Since its beginning in 2005, Campus Connect has offered participants a broad perspective of California State University San Marcos and how campus divisions and departments are interconnected. Roughly 30 participants representing a broad cross-section of the campus community are selected each year. Over nine class sessions each cohort learns what other employees, including faculty, administrators and staff do to support the mission of the university and meet its strategic priorities. Upon graduation from the Campus Connect program, participants join an ever-growing alumni group on campus that offers even more chance for networking and building connects across campus.
Campus Connect is not a professional development program, rather it aims to enhance a positive campus engaging and learning experience by achieving the following objectives:
- Instill a deeper understanding of the CSUSM Mission, Vision and Values
- Increase awareness of job functions across divisions and departments to highlight the interdependent nature of everyone’s work
- Develop an appreciation for the complexity of the institution
- Create a cadre of “ambassadors” who will share insights, clarify misconceptions and communicate information about how the university works
Due to limited space, Campus Connect participants must apply to the program.
Participation in Campus Connect is more than just meeting for a few hours one Friday every month. During the first year of the program, participants will attend nine class sessions to engage with colleagues and learn more about the campus and the interconnected work being done to support the mission, vision and values of the university. But after graduation, they join a rich alumni culture that serves both as a growing resource and collaborative across campus.
Campus Connect Alumni foster connections with fellow Alumni and advertise and encourage colleagues to participate in the program. They have direct influence in forming the next year's program by collaborating on theme, curriculum, and cohort selection.