Institute for Student Success

Spring 2013 Workshops

Held January 17, 2013


Dr. Kathleen F. Gabriel

Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Student Success and Retention

Dr. Kathleen Gabriel

In an interactive workshop designed for both staff and faculty, Dr. Gabriel, faculty member at CSU Chico and author of Teaching Unprepared Students, will offer innovative techniques and approaches that enable all students even those who arrive at college less prepared than their peers to develop academically, actively engage in their studies, and graduate on time.

Dr. Gabriel will discuss proven practices, applicable in the classroom and in academic and student support programs, which maintain high standards and expectations while also creating conditions to enable all students to build key skills and successfully complete their studies.

Dr. Gabriel's slides for this presentation are available as a PDF file. If you'd like a copy, please email us at


Leveraging Our Institutional Roles: What Staff and Faculty Can Do to Advocate for Undocumented Students

Jennifer Alejo (HSU student) and Dr. Miguel Zavala (Department of Secondary Education, CSU Fullerton)

What are the historical conditions impacting undocumented students today? Why should I advocate for undocumented students? What can I do as a staff or faculty member to better support undocumented students at HSU? Join special guest Miguel Zavala, Assistant Professor at CSU Fullerton and respected advocate for undocumented students, for an interactive workshop in which participants will dialogue about key legislation that directly impacts undocumented students and explore ways in which staff and faculty can Dr. Zavalabecome better advocates. Participants will walk away with concrete examples and strategies derived from Dr. Zavala’s experience working in grassroots organizations and as a faculty member.

About Miguel Zavala

Dr. Zavala's slides for this presentation are available as a PDF file. If you'd like a copy, please email us at


Meeting Your Advisees ‘Where They Are’ and Other Best Practices for Holistic Advising
Dana Deason (Advising Center) and Su Karl (Learning Center)

Interested in making your advising sessions with students even more productive? Looking for new resources that will help your students succeed as undergraduates and beyond? This workshop will provide both new and seasoned advisors with the tools, resources and techniques to maximize the effectiveness of advising. Participants will engage with various advising tools, exchange best practices with colleagues, and learn new planning strategies that will help their advisees graduate in 4-5 years.

View the Powepoint Presentation (pdf)


I Wish My Students Knew How to Learn! Making Your Wish Come True Through Learning-Across-the-Curriculum

Ed Nuhfer (Office of Educational Effectiveness)

Students rarely receive training in how to facilitate their own learning. Join HSU’s Director of Educational Effectiveness in a hands-on session that offers straightforward  "Learning-Across-the-Curriculum" modules designed for helping faculty in any discipline to enable their students to become more successful learners.


Stereotype Threat at HSU – Where Do We Go From Here?

Steve Smith (College of Natural Resources & Sciences) and Tracy Smith (Educational Opportunity Program/Student Support Services)

In this workshop, staff, faculty, and administrators will further explore the concept of “stereotype threat,” Whistling Vivaldi author Dr. Claude Steele’s theory that stereotypes – or the fear of confirming them – can profoundly impact academic performance and success. The workshop will focus on developing and implementing specific action-oriented strategies that will reduce stereotype threats across campus, and will include dialogue among colleagues who are incorporating anti-stereotype threat strategies in their respective work settings. This workshop is appropriate for participants with varying levels of knowledge about stereotype threat.

Recommended reading: Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do
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Nurturing the Whole Student at HSU

Annie Bolick-Floss (Center for Service Learning and Academic Internships), Jennifer Sanford (Counseling & Psychological Services), and Nancy Vizenor (Business)

When faculty members create courses, they create learning outcomes applicable to the discipline, class and course curriculum. When staff members interact with students, they frequently offer tools and information. Yet student learning and the student experience extend well beyond our concrete, intended outcomes. This workshop will explore techniques, strategies, and campus resources for creating learning and campus environments – in all settings – that positively influence, educate, and nurture students as whole people while also increasing student engagement and knowledge of core content.

Any Questions? Interweaving Assessment and Teaching (45-minute session)

Kathleen F. Gabriel (CSU Chico)

Drawing from her book, Teaching Unprepared Students, Dr. Gabriel will discuss strategies for adding assessment activities with greater frequency into lectures and classrooms. Participants will learn new formative assessment techniques, which provide opportunities for students to apply, analyze, synthesize, grasp, and transfer course concepts and content. Faculty will have opportunities to share their own successes, and to apply new strategies to their own work.


Supporting Students with Disabilities:
Strategies for Inclusion and Accommodation

Jayne McGuire (Kinesiology & Recreation Administration) and Kevin O’Brien (Student Disability Resource Center)

This workshop aims to give voice to HSU students who experience disability in their daily lives. It will provide a model for engaging in constructive dialogues about disability, and include a guided panel discussion with students, who will share their successes and struggles navigating the HSU system. Following the panel, participants will collaborate to identify and apply strategies that create and promote inclusive curriculum, and campus and classroom cultures.


Identifying and Disrupting Microaggressions

Maxwell D. Schnurer (Communication/CRGS) and Sheila Rocker Heppe (Extended Education)

Microaggressions happen every day. They are the commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental insults, both intentional and unintentional, that communicate negative slights to a person or group, based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion (Sue, 2010). Participants will engage with introductory concepts of Microaggressions, and collectively discuss strategies to identify and disrupt Microaggressions in their own lives. Prior experience is welcome, but not necessary.


Happy Hour and Social Mixer

From 4:30 - 6pm in the KBR


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