CSUnity 2019 focused on preparing participants to be effective leaders and advocates on issues impacting CSU students. Sunday included sessions, led by experts in their field, informing and engaging participants on issues they will likely face during the academic year. Monday provided a 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.

Presentations

Speakers & Workshops

Hosted at California State University, Fullerton
August 11-12, 2019

Photos

General Session Speakers

CSUnity 2019 kicked off with welcomes from CSU Fullerton Associated Students Inc. (ASI) President Aaron Aguilar, 2019/2020 CSSA Vice President of University Affairs, Wonuola Olagunju, and 2019/2020 CSSA President, Michael Wiafe.  Each 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.

bod_3-2

Aaron Aguilar
President, Associated Students Inc.
California State University, Fullerton

bod_3-4

Wonuola Olagunju
Vice President of University Affairs
Cal State Student Association

bod_3-10

Michael Wiafe
President
Cal State Student Association

On the opening morning of the conference CSSA Assistant Director of Student Engagement, Brandon Tsubaki, spoke to the over 200 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.

bod_3-12

Brandon Tsubaki
CSSA Asst Director of Student Engagement

Workshops

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.

Presentations
bod_3-28
bod_3-47
bod_3-23

IMG_2642April Grommo
Director of Enrollment Management Services
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

The California State University system enrolls over 480,000 students across the 23 campuses. Learn about the admissions process, how campuses serve their local communities, and how they support students when the number of qualified applicants exceed the avaible spaces at a campus. The topics discussed will include impaction, local service and admission areas, local applicant impacted program priority, and redirection of CSU eligible applicants
https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/admissions/Pages/default.aspx

IMG_2377Linda Hoos
Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (DHR) & Title IX Compliance Officer
California State University

The California State University is one of the most ethnically and racially divers​e university systems in the U.S.​ Most campuses have cultural centers, indentity-based programs, diverse leadership, and a focus on equity, but what does this really mean for CSU students? Learn more about what the CSU is doing to ensure all members of the CSU community thrive in a dynmic enviroment and the role of student advocacy.
https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/diversity

IMG_2377Michael Wiafe
2019/2020 President
Cal State Student Association

CSSA serves California State University (CSU) students, advocates for student interests, and engages students in public higher education policy making.

https://www.calstatestudents.org/

IMG_2682Dr. Rashida Crutchfield
Associate Professor
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.

https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/student-success/basic-needs-initiative

IMG_2682Dr. Chenoa Woods
Assistant Director, Research & Programs
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Graduation Initiative 2025 (GI2025) 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.

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/why-the-csu-matters/graduation-initiative-2025

IMG_2648Linda Hoos
Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (DHR) & Title IX Compliance Officer
California State University

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.

https://www2.calstate.edu/titleix

IMG_2682Aaron Moore
Director, Advancement
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

Shefali Mistry
Manager, Constituent Engagement
California State University, Office of the Chancellor

The CSU Alumni Council is the systemwide representative voice of the 23 campus alumni associations and the 3.7 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 a volunteer alumni leader from each campus.  CSSA and the Alumni Council have a long history of collaboration and advocating together. Today’s students are tomorrow’s alumni!

IMG_2461Christopher Woolett
Communications & Marketing Specialist
Cal State Student Association

Each year student leaders at the CSU work to engage and communicate with their constituencies. In this session, we deconstruct what it means to engage with students on our campuses and how we can effectively communicate the resources, events, and work we do on behalf of the students we serve.

In this session, participants were asked to participate in a conversation about engagement with and communication to students on campus, systemwide, and state levels.

IMG_2461Juan F. Garcia
Student Trustee
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. Hear from Student Trustee Juan F. Garcia about the role of the Board of Trustees, important issues being addressed by the Board, and how to advocate for CSU student needs.

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/board-of-trustees

IMG_2591Terra Thorne
Director, CSU Student Success Network
Education Insights Center

The CSU Student Success Network brings together faculty, staff, administrators, and students to examine issues critical to student success. At this session, the Network will share its student experiences research that explores how CSU student navigate their way through college, and how they experience advising in particular, and will help students reflect on how their own experiences can be an instrument for change.

IMG_2469Dr. Robert K. 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 (ASCSU) 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. Learn more about the role of the faculty and the ASCSU in adovcating for CSU students.

https://www.calstate.edu/AcadSen/Records/About_the_Senate/

IMG_2559Jared Giarrusso
Chief Government Officer
Cal State Student Association

This year, California state leaders are having a major conversation regarding financial aid. Student voices are critical in these discussions. As the total cost of college rises, even more students will rely on grants and loans to finance their higher education. This workshop will discuss the nuances on this issue, and engage participants on how they would solve the affordability challenges of California’s college students.

IMG_2501IMG_2501Dr. Leslie Kennedy
Director, Digital Content and Academic Technology Services
California State University
Fred Neely
Project Manager for AL$ Marketing
California State University

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 projects on your campus to encourage faculty to adopt low and no cost course materials for their students.  As a result, last year the potential student savings was over $50M.

Your advocacy to inform your faculty of your support for their adoption of affordable textbooks so that your 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.

https://als.csuprojects.org/

IMG_2501IMG_2501Dr. Rob Shorette
Executive Director
Cal State Student Association
Elka-Anne Lacno
Dashboard Data Scientist
California State University

This interactive session will introduce the CO’s Student Success Strategic Initiatives department that is heavily involved in the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025. This session will introduce data anlysis and modeling projects via data dashboards and provide opportunities for participants to engage with key data around student success and develop strategies for analyzing and using data to contribute to important conversations around student success at the system and campus level.

https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/why-the-csu-matters/graduation-initiative-2025/Pages/Leading-with-Data.aspx


IMG_2501IMG_2501Michael Redmond
California State University, Office of the Chancellor
Fernando Solorzano
Chief of Police
California State University, Long Beach Police Department

The safety of CSU students, staff, faculty and visitors is the highest priority on each of the 23 campuses and the Chancellor’s Office. Learn more about what the CSU is doing to ensure CSU student safety, resources available to students, and how campus safety can partner with students.

https://www2.calstate.edu/systemwide-campus-safety-security/Pages/default.aspx

Advocacy Conversations

Hosted at California State University, Fullerton
August 11-12, 2019

Photos

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 2019/2020 academic year.

bod_3-109
bod_3-104
bod_3-34

CSUnity 2019 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 2019 CSUnity Advocacy Conversation guests.

IMG_3108

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

IMG_2169

Michael Wiafe
President (2019-2020)

IMG_3051

Adam Day
Chair

IMG_3485

Silas Abrego, Ed.D.
Trustee

IMG_3149

Larry Adamson
Interim Alumni Trustee

IMG_3162
Wenda Fong
Trustee

IMG_3097
Lillian Kimbell
Trustee

IMG_3097
Christopher Steinhauser
Trustee

IMG_3097
Peter Taylor
Trustee

IMG_3087

Loren J. Blanchard, Ph.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Nathan Evans
Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Academic and Student Affairs

IMG_3100

Jeff Gold
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Success Initiatives, Research, and Innovation

IMG_3055

Gerry Hanley
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Technology Services

IMG_3111

Luoluo Hong
Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

IMG_3081

Lea M. Jarnagin, Ed.D.
Special Assistant for Student Affairs

IMG_3124

Andrew Jones, J.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor and General CounselIMG_6611

Leslie Kennedy, Ed.D.
Director, Digital Content and Academic Technology Services

IMG_3061

Dean Kulju
Director, Student Financial Aid Programs & Services

IMG_3229

James T. Minor
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Success and External Partnerships

IMG_3229

Ray Murillo
Director, Student Programs

IMG_3229

Fred Neely
Project Manager for AL$ Marketing

IMG_3229

Kara Perkins
Executive Budget Director

IMG_3229

Ganesh Raman, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research

IMG_3229

Sabrina Sanders
Director, Student Affairs Projects & Initiatives

IMG_3229

Marshall Thomas
Director, Veterans Affairs

IMG_3229

Denise Woods-Bevly
Director, Student Wellness & Basic Needs Initiatives

IMG_3229

Alison Wrynn, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Programs, Innovations, & Faculty Development

2018

CSUnity

CSUnity 2018 focused on preparing participants to be effective leaders and advocates on issues impacting CSU students, while introducing them to leaders from the California State University System.

CSUnity 2018