The CSU Network Blog

Our VOICES blog shares a range of perspectives on Network activities and topics related to equity and student success in the CSU.

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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CSU Faculty and Staff Share Strategies to Support Students Online

By CSU Student Success Network Team

CSU faculty, staff, and administrators are using a range of creative practices to increase student engagement, facilitate equitable remote learning, and broaden access to virtual student supports. In a series of online conversations hosted by the CSU Student Success Network in July and August, over 150 faculty and staff across 21 CSU campuses shared strategies and learned from each other about student-centered online practices. In the spirit of navigating this unique year together, we want to disseminate the ideas, tips, and practical strategies our colleagues shared during the sessions.

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Supporting Leadership Development in the CSU: A Q and A with Susan M. Baxter

By Kalifa Madden, Communications Manager, EdInsights

Susan M. Baxter, Ph.D. , former executive director of CSUPERB (CSU Program for Education & Research in Biotechnology), joined the Advisory Board of the Student Success Network in 2016 and stepped down from the board when she retired from CSUPERB in May 2020. In this interview, Susan identifies why she stayed engaged with the Network, how it influenced her work at CSUPERB, and how it supports faculty and staff in the CSU.

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Student Success
Network Calendar

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

10:00am
USC Race & Equity Center’s Equity Now! Series

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

10:00am
USC Race & Equity Center’s Equity Now! Series

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

10:00am
USC Race & Equity Center’s Equity Now! Series

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1

10:00am
USC Race & Equity Center’s Equity Now! Series

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13

10:00am
Annual CSU Student Success Network Conference

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14

10:00am
Annual CSU Student Success Network Conference

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28

12:30pm
Virtual Middle Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

12:30pm
Virtual Middle Leadership Academy

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5

12:30pm
Virtual Middle Leadership Academy

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