We learn best when we learn from one another, because the expertise resides in our system.

Convenings provide opportunities for middle leaders in the CSU to come together across institutions and roles to focus on issues of practice that affect students. During the day-long convenings, participants explore key issues, discuss evidence-based strategies, and take steps to create action plans. Convenings support the cultivation of cross-campus, cross-role relationships and resources that can strengthen student success efforts.

Each convening is centered on a topic representing an issue affecting campuses across the system. Past convening topics have included: Transfer, Student Success in the First Year, Data Use, and College Readiness. Meetings are designed to stimulate conversations and encourage collaboration.

Faculty, staff, and administrators from across the system come together to explore what they can learn from, and what they can teach their CSU colleagues.

Learning Outcomes

Equity. Consider ways (in)equity manifests on campus.

Knowledge. Share successes and challenges in implementing student success efforts; explore promising strategies that advance evidence-based equitable student success efforts on campus.

Relationships. Build relationships with colleagues at your campus and from across the CSU who are involved in campus-level efforts supporting equitable student success.

All reasonable travel, food, and lodging costs are reimbursed by the CSU Student Success Network. Travel must be approved and arranged in accordance with each campus’ policies and guidelines.

Upcoming Convenings

Navigating Uncertainty Together

Navigating Uncertainty Together is a conversation series launched in summer 2020 for students, faculty, staff, and administrators to learn and problem-solve together about the urgent opportunities and challenges we face this year. Join us as we discuss what we are learning from our virtual experiences, the actions we will take to advance equity within and outside of the classroom, and how we can best support our students in a virtual environment.

  • Thursday, April 8: 9-10:30 am and 1-2:30 pm. Register HERE by April 1.

Supporting and Engaging Men of Color in the CSU: Part 2 (Thursday, April 22)

We invite one cross-role team of 6-8 individuals from each campus to attend our second workshop in partnership with the USC Pullias Center for Higher Education. This workshop is focused on creating a racially equitable campus ecosystem to engage and support men of color in the CSU system. During the workshop, campus teams will come together to explore research-based actions that support men of color and create data-driven action plans to improve services and support for men of color on their campuses. For this session, men of color include students who are from the following ethnic and racial groups: African Americans, Latinx, Native Americans, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

This workshop builds on the December session where Dr. Adrian Huerta and his team at USC shared findings from their state-wide study that examined men of color programs and analyzed the functionality, effectiveness, and areas of growth for these programs.


Contact: Terra Thorne, Director of Statewide Initiatives

Student Success
Network Calendar


Middle Leadership Academy spring session 1


Middle Leadership Academy spring session 2


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


Middle Leadership Academy spring session 3


Annual CSU Student Success Network Conference


Annual CSU Student Success Network Conference



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