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Student Affairs Newsletter

January 2018

Intersectionality and Inclusion Conference

Staff and students are invited to join the California College Personnel Association, the California state chapter of ACPA-College Student Educators International, for their 2018 Spring Institute on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA).


Registration for the 2018 CCPA Spring Institute is live! Click here to register and for more information regarding the Institute.

Submit a Workshop Proposal

If you are interested in presenting at the 2018 Spring Institute, we are still accepting proposals for general education sessions. The submission form can be viewed here. Presentation proposals are due on February 5, 2018.

Those selected to present an educational session at the Spring Institute will receive a discount code for $50 off the registration fee. Presentation proposals will be accepted through February 5, 2018, and those accepted will be notified on February 12. The discount may be applied for to up to two presenters for each educational session; additional presenters will need to register at the published rate.

For more updates, be sure to check out their new website, and follow them on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn!

ACPA conference

Alcalá Bazaar Registration

​Final Reminder: The deadline to register for the Alcalá Bazaar​ is January, 31 at 12 PM.

The ​Spring Alcalá Bazaar will take place on Tuesday, February 6 from 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM on Paseo de Colachis. Just complete the form here​ to register​. If your department has already registered, you will be listed on this page, so please double check before you submit your form. Remember, if you do not register you will not be guaranteed a table.

Alcala Bazaar

Rainbow Educator Applications

The United Front Multicultural Center would like to invite members of the University community to serve as a Rainbow Educator (RE) for the 2018-2019 academic year. The REs are comprised of volunteer students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. REs facilitate interactive workshops that are dynamic and engaging including videos, role plays, visualizations, and personal stories.

In support of the USD mission, the purpose of the Rainbow Educator program is to build awareness, educate, and engage the USD community around identities such as sexual orientation, gender, race, ethnicity, and class, while promoting inclusion and visibility of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities. Rainbow Educators are committed to holding themselves and others accountable for working against all forms of oppression.

We also invite undergraduate students to apply to the Undergraduate Rainbow Educator Leadership Team, which consists of six students, who in addition to serving as Rainbow Educator facilitators, will contribute to the overall program development through one of the four roles: Undergraduate RE Advisory Team Member, Diversity Education Development Coordinator, Public Relations Coordinator, and Assessment Assistant. The six positions will receive a semester stipend.

Please submit an online application at by clicking on “Become a Rainbow Educator.” The application process consists of an online application and a 30-minute interview.

The application deadline is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at

Student Employee of the Year

The University of San Diego (USD), as a member of the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators (WASEA), will once again be taking part in the Student Employee of the Year campaign.

Any USD student employee may be considered for nomination as long as that person has worked for the same supervisor for at least six months on a part-time basis or three months full-time. Awards are not limited to Federal Work-Study employees, but may also be submitted for students who are employed as Casual Workers. Nominations may also be submitted for students who are employed through College Work Opportunity, as well as Graduate Student employees.

All of the nominees will be recognized on campus during National Student Employment Week (April 9-13, 2018). USD’s Student Employee of the Year will be nominated by USD in the competition for the State of California Student Employee of the Year

Please complete one copy of the WASEA Nomination Form for Student Employee of the Year for each student that is nominated.  Completed nomination forms must be received by the Student Employment Center (Hughes 313) no later than Monday, February 12, 2018. The student honored as the USD Student Employee of the Year will be selected in early March and announced at the Honors Convocation in May.

If you have questions or comments regarding this campaign, please send an email to

Fraternity and Sorority Grade Report Fall 2017

One of the many ways in which the foundations of fraternity and sorority life aligns with institutions of higher education is through scholastic achievement and academic excellence. Please find the Fall 2017 grade report for our fraternity and sorority community. We are happy to share the accomplishments of these students; please join us in congratulating any fraternity and/or sorority member that you may come in contact with on this commendable achievement.  

Knowing their potential, we are hopeful that we can encourage and support the fraternity and sorority community to continue their commitment to academics and pursuits of knowledge.

If you have any questions, please contact DJ Mahoney.

Healthy Masculinities

As the new semester begins, it gives us the time to review how we are engaging men and start to look ahead toward enhancing how we work with men in our programs and services.

As practitioners, we have the opportunity to help men “find a path toward cultivating a different kind of masculinity” while at USD. The reading Here’s What Is (And Isn’t)Working in Men’s Work on College Campuses provides content to cultivate this path from within the Division of Student Affairs into cross-campus collaborations. This article can be a good resource to start dialogue within your team as it provides five “dangers” to consider when working with men and four suggestions for effective work with men.

In addition, the reading Connecting Men to Academic and Student Affairs Programs and Services highlights significant barriers to developing effective institutional practices as well as provide a framework for addressing this issue. The article is broken into key sections and can be a great resource for your team’s professional development by including its case examples of services for college men in your dialogue.

Tech. and Comm. Corner

Of the many challenges that we are presented with social media, perhaps the most overlooked resource available to us are the analytic data generated by platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. In Maria Minsker's article in, she notes that while 62% of survey respondents understand the importance of data, only 25% are equipped with the right tools and knowledge.

There are many ways we can easily glean general analytics data as well as many resources online to help us understand the implications of this data. If you have any questions about social media analytics at USD, please contact Kenny Eng.


Shout-out to Mandy Mekhail and Josh Coyne for recently facilitating a restorative justice conference involving students, student staff, and Public Safety. Their efforts in bringing responsible parties, impacted students and officers, as well as community members together to reflect on harms and to identify how all involved could experience closure was a great service to our USD community. Mandy and Josh diligently managed many schedules in order to bring folks together in a meaningful way. Their commitment to student learning and community restoration is greatly appreciated! -Tyler Crisman

Shout-out to Joe Lasley and Tina Medina (KIPJ) for facilitating a restorative dialogue circle for members of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Joe and Tina worked closely with several chapter members on creating an opportunity for the brothers to come together to process a difficult situation from last spring semester, identify goals for moving forward, and (re)establish their shared values as it pertains to how they want to treat one another and represent their organization within the USD community. Joe and Tina's dedication and adaptability around schedules was appreciated and the service to our community and students was/is exceptional. Thank you! -Tyler Crisman

Shout-out to Bern Smith, Kevin Melara, Maria Villanueva, Amanda Taylor, Joe Lasley, Scott Thomas, Mariana Ortega, Carlos Cortes, Alysse Hogan, Carrington Lemon, and the RAs for facilitating a significant number of caring roommate mediations during a semester with abundant occupancy. -Candace Torrey, Dayanne Izmirian, Brandon McCreary, and Luke LaCroix

Shout-out to Candace TorreyBrandon McCreary, Barb Baurmann, and the A|CDs for processing over 100 room reassignments this semester! -Luke LaCroix

Shout-out to Josh Haeffner for crushing his action research project on student leaders working in physical labor as part of his SOLES masters program this December. Congratulations!!! -Brandon McCreary, Mike Dils, and Luke LaCroix

Shout-out to DJ and Elizabeth! Thank you for your tireless work on sorority recruitment. The entire process was well-organized, the spirit was contagious, and I was impressed with your work with the student leaders and all the individuals involved. -Dayanne Izmirian

Shout-out to Cynthia Avery, Amanda Taylor, Alysse Hogan and Luke LaCroix for their excellent work providing presentations during RA Training for local middle school students to learn and train in partnership with our student leaders. This is a great collaboration with the other Ashoka Changemaker designated school in Linda Vista, and the continued work is appreciated. -Dayanne Izmirian

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

USD Events

CHR@USD Events

All Faith Service
Feb. 1, 12:15 PM
Shiley Theatre
Daily Group Walks
12:15 - 12:45 PM
Meet in front of the Immaculata

Spring Alcala Bazaar
Feb. 6, 11:30 AM
Paseo de Colachis

USD FIT Employee Fitness Classes

USD Annual Technology Conference
Feb. 9, 12 PM
Learn more and RSVP here

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Revolution of the Heart featuring Henri Nouwen
Feb. 9 and 10
Learn more here


Peer Educator Retreat
Feb. 10, 9 AM
RSVP here


Fireside Chat with President Harris
Feb. 15, 11 AM
Outside the Torero Store

Men @ USD Leadership Retreat
Feb. 16-18
Apply here
Grandparent's Weekend 2018
Feb. 16-18

Alumni and Class Scholarships due
Feb. 25
Learn more


Career Expo
Mar. 1, 11:30 AM
Hahn UC Forums

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