towards racial justice and decolonization. In addition to critical whiteness studies, CJ’s scholarshipengages with the purpose and aims of academic advising and the needs and experiences of trans people in higher education, particularly students and professional staff. They serve as the current chair of the Theory, Philosophy, and History of Advising Community in NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising and sit on NACADA’s Race, Ethnicity, and Inclusion Work Group. CJ has facilitated workshops for academic advisors in the US and Canada,and they regularly presentat local, regional, and national conferenceson topics related to equity and social justice.