Your Power in Middle Leadership: Building Equity Focused Programs

Dates: Thursday, March 2 and Friday, March 3, 2023

Time: 9:00 am

Location: Holiday Inn, San Diego, CA

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 2, 2023 *Space is limited*

Registration is free for all CSU faculty, staff, and administrators.

“If our institutions are to become truly student-ready, educators must make difficult decisions, face the pressures of accountability, and question their preconceived notions about student success.” – Becoming a Student Ready College Dr. Tia Brown McNair

Meet The Speakers











A state-sponsored, broad access university system like the California State University has a unique duty to its students, regional economy, and the state. Our students are most likely to remain local and contribute directly to the region where they attended school. Thus, the CSU is a vital part of our university triumvirate in our state and it is imperative that we ensure all students who enter our universities graduate. Now that work is underway to meet ambitious graduation goals by 2025, the next step is to make sure those rising rates are true for all students across the system. Hence, an additional focus on equity. Unfortunately, middle leaders are often lost in the discussion on how to advance the equity goals. Middle leaders are often left out of conversations about implementation of equity priorities even though they are expected to implement them. This convening is part of a series that will prepare middle leaders to lead from where they are and improve equitable outcomes for the students with whom they work.

From Evidence to Practice Series: This Convening is a part of a series that focuses on how we as practitioners can use the literature on equity in combination with our campus data to support evidenced based, equity minded practices in our day-to-day work. 

This is the second session of a two-part series focused on equity focused, evidence based practices. This convening will focus on implementing change and assessing the changes you’ve made.

Learning Outcomes

Equity. Address how middle leaders can use evidence to build programs that support closing equity gaps. Address how middle leaders can build equity into all areas of their praxis.

Knowledge. Use the literature on equity for student support services and teaching for evidence based practice in student support and the classroom.

Relationships. Consider how your unit can strategize to support the larger goal of closing equity gaps on our individual campus.


  • Participants will leave with an understanding of how to use the literature on effective practice to build equitable programs, interventions, and classroom practices.
  • Participants will begin considering the questions they need to ask to assess or evaluate the effectiveness of their programs, interventions and classroom practices.

Who Should Attend?

The equity priorities of our system, and the needs of our students,  are the responsibility of everyone. This convening does not require a team. Individuals, including faculty, staff and administrators may register for the event.

What to Bring?

Your laptop and, if possible, locate a copy of your campus, division, or department’s equity plan. Skim it prior to our session, and please have it handy during the convening.

Before you Register:

Registration is free for all CSU faculty, staff, and administrators.

We are thrilled to be hosting this convening in person! The CSU Student Success Network understands that middle leaders often are not able to attend professional development activities due to the costs involved, and is proud to provide full travel support for this event. However,  what this means is that we will have to limit the number of participants for the first time in three years. To ensure that each campus is able to participate, we will be employing a 2-step registration process. To begin, there is a brief application that requires you to articulate your goals in attending this convening. Upon an approved application, you will receive a confirmation email including a link for securing accommodations. DO NOT BOOK TRAVEL UNTIL AN APPROVAL ON YOUR APPLICATION IS RECEIVED. Please visit our Travel & Logistics page for further information regarding accommodations and the reimbursement process. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego!