California Peer Leadership Conference Agenda


7:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ­­­­- Registration

Pick up your registration materials and enjoy coffee while you network with attendees from other schools and programs.

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Keynote Address

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  - All-Conference Team-building Workshop

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  - Break

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  - Concurrent Sessions 1

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Lunch

12:15 p.m. - 12:30 - Set up for Poster Session  

12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.  - Poster Session

1:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  - Break

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  - Concurrent Sessions 2

2:30 p.m.  - 2:45 p.m.  - Break

2:45 p.m.  - 3:30 p.m.  - Concurrent Sessions 3 (45 minutes)

3:30 p.m.  - 4:00 p.m.  - Concluding Session


Last Year's Sessions

We had amazing sessions last year.  For a sample of what's coming up this year, take a look....

Leading with Lollipops: The Power of Everyday Interactions to Effect Change with Shannon Nolan, Coordinator of Student Involvement, Academic & Honor Societies, and Tukwut Leadership Circle, California State University-San Marcos

In this session, we will discuss leadership and the importance of not underestimating the power of everyday interactions to effect change. Leading with lollipops will remind you of your personal power to effect change, to lead by example, and to acknowledge powerful moments that happen to you that you may never have acknowledged before. The workshop includes a  brief TedTalks video with Drew Dudley followed an activity and reflective exercise.

Even Peer Mentors need Mentors: How to Find Yours! with Dee Goines, Resident Director, XAVIER RLC, Santa Clara University

Peer leaders often mentor other students, but who mentors the peer leaders? Figure out how to find your mentor who can help you develop as a leader and provide advice when you face new challenges. Your mentor may also help you to take the next step, be it a new leadership position or your first job out of college. This workshop will highlight tips and tricks to finding someone to mentor you!

Crash Course in Professional Communication with Hayley Weddle, M.A., Advisor and Daily Operations Manager, Associated Students, University of California San Diego

This workshop is designed to teach participants the skills to effectively communicate in a professional setting. Best practices will be shared regarding email etiquette, small talk   techniques, body language, and communication boundaries. The session includes many    interactive activities, allowing participants to gain experience utilizing the strategies presented.

Reality TV isn't Real Life-- Neither is a Sitcom: Conflict Resolution in Reality with Heather Belk, M.A., Director, Associated Students Administration, University of California San Diego

“With great power, comes great responsibility.” according to both FDR and Spiderman. Well, with great power, also inevitably comes conflict. Conflict occurs on a variety levels, and each person responds differently to it. This workshop will help student leaders to develop effective strategies for understanding and working through conflict with their peers.

Building Bridges: Ensuring Your Organization is Diverse and Inclusive with Cynthia Dávalos, Ph.D., Office of the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs. UC San Diego

How do you view diversity?  How do you want students you work with to approach diversity? As peer leaders, diversity and leadership go hand and hand.  This workshop will explore various models in which diversity can be viewed in an organizational construct.  As student leaders it is important to consider the various perspectives students come to the table with in regards to diversity and how you can bridge gaps in expectations, develop better collaborations,  and create strong programs that are inclusive.

Peer Academic Counselor Facilitated Courses with Brieanna Wright, Academic Achievement Counselor and colleagues, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Incentive Awards Program (IAP) Peer Programs, University of California-Berkeley

During the Summer Bridge Program and the Fall term, Peer Academic Counselors (PACs) co-facilitate weekly seminars around transitioning from High School to College. Seminar topics include: Finding your voice in a large classroom setting; Active Listening; Emotional Intelligence; Student skits around self-care, potential roommate issues, partying safe, and dealing with familial transitions. Facilitating seminars allows PACs to develop skills in communication, group facilitation, and public speaking, while supporting first-year students in their socially, emotionally, and academically transition into UC Berkeley. Come learn about training practices, facilitation tips, and best practices in having peer academic counselors facilitate courses.

Servant Leadership & Followership: Incorporating Successful Behaviors to Develop Your Leadership Toolkit with Elisa Torres, M.S., Research & Data Manager, Child & Adolescent Services Research Center

Peer leaders are called on to be role models, mentors, and to assist their fellow group members in adjustment, satisfaction, and attainment of their educational goals. While there are a variety of different leadership paradigms, the service-oriented style of servant leadership provides a useful framework for peer leaders. Learn about followership and how to utilize servant leadership behaviors to develop your own leadership style. Start with a brief overview of the model, participate in an activity utilizing the concepts, and discover how to add these highly effective techniques to your toolkit.

Turning Your Peer Leadership Experience into a Winning Resume with Roxanne Farkas, Career Advisor, Career Education and Advising, Career and Professional Development Center Alumni & Community Engagement. University of California San Diego

Peer leadership give you invaluable professional experience and marketable skills.  The trick is communicating your hard-earned successes into a job offer. This interactive and fun workshop will teach you to translate your peer leadership experiences and skills into a resume that gets you noticed.

Authenticity and Leadership: Strategies for Peer Leaders with Taylor Peyton Roberts Ph.D., Research Consultant

Students will consider the degree to which they experience and demonstrate authenticity (or being true to the self) in the context of a peer leadership role. In a supportive environment, students will explore  what it takes for them to practice authenticity in leadership. Students will complete the Role-specific Evaluation of Authenticity in Leaders (REAL), learn about the framework for leader authenticity underlying the REAL, and examine past experiences when they have been knowledgeable of, in touch with, outwardly demonstrative of, or consciously in control of their “true self.” Students will gain heightened understanding of their practice of authenticity as leaders.

How are You Doing?  Assessing Your Success as a Peer Leader with Paula Krist, Ph.D.  M.A., Director, University Research and Planning, University of San Diego

Sometimes at institutions of higher education, we develop programs without considering how to assess whether or not they are successful. A little planning at the start of a program will allow you to be able to determine how successful your efforts are. Participants in this session will identify student outcomes, consider ways to gather evidence, and learn how to critically evaluate the evidence to see if the outcomes are met.

Lead by Example: Flexible Intercultural Awareness with Leeva C. Chung, Ph.D., Professor, Communication Studies, Interim Director of Women's and Gender Studies, University of San Diego

 If you work with students from cultural backgrounds that differ from your own, it's critical to develop awareness of your own cultural values and develop intercultural communication skills.This workshop will focus on the intercultural communication basics needed to become flexible among our interactions with individuals whose lives are different from our own. By analyzing our awareness from within, we can then lead by example across a variety of contexts, communicating with others using effective intercultural    communication techniques. This workshop includes an engaging activity, reflection and discussion to help you develop cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills.

Identify your Identity: What Makes You, You? with Justin Wojcik, Resident Director, Loyola RLC, Santa Clara University

In order to lead and serve others, you must first understand yourself. Participants in this session will take a journey around the room while reflecting on their own identity development. While this is a challenge by choice activity, participants open to sharing their story will benefit the most. Come ready to learn about yourself by learning from others!

Motivational Leadership: Be the Catalyst! with Jenny Kressel, M.A., Student Organizations Advisor, Center for Student Involvement, University of California San Diego

Life is full of opportune moments for us to learn from or teach others. Often, it's the smallest gestures that make the biggest impact. In this engaging, interactive workshop, participants will learn about these moments and how they can be the catalyst for motivating others to action! 


Featured Poster Presentations_______________________________

California State University San Marcos' Leadership Certificate Program, Tukwut Leadership Circle (TLC), California State University-San Marcos

The TLC poster will illustrate the main components of CSU San Marcos' leadership certificate program, the Tukwut Leadership Circle (TLC). The TLC has grown 155% over the last three years due to our fluid structure where students can join at any time, campus and community engagement pieces, and strong partnership with the Career Center, The program takes approximately 30 hours to complete and upon completion students earn a leadership certificate and medal to wear at commencement.

The POWER of Peer Education: Promoting Change at CSUMB, POWER Peer Education Program, California State University Monterey Bay

Poster or Session Description: The POWER (Promoting Otter Wellness through Education and Resources) Peer Education Program utilizes a harm reduction approach to promote healthy lifestyle choices among students at California State University Monterey Bay. The most recent program enhancement includes the establishment of an educational component to expand our campus suicide prevention efforts. Join the facilitators as they discuss strategies for building and strengthening a university peer education program with limited resources through collaboration with state, county, and local agencies.