2018 Academic Advising Summit

4th Annual Academic Advising Summit

DH Dreams to Action

The Purpose of the Summit

The purpose of the CSUDH Academic Advising Summit is to bring together faculty and staff advisors to create a community of professionals that strives to utilize innovative, evidence-based best practices in support of student success. Through our time together, the community will continue to promote a student-centered, problem solving advising model implemented to create campus wide efficiencies regarding policies and procedures. Ultimately, the goal of advising at CSUDH is to retain our valued students and support them in earning their degrees as they becoming life-long learners, who navigate complexity, diversity and change! 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rashida Crutchfield
Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach Principle Investigator for the Study of Student Basic Needs conducted by the CSU Chancellor's office.

Dr. Rashida Crutchfield is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach. She is an advocate committed to amplifying the voices of marginalized communities through research and service. Prior to her work at CSULB, she served on the staff of Covenant House California, a shelter for 8-to-24-year-olds experiencing homelessness. This experience gave her insight into practice, building rapport with and intervention for this population. Her areas of practice and research focus on youth homelessness, access to higher education, and social work community practice. Dr. Crutchfield was commissioned to lead the phase one of the California State University Office of the Chancellor study on food and housing security. She is co-principal investigator for phases two and three of the same study. 

Dr. Crutchfield has authored or co-authored several research articles, including “Jumping through the hoops to get financial aid for college students who are homeless: Policy analysis of The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007”. Most recently, she co-authored a book entitled, Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Research, Policy, and Practice.  

Basic Needs (BN) Initiative Action at CSUDH-Toros Helping Toros 

Presented by

  • Dr. Marcelo F. Vazquez., Associate Vice President of Student Life & Dean of Students;
  • Anna Liza Garcia, Assistant Dean of Students;
  • Joshua Williams, PC Toro Guardian Scholars;
  • Megan Tagle Adams, Director, WRC;
  • Dr. Susan Einbinder, Associate Professor, MSW 

Together, the Toros Helping Toros Committee will address and strengthen advisor knowledge and development  in supporting students struggling to meet basic needs on the CSUDH campus by highlighting data informed programming developed in response to the specific needs of our students.

Dreams to Actions

Presented by

  • Elsa Sanchez, Academic Advisor, UAC
  • Janelle Viray, Retention Specialist, UAC


  • Building bridges– Transforming CSUDH into a Basic Needs Secure Campus
  • Navigating Life’s Transitions: Using Transition Theory to Analyze Student Case Studies 
  • Where do we go from here? Creating SMART Goals to Improve Our Advising Practices 

The purpose of this session is to bring together CSU staff to share best practices and solutions to successfully develop and deliver basic needs services to our students. 

A brief introduction to Transition Theory and use of this framework to analyze case studies and apply what we’ve learned about CSUDH's resources related to Basic Needs.  

What are some barriers to adequately supporting students experiencing food or shelter insecurity that you’ve encountered when advising students? What can we do to try eliminate or overcome these barriers and provide better support to students? 

Training and Development Sessions

Directive Self Placement (DSP) Program

Dr. Timothy Chin
Department Chair, English

DSP is NOT a test! Directed Self Placement is an online First Year Composition (FYC) placement tool used by students to reflect on their reading and writing skills. Hear from English Department Chair, Dr. Timothy Chin regarding CSUDH's implementation of DSP and it's impact and role in advising during Freshman New Student Orientation. Session will include an overview of the DSP instrument and discussion on data availability and advisor use. 

Strengths-Based Advising/Counseling

  • Mayra Soriano, Associate Director, ETE
  • Catherine Jermany, Academic Advisor, ETE
  • Adrianna Williams, Lead Academic Advisor, EOP

What’s your advising/counseling philosophy? Most advisors incorporate a variety of advising approaches in support of student success. Strengths-based advising represents a new lens through which to view the advising process. ETE and EOP advisors will examine the theoretical framework of strength-based advising and provide attendees with resources, tools, and a practical model for implementing strengths into advising. 

Bridging the Gap Through Inter-Departmental Collaboration

  • Yaneli Townsend, Retention Specialist, UAC
  • Angelica Jimenez, Academic Advisor, EOP
  • Cristina de Dios Rodriguez, Academic Advisor, ETE

Lead by the Liberal Studies Department's First Year Experience advisors, discover and discuss how effective, student-centered partnerships are built between different freshman advising homes on campus through collaborative measures and joint advising ventures related to both general education and major requirements.