UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Student Affairs and Leadership

The Student Affairs and Leadership Speaker Selection Committee hopes to see the many interesting sustainable projects happening across the four systems of higher education. We are looking for proposals that address how sustainability initiatives enrich the student experience on campus, and how sustainability contributes to student life outside the classroom.  We also hope to see proposals that not only include students, but other stakeholders on our campuses as well, including the local community, staff, and faculty. Please consider presenting on lessons learned as well as best practices.

All in all, we are looking for student, staff, and faculty from colleges in California to present.  We are interested in presentations including, but not limited to the following topics:

  • Sustainability literacy (How are we growing our students in terms of sustainability)
  • Co-curricular programming
  • Sustainability integration into the student experience, e.g.:
    • Orientation programs
    • Residential life & housing
    • Athletics & recreation
    • Diversity and inclusion (please also see the social equity topic area)
    • Other Student Services
  • Staff, faculty, and/or community engagement with student affairs activities

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

If you are a student, please also consider applying to speak during the student convergence if you are interested in an audience of only students.  The convergence is a post-conference, half-day workshop. It will highlight new student campaigns, upcoming projects, and skill sharing workshops. Students will also have a chance to network with other student leaders from California Community Colleges, California State University, University of California, and Private campuses throughout the state collectively as well as with students from their own systems. Students can attend the convergence without attending the main conference. To apply to present at the convergence, please follow the same instructions as the general call for proposals.  When the speaker selection committees consider whether the proposal is the best fit for the student convergence vs. the student affairs and auxiliaries topic area, our main question will be: who is the intended audience? Presenters for the student affairs and auxiliaries topic area (and other main conference areas) will be speaking to a mixed audience of students, staff, faculty, and community.  Student convergence speakers will only be speaking to students.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, relationship to the conference theme “data-driven change and engagement”, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2019 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Student Affairs and Auxiliaries” on the left hand side of the screen to see the student affairs and auxiliaries related sessions at last year’s conference.

Please also consider applying for a best practice award in student sustainability leadership (if you are a student) or one of our other categories (for students, staff, and faculty) this year.  Several new award categories have been added! You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories.  You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking.  Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.