Navigating Uncertainty Together: A Virtual Conversation Series

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

We need to lean on and learn from each other now more than ever as we continue to navigate the uncertainty of this year. The CSU Student Success Network is hosting virtual conversations to help us 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.

Building on the summer 2020 series, we are pleased to offer more sessions to continue our collective learning and problem-solving as we navigate another virtual term. Come together with your colleagues from across the system to share equity-minded practices and strategies.

The spring sessions are structured as small group, cross-campus conversations with people in similar roles. In April, you will have the opportunity to share your experiences over the past year, reflecting on what has been challenging and what has been successful. We will devote substantial time to idea-sharing and discussing the collective challenges you identify.

The small group conversations in the session will be self-moderated. We will provide you with guiding questions in advance of the session and we encourage each small group to take the conversation in directions that are most meaningful for them. We will provide opportunities for collective-notetaking and large-group share outs in order to share learnings across all participants.

Past Conversations from our Summer 2020 Series

Conversation #1: Addressing teaching and learning online (July 22)

Come together to prepare for continued remote instruction and an increased imperative to address structural inequality in the classroom. Based on your remote classroom experiences this spring, reflect with your colleagues about what worked, what didn’t, and for whom. Share ideas for building remote courses, lift up equity-minded practices and pedagogies, and explore resources on your campus and throughout the CSU to support instruction and student success next fall.

Conversation #2: Supporting students’ needs this fall (August 5)

Connect with colleagues to explore ways to support students outside of the classroom. Reflect on the urgent challenges students are experiencing and strategies to address their employment, advising, socioemotional, housing, food, and other needs. Share ideas for embedding a racial-justice lens into student supports, communicating across campus departments, and brainstorming strategies to address technology access and remote delivery of student support services.

Conversation #3: Student engagement in a remote teaching and learning environment (August 19)

Providing engaging environments for students in and out of the classroom can be challenging in a remote environment. Come together to explore equity-minded strategies to support student engagement during the fall semester. Share ideas for connecting with entering first-time and transfer students, supporting students’ connection to affinity and social justice peer groups, and creating a sense of belonging across academics, student support service, and extra-curricular activities.


Contact: Terra Thorne, Director of Statewide Initiatives

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