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 California State University, Fullerton

Conference Workshops

The theme for this year’s conference is “Defining the Nature of Student Success.”

Our conference keynote speaker will be Dr. Deborah Faye Carter.  Dr. Carter is an Associate Professor of Higher Education in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Carter has been a faculty member at CGU since the Summer, 2012. A California native, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in Higher Education in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. 

Soon after completing her doctoral degree, she was an assistant professor of higher education at Indiana University from 1997-2004 where she also was program chair of the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. In 2004, Dr. Carter moved to the University of Michigan where she was an associate professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education (CSHPE). She was Director of CSHPE from 2006-2009. 

Among her honors, Dr. Carter won the Bobby Wright Dissertation of the Year Award in 1998 from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and she received the Harold Johnson Diversity Award in 2011 from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Carter has been a member of and/or chaired several committees in national organizations like the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and Association for Institutional Research (AIR).

Dr. Carter’s areas of research include the impact of college on students, especially students of color and/or low-income students, students’ degree aspirations, students’ transition to college, and the effects of undergraduate research on students’ major choices and graduate school attendance.

Workshops included in this year’s conference will focus on the theme as it relates to the following learning tracks:

  1. Leadership
  2. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  3. Personal Foundations

These tracks are part of the NASPA Professional Development Competencies for Student Affairs Practitioners.


Workshop Schedule

Keynote Address
10:10 am – 10:40 am

The Leadership We Need: Empathy, Diversity, & Inclusion in Student Affairs
Dr. Deborah Faye Carter

Our society is one of growing inequality and increasing stratification. Student affairs practitioners have a key role in educating students and supporting their educational goals. Our central focus is the well-being of college students, and we must become more adept in addressing issues of inclusion and diversity. Working on our capacity for empathy and using self-reflection practices will help us improve our skills and become better leaders.

Session 1
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Ethics and Core Values
Dr. Walter Jones

Maximizing Performance at the Root Cause
Jahmad Canley

Teaching Time Management to Today’s Students
Dr. Lea Beth Lewis

Universal Design & the Diversification of the General Education Curriculum
David McKenzie & Dr. Bridget Driscoll

Veterans Student Services: Discovering How Relational Leadership Can Translate to Student Retention & Graduation
Catherine Ward & Daniel Akers

Using Technology for Student Success
Elahe Amani

Session 2
12:50 pm – 1:50 pm

Achieving the Dream: Strategies to Improve Student Success Among Students of Color
Taelor Lewis, Rebecca Fisk & Yvonne Garcia

So You Want to Be a Manager?
Dr. Debra Geller

The Peer Mentor Impact on STEM Transfer Success: Establishing Partnerships and Rapport Through Student Leaders
Maria Dela Cruz, Adrienne Brown, Sam Barrozo & Student Panel

The Secret to Supporting Student Success: Crafting Your Personal Mission Statement
Brianna Moffitt & Serena Wong

The Step Up! Bystander Intervention Program: Helping Students and Staff to Make a Difference
Mary Becerra & David Botsford

Do Students Learn? Co-curricular Involvement and Student Development
Juanita Dueñas Razo

Session 3
1:55 pm – 2:55 pm

A Success-Based Approach to Diversity Work
Dr. Maria Oropeza Fujimoto & Carolina Lepe

Inspiring Leadership Through Scholarship: Defining the Nature of Research
Dr. Cedric Hackett

The Secret Life of a Student Affairs Introvert
Raymond Michael Savage

The Practice of Gratitude: Enhancing Your Own and Your Student’s Success
Dr. Michele Willingham

What Can Oprah Bring to Your Next Staff Retreat?
Denise Davis

Hope Leadership in Student Affairs
Dr. Mike Munoz

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