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upcoming events

Intersession and Spring Study Abroad Deadline
Oct. 30

Ted Koppel, Illume Special Guest
Oct. 30, 7:30pm
Shiley Theatre
Purchase tickets here

Majors and Minors Fair
Nov. 3, 12:30pm
In front of the Hahn UCs

Faculty/Staff Prayer Breakfast
Nov. 10, 7:15 – 8:25am
La Gran Terraza

Administrator and Supervisor Forums
Nov. 18, 10-11:30am
KIPJ Theatre
Nov. 19, 2-3pm
KIPJ Theatre

For more events, visit the Torero Life Website


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Wellness Group Meetings
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University Ministry Events
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Halloween Cookies
Oct. 30, Time TBA
MH 101

Open Enrollment
Oct. 30 - Nov. 16

New American Workforce Informational
Nov. 5, 2:30pm
and 6pm
Hahn UC 128

Nov. 11, 12
Salomon Hall

CHR Fall Social
Nov. 13

Supervisor Forums
Nov. 18, 10 - 11:30am
Nov. 19, 2 - 3pm
KIPJ Theatre

Employee Fitness Classes
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CHR@USD Events Calendar
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Check out the Being Well @ USD Website here

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Administrator and Supervisor Forums

The Department of Human Resources and the Office of the General Counsel request your presence for the ninth annual 2015 Administrator & Supervisor Forum.

The annual Supervisor Forum provides the university’s administrators and supervisors with important legal and informational updates on an annual basis. All administrators are expected to attend, including administrators who are not supervisors. In addition, other employees who supervise, including faculty and staff employees who have supervisory responsibilities, are also expected to attend.

New this year, they will offer three optional, 60-minute breakout sessions that you may choose to attend immediately after the Supervisor Forum Sessions.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
KIPJ Theatre

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Optional Concurrent Breakout Session Topics
Campus Safety and Responsiveness
Upcoming Compensation and Benefits Changes Q&A – bring your questions!
How to Have Difficult Conversations


Thursday, November 19th, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
KIPJ Theatre

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Optional Concurrent Breakout Session Topics
Campus Safety and Responsiveness
Upcoming Compensation and Benefits Changes Q&A – bring your questions!
How to Have Difficult Conversations

All breakout sessions will be held in the KIPJ, Rooms A, B, E. These sessions provide an opportunity for more in-depth questions and conversations on the specific topic. You may attend the breakout sessions on one or both days!

Please use this link to RSVP for one of the 2015 Supervisor Forum Dates. No RSVP is required to attend the optional breakout sessions after the forum.

For faster check-in at the Supervisor Forum, please bring your USD ID card. If you have questions about this event, please contact the Human Resources department at (619) 260-4594 or via e-mail at

assessment update
1. The 9th edition of the CAS Standards (book) and Self-Assessment Guides (electronic) are available in Margaret’s office. The following standards are among the new or updated since the 2012 edition:
  • Academic Advising Programs
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Programs
  • Disability Resources and Services
  • Housing and Residential Life Programs
  • Orientation Programs
  • Sexual Violence-Related Programs and Services
  • Student Conduct Programs
  • Women’s and Gender Programs and Services

2. The results from the National Survey of Student Engagement and Diverse Learning Environments Surveys are in and several reports can be found on the IRP website. Please email Margaret if you have questions about the reports, would like to explore the data further, or would like a presentation regarding specific results and how to use them.

3. The Center for Student Success, Living-Learning Communities, and Residential Life are involved in the Student Affairs Unit Review process this year. Currently, they are completing the unit overview, stakeholder feedback, cost analysis, and benchmark components of the self-study.

4. The videos from the ACPA Presidential Symposium are available here. Log in by typing in Margaret’s email address:

Diverse Learning Environment Survey Results

Please join the Center for Inclusion & Diversity in an open forum to discuss our DLE survey results. We will review the results of the 2015 DLE survey, compare these results to the 2010 survey results, and generate ideas about how to put the data to good use.

Wednesday November 4,
3:00 pm- 4:30 pm
Hahn UC Forum A

For additional information, please see the attached flyer or contact the CID at 619-260-7455 or

Humans of USD

Hi, I’m Lina. I am a first-generation college student from East Palo Alto, a small, low-income neighborhood. It is somewhat of a rough neighborhood and not exactly a place you would want to grow up. For most of my life, I have lived in fear of street violence, I worry that my mother and brother won’t have access to health services, and for a long time I dreaded the hurt and embarrassment that came when people labeled me as a troubled teen, a drop out, a welfare queen because of where I came from. There have been so many obstacles I’ve overcome to be able to be someone my family and my community can be proud of, to be a positive role model to my brother and other teens in my community. I admire myself for that and it is a part of me that makes me a really strong and resilient person.

However, the truth is, that not many people have asked me what it was like growing up. At USD, there is this tendency to always look like you’re okay or to never have to ask someone questions that would imply things aren’t okay. But let me tell you, the first time I was asked, "What’s your story"? I cried. I finally gathered my thoughts and I shared it. I was so relieved and the people around me were so thankful and appreciative that I had shared my story. Although it was one of the hardest questions I had been asked, I had never felt so cared for than I did in that moment. One of the biggest lessons I have learned from sharing my story and from asking others to share their story is this: the ability to be vulnerable and to accept vulnerability has an amazing power to connect people. I carry that lesson with me always and is one that I want to share with USD students.

Whenever I enter into a conversation with my residents or my staff members, or with different members of our community, I do so with an open mind, with care and respect, and most importantly, with a willingness to ask the hard questions with the genuine intention to get to know them. Empathy is about understanding someone with compassion and showing them care.

Reflection Question: What keeps us from asking others to share "their story?"

**If you would like to be featured in an upcoming "Humans of Student Affairs" profile, please send your story to Cynthia Avery at

Employee Service Recognition

This past Wednesday, Human Resources recognized employees from across the university for their many years of service at the annual Employee Service and Recognition Luncheon! Congratulations to all of the Student Affairs team members who were recognized this year!

Shout Outs

Shout out to Kathleen Custodio for being a one-stop solution center! Your organization, patience and follow-through throughout our student staff development efforts are greatly appreciated. Anyone who wants to learn what the Culture of Care looks like in action, just needs to visit you. -Barbara Zackowski

Shout out to the CHWP team for organizing an amazing NCAAW and mental health screenings. -Melissa Halter

Shout out to the clinical wellness team (CC, CHWP, and DLDRC) for having important conversations with students about wellness and connecting students to resources. -Melissa Halter

Shout out to the wellness staff, Student Wellness practicum students, and USD students who supported the operational pieces of the mental health screenings. -Melissa Halter

Shout out to Hahn UC/SLP operations team for coordinating set-up and quick room turn around for the mental health event and were there to manage some minor bumps. -Melissa Halter

Shout out to Stephanie Lynch and Paula Hoang for having a great CA$H Cab event. Also, a shout out to Sgt. Hansen. -Melissa Halter

Shout out to Jessica Critchlow, Moe Abugan, Jaime Sense, and Alexis Dawson for making Mental Health Screenings and the YOU are USD marketing and website amazing! -Melissa Halter

Shout out to the Student Health Center for great Flu Shot Clinics. -Melissa Halter

Shout out to all of those on campus who are supporting the wellness of our students. The Student Affairs team did a great job encouraging students to engage in conversations about wise choices related to alcohol and other drugs and the overall wellness of our community. Your encouragement to get students to the NCAAW events, the flu shot clinics, mental health screenings, and QPR was so helpful. -Melissa Halter

Want to recognize a colleague for their great work or general awesomeness? Submit a Shout Out for the next Student Affairs Newsletter to Kenny Eng at

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