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USD Basketball vs. SDSU
Dec. 6, 2pm
Petco Park

Virgen de Guadalupe Mass
Dec. 6, 4:30pm
Immaculata Church

Sleep Week
Dec. 7-11

Last Day of Classes
Dec. 14

USD Christmas Celebration
Dec. 17
More info TBA

First Day of Intersession
Jan. 4

Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
Jan. 17, 2pm
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Technology Showcase
Feb. 5, 12-4pm
Hahn UC Fourms

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Racial Climate Rapid Response Webinar

Following the unrest and tensions at the Univ. of Missouri, Yale and the Claremont schools, there is a call for change rising on campuses across the country. Demonstrations and protests, large and small are happening on campuses across the country. Today’s campus is ripe for a civil conversation on the issue of race relations and the campus environment.

Many institutions report having seen a loss of a civil community as we have known it to be — and we’ve seen a resurgence of student activism across the country in recent months, leaving administrators wondering how to encourage respectful student engagement.

Today, higher education institutions are neither babysitter nor bystander. The challenge then has become to balance the rights and responsibilities of students with the needs of the institution, through clear communication of values; effective conflict resolution processes; and procedures that are accessible, inclusive and integrative. But it’s such a monumental task!

  • How do you prepare your institution for the unrest that is inevitable if we simply state a valuing of diversity, but students, faculty and staff don't experience it in practice?
  • How do you encourage freedom of speech and congregation on campus, while helping students know that everyone in administration is not the enemy?
  • What do you do when students violate policies related to hate and bias on campus?
  • How do you respond swiftly when incidents do occur? What do you do to rebuild trust? To allow controversy with civility?

We’re at a crossroads in the area of civility and conduct within higher education. Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington, the President and a Founder of the Social Justice Training Institute and Washington Consulting Group will provide strategies for engaging in best practices that meet the needs of your diverse student body so you can educate students about what constitutes racist speech and action, respond to incidents swiftly and effectively when they do occur, and adjudicate incidents effectively and fairly.

Racial Climate on Campus:
Rapid Response Webinar
Wednesday, December 9th
11-12:30pm, Hahn UC Forum A

This will be a brown bag event! Please register here


Dear Student Affairs,

As you may know, our students presented a list of demands during a scheduled faculty panel on HIGHER EDUCATION IN CRISIS: NEW CAMPUS UNREST 2015 on November 17, 2015. The group of protestors were well organized, and "the demands" were delivered with great passion and a resounding call for change and action at USD. The list of demands is posted on the website.

On Thursday morning upon his return from Tokyo, President Harris convened a meeting with the Executive Council to discuss the issues and concerns expressed by our students. He then reached out to student leaders on Friday requesting to meet with them before the Thanksgiving holiday. Due to student work, holiday, and academic priorities, the Intersectional Collective preferred to meet with the President next week. The meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday, December 7.

Next Wednesday, December 9, Student Affairs is hosting a webinar. I am inviting you to attend a post-webinar discussion if you are interested in conversations about where we are in the process, further considerations about USD’s list of "demands", and how to support our students. We will meet in Hahn UC Forum A from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Warm regards,

Developing White Male Students as Allies

As you may know, a group of students, now referring to themselves as the "Intersectional Collective" protested at a faculty panel "Higher Education in Crisis" on November 18th. During this protest, a list of demands was presented (see as a call to increase equity on the campus. Our students are not alone in this movement, as noted at the time of this writing, a total of 67 campuses listed their demands on this website. As students learn about this movement on our campus, and campuses throughout the US, many white students struggle with how to become an ally to their peers.

A recent article in the Journal of College and Character from August 2015, titled "Joining the Struggle: White Men as Social Justice Allies" by Bridges and Maher, explored the experience of white male students as they sought to support oppressed groups and participate in community with other allies. The implications for practice include the following:

  • Work with first-year white men to help them humanize problems, creating tension between their understanding of the world and recognized oppression. This experience includes increased exposure and partnering with populations they support or with whom they are allies
  • Implement a first-year course that helps students see perspectives outside of their immediate surroundings, such as international travel and service, as well as local opportunities to work with target populations
  • Share appropriate reflections tools and personnel to implement those tools
  • Match white men with social justice advocates and allies in mentoring or reading programs
  • Identify oppression as a problem and call on young white men to work on this problem
  • Provide a space in which to address the guilt and confusion that arise after white men are exposed to perspectives outside their own
  • Help create groups for white male allies, safe spaces where they can share their struggles, challenges, and the costs of being an ally as well as their successes and pride in being an ally

The complete article is available here.

Using Data to Inform our Practice

One of the many interesting data points from the Diverse Learning Environments Survey (DLE) noted a significant difference in how underrepresented minority students (Hispanic/Latino, Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander or a combination of two or more races/ethnicities) as related to General Interpersonal Validation. Specifically, when asked if staff recognize their achievements, 19% of not-underrepresented minorities reported they strongly disagree or disagree, compared to 29% underrepresented minority students.

How can we use this data to inform our work? The current generation of students (millennials) thrives on feedback, the more instantaneous the better. When advising/supervising students this may look like their questioning "Did I do that right?" or "Is this what you wanted?" Our data does not suggest that we provide positive feedback when it is not appropriate, rather, we should consider whether or not we are providing feedback to all students, even those who may not directly ask for it. For many of our students, first generation in particular, speaking with faculty and staff may be an intimidating experience. We should seek out opportunities and methods to recognize student achievements. This may look like a congratulations after they have facilitated a meeting successfully, a quick email to let them know you recognized an accomplishment, a note in your newsletter, a shout out during a staff meeting, or a nod to their successes during their performance evaluation conversation. Take the time to recognize!

Employee Recognition Award

CHR@USD is calling for nominations for the annual Employee Recognition Award! The objective of the Employee Recognition Award is to recognize role models by celebrating noteworthy accomplishments and reinforce behaviors important to the university. The award provides cash awards of $250 for up to six deserving USD employees who go above and beyond their job responsibilities. Awardees will be selected from nominees exemplifying the university’s mission statement, core values and strategic initiative in an extraordinary fashion. Areas of consideration include excellence in advancing two or more of the following categories:

  • The USD Way
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Social Justice
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Community Outreach
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Service to Students

Employees nominated for a CHR@USD Employee Recognition Award are the only ones eligible for nomination for Employee of the Year which has been presented to an outstanding staff employee every year since 1985. The recipient of this award will be announced and honored at our USD Community Picnic.

Take a few minutes to reflect on the many successes of our university and its employees. Are there employees, peers or supervisors you would like to nominate? Co-workers and supervisors alike may nominate deserving employees.

The deadline for completing nominations and turning them into Human Resources is Friday, December 4, 2015.

For more information on this award, or to nominate someone, please visit the CHR website.

End of Semester Stress Management and Sleep Promotion

With finals week fast approaching, it is time again to find those extra opportunities to remind students of the importance of self-care. Join us for "Sleep Week," a week dedicated to raising awareness of the critical role sleep plays in our overall well-being and academic success, December 7th - 11th. Getting adequate sleep is crucial to the physical, emotional, and mental well–being of our students and is a key tip for finals success. Materials will be available around campus featuring sleep tips, benefits, and facts. In addition, students are encouraged to stop by the "De-Stress Stations" that will be available December 7th – 18th in Frank's Lounge, Copley Library, and the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion. Kinetic sand, Play-doh, coloring pages, chamomile tea, stress balls, and more will be set out to promote stress relief during this countdown to finals. Finally, all are invited once again to "take a paws" from the stress of finals with Therapy Dogs on Monday, December 14th, 12:00pm – 2:00pm in front of the UC.

During this countdown to finals, please find opportunities to gently remind students about the importance of sleep and create conversations around sleep and stress management. Here are some conversation starters:

  • You can simply ask, "How is your finals week going?" or, "How are you handling all of your classes?"
  • You can go on to ask, "Do you know of some ways to de-stress and manage your level of anxiety?" or, "Have you talked to a friend, professor, or counselor about feeling overwhelmed and stressed?"
  • If you sense that a student is overwhelmed, appears exhausted or emotionally drained, or mentions feeling overwhelmed or helpless, these are signs that the student may need additional resources and support. Let them know that support is available and connect them to on-campus resources.

USD Resources:

  • Counseling Center, Serra Hall 300, (619) 260-4655
  • Student Health Center, Maher Hall 140, (619) 260-4595
  • Center for Health and Wellness Promotion, University Center 161, (619) 260-4618
  • Center for Student Success, University Center 114, (619) 260-5995
  • Also, please note that the YouAreUSD website has additional information regarding sleep and stress management.

Graduate Wellness Connect

Next week the Graduate and Law Commons will be hosting Grad/Law Wellness Connect!

At the end of every semester, in the midst of final exams, projects, papers, and presentations, Graduate Student Life hosts a week of opportunities to de-stress, re-energize, and make sure you are staying healthy. This year Grad/Law Wellness Connect will include free 10-minute chair massage appointments, yoga, chocolate meditation, healthy snack bag giveaways, and therapy dogs.

Please share with Graduate and Law students.

Intersession group Exercise Classes

CHR@USD and Campus Recreation are teaming up this Intersession to offer all employees free recreation classes! This is a great healthy way to start the new year off! If you are interested, please check out the Intersession Group Exercise website!

Spring Alcala Bazaar

Save the date! The spring Alcala Bazaar is taking place on February 2, 2016!

For more information, please email

Torero Store Annual Holiday Sale

Annual Holiday Sale
USD Torero Store, Hahn University Center
December 3, 11 am-7 pm

Enjoy iPad deals, 20% off most items in store, and 30% off Nike at Tu Mercado! Free gift with $50 purchase while supplies last. Complimentary refreshments. (Store closed on 12/3 until 11 am).

Student Staff Evaluation Tips!

Hi! My name is Jack Minnick and I am a Junior at USD. I am a Communication and Philosophy double major. I am a part of many different organizations on campus including Residential Life, Campus Recreation, and PRIDE. I am a local San Diegan and I have lived here almost my whole life. I am currently involved with Residential Life in helping strengthen the LLC program on campus. I work with Resident Assistants in finding new ways to make the LLC program better for first-year students.
This upcoming spring I will be traveling abroad for a semester. I will be on my way to Cork, Ireland to study at the University College Cork. I am excited to have the opportunity to travel to Europe and experience a new culture in an academic environment. I am grateful to be at a place like USD where studying abroad is so highly encouraged.

Empathy has been an important part of my college experience here at USD. I have seen that it can exist in small and large ways. I work in Campus Rec as a referee for various intramural sports. Patience in the workplace is where I see and show empathy on campus. As a referee I experience many student participants who are competitive when playing intramural sports. Sometimes this competitiveness turns into frustration. Being patient with participants when they are expressing their frustration is how I show empathy. Knowing that I don’t know what kind of day they have had and knowing that it isn’t personal allows me to help stay patient and respond to the competitors in a positive way. More empathy around campus makes for happier students whether it’s going on a university ministry retreat or just flashing a smile as you walk by.

REFLECTION QUESTION: When serving an unpleasant guest or client, how can you remember to pause and remember their frustrations aren’t about you? Take 10 seconds to breathe in their stress, and breathe out calm, your response and exchange with them may be the best part of their day.

Shout Outs

Shout out to Jen Lee for all of her dedication and hard work on the Inauguration Week activities! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to Mayté and Mandy for providing important information with a quick turn around time! -Cynthia Avery

Shout out to John Newhouse, Irene Bubnack, Terrence Shaw and Janice Blanton for their excellent work on the RL Thanksgiving dinner. Over 40 students attended and had a wonderful meal, fellowship and fun thanks to their great work. -Dayanne Izmirian

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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