2020 Student Affairs Toolbox Series


Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for all of your work and sacrifice as we adjust to serving students in the new terrain. We really appreciate you! As you know, due to COVID-19 the annual Student Affairs Conference has been canceled. However, we want to ensure our transfer of information and development does not stop. We had a terrific line up of speakers for the conference and since we cannot be there physically, we are going to bring our talented colleagues from around the system to you virtually.

We are excited to announce our virtual Student Affairs Toolbox Series for the Spring and Summer of 2020. Each week, we will have presenters from one of our colleges providing a live WebEx training. The presentations will be offered on Tuesday and Friday from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm from May 8th through June 12th. We realize there is no ideal time to break away and should you not be able to break away we will make sure each training is available via a recording.

We look forward to investing in our collective toolbox and send a sincere thank you to all of you who have offered your time and talent over the next few months. A CCCS system-wide salute to you all!

Friday, May 8 11:30am – 1:00pm
Derek Grubb, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & SUCCESS
Verbal Judo – A proven model for de-escalation and eliciting compliance.

The news and internet are ripe with examples of arguments and fights in classrooms and on school grounds.  Tense situations form around everything from political divides to domestic disputes.  We all have high expectations of our students, but classroom and campus disruptions are more a question of “when” than “if”.  How we respond can mean the difference between a learning opportunity and cell videos on YouTube and evening news.  Verbal Judo is method that was originally developed for police and correctional officers to elicit compliance and deescalate tense situations.  This workshop will explore the qualities of the Verbal Judo method and present how employing this and other methods can help you to respond to such situations.

Verbal Judo PPT

Tuesday, May 12 11:30am-1:00pm
Jim Vernon, FRCC Chair, Business, IT, and Manufacturing
Community Engagement for All Students – The Chamber Student Network

The Chamber Student Network is a first-of-its-kind, student-led and student-managed organization, providing a platform to connect students with the local business community.  Outcomes from the first two years include numerous internships, mentorships, and job shadowing and skill development.  Members of CSN are learning in real time the many soft skills they will need for career success.  This network has grown to over 65 members across the Front Range, with FRCC students in the vast majority.  FRCC alumni still actively participate during their transfer matriculation.  A few have even launched successful businesses and are full members of the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce (which sponsors the organization).  Our presentation will describe how we collaborated with the chamber and community partners to encourage students to build and sustain this organization.  We will also include discussion of how we believe other colleges can help their students achieve similar success.
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Student Affairs Toolbox Series – Jim Vernon – Community Engagement

Friday, May 15 11:30am – 1:00pm
Derek Grubb, Director of Institutional Effectiveness & SUCCESS
Closing the Achievement Gap Best Practices

Although Morgan Community College is one of the smallest rural community colleges in Colorado, it is also home to one of the most diverse populations in the state.  Fueled by the promise of good paying jobs in agriculture with minimal language requirements, Fort Morgan has been the destination for immigrants for decades.  During settlement, this was largely immigrants from Europe and Mexico.  More recently, refugees from east Africa have come to call Fort Morgan home.  This presentation will discuss the paradigm of diverse cultures in a conservative community and how MCC has led efforts in education equity.  While there is still room for improvement, we will discuss how and why MCC not only has next to zero achievement gaps in many outcomes like retention and graduation rates, but also maintains achievement at or above state averages.  Come learn why MCC is the best kept secret in Colorado.
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Student Affairs Toolbox Series – Derek Grubb – Closing the Achievement Gap

Tuesday, May 19 11:30am – 1:00pm
Liz Kuehl, Colorado Education Initiative Program Lead

The purpose of the Colorado Career Conversations Training Project is to provide free, high-quality, professional development to individuals throughout the state who are positioned to have career conversations with students, job seekers, clients, or others who may need support navigating career decisions.  As an initiative of the Education Leadership Council and on behalf of the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Education Initiative is offering Colorado Career Conversation training. The training and framework were also built in partnership with the Colorado Workforce Development Council, Colorado Department of Higher Education, and Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.  This free professional development experience is intended for anyone who might have a career conversation. The goal of the project is to train 5,000 individuals by June 2020, expanding the number of skilled advisors able to deliver a consistent career advising experience.  Concepts covered in the training include identifying skills, interests, and aptitudes, exploring career possibilities and analyzing economic opportunities, research and problem solving skills, active listening and building trust, action planning, and much more!

All participants receive continuing education credits.

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Student Affairs Toolbox Series- Kuehl

Friday, May 22 11:30am – 1:00pm
Jennifer Husum, ACC Associate Dean of Students for Equity and Compliance
Javon Brame, ACC Dean of Student Services
The Truth of It All: Bias and You

We are biased, all of us. Let come together to discuss bias, intersectionality and cultural sensitivity from the lens of Title IX, Student Conduct and Care Team investigations and interventions.  We will provide foundational definitions and relevant examples taken directly from the student situations that we manage daily. We will discuss how we identify, address and combat our own biases. Participants will apply their learning through case study analysis and group discussion on these important topics.

If you have the chance, please read through this case study before the presentation.
Case Study

Please contact mandi.myers@cccs.edu for the link to this presentation

Tuesday, May 26 11:30am – 1:00pm
Toni LaBozzetta, CCD Academic Advisor – Health Sciences


Friday, May 29 11:30am – 1:00pm
Dasia Ryan, PPCC Enrollment Services Liaison
Everyday Deeds of Ordinary Folk: How the Theology of J.R.R. Tolkien Can Help You to Better Serve Students

“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I’ve found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love. ” – Gandalf the Grey, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The realm of Middle Earth created by J.R.R Tolkien is full of peril and trial. Alliances are broken then to be re-forged in the free people’s desperate hour to combat evil and corruption and save the land from the ruin of Sauron. But it is also a world full of courage, bravery, loyalty and hope; a hope which comes from the most unexpected of places or creatures: Hobbits.

Exploring some of these themes and beloved characters, this presentation will demonstrate that the deeply theological themes that Tolkien embedded in his works have tangible and practical application in our daily interactions with the students we serve providing a realistic and beneficial framework from which we can demonstrate our faith at work (whichever faith system that may be).

A Christian theologian and scholar himself, Tolkien was very purposeful in creating a world deeply rooted in his faith tradition, but not so obvious or brashly evangelistic that it would be off putting to his readers. While his friend and colleague C.S. Lewis thought the imagery and metaphor should be blatantly obvious in fictional writing, Tolkien took a multifaceted, layered approach creating languages, mythology, ancestry and deep history that served as the foundation for the epic story he told in the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It is from this place of complexity and a bit of mystery that we will explore what guiding principles can be gleaned from this story and utilized in our epic work to educate and empower students to go out into the world and help to keep the darkness at bay.
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Student Affairs Toolbox Series – Dasia Ryan – Everyday Deeds of Ordinary Folk

Tuesday, June 2 11:30am- 1:00pm
Brook Koltun, PPCC Coordinator of Testing
Jill Holmes, PPCC Student Advisor
Elizabeth Montano, PPCC Student Advisor
Kaeley Neppl, PPCC Student Advisor
Laura Quinn, PPCC Student Advisor
Advising Connects: Increasing Engagement and Connections to Campus Resources

This session will highlight how Pikes Peak Community College is working towards their Strategic Plan Goal to reduce “high stakes testing for placement” by 30%. Utilizing the “Multiple Measures” for placement approved by the Colorado Community College System, adopting an “Advise first, Test second” mindset, and allowing students more voice in their placement, advisors and test proctors have improved the enrollment process. Best practices for placement will be shared with a focus on how different placement choices affect student success and equity outcomes. Disaggregated data of testing rates, placement rates, and success rates will be shared to shed light on equity gaps within the placement “system.” Advisors who have these placement conversations with students will also share their experiences. Student Affairs Professionals will leave this session understanding best practices for placing students and feel empowered that they can help students determine the best placement for them without additional testing.
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Student Affairs Toolbox Series – Koltun, Holmes, Montano, Neppl, Quinn

Friday, June 5, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Amanda O’Sullivan, CCD Adjunct Instructor
Best Andragogical Practices to Improve Equity and Inclusion in the Classroom and Workplace

As a member of the Inclusive Excellence Leadership team at the Community College of Denver, I am currently conducting research on how instructors can build and foster equity and inclusion into the classroom and workplace. Therefore, at the Student Affairs Conference, I would like to present on how language, word choice, and phrasing can establish and foster equity and inclusion in the classroom and workplace.
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Student Affairs Toolbox Series – Amanda OSullivan – Practices to Improve Equity

Tuesday, June 9, 11:30am-1:00pm
Jennifer Woegens, ACC Elevate Coordinator
Elevate at Arapahoe Community College

In 2016, Senate Bill 16-196 passed with bipartisan support allocating legislative funds to develop three inclusive higher education (IHE) programs in Colorado: Arapahoe Community College (ACC), University of Northern Colorado (UNC), and University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS).
At ACC, we created Elevate, which provides inclusive higher education opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  We are a holistic program with the mission of fostering academic growth, preparing our Elevate students for gainful employment, aiding in the development of independent living skills, and encouraging active engagement within our ACC campus community.  ACC is currently the only community college in the state of Colorado with an inclusive higher education program.
Over the past four years, Elevate has evolved based the many lessons we have learned while serving our diverse student population and national best practices.  Visit this live session to:

  • Find out what inclusive higher education is
  • Gain an understanding of the ways we holistically serve our students
  • Learn about our application process and the way we select qualified applicants for Elevate
  • Discuss future expansion to more community colleges in our system

This spring we will be celebrating our first graduates!
Please join me in learning more about inclusive higher education and celebrate the amazing accomplishments of all of our Elevate students!
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Student Affairs Toolbox Series – Jennifer Woegens

Friday, June 12, 11:30am – 1:00pm