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Sustaining New Initiatives Through Leadership and Staff Changes

From InsideTrack How to make your student success program a strategic part of your institution’s future Your institution has made a strong commitment to improving student outcomes. After much research and wrangling, you’ve secured resources and launched a new initiative. Organizational changes and staff development are underway. Though initial results are promising, there’s more work […]

Discover Your Strengths

Friday, July 12, 2019 – Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School, Oakland, CA Outcome: Students will be able to identify strengths and opportunities using a Gallup Strengths framework. Understand that school, summer program, sports, extracurriculars and Corporate Work Study program is an opportunity to refine strengths and make improvements on growth areas.

Representation Matters

Like many collectivist cultures, Asian American Pacific Islander culture has a tradition of storytelling. Sharing stories and personal narratives helps to make meaning of one’s experiences and create space for communicating with one another. More importantly, stories can contribute to personal and professional transformation and empowerment. May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and […]

2019 ACPA Convention, Boston, MA

March 5, 2019 Next Generation First Generation (NXFG)™ Professionals: Transcending Symbolic Positionality Internalized historical or intergenerational trauma (IHIT) affects next generation/first generation professionals (NXFG), amplifying incompatibility. Symbolic positionality is a consistent theme for NXFG navigating exclusionary spaces, thinking imposter syndrome would dissipate, however oppressive systems persist. Invalidation, constant microaggressions, and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (DuGruy) leave NXFG […]

2019 AAC&U Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA

Friday, January 25, 2019Next-Generation First-Generation™ Professionals: Eliminating Tokenism in Higher Education Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education occurs when institutions acknowledge and understand that acknowledging intersecting identities of New Majority, next-generation/ first-generation professionals/graduate students (NXFG) contributes to student success. NXFG students living/working authentically, free from Internalized intergenerational trauma (IIT) […]

2018 National Symposium of Student Retention Salt Lake City, UT

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Intergenerational Trauma and Student Success: Equity-Based Approaches that MatterTM Intergenerational trauma (IT) (Lev-Weisel, 2007) negatively affects students, intensifying feelings of incompatibility/inability to succeed. Stereotype threat (Steele, 2010), invalidation (Rendón, 2009), microaggressions (Solórzano, Ceja, & Yosso, 2000), and effects of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (DeGruy, 2005) leave students besieged by messages of […]

2018 Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education National Conference, Oakland, CA

Friday, April 13, 2018 #PinayScholars: Resisting assimilation as scholar practitioners in educational spaces By: Kristian Ocampo, Katherine Parpana, Tracy Pascua Dea, Terri Luna This session introduces several Pinays working in Academic & Student Affairs, who explore radical self-love by breaking down barriers of ‘success’ and redefining what it means to be scholar-practitioners. The panelists will explore themes […]

2018 Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education, Oakland, CA

Friday, April 13, 2018 Intergenerational Trauma and Student Success:  Equity-Based Counternarratives of Power, Strength, and Hope Intergenerational trauma (IT) adversely affects students and higher education professionals, amplifying feelings of incompatibility/inability to succeed. Stereotype threat, invalidation, constant microaggressions, and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (deGruy, 2005) leave individuals besieged with messages of inadequacy. Equity-based approaches grounded in critical […]

2017 42nd Annual ASHE Conference, Houston, TX

Saturday, November 11, 2017 Reframing Success: Attending to Intersectionality to Support Lived Experiences of First Generation College Students Successful implementation of Dynamic Student Development Metatheodel (DSDM) can support persistence and graduation of first generation (FG) and other marginalized populations, who have been historically and contemporarily denied access to power epicenters. This paper will address intersectionality of […]

2017 42nd Annual ASHE Conference, Houston, TX

Friday, November 10, 2017 Intergenerational Trauma and Student Success:  Equity-Based Counternarratives of Power, Strength, and Hope Intergenerational trauma (IT) adversely affects students, amplifying feelings of incompatibility/ inability to succeed. Stereotype threat, invalidation, constant microaggressions, and Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (deGruy, 2005) leave students besieged with messages of inadequacy. Equity-based approaches grounded in critical theory illuminate how […]

Embracing Hispanic Heritage

October 3, 2017 Embracing Hispanic Heritage Message from the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Gloria Aquino Sosa Dear Saint Mary’s community members, We are midway into national Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the intersections of history and experiences of Latin@ cultures, including the commemorations of independence for Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. […]

2017 NACADA International Conference, Sheffield, United Kingdom

July 10, 2017 Connected: Transforming Advising and Student Success while Leading Institutional Change Change is often met with resistance for myriad reasons. A collectivist practice includes engaging rather than isolating stakeholders whose past investments in programs/processes are crucial. This interactive session will engage participants in identifying areas where collaboration to align processes with mission can […]

2017 WASC Academic Resource Conference, San Diego, CA

April 20, 2017 Mission Possible: Collectivism and Inclusive Excellence Transforming Student Success While Leading Institutional Change Change is often met with resistance for myriad reasons. A collectivist practice includes engaging rather than isolating stakeholders whose past investments in programs/processes are crucial. Mission is accomplished when students successfully transition from dependence to independence to interdependence, leaving […]

2017 Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE), Oakland, CA

April 7, 2017 Building Bridges:  Connecting the Known with the Unknown in the Career Search Process Navigating your career path can be confusing and daunting.  Private or public?  Two-year or four-year?  Search now or later? Does money matter or not?  Sometimes there are more questions than answers no matter where you are on the career […]

2017 AAC&U Diversity, Learning, and Student Success, Jacksonville, FL

March 18, 2017 Collectivism and Inclusive Excellence: Transforming Student Success While Leading Institutional Change Dynamic change is often met with resistance for myriad reasons. Approaching comprehensive changes by engaging rather than isolating stakeholders whose past investments in programs and processes could contribute to the future is crucial. This interactive session will engage participants in identifying […]

2017 American Counseling Association, San Francisco, CA

March 17, 2017 Intergenerational Trauma and College Student Success Intergenerational trauma (IT) adversely affects college students amplifying feelings of incompatibility, incapacity, and inability to succeed. Stereotype threat (Steele, 2010), invalidation (Rendón, 2009), or effects of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (deGruy, 2005), leave students besieged by messages of inadequacy. Strengths-based approaches grounded in critical theory illuminate how IT […]

2016 National Symposium on Student Retention, Norfolk, VA

November 3, 2016 NextGenFirstGen™- Implementing a Cultural Shift and Institutional Change Resulting in Outcomes That Matter Providing a common language for systemic cultural change occurred through adoption of the Organizational Developmental Model of Inclusion (ODMI) by Saint Mary’s College of California. The ODMI, developed by Moises Baron and Reuben Mitchell, provides a framework for generating policies […]

Living our Mission

To consider how to positively impact student success, one might begin with a self-examination: What did I need when I was starting college? If I was a first generation college student, what was missing? In what ways could my time have been better spent? How could I have maximized my potential and lived through some […]

2016 Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education National Conference, Oakland, CA

April 8, 2016 Pinay Power: Kaya Ko, Kaya Natin, Kaya Mo (I Can, We Can, You Can) Filipina American voices can often get drowned out in the national dialogue for equity and inclusion where attention is mostly focused on the Black and Latina experience.  The Model Minority Myth also continues to reinforce the notion that […]

2016 WASC Senior College and University Commission Academic Resource Conference, Garden Grove, CA

April 7, 2016 Higher Ed’s Higher Purpose: Serving the Public Good.  Next Generation, First Generation©: Publishing Personal Narratives to Activate Achievement for the Public Good. When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. –Alexander Den Heije Narrative Project Syllabus Narrative Project Logic Model Narrative Project Excerpts NextGen FirstGen© […]

#IAMAFIRSTGENPRO

December 15, 2015 Women in Student AffairsNASPA Blog My mom immigrated to the United States with her younger brother and without my dad in 1974 from the Philippines. On the long journey to Michigan where her father and older sister immigrated to several years before, she carried me in her womb. She was eight months […]

2015 National Association of Student Personal Regional Conference, Oakland, CA

November 11, 2015 Collaborative Leadership and Strengths-Based Resiliency Thinking: Creating a Unified Vision for Student Leadership What happens when you move beyond boundaries, zigzag across departments, combine common goals, and create an authentic vision?  Building a high-impact, student leadership initiative begins with a strengths-based and collaborative leadership approach.  Participants will be guided through an innovative […]

2015 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Washington DC

Saturday, May 29, 2015 Strengths Based Institutional Change: Inclusive Excellence in Action to Positively Impact Student Success Wednesday, May 27, 2015 Training Students to Become Peer Facilitators for Intergroup Dialogue: Design, Implementation and Institutional Support created by Corliss Watkins.

2015 Diversity, Equity, and Excellence: College Learning and America’s Unmet Promise, Los Angeles, CA

April 15, 2015 A LEAP Centennial Forum co-sponsored by AAC&U and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Gloria presents Getting on the Right Path: Summer Bridge and First-Year Experiences with Tia Brown McNair, Senior Director for Student Success, AAC&U and Savita Malik, Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development, Metro College Success Program, San Francisco State University. AACU Centennial Forum […]

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