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About the CSU Student Success Network

The CSU Network is facilitated by the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at Sacramento State. EdInsights’ staff who contribute to the CSU Student Success Network are:

Dylan Lohmeyer

Dylan Lohmeyer

Finance and Operations Coordinator

d.lohmeyer@csus.edu
(916) 278-7220

Dylan is the Finance and Operations Coordinator for the CSU Student Success Network. Prior to joining EdInsights, Dylan worked in human resources for Major League Baseball and in student finance advising for DeVry University. Dylan earned his BA in Performing Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals in higher education.

Kalifa Madden

Kalifa Madden

Communications Manager

k.madden@csus.edu

Kalifa Madden joined the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) team in January 2020 and currently manages the center’s communications needs. Kalifa earned her BA in Communications and Organizational Public Relations at California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to joining EdInsights she worked as a digital media manager for a non-profit organization in Los Angeles.

Connie Tan

Connie Tan

Research Director

connie.tan@csus.edu

Connie Tan is the Regional Director of EdInsights and she serves as the Research Co-Director for the CSU Student Success Network. Her research interests include understanding factors (such as habits of mind and motivation) that contribute to student success, how to close opportunity gaps, and college and career readiness. With her quantitative and qualitative expertise, Connie has led research and evaluation projects related to understanding students’ educational experiences in postsecondary education, large-scale community college pathways development, and campus-based student success programs. Prior to joining EdInsights, she was an adjunct faculty member at California State University, Dominguez Hills where she taught child development courses. She was also a researcher at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and a tutor for the Academic Advancement Program at UCLA. Her previous research examined the role of parental involvement in children’s educational trajectories among immigrant families. Connie received her B.A. in Psychology, M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from UCLA.

Terra Thorne

Terra Thorne

Director of Statewide Initiatives

terra.thorne@csus.edu

Terra is the Director of Statewide Initiatives for the Education Insights Center (EdInsights). In this role, she oversees the CSU Student Success Network and the California Education Policy Fellowship Program. Prior to joining EdInsights, she ran LegiSchool, a civic education collaboration between Sacramento State and the State Legislature that connects students and state leaders to talk about public policy. Terra’s background includes over a decade of experience in public service, and a lifelong commitment to social justice and equity. She is passionate about helping individuals and organizations build their capacity to better serve students and their educational goals.

Terra holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Seattle University.

The CSU Network compensates middle leaders for some of their time to lead key aspects of the work.

Rock Braithwaite

Rock Braithwaite

Interim Academy Co-Director

CSUNetwork-MLA@csus.edu

Rock is currently half of the Middle Leadership Academy Director’s Team having served as an Academy team Facilitator.

Larissa M. Mercado López

Larissa M. Mercado López

Conference Director

lmercadolopez@csufresno.edu
(559) 278-8599

Larissa M. Mercado-López, PhD, is an associate professor of Women’s Studies at California State University, Fresno, where she teaches courses on women of color feminisms and engages in proactive mentorship. Within the Student Success Network, Larissa serves as Conference Director for the CSU Student Success Conference. Her academic scholarship is in the fields of Chicana feminism and Literature, and her campus service focuses on researching and improving the student parent population and the Latina PhD pipeline. Larissa is committed to public scholarship and serves as a Senior Editor for the National Center for Institutional Diversity Public Scholarship Initiative at the University of Michigan.

Bianca Mothé

Bianca Mothé

Academy Director

bmothe@csusm.edu

Dr. Bianca Mothé is Professor of Biological Sciences at CSU San Marcos. She serves as Director of the Middle Leadership Academy in the CSU Student Success Network. Bianca focuses on supporting students through the undergraduate experience, especially those from underserved backgrounds. She is passionate about creating highly engaging experiences for students through research and by training peers and colleagues to prioritize student success.

Brett Smith

Brett Smith

Interim Academy Co-Director

CSUNetwork-MLA@csus.edu

Brett is currently half of the Middle Leadership Academy Director’s Team having served as an Academy team Facilitator for the previous three years. His 35+ years of work in education include positions in both academic and student affairs and in three segments; at a private University(NDNU), community college(DeAnza), and San Francisco State University. His campus roles included Advisor, Counselor, Director, university committee chair, program liaison, and course Instructor.

More than professional background, his influences thru education are: Oceanside High School, a multiethnic and uniquely multicultural environment in Southern California; Master’s in Public Administration, education emphasis, teaching credentials and BA in English, at CND, a small private college; AA in Liberal Arts, at Mira Costa CC, his bridge to understanding higher education in California.

The concept of leading from the middle is dear to his heart and important in how he has approached professional life as an educator. Why Middle Leadership? “Being a campus leader is self defined. Engagement from every mind and every heart has value and importance in the business of helping students and campuses meet educational goals and expectations.”

Student Success
Network Calendar

THURSDAY, APRIL 15

12:30pm
Middle Leadership Academy spring session 1

FRIDAY, APRIL 16

12:30pm
Middle Leadership Academy spring session 2

THURSDAY, APRIL 22

12:30pm
Supporting and Engaging Men of Color in the CSU: Part 2

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

12:30pm
Middle Leadership Academy spring session 3

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13

10:00am
Annual CSU Student Success Network Conference

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14

10:00am
Annual CSU Student Success Network Conference

 

 

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