The California Higher Education Student Summit, currently in its twenty-third year, is an annual conference hosted by the Cal State Student Association that empowers students to become change agents in advocating for an accessible, affordable, and quality system of public higher education for all Californians.

During a two-day conference held in the state capital, students participate in various training sessions on state governance, higher education and public policy, and conducting successful lobby visits in preparation for Advocacy Day at the Capitol. In addition, students are provided the unique opportunity to collaborate and network with state legislators and student leaders from all of CSU’s 23 campuses.

ASI advisors and staff looking to register for the Advisors Summit during the CHESS conference please click the link below. 


California Higher Education Student Summit 2018

CHESS 2018 Schedule

Saturday, March 10

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CSSA Plenary Meeting Sac State Alumni Center
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM CHESS Reception – Hosted By Sac State University Union Redwood Room

Sunday, March 11

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Registration & Breakfast Magnolia/Camellia
9:15 AM Welcome to CHESS (Maggie White, CSSA President & Marcos Montes, CSSA VP of Legislative Affairs) Magnolia/Camellia
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM General Session I (Senator Kevin de Leon; Senate President pro Tempore – California State Senate) Magnolia/Camellia
10:25 AM – 11:15 AM Workshop Session I
A) Higher Education Hot Topics in 2018: What You Need to Know Tafanelli
B) The Power of a Coalition: The Budget Advocacy Campaign in 2018 Beavis
C) Higher Education Research: The Work of the Public Policy Institute of CA Bondi
D) Coalition to Support Undocumented Students Carr
11:25 AM – 12:15 PM Workshop Session II
A) Women Who Lead in Sacramento Tafanelli
B) Building Your Message and Campaign Beavis
C) The 2 Chains of Life, Failures Leading to Success in Student Government Bondi
D) Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) & the CSU Carr
12:20 PM – 1:25 PM Lunch Magnolia/Camellia
1:35 PM – 2:25 PM Workshop Session III
A) Get Involved With the Cal State Student Association Tafanelli
B) Cal State Student Association Alumni in the Capitol Beavis
C) Discussing Educational Equity through Data Equity Walks Bondi
D) California Financial Aid and its Role in Student Access Carr
2:35 PM – 3:25 PM Workshop Session IV
A) Mock Lobby Visits Tafanelli
B) California Student Affordability & the Institute for College Access & Success Beavis
C) Navigating California’s Mental Health Movement Bondi
D) Innovation on Campus Carr
3:25 PM – 3:45 PM Break (Refreshments Provided) Magnolia/Camellia
3:45 PM – 4:45 PM General Session II (Trustee Jorge Reyes Salinas & Trustee Emily Hinton, CSU Student Trustees) Magnolia/Camellia
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Dinner Magnolia/Camellia

Monday, March 12

8:00 AM Check-out hotel
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Back to Basics Rally at the Capitol
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Self-guided meetings with legislators
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The deadline for CHESS 2018 is Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Option A | $175 per student attendee
Option A includes the CSSA plenary and CHESS conference

Option B | $125 per student attendee
Option B includes the CHESS conference only

Hotel Booking

The deadline for the CHESS hotel room block is Friday, February 9, 2018.

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-1700

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