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New Knowledge Center Launches with Memo on How to Support Transfer Students of Color in the CSU

By CSU Student Success Network Staff

The CSU Student Success Network launched its new Knowledge Center with the release of a new memo that identifies steps that CSU campuses can take to improve persistence and completion for Students of Color who transfer into the CSU. The memo, called “Supporting the Success of Transfer Students of Color by Strengthening your Transfer-Receptive Campus Climate,” is directed to faculty, staff, and administrators in the CSU and is based on findings from a review of research literature in postsecondary education. 

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Bianca Mothé, New Director of the CSU Network, Builds Middle Leadership and Equitable Student Success in the CSU

The CSU Student Success Network named Bianca Romina Mothé, Ph.D., professor of biological sciences at Cal State San Marcos, as its new director. As a faculty member and researcher at San Marcos since 2003, Dr. Mothé has helped design novel vaccines for rapidly mutating pathogens, including HIV. She also served as associate dean for undergraduate studies from 2016 to 2018 and faculty director for service learning from 2013-2016.

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The Roles of Middle Leaders in Equity and Student Success: An Interview with Ántonia Peigahi at Sac State

In this Q & A, Ántonia Peigahi, director of policy and records management at California State University Sacramento, shares her perspectives about the power of being a “middle leader” in supporting equitable student success, including through her work on the advisory board of the CSU Student Success Network. The Network defines middle leaders as faculty, staff, and administrators in the CSU who have leadership roles on campus regardless of whether their position title acknowledges these roles. 

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Supporting Transfer Students at San Diego State: A Case Study about Middle Leadership

San Diego State University has made headway over the past several years in creating a supportive environment for transfer students on campus, including innovative programming, a new centralized office, and improved graduation rates for transfer students. How did these changes come about? A case study by Informing Change, a firm specializing in evaluation, suggests that the innovations and new programming can be traced to leadership and relationship building among middle leaders at San Diego State. Middle leaders are defined by the CSU Student Success Network as faculty, staff, and administrators in the CSU who have leadership roles on campus regardless of whether their position title acknowledges these roles.

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Online and In Person: Addressing Equity at the Middle Leadership Academy

By Dr. Thad Nodine for the CSU Student Success Network

The Middle Leadership Academy, amid a pandemic, supported eight CSU campus teams in developing plans to address equity in 2020-21. During the year, the Academy reconfigured its sessions from longer, in-person events to offer shorter, more frequent online meetings. In both the in-person and virtual formats, the Academy scaffolded supports to build leadership skills among mid-level faculty, staff, and administrators and to help CSU campus teams develop projects to address and support equity on their campus.

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Five Fast Tips for Enhancing Your Conference Proposal

By CSU Student Success Network Team

The CSU Student Success Network is excited to have you for our annual conference, ‘The Time Is Now: Forging New Visions for Equity in the CSU’. We are a few weeks away from our June 4 deadline for conference proposals and we’ve received some exciting submissions so far! For those of you who are still working on your submission, here are five fast tips to enhance your proposal!

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Navigating Uncertainty Together: Spring 2021 Strategies for Practitioners

By CSU Student Success Network Team

Building on our summer 2020 conversation series, nearly 60 individuals from 17 campuses came together virtually on February 11 to participate in another Navigating Uncertainty Together session. The self-moderated session enabled cross-campus groups of individuals in similar roles to share their experiences over the past year, learn from one another, and collectively identify equity-minded approaches to challenges they are facing in their work. Below, we share some of the themes and strategies that emerged from the conversations.

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The COVID-19 Caretaking Crisis: How Faculty Can Support Student Parents during Virtual Learning

The COVID-19 Caretaking Crisis: How Faculty Can Support Student Parents during Virtual Learning

By Dr. Larissa Mercado-López

According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), approximately 22% of students in U.S. community colleges and public four-year universities are parenting at least one dependent under 18 years old. This is a significant number of students whose lives have been extraordinarily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which shuttered schools and daycares across the country, making student parents responsible for the full-time caretaking and education of their children–on top of their own educational pursuits. How, then, are faculty to respond to these new realities in ways that are equitable within this new virtual learning environment?

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