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Spring 2019 Schedule: 

A Spring 2020 Schedule for our upcoming University Leadership Conference is coming soon* 




Check-In/Continental Breakfast


Welcome Message: Chief Diversity Officer 


Keynote Speaker:  Catherine Wong

Keynote Title: Creating Sustainable Legacies of Change

Catherine Wong has worked to engage and empower communities all over the world to boldly challenge their notions of what it means to be a leader and change agent in ways that are inquisitive, innovative, and influential.  She will encourage us 1) to summon the courage and tenacity to stay the course with diversity and equity when power and privilege abound, 2) to recognize and honor how strong we really are in times of crisis and struggle, 3) to regard resistance as a transformative process in the face of the status quo, and 4) to navigate across our disciplines and departments to grow our collective change potential.




Breakout Sessions

1). Recognizing, Disrupting, and Preventing Microaggressions on Campus 

Microaggressions are the everyday insults, indignities, and invalidations targeting people from marginalized groups. They reflect larger oppressive structures and ideologies that create and sustain inequities used to keep those at the margins ‘in their place.’ Because microaggressions can be unintentional, indirect, and subtle, their power lies in their invisibility to the perpetrator and sometimes to the recipient. This workshop will discuss examples, scenarios, and strategies to prepare participants to recognize, identify, disrupt, and prevent these layered, insidious affronts. 

Facilitator: Dr. Rafael Hernandez

2). Forgotten Minority: API Leadership in a Changing World 

Our workshop invites conversation on the ten years since CSUSM’s designation as an Asian American/ Native American/ Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI). A brief overview of CSU data on Asian American and Pacific Islander students, staff, and faculty will offer a springboard for your reflections and ideas on next steps. 

Facilitators: Dr. Theresa Suarez & Floyd Lai

3). Leadership: Past, Present and Future 

Leadership training and development is a billion dollar business with as many models of leadership as there are problems and challenges in a world where the only constant is change. After hundreds of popular books and thousands of studies, do we really know what is the secret sauce of effective leadership? In this interactive presentation, we will examine how leadership has evolved from the initial focus on identifying the ideal leadership characteristics to cutting edge approaches such as transformational, authentic, and servant leadership and issues such as gender, ethics, multicultural, and mindful leadership.

 Facilitator: Dr. Rajnandini "Raj"Pillai


Breakout Sessions

4). Intuitive Eating: Taking Care of Yourself as a Holistic Leader

 Intuitive Eating is an evidence based, mind-body health approach comprised of 10 principles. This workshop will teach you the process of honoring health by listening to and responding to direct messages of your body in order to meet your physical and psychological needs. Being a healthy leader is an important step in being a holistic leader.

Facilitator: Tyler Rolling, Well-Being & Health Promotion, San Diego State University

 5). Introduction to Racial Literacy 

 Many of us who are committed to strong leadership are also deeply invested in promoting racial/ethnic equity in our institutions.  We are committed to understanding how systems perpetuate oppression, and we work to develop practices and networks that resist the marginalization of our students of color and their communities. However, a deep commitment to racial equity means much more than a systemic approach; we must also examine how we, as individuals, bring our personal experiences to our work and to our students. This session will focus on the unique stress that accompanies racial moments.  Racial stress describes the overwhelming feelings that accompany intrapersonal and interpersonal racial conflicts--anyone can experience racial stress, regardless of of their racial/ethnic background. Participants will be introduced to the theories and emotional/physical effects of racial stress and racial trauma, offering a racial literacy model (Stevenson, 2014) as a tool for reading and healing racial stress in the classroom.  Together, we will practice identifying the sources of racial stress and the strategies for addressing the ways that racial stress affects our approaches to building and leading communities. 

Facilitator: Dr. Kelsey Jones 

6). Transferable Skills

In an ever-changing job environment what skills do employees need to stay relevant, no matter the role? How can those skills make a career change that seemed out of reach begin to seem possible? In this interactive workshop we will break down the 7 ‘must-have’ skills employers are looking for and discover how to identify those skills within our individual experiences. We will also dive into job descriptions to make connections between the skills listed and our self-identified skills to help identify potential opportunities. 

Facilitator: Adrienne Tucker




Group Photo /Cesar Chavez Steps


 Breakout Sessions

7). The Imposter Syndrome: Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome Through Experiential Knowledge

This session will explore the mechanism that can be utilized to challenge the imposter syndrome through experiential knowledge and empower people of color.

Facilitator: Dr. Mohamed Abumaye

8). Mentorship: How to Build Your Own Network!

Research has shown that mentorship plays an important role in growing professionally. Mentorship creates a mechanism to uplift the community. This workshop will explore how to create a mentor/mentee relationship for professional advancement and support. During the session we will discuss strategies on how to determine what type of mentorship would best support your needs. Participants will be able to 1. Identify the skills they need in a mentor 2. List a few places to find a mentor 3. Identify what their needs will be in a mentor/mentee relationship.

Facilitator: Donna San Miguel

9).  Leading Through Change; Inclusive Excellence in Real Time

This highly interactive workshop will explore a collaborative framework that allows administrators, staff and faculty to deepen their level of consciousness about and further examine their leadership stance, so as to form inter and cross-cultural solidarity in the face of ongoing change. Participants will 1) broaden their skills in engaging and sustaining difficult dialogue, as an opportunity to better contextualize and transform heightened interactions, 2) create ‘vital and brave space’ to identify breakthrough strategies and share lessons learned to enhance support for the students, who are often marginalized, and 3) be encouraged to mobilize informal and formal networks of allied support that allow for “surviving and thriving,” even when faced with the most challenging of circumstances.

Facilitator: Dr. Joe-Joe McManus & Catherine Wong (Keynote Speaker)


FSA Presidents




Closing & Wrap-Up

The 2019 CSUSM Faculty Staff Associations Leadership Conference is  sponsored by the, Asian Pacific Islander Faculty Staff Association (APIFSA), Black Faculty & Staff Association (BFSA), Jewish Faculty Staff Association (JFSA), Latino Association of Faculty & Staff (LAFS), LGBTQA Faculty Staff Association, and Office of Inclusive Excellence.

Individuals with disabilities who would like to attend this event please contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence at or at (760)750-4039 regarding any special accommodation needs.

It is requested that individuals requiring auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify our office at least seven working days in advance. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.