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Annual Conferences


Our next conference will take place in 2019. Please check back in November for more information. 


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Lorena Checa

Vice President Lorena Checa captured this snapshot of all of this years attendees!


This year’s theme was "We are all Educators" and we focused on the co-curricular model. Our morning keynote speaker was Dr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Professor, ARPE, at San Diego State University. She gave an interactive presentation on Co-Curricular Learning and Assessment. 

Following our morning group session, we listened to our student panels speak on the impact of intentional co-curricular learning initiatives.

We attended two breakout sessions this year that expanded on the co-curricular model and how it affects all of us at CSUSM.  

Below are the Power Point Presentations for some of our sessions for your reference. Thank you all for making this years conference a success and we look forward to next year!  

Morning KeynoteDr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik

Understanding the Co-Curricular Model Jennie Ruiz and Jason Schreiber, Dean of Students

Data Essentials: Evidence Based Culture & Decision-Making at CSUSMCameron Stevenson, Assistant Director Institutional Planning & Analysis

We are all Cougar Care Network (CCN) – Jennie Ruiz, Leslie Rockwell, Bonnie Campbell, Jill Flaa – Dean of Students Office

Help Them Connect or Watch Them Go!Ericka Paez, Associate Director, Veteran Services 


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This year’s theme was "We are Diversity" and we had a great line up of experts who shared their knowledge with us throughout the day. Our morning presenter was Chris Nayve, Chris Nayve Bio

Following our morning group session, we were pleased to offer a variety of small group break-out sessions that covered topics such as Critical Race TheoryWellness in the Workplace and Building Multi-Cultural Competency.

In response to last year’s conference feedback we also added a fourth break-out session to allow for additional and a more diverse range of topics.

Of special note, we were very pleased to have the following two presenters join us.

Maricela Amezola, Esq. offered two sessions on providing support to AB 540 students and the legal implications that impact what support is possible.

Kandy Salas, Ph.D. offred two sessions for staff to share information about our new professional development program and how to use our Student Affairs competencies assessments to develop a personal professional development plan. 

 Below are the Power Point Presentations for all of our sessions for your reference. In addition we also have three sessions available to view using the YouTube links below. Those sessions are AB540 Students, Investing in You for Staff and Investing in You for Managers. Thank you all for making this years conference a success and we look forward to next year!  



Thank you for attending the 1st Annual Professional Development Day! Below you'll find a list of presenters and the materials they provided during their sessions. We look forward to next year!

Power Point Presentations

Assessment 101 - Presenter Emily Langdon

Exploring Student Development Theory - Presenter Emily Langdon

Finance 101 - Presenters Dang Chonwerawong and Randy Duncan

Leadership Ethics - Presenter Scott Gross

Leading Teams in Student Affairs - Presenter Scott HaggShared Questions by Scott Hagg

Mindfulness - Presenter Fritz Kreisler

Navigating Title IX - Presenter Bridget Blanshan