Advising Summit

7th Annual Academic Advising Summit

Reimagining Advising, Partnerships, and Student Support in a Virtual Setting


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 explore best practices created this past year in supporting students in a virtual environment with the goal of sharing student engagement strategies and building on each other’s strengths in promoting a student-centered, problem solving advising model. Ultimately, the goal of advising at CSUDH is to retain our valued students and support them in earning their degrees as they are becoming life-long learners, who navigate complexity, diversity, and change!

Keynote Speaker

Paul Hernandez, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker

High Impact
Empowering Professionals
National Leader in College Access and Success

Paul Hernandez, Ph.D. began his educational journey in community college and eventually went on to earn his doctorate in sociology, specializing in the sociology of education, inequality, and diversity. Prior to earning his degrees, he was engulfed in gangs and deep poverty, surviving on the streets of Los Angeles. Paul openly shares with others his unique personal story and how his path has influenced his work. As a former faculty member, non-profit administrator, vice president of academic and student affairs, and educational consultant, Dr. Hernandez is committed to working with and empowering professionals who work with students on a daily basis. Dr. Hernandez is a nationally recognized leader in college access and success and pedagogy for educators working with students at promise. He wants to ensure that students not only graduate from college, but move on to live fulfilling and happy lives.   Dr. Hernandez has been nationally recognized for his work and was awarded the National Education Association Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award, the Larry T. Reynolds Award for Outstanding Teaching of Sociology, the Equity in Education award by the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, and an Honors Professor of the Year Award for teaching. He is author of the best-selling book The Pedagogy of Real Talk: Engaging, Teaching, and Connecting with Students at Risk and the second edition The Pedagogy of Real Talk: Engaging, Teaching, and Connecting with Students At-Promise will be published in June 2021.

Thursday, May 6

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Summit Welcome - Dr. Michael E. Spagna, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

9:10 AM - 9:15 AM

Keynote Speaker Introduction - Dr. Maria E. Grandone, Director, University Advisement Center

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Keynote Address - Dr. Paul Hernandez

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM


10:05 AM - 10:45 AM

Breakout Session A:

Student Support Services in a Virtual Setting
Presenter(s) Sandra Ramos, M.S. / Alexandra Mena, M.S.

Breakout Session B:

First Gen Toros Virtual Retreat: Motivation, Inspiration, and a Bonfire
Presenter(s) Silvia Green, M.Ed. / Bailey Smith, M.S.

10:45 AM - 10:50 AM


10:50 AM - 11:30 AM

The Present & Mindful Advisor - Thomas J. Rogers, M.A.

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Advisor in Excellence Award Recognition

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

Closing Remarks