CSUnity 2018 is focused on preparing participants to be effective leaders and advocates on issues impacting CSU students. Sunday will include sessions, led by experts in their field, informing and engaging participants on issues they will likely face during the academic year. Monday will provide the unique opportunity for campus delegations to speak directly to CSU system decision-makers to learn more about the area, share their concerns, and begin to develop a plan to address these critical issues.

Speakers & Workshops
Advocacy Conversations
CSUnity 2019

Speakers & Workshops

Hosted at California State University, Long Beach
August 5-6, 2018

General Session Speakers

CSUnity 2018 kicked off with a dinner the night before the first day of the conference.  2018/2019 CSSA President, Mia Kagianas, and CSSA Executive Director, Dr. Rob Shorette, gave speeches about the gravity of the opportunity to work with students leaders from across the 23 California State University campuses and the importance of their voices in discussions with systemwide policymakers and leaders.


Mia Kagianas & Dr. Rob Shorette II
CSSA President & Executive Director

On the opening morning of the conference CSSA Vice President of University Affairs, Wilson Hall, and CSSA Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Brandon Tsubaki, spoke to the over 250 audience members about CSUnity and the imperative role of students in policymaking.  They also outlined the event and gave words of encouragement to those who had not attended a conference like this before.


Wilson Hall
CSSA Vice President of University Affairs


Brandon Tsubaki
CSSA Asst Director of Student Engagement


Sunday included sessions, led by experts in their field, informing and engaging participants on issues students will likely face during the academic year.  Below are a list of the workshops and extra materials provided during the presentations and discussions.


IMG_2642Robert Collins
Vice Chair
Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU)

As the official voice of the faculty in matters of system-wide concern, the Academic Senate of the California State University provides the means for the faculty to participate in the collegial form of governance which is based on historic academic traditions as recognized by California law.

Workshop Presentation

IMG_2377Dr. Rashida Crutchfield
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
California State University, Long Beach

Critical to student success at the CSU, the Basic Needs Initiative takes a holistic look at students’ well-being both inside and outside the classroom, from housing and food security to mental health. We’re working together to find better ways support our students on their path to graduation.

Learn more about the CSU Basic Needs Initiative
Workshop Presentation

Dr. Leslie Kennedy
Director, Digital Content and Academic Technology Services
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Fred Neely
Project Manager for AL$ Marketing
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Advocating and Supporting Student Success with Access to Affordable Textbooks

Many students are struggling with affording their course materials, and as a result, they can experience lower grades, drop courses, and experience overall stress because of the extra costs.  It is a fact that students who have access to their textbooks on the first day of class have the opportunity to be more academically successful!  The CSU Affordable Learning Solutions is funding campus projects to help faculty adopt low and no cost course materials for their students.  Your advocacy to inform your faculty of your support for their adoption of affordable textbooks so that their students have equitable access would be invaluable.  Potential campaign strategies for you could include adopting a statement or guidelines advocating faculty to consider equitable access to course materials, collaborating with the faculty senate, working with the campus AL$ committee, coordinating social media campaigns, presenting at faculty development days, writing campaigns for the campus newspaper, and more.

Learn more about CSU Affordable Learning Solutions
Workshop Presentation
Workshop Handout
Info from US PIRG

IMG_2682Mia Kagianas
President (2018-2019)
Cal State Student Association

Dr. Rob Shorette
Executive Director
Cal State Student Association

The Cal State Student Association (CSSA) improves the lives of California State University (CSU) students by advocating for student needs and engaging students in systemwide, state, and federal higher education policy making.

Learn more about CSSA

Aaron Moore
Director, Advancement
California State University, Chancellor’s Office

Shefali Mistry
Manager, Constituent Engagement
CSU Office of the Chancellor

The CSU Alumni Council is the systemwide representative voice of the 23 campus alumni associations and the 3.5 million CSU alumni.  The Council’s main role is to elect the Alumni Trustee to the CSU Board of Trustees, advocate for the university, and provide professional development to campuses to grow the ability to engage alumni in student, campus, and systemwide success.  The Alumni Council is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit and its board consists of the Alumni Director and volunteer alumni leader from each campus, in addition to systemwide officers.  CSSA and the Alumni Council have a long history of collaboration.

Learn more about the CSU Alumni Council
Workshop Presentation

IMG_2648Emily Hinton
Student Trustee (2017-2019)
California State University, Board of Trustees

The 25-member Board of Trustees adopts regulations and policies governing the entire CSU system. Board committees have authority over educational policy, finance, campus planning, and facilities, among other areas.

Learn more about the CSU Board of Trustees

Michael Redmond
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Operations Support
California State University, Chancellor Office

Richard Wall
Chief of Police
California State University, Los Angeles

IMG_2461Dr. Ana Aguayo-Bryant
Assistant Director of Student Programs
The California State University

As a leader in higher education, the 23-campus California State University is committed to ensuring academic opportunities are available to all the state’s students, regardless of citizenship status.

Resources for Undocumented Students

Dr. Joan Torné
Chief of Staff, Human Resources
CSU Office of the Chancellor

Leo Coya
Senior Manager, Academic and Student Affairs Initiatives
CSU Office of the Chancellor

This workshop centers on the work that the CSU Chancellor’s Office and the 23 campuses are doing regarding diversity and inclusion.  At our system, all 23 campuses are laser-focused on creating an environment that is welcoming and committed to fostering a vibrant community of students, faculty, staff and administrators, all of which are invested on the many dimensions of student success and academic excellence.  Recently, almost all 23 campuses attended the first ever ‘Systemwide Diversity Officers Meeting’ on June 29, 2018 and the ‘Forum for Best Practices for Faculty Diversity’ the day before.  The meetings consisted of thoughtful dialogue and meaningful discussions about issues impacting all students.  After attending this workshop, attendees will have a better understanding of what the CSU is doing regarding campus climate, focusing on the themes that arose from both meetings and what it means at your respective campuses.

Workshop Presentation
Workshop Handout

IMG_2591Jeff Carter
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Workshop Presentation

IMG_2469Dean Kulju
Director, Student Financial Aid
CSU Office of the Chancellor

Workshop Presentation

IMG_2559Dr. Chenoa Woods
Assistant Director, Research & Programs
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Graduation Initiative 2025 is the CSU’s ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. Through this initiative the CSU will ensure that all students have the opportunity to graduate in a timely manner according to their personal goals, positively impacting their future and producing the graduates needed to power California and the nation. To achieve the ​Graduation Initiative 2025 goals, the CSU is addressing academic preparation, enrollment management, student engagement and well-being, financial aid, data-driven decision making, and administrative barriers.

Learn more about Graduation Initiative 2025
Workshop Presentation

IMG_2501Abrahan Monzon
Assistant Director, ASI Community Centers
Associated Students, Inc. at California State University San Marcos

Workshop Presentation

Linda Hanson
Asst Vice Chancellor for Systemwide Equal Opportunity/Title IX/Compliance
California State University, Chancellor’s Office

Linda Hoos
Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President, Office of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive financial assistance from the federal government. This includes protection for students, educators and school employees against all forms of sex or gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, other forms of sexual misconduct, stalking and retaliation.

Learn more about Title IX

IMG_2712Amy Smith
Deputy Director
National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC)

National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC) has developed the Student Voice Index (SVI) to assess the role of students in institutional decision-making. It’s a foundational study, examining the formal and informal ways student voice is integrated into policies and programs that affect student success throughout higher education.

Learn more about NCLC

IMG_2444Dr. Vincent Vigil
Interim Director at Diversity Initiatives & Resource Centers
California State University, Fullerton

Participants learned how Cal State Fullerton interprets the First Amendment when monitoring free speech activities. In addition, participants learned how campus partners work together to ensure student safety.

IMG_2619Kara Perkins
Executive Budget Director
Chancellor’s Office

The California State University has set historic goals — goals that require ample resources. Specifically, the CSU aims to redouble our efforts on Graduation Initiative 2025, increasing degree completion rates and eliminating the achievement gap at every campus. Continued and increased investment from the state of California will ensure that the CSU’s tradition of inclusive excellence continues for the next generation and beyond.

Learn more about the CSU Budget
Workshop Presentation

IMG_6619James Ahumada
Senior Communications Manager
California State University, Long Beach, Associated Students Inc.

Training for student employees and campus student leaders on working with the media and best practices for effecting lasting change.

Workshop Presentation

Advocacy Conversations

Hosted at California State University, Long Beach
August 5-6, 2018

Monday provided the unique opportunity for campus delegations to speak directly to CSU system decision-makers to learn more about the area, share their concerns, and begin to develop a plan to address these critical issues.  Starting a dialogue with CSU decision-makers before the academic year begins is a unique attribute of the CSUnity conference, which allows student leaders the opportunity to learn about the system and for decision-makers to hear the important voices of students who will be advocating throughout the 2018/2019 academic year.


CSUnity 2018 Guests

Thank you to this year’s guests from the California State University system.  If you are a systemwide leader who would like to participate in next years CSUnity conference please contact CSSA’s Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Brandon Tsubaki, for more details.  Below are the 2018 CSUnity Advocacy Conversation guests.

Dr. Robert Collins
Academic Senate of the California State University, Vice Chair


Mia Kagianas
President (2018-2019)

Joe Nino
Chair (2018-2019)

Carolyn Tinoco
Vice President of Finance (2018-2019)

Latrel Powell
Vice President of Legislative Affairs (2018-2019)

Wilson Hall
Vice President of University Affairs (2018-2019)

Dr. Rob Shorette
Executive Director

Manolo Morales
California State University Alumni Council President


Adam Day


Emily F. Hinton
Student Trustee


Lillian Kimbell


Jack McGrory

Christopher Steinhauser


Garrett P. Ashley
Vice Chancellor, University Relations and Advancement


Andrew Jones
Executive Vice Chancellor, General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Trustees


Gerry Hanley
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Technology Services


Dr. James T. Minor
Assistant Vice Chancellor & Senior Strategist


Dr. Jeff Gold
Assistant Vice Chancellor Student Success Strategic Initiatives Research & Student Success Strategic Initiatives


Nathan Evans
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Services


Dr. Alison Wrynn
Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs and Faculty Development and Interim State University Dean, Academic Programs


Dr. Denise Bevly
Director, Student Wellness & Basic Needs

Dr. Marshall Thomas
Director of Active Duty and Veterans Affairs


Ray Murillo
Director, Student Programs


CSUnity 2019 Information

Location TBD
August 11-12, 2019

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