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STUDENT AFFAIRS: Building Community, Transforming Lives @ SJSU

Newsletter Issue V: October–December, 2015

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Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT)



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One of the efforts lead by the Division of Student Affairs is the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). This multidisciplinary team at SJSU can be a resource to faculty and staff who want to consult or report on observed distressing and disturbing behavior of students or employees.  BIT aims to proactively identify, assess, and offers a coordinated institutional response to SJSU community members who pose a risk to themselves, others and/or the campus community.  

Later this semester there will be broader university messaging giving the campus updates on the SJSU Red Folder as well as the update that our team name has changed. It is pivotal for a group’s name to be reflective of the mission of the group, drive the efforts of the group, allow for positive interactions with those who would submit referrals, and those whom we serve as resource providers. This smaller change (removing the word Crisis from BCIT) doesn’t change what we’ve been doing in consulting with faculty, staff, and community members, nor in assisting Spartans in distress. It does highlight the importance of communicating and consulting early before something reaches a crisis point. Changing to BIT also aligns SJSU’s resources with other CSU campuses, as well nationally with best practices. Many missed our name change from CAIT (Crisis Assessment and Intervention Team) so be sure that your colleagues know BIT and how to connect.  

The BIT website is where you can find resources as well as report information. Ben Falter (408.924.6303), BIT Chair and Student Affairs Case Manager, coordinates the team and educational training around the group's efforts.

 


Campus and Community Relations



College Day PosterCollege Day and College Day: Family and Community Conference

On Friday, October 9, 2015 San José State University and CommUniverCity will participate in the fifth annual College Day, a day designed to create a college-going culture throughout K-12 schools in Santa Clara County, and to inspire and support first-generation college students in their pursuit of higher education.

We invite you to join this special day by talking with young people about going to college. CommUniverCity is recruiting SJSU students, faculty and staff to speak at elementary, middle and high schools in downtown San José. Your conversations could spark many more college-going conversations among students and their families, teachers, and friends. If you are interested in being a speaker, please click on this link to register. If you have any questions about being a speaker at College Day, please contact Liz Figueroa at 408.490.0708.

As a follow up to College Day, San José State will host its third annual College Day Family and Community Conference on Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 7:30 a.m.–1:35 p.m. This conference seeks to prepare middle and high school students and their families on topics such as college admissions, financial aid, career exploration and planning, saving for college, and community college pathways. This is a multilingual conference where workshops are presented in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. A College Success Lab is also available for high school seniors where admission specialists from the University of California, California State University, and private universities will help and guide the seniors with their college application, personal statements/college essays and test scores. This lab is from 10:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. in BBC 301 and BBC 305.

College Day logoA bit of College Day history: In 2012, College Day's motto was "Every day is College Day" in an effort to start the conversation about college among parent/guardians and their children. In 2013, we focused on the affordability factor: "College: There's always a way to pay", where financial aid, scholarship funds, saving plans, and the DREAM Act workshops were the focus of the conference. Last year's theme was: "Reach Higher. Own your Future" aligning our theme with First Lady Michelle Obama's college-going culture national initiative of promoting higher education. This year, we continue to use "Reach Higher. Own your Future" and added "Who Do You Want to Be?" since we also want our youth to project themselves into the future and think about how their interests and talents align with a career. 

This year, we are adding workshops presented by SJSU faculty that address diversity, college success, support networks, persistence, and resilience from an ethnic studies perspective and a hands-on presentation on the California Colleges Guidance Initiative (CCGI) where students will be able to start their academic plan and work on their career inventory. 

College Day imageHere are a few things you can do to spread the word:

  1. Share this information with your networks (school principals, counselors, advisers, parent groups, non-profits organizations, etc) and ask families/parents/students to register before October 9! We also have a paper registration (attached)

  2. Be part of the Community and College Resource Fair (email Fernanda Perdomo Arciniegas if interested)

  3. Volunteer: we are looking for 100 volunteers to help with registration, lunch distribution, bus pick-up/drop-off

  4. Share our multilingual flyer (attached) with your networks

If you have any questions or comments about the conference, please contact Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas at 408.924.1162.

Community Conversations:
Creating a Safe and Inclusive Campus Climate

The Divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, in collaboration with Associated Students, Inc. will be offering two large community forums that seek to build and maintain healthy college communities. These community conversations will open dialogue on ways to create a welcoming campus climate, free of hate, bullying, and intolerance. 

These events  are free, open to the public, and will be held in the Student Union Ballroom on Tuesday, October 20 and Tuesday, November 3 from 4:30–7:00 p.m. In the first session, participants will share their experiences at SJSU and listen to one other, exploring campus issues, and learning from examples of sustained efforts from other college campuses. We will explore ways we can individually and collectively address and stand up to bullying, negative stereotyping, implicit and explicit bias, racism, and homophobia. In the second session, solutions will be generated and we will share ideas for connecting campus-wide efforts with pathways to strengthen communications and actions to continue the work.

If you have any questions or comments about the conference, please contact Fernanda Perdomo-Arciniegas or Roxana Marachi. Please sign-up to join here.

 


Student Affairs Resource Management



Give Now ButtonStudent Affairs raises funds for programs and services that add to students' comprehensive learning experience. Making a gift to one of our Student Affairs funds is a great way to make a direct impact on individual students. Three of our funds are listed below:

  • VP Student Affairs Community Fund — Purpose is to support the central mission for the Division of Student Affairs.
  • SJSU Emergency Fund — Purpose is to provide support to students in emergency situations.
  • SJSU Student Leadership — Purpose is to support student leadership projects, programs, and activities.

You can make your donation securely, by clicking the Give Now button above. Once on the Giving webpage, in the box labeled "Other Purposes," type the name of the fund you would like to donate to. Do not check any boxes for "areas of giving."

Welcome New Employees

We are pleased to welcome the following individuals to San José State University and the Student Affairs family.

Rachel Alex Photo Photo Not Available Cecilia Del Toro Photo Marilynn Flippin Photo

Rachel
Alex

Business
Analyst

Enrollment
Services
Technical 
Implementation
and
Communications

Edy
Campos
Sexual Assault
Victim Advocate

Counseling
and
Psychological
Services

Cecilia
Del Toro

Admissions
Communications
Counselor

Enrollment
Services
Technical 
Implementation
and
Communications

Marilynn
Flippin
Realtime
Captioner


Accessible
Education
Center

Matthew Gonzalez Photo Jillana Hart Photo Martha Hernandez Photo Candice Kingrey Photo

Matthew
Gonzalez
Alternative Media
Specialist

Accessible
Education 
Center

Jillana
Hart
Enrollment and
Communications
Analyst

Enrollment
Services
Technical 
Implementation
and 
Communications

Martha
Hernandez
Data Specialist

Graduate
Admissions and
Program
Evaluation

Candice
Kingrey
American
Sign
Language
Interpreter

Accessible
Education 
Center

Cynthia Nanquil Photo Mary Nguyen Photo Photo Not Available Photo Not Available

Cynthia
Nanquil
Admissions
Communications
Counselor

Enrollment
Services
Technical 
Implementation
and 
Communications

Mary
Nguyen
Retention
Services
Counselor

Accessible
Education 
Center

Kathleen
Sao
Employment
Accommodations
Analyst

Accessible
Education 
Center /
Employment
Accommodations
Resource
Center

Kimberly
Ta
Enrollment
Services
Operations
Coordinator

Office of the
Registrar

Theodore Tsau Kevin Tunney Photo Christie Wright Photo  

Theodore
Tsau
Assistant
Director

Student
Conduct and
Ethical
Development

Kevin
Tunney
Chief
Facilities
Engineer


Student
Union, Inc.

Christie
Wright

Assistant
Director

Graduate
Admissions and
Program
Evaluation

 

 

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