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Investing In You: Professional Development

The Investing In You professional development program is a reflection of the Division's commitment to ongoing professional development for our most valuable resource, our staff. An ongoing investment in the personal and professional development of our division is key to maintaining excellence in student services delivery.

Throughout The Year


Current Sessions


Friday, November 8, 2019
10:30 am–12 pm
USU 2310 A
Multicultural Competency: Working with students | Floyd Lai
As the demographics of our CSUSM student populations continue to evolve and become more diverse, how do we as student affairs professionals develop the capacity and cultural competency to serve them? Learn more about the multicultural competency sequence and how our own biases may affect the way we see our students.
NOTE: If you would like to attend this session, please go to and take the “Race IAT” prior to coming to the training. On the main screen click "TAKE A TEST" at the bottom of the page.
Friday, November 15, 2019
1:30–3 pm
Kellogg 3010
Continuous Improvement Program Review Workshop | Alan Brian & Ahmbra Austin
This workshop offers consultation regarding your department's program review process and can help you identify potential benchmarking sources. Bring your questions for discussion with colleagues in this interactive workshop.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
3–4 pm
USU 2310 A
Departmental Overview: Athletics | Jason Stock
A lot has changed in the 20-year history of the Department of Athletics, including being the newest addition to Student Affairs! Come learn about the evolution of the Department of Athletics and what the future holds.
Friday, December 6, 2019
10–11 am
USU 2310 A
Departmental Overview: New Student & Family Programs | Christiana Moen
Learn more about how New Student and Family Programs supports new students and their families in a successful transition to CSUSM.  Orienting to campus goes beyond our one day Orientation program.  Join us to learn about our year round orientation model and how you can partner to aid in a smooth transition to CSUSM for students and families alike. 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
3:00–4:30 pm
Kellogg 3010
Stress Management Tactics | Dr. Lissa Lim
Take a break from your busy day and come join us for this Stress Management Workshop where you will learn more about the ways stress manifests for you, learn new ways of managing your stress, and supporting your resilience. This workshop is didactic, interactive, and experiential so come ready to practice some stress management skills together.
Friday, February 7, 2020
10–11 am
USU 2310 A
Departmental Overview: University Student Union | Sara Quinn & Lisa Dickinson
Abstract coming soon...
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
12–1 pm
USU 2310 B
Departmental Overview: Dean of Students | Leslie Rockwell
Are you being affected by the influx of students coming to us for assistance and support?  The Dean of Students Office is offering a presentation and discussion on how student affairs professionals at CSUSM can better prepare themselves and be informed of the resources for students. You will learn information about what happens “behind the curtain” of the Cougar Care Network, as well as how to take action and triage a student situation should it land with you first. You will also gain insight into other areas within the Dean of Students Office, such as: Student Conduct & Ethical Development, the Civility Campaign, New Student & Family Programs and even off-campus housing information for students.  
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
3–4 pm
Kellogg 3010
Divisional Operations and Development: An overview of structure and roles in the VPSA Office | Alan Brian
The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs houses the Divisional Operations and Planning, Assessment & Professional Development departments. Despite working closely together, each department provides specific services to the Division. Join us for this session to learn more about how budget, communication, planning, and development are managed at a divisional level. You will also have the opportunity to meet and hear directly from members of each department as they explain their roles. Bring your questions and feedback!
Friday, March 27, 2020
10–11 am
Kellogg 3010
Connecting Your Professional Development Plan to the Evaluation Cycle | Alan Brian
As our annual spring evaluation process approaches, attend this workshop for a review of the timeline and process and to explore ways to align your evaluation content with your personal development plan for the coming year. The workshop is open to all managers and staff.
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