PUENTE Student Conference
In collaboration with Academic Affairs, University Advancement, and Student Affairs, Cal State San Marcos hosted the PUENTE Student Leadership Conference for the first time on Saturday, March 18, 2023. The PUENTE Project is a four-year college preparatory program co-sponsored by the University of California and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. PUENTE is designed to increase the number of educationally underserved students who enroll in four-year universities, earn degrees, and return to the community as leaders and mentors to future generations.
Sponsorship generously made possible through philanthropic funding by CSUSM Foundation Board Chair Steve Wagner and Laura Wagner to support social mobility initiatives and access for students to follow their dreams.
Agenda at a glance
- Who Am I: Discovering my Strengths to Shape my Future
Who are you? Who do you want to be? Explore how you can achieve your goals by empowerment and embracing your identities.
Building/Room#: Social and Behavioral Science Building 1105
- First-Generation College Student: Finding a Sense of Belonging
Are you the first in your family planning to go to college but feeling that college may not be for you? Do thoughts such as “college is not for me,” or “I am not good enough?” cross your mind? In this session you will learn ways to tackle the “imposter syndrome” phenomenon.
Building/Room#: Social and Behavioral Science Building 1109
- Embracing Your Identity
Learn how embracing your cultural identity can influence your success.
Building/Room#: Social and Behavioral Science Building 1111
- Get Moving to Manage Stress
Stress is real! Learn ways to manage stress through movement.
Building/Room#: Clarke Field House 113
- Consejos for Young Men
Learn about the journey of one man and his advice for how to beat the odds.
Building/Room#: University Hall 237
- Consejos for Young Women
Learn about the journey of one woman and how she overcame life’s obstacles.
Building/Room#: University Hall 257
- Is College for Me?
Discover why colleges need you and how it can change your life.
Building/Room#: Academic Hall 317
- How Do I Prepare for the California State University (CSU)?
Learn what you should be doing now to prepare for the California State University system.
Building/Room#: University Hall 440
- How to Pay for College
Are you nervous about how to pay for college? Come learn about financial aid and how to fund your education.
Building/Room#: University Hall 441
- A Day in the Life of a College Student
Learn how high school students successfully transitioned to college.
Building/Room#: University Hall 443
- My College Experience as a Student Athlete
Learn how student-athletes use sports to fuel their motivation for success.
Building/Room#: Academic Hall 303
- Travel the World: Study Abroad Opportunities
Do you want to travel the world and earn college credit at the same time? Come learn how to make that dream come true!
Building/Room#: Academic Hall 308
- Thinking About a Career in Business?
Discover whether a career in business is for you.
Building/Room#: Academic Hall 310
- Paying it Forward through Teaching
Are you thinking about becoming a teacher? Discover the opportunities in the K–12 education system.
Building/Room#: University Hall 444
- Saving Lives: Careers in Healthcare
Learn about the various careers and opportunities in the field of healthcare.
Building/Room#: University Hall 342
- Careers in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
Are you interested in science or math? Learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Building/Room#: Academic Hall 406
- Turn Your Passion into a Career
Are you artistic? Do you want to be your own boss? Transform your interests and passion into a professional career.
Building/Room#: Academic Hall 408
- Careers in Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences
Not sure what you would study in college? Discover your passion through this engaging presentation.
Building/Room#: Academic Hall 411
- Campus Tours
Explore CSUSM through a campus tour. *Wear comfortable shoes.
- Get Involved!
Come learn about ways to create connections and build community.
Building/Room#: Social and Behavioral Science Building 1107
- We Are DREAMers!
Come learn about the services offered to support the DREAMer community.
Building/Room#: Social and Behavioral Science Building 2109
- Safe Spaces: Pride, Empowerment and Celebration
This workshop will present information that celebrates the LGBTQ community.
Building/Room#: Social and Behavioral Science Building 2140
Parent Workshops/Talleres para padres
- The Role of Parents in their Children’s Education / El papel de los padres en la educación
de sus hijos
This workshop focuses on the expectations of being the parent of a college student. Parents will get tools to become strong advocates and supporters of the education of their children from K-12 to higher education.
Este taller se enfoca en las expectativas de ser el padre de un estudiante universitario. Los padres obtendran herramientas para convertirse en firmes defensores y partidarios de la educación de sus hijos desde K-12 hasta la educación superior.
- What is Financial Aid? / ¿Qué es la ayuda financiera?
This workshop focuses on financial aid and how to pay college tuition. It will help parents understand what kind of aid is available, including scholarships, loans, and federal and state money.
Este taller se enfoca en la ayuda financiera y como pagar la colegiatura. Ayudara a los padres a entender que tipo de ayuda existe, incluyendo becas, prestamos, y dinero federal y estatal.
Reyna Grande, Award-winning Novelist and Memorist
Reyna Grande is the author of the memoirs The Distance Between Us and A Dream Called Home, and the novels Across a Hundred Mountains, Dancing With Butterflies, and A Ballad of Love and Glory. Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges, and cities across the country.
Born in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico, Reyna was two years old when her father left for the U.S. to find work. Her mother followed her father north two years later, leaving Reyna and her siblings behind in Mexico. In 1985, when Reyna was nine, she left Iguala to make her own journey north.
After attending Pasadena City College for two years, Reyna became the first person in her family to set foot in a university. She went on to obtain a B.A. in creative writing and film & video from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Antioch University.