The California Higher Education Student Summit, currently in its twenty-fourth 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.
CALIFORNIA HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENT SUMMIT
CSSA hosted the 23rd annual California Higher Education Student Summit (CHESS), which brings together CSU students from across the state. Nearly 250 students participated in a full day of advocacy training followed by legislative meetings at the State Capitol.
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Speakers & Workshops 2018
State Senator Steve Glazer
Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, has a long history of advocating for students dating back to his days as a student activist at San Diego State in the 1970s. Steve was student body president at San Diego State before serving as chairman of the California State Student Association. He then served as legislative director for CSSA for a two-year term, from 1979-81. Steve was the college campaign coordinator for Gov. Jerry Brown’s re-election race in 1978. In 2011, Gov. Brown appointed Steve to serve as a CSU Trustee until his election to the state Senate in 2015. As a Senator, Steve has prioritized student success at our higher education institutions. He was appointed chair of the Senate Select Committee on Student Success, where is examining ways to reduce barriers to graduation and achievement. Steve is the author of legislation that provided a new four-year degree track for CSU students known as the California Promise that was signed by Gov. Brown. He is authoring legislation this year to place a $4 billion capital bond for CSU and UC on the ballot; and a bill to improve data collection to examine student success at every level; and another bill to provide additional financial incentives for students to get them through in four years.
Meet the CSU Student Trustees
As the governing board for the largest comprehensive public university system in the country, the CSU Board of Trustees is responsible for oversight of the California State University system by adopting its rules, regulations, and policies. Now, what does that even mean? In this session, you will have the opportunity to connect with members of the board and learn more about the system-wide issues being discussed at the table. With more than 475,000 students in the CSU system, discover why the student voice is necessary for shaping the future of higher education in California and serving as a model for the rest of the nation.
Higher Education Hot Topics in 2018: What You Need to Know
Chief Consultant, Assembly Higher Education Committee
This presentation by a leading higher education policy expert in the Assembly focused on 2018 legislative hot topics, how they impact students, and what can be done to shape the conversation around public higher education in the capitol.
The Power of a Coalition: The Budget Advocacy Campaign in 2018
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Advocacy and State Relations
Starting in 2014, after several years of devastating budget cuts to the CSU, the CSU administration, students, faculty, and staff came together to advocate for renewed investment in the CSU. Born from that was the #standwithCSU campaign, a collaborative, consistent, and innovative advocacy effort aimed at the legislature. This year, the coalition continues to focus on increasing state support for the CSU. This session was a first-hand from the CSU Office of
Higher Education Research: The Work of the Public Policy Institute of California
One helpful tool in all legislative advocacy is concrete data and research. PPIC is a leader in the field of research on issues that include higher education. This presentation gave participants a broader perspective on the issues and trends identified by the work of PPIC. Associates from the institute speak on the work they do, and the future needs for the higher education in California.
Coalition to Support Undocumented Students
State & Federal Policy Manager
Campaign for College Opportunity
The Campaign for College Opportunity is a non-profit organization that works to promote college access and student success in California through policy research, communications, and advocacy. The Campaign facilitated a coalition to support undocumented students by calling for a DACA fix and additional resources to serve undocumented students in California higher education. Jake Brymner, State & Federal Policy Manager with The Campaign, shared the coalition’s priorities and how CSU students can get involved to ensure that our colleges and universities remain open to all students.
Women Who Lead in Sacramento
Sr. Manager of Admin & Finance, Cal State Student Association
Women leaders representing different sectors of California policymaking: the state agency, research organizations, legislators, and lobbyists, shared their perspectives on being advocates in the capitol. The panel discussed the unique challenges they have encountered as women in leadership positions and shared their strategies to achieve success and champion others.
(Left to Right)
Nichole Muñoz-Murillo; Director of State Relations, California State University
Laura Szabo-Kubitz; Associate California Programs Director, TICAS
Jennifer Fearing; Lobbyist & President of Fearless Advocacy
Jeanice Warden-Washington; Chief Consultant Higher Education Committee
Building Your Message and Campaign
Coordinator, ASI Leader & Program Development, CSU Fullerton
This workshop discussed how to build a successful message and how to develop a sustainable campaign that meets a variety of engagement levels and issues. Topics included: identifying and utilizing your allies, pyramid of engagement, and values-based messaging.
Issa Vibe: The 2 Chains of Life, Failures Leading to Success in Student Government
Ashley Lauren Joseph, MSEd
Sr. Coordinator of Student Engagement & Outreach, Cal State LA
Failure is the ultimate stepping stone to success. Student advocates often see this first hand. This session will explore how student advocates succeed following a failed attempt in the process of advocating for constituents and coping mechanisms in getting the momentum back. Students will hear about first-hand experiences on how failures can be the stepping stones to true success and their student government. Students will also discuss and develop strategies to enhance their current leadership experience within student government. They will also learn techniques to encourage fellow advocates in their respective governments. Being a student advocate is about these two chains and wearing them humbly, failure and success.
Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) & the CSU
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities, Western Regional Office
21 of the 23 of the California State University campuses are Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). This workshop explored the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities’ (HACU’s) policy work on behalf of HSIs and Latino students at the federal and state levels. This includes work on the federal DREAM Act and increased higher education funding for Latino and other underrepresented students in California.
Get Involved With The Cal State Student Association
Cal State Student Association
Are you interested in shaping CSU policy or advocating for CSU students? During this presentation and panel participents heared more information about leadership opportunities and deadlines for the 2018/2019 year. The panel of student leaders shared more about the CSSA executive officer, special officer, systemwide committee positions.
(Left to Right)
Alana Lim; Chair, Cal State Student Association
Aaron Castaneda; Vice President of Finance, Cal State Student Association
Marcos Montes; Vice President of Legislative Affairs, Cal State Student Association
Michael Pratt; Vice President of University Affairs, Cal State Student Association
Cal State Student Association (CSSA) Alumni in the Capitol
(Left to Right)
Sarah Couch; Legislative Assistant, Senator Patricia Bates
Tyler Aguilar; University of California Office of the President
Tiffany Boyd; Fellow, Assemblymember Jesse M. Unruh
In this panel discussion, participents recieved the inside scoop about advocacy from CSSA alumni who work in and around the capitol community and about how they went from CSSA to staff in the Capitol. Learn best practices about lobby visits, including how to answer tough questions, make the best case for your students, and leave a positive impression.
Discussing Education Equity through Data Equity Walks
External Relations Manager, The Education Trust – West
A Data Equity Walk is an interactive experience, developed by The Education Trust—West, where participants examine education data points and engage in an action-focused dialogue about educational equity. Participants will individually explore data that shows education outcomes and exposes opportunity gaps between groups of students before collectively discussing implications and identifying solutions to address disparities and improve outcomes.
California Financial Aid and its Role in Student Access & Success
Director of Government Affairs, California Student Aid Commission
Executive Fellow, California Student Aid Commission
More than 50% of CSU students receive some form of financial aid. As the cost of college rises, even more students will rely on grants and loans to finance their higher education. This workshop will discuss the financial aid landscape, and the work that the California Student Aid Commission is doing to both distribute, protect, and grow financial aid.
Mock Lobby Visits
Assistant Director of Government Relations, Cal State Student Association
CHESS gives you the opportunity to have a broader and deeper understanding of advocacy, the legislature, and issues affecting higher education. This workshop will help you apply all of your knowledge and teach you helpful tactics to have a successful lobby visit. You will also have the opportunity to work in smaller groups to conduct mock lobby visits where you will be able to employ your knowledge and tactics in different advocacy scenarios.
California Student Affordability & the Institute for College Access & Success
Associate California Program Director, TICAS
The majority of CSU students receive some form of financial aid. As the cost of college rises, even more, students will rely on grants and loans to finance their higher education. This workshop will discuss the impact of the California state budget and the status of the Cal Grant program, as well as other components of the state financial aid landscape for 2018.
Navigating California’s Mental Health Movement: On Campus, at the County, and Statewide
California Statewide Program Manager
Students are uniquely positioned to advocate for mental health prevention and early intervention efforts both on campus, and at the county and state level. Participants joined a conversation about how you can create lasting change on campus and in your community.
Innovation on Campus
Founder and CEO
Swipe Out Hunger
How can an idea go from grassroots to policy change? How can campus administration go from adversary to partner? Participants heared how one movement to end hunger on campus began with a group of friends breaking the rules and sharing their meal swipes and grew into a university integrated program that in 2017 was used to craft a multimillion dollar piece of California legislation. This session was led by Rachel Sumekh, founder and CEO of Swipe Out Hunger who has been recognized on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and scaled SOH onto over 37 universities and colleges.