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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


Thursday, September 19, 2019
11:00 am–12:30 pm
Craven 6201
Webinar: 11–12
Discussion: 12–12:30
The Future of the Student Life Cycle: What the Business Team Needs to Know (hosted webinar)
The student life cycle is evolving across departments to include business teams. Why are these teams important to the student experience and how are they bolstering student success? This webinar will teach participants how student demographics are changing – and shifting how students interact with financial aid and related offices, ways business and finance teams can work more seamlessly with their peers in student life and admissions, and the latest data and insights into the life cycle of students and the barriers that stop them from progressing to graduation.
Friday, September 27, 2019
10 am–12 pm
USU 2310 A
Staff and MPP Core Competency: Professional Values, Philosophy, and History of Student Affairs | Dr. Kandy Salas (Azuza Pacific Univesity)
Participants will understand the history, philosophy, and values of the student affairs profession, learn how to connect the history, philosophy, and values to their current professional practice, and learn about and apply the CSUSM Division of Student Affairs Strategic Plan.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
9–10:30 am
USU 2310 A
Students as Caregivers |Dr.  Sharron Hammill
Many of us in Student Affairs are aware of the challenges that being a student while parenting or caring for children can bring. But perhaps not as many of us are aware of how many of our students are caregivers for their parents or other adult members of their families and the unique challenges that that can have on their academic studies. Please join us as Dr. Sharon Hamill, Founding Director for the CSU Institute for Palliative Care at CSUSM, discusses this important topic and provides information about the demands of being a caregiver and how our awareness of these unique challenges can equip us to better support our students.  
Thursday, October 17, 2019
1:30–2:15 pm
Kellogg 3010
Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium: Livestream
Keynote Speaker: Michael Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College
Friday, October 18, 2019
9 am–12 pm
USU 3700 (ASI Conf Room)
Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium: Livestream
Breakout Session Two (10:20–11:20 am): Student Success from a Student's Point of View
Discussion Time (11:20 am–12:00 pm)
Friday, October 25, 2019
12–1 pm
USU 2310 A
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.  
Friday, November 8, 2019
10:30 am–12 pm
USU 2310 A
Multicultural Competency: Working with students | Floyd Lai
Abstract coming soon!
Friday, November 15, 2019
1:30–3 pm
Kellogg 3010
Continuous Improvement Program Review Training | Alan Brian & Ahmbra Austin
Staff and MPPs are encouraged to take this opportunity to learn about the Continuous Improvement model and expectations as they begin engaging in the process.
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.
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