Stay Day Presentations 2016

Participants will engage in a 30-minute, facilitated walk through the arboretum, including participating in a "mindful meditation" focusing on breathing, awareness, and relaxation. Please wear comfortable shoes, and be aware that there may be mud along the route.
UC Davis Conference Center Lobby
WELCOME: 9–9:15 a.m.
Adela de la Torre, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity
UC Davis Conference Center Ballrooms A,B,C
Shola Richards, Director of Training, UCLA Health
UC Davis Conference Center Ballrooms A,B,C
Presentation Title Presenter Additional Presenters Description Location
SESSION I: 10–10:50 a.m.

Self-Love: Healing Our Community, A Daily Practice

Maia Huang, Community Advising Network (CAN) Counselor, WRRC and LGBTQIA RC

Ashley Teodorson, Business and Finance Manager, WRRC

In this presentation, participants will learn the importance of building community together in light of our many different life experiences and layers of identity. Beyond the politics of oppression and privilege, we will examine how the source of our deepest pain, shame, or difficulties, is transmuted into passion for our life’s purpose through the act of self-love and compassion. This presentation gives participants the opportunity to reflect upon what motivates them to do their vital work with UCD students, and how each person has something unique to offer the community. A few group exercises will be included.

Conference Room A

Mental Illness: Challenges, Changes and Hope

Joe Spector, Ph.D., Psychologist, Student Disability Center

The goal of this presentation is to indicate the types of challenges experienced by students with serious, chronic mood disorders. The challenges involved with disorders, such as major depressive and bipolar disorders, treatment and disability management will be discussed. In addition, attendees will hear from a panel of students on how these challenges impact their learning at UC Davis. Suggestions regarding advising and supports will be presented. The workshop was developed in collaboration with Campus NAMI, the UC Davis chapter of National Alliance for Mental Illness.

Ballroom B

Advocating for Our Needs and the Needs of Others

Kriti Garg, Coordinator, Cross Cultural Center

Lyndon Huling, Center for Student Involvement

This session will enable participants to strategize methods to advocate for themselves and others on campus. Self-care requires speaking up and speaking out in order to identify and address barriers that can lead to feelings of frustration or disempowerment. Additionally, it requires asking critical questions about our individual, departmental and campus culture.

Through this interactive workshop, participants will have the opportunity to learn from each other, and practice critical thinking and creative problem solving. Areas that we will focus on include:

  • Critically assessing your work environment to promote inclusivity for yourselves and others.

  • Understanding and advocating for your needs.

  • Supporting the students you work with to be change agents.

Ballroom C

A Mindful Walk

Erin Peltzman, Conduct Coordinator, Student Housing

Leah Galasso, Residential Education Coordinator, Student Housing

Participants will engage in a 30-minute, facilitated walk through the arboretum, including participating in a "mindful meditation" focusing on breathing, awareness, and relaxation. Please wear comfortable shoes, and be aware that there may be mud along the route.

Conference Room B

Enhancing Culturally Competent Communication in University Settings

Tatum Phan, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and CAN Community Counselor

Student Health and Counseling Services: Michelle Burt, Ph.D.; Luisa Ladd, Psy.D.; Adriana Torres, MFT; Rich Zamora, Ph.D.; Jezzie Zimbardo, MFT

Our hope is to increase awareness of how implicit bias and miscommunication affect interactions with students and contribute to frustration, compassion fatigue and barriers to student access of services. Through short, didactic lecture, small group activities and guided conversation, participants will learn bias-reducing strategies to enhance communication when working with students.

Ballroom A
SESSION II: 11–11:50 a.m.

Tapping Into Your Inner ‘Upstander’: The Red Watch Band Training at UC Davis and Why it Applies to You

Raeann Davis, Health Educator, Health Education and Promotion, Student Health and Counseling Services

How can we create a more compassionate and caring campus community? Student Affairs divisions of many universities have turned to ‘Upstander’ intervention strategies to address issues of mental health, sexual violence, alcohol-use and more. Upstander programs are well received by students and backed by promising evidence, but what makes them different? They empower the individual, yet in a way that holds potential to make social and environmental change, shaping our community and shifting the cultural norm toward shared responsibility and caring for others. The Red Watch Band program at UC Davis trains students to become campus leaders equipped with the skills to step up, care for fellow Aggies and make a positive impact in another’s life. Evaluation data from the 2015-2016 year will be shared. The presenter will walk through the five steps of intervention and introduce varying styles of intervention, including direct and indirect methods. Experiences from the audience will be solicited and the session will conclude with a brief discussion/recap of (1) how Upstanders can help us make positive campus change (2) why investing in compassionate responsiveness is worthwhile and (3) how Upstander intervention applies to the audience on a personal level.

Conference Room A

Teaching Strategies for Student Affairs Practitioners

Carol Hunter, Director, Academic Assistance and Tutoring, Student Academic Success Center

Inez Anders, Student Academic Success Center

As we prepare to offer First-Year Aggie Connection sessions, workshops and classes to all entering freshmen and transfers in fall 2016, I would like to share some of the teaching strategies our instructors use in the Student Academic Success Center (SASC) to promote a safe and interactive learning environment for students. The Academic Assistance and Tutoring unit in the SASC practices a shared teaching philosophy based on teaching by asking questions, the use of a variety of modes of responses to determine content understanding, the use of effective positive reinforcement to help students feel safe in the classroom, and the use of a variety of feedback tools to gauge application of learned material.

Conference Room B

Positive Psychology for Staff Self-Care and Student Success

Ashley Odell, Career Adviser

Fostering positive psychology has been shown to increase measures of student success including retention, GPA, innovation, productivity and career development. This presentation discusses practical methods that staff can use when working with students to help them cultivate happiness and success. It also specifically emphasizes staff wellness by providing suggestions on how UC Davis employees can use these strategies to practice self-care. Topics include life satisfaction, flow, mindfulness, learned optimism, positive relationships and more.

Ballroom B

Doing Diversity: Tools for Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in Your Unit

Laura Cerruti, Analyst, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

Brittany Derieg, Assistant Director of Reporting, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity; Elizabeth Bishay, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity; Thomas O’Donnell, Graduate Student Researcher, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative; Dillon Hanna, Undergraduate Student Assistant, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative

UC Davis has just released the first draft of a strategic plan for increasing diversity and inclusion throughout our campus.* How do we move as a community from a plan to action? The session’s goal is to empower participants to embed diversity and inclusion strategies into what they do. Participants will explore the plan’s strategies through a brainstorming and planning activity aimed at improving services to students. This session is open to all Student Affairs staff and may be of particular interest to unit and center directors and supervisors.

*While prior review of the draft plan is not required for this session, the draft is available online.

Ballroom A

Productivity Practices for the Busy Professional

Donelle D. Davis, Assistant Director, Advising and Retention Services

At a time when information is coming at us at an alarmingly fast rate and down time is a thing of the past, having systems to manage our ever-increasing workload is now more important than ever. Many of us have experienced the dread of running into a student or colleague that sent us an email that we hadn’t responded to because it was buried in our inbox. Or there is that sinking sensation we’ve felt showing up for a meeting realizing we forgot to do our part because we couldn’t find it in our tablet full of notes. Even more stressful is the dreadful feeling of sitting with a student and being completely distracted by our mounting list of things to do. Everyday we encourage students to adopt strategies to effectively manage their time and course work, but are we doing the same? Implementing strategies to effectively manage our email, workload and time will allow us to engage meaningfully with the tasks and more importantly the students that deserve our full attention.

Ballroom C
NETWORKING LUNCH (provided): 11:50 a.m.–1 p.m.
SESSION III: 1–1:30 p.m.

Function and Flexibility in the Workplace

Reed Phinisey, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator

A growing concern in the workplace is the long periods of time we spend seated at our desks. With more research highlighting the adverse effects sitting has on our function and flexibility it is important that we begin to take steps to combat these harmful effects. This session will look to uncover some of the major areas of concern (structurally and neural) associated with long periods of sitting and what are easy to implement practices to insure proper function and flexibility.

Ballroom B

Wellness Roundtable

Heather (Zoller) Gastellum, Sr. Assistant Director

Donelle Davis, Assistant Director, Advising and Retention Services and Courtney O’Connor, Assistant Director, Student Housing

Work-Life balance and integration—what do these terms mean to you? Join us for an interactive opportunity for staff within Student Affairs to engage in conversation during a round-table discussion. The main areas we will focus on are self-care, family-care (child, elders, siblings, etc.) and rewards/incentives. In a world where we have multiple devices that connect us to work whether we are physically here or not, the blend between work and life is more and more present. Our discussion will help aid in providing suggestions and recommendations to the division to assist in supporting our overall happiness and well-being as employees.

Ballroom C

Will I Be Dismissed? Understanding the Link Between Academic Intervention and Retention

Mark Reyes, Academic Counselor

Sara Sweeney, College of Letters and Science, Undergraduate Education and Advising

Students who struggle academically are often fearful of the consequences, and the prospect of meeting with the dean’s office can feel intimidating. This fear and uncertainty can lead students to view college advisers as disciplinarians. In truth, we aim to assist students as they seek to overcome obstacles and successfully complete their degree. In this presentation, we will review the academic intervention process in the College of Letters and Science (probation, dismissal and readmission) and its role in student retention. Using real cases, we will help participants understand the student experience and provide a window into the decision process. We will also discuss the ways in which Student Affairs professionals can work in tandem with academic counselors to assist students in academic difficulty.

Conference Room A

How to Make Your Smartphone Your Fitness Partner

Elizabeth Mason, Technology Buyer, UC Davis Stores

With the rise of smartphones a seemingly limitless number of apps now exist — but how much can any of these apps really help you in your daily life? Aside from rewinding after a long day watching cat videos on Youtube or catching up with friends on social media, how can you harness the full potential of your device? We will discuss several apps that are designed to support a fit and healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise, meditation, brain games and more!

Ballroom A

Preparing for Admission to the University of California

Brenda Fudge, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions; and Rogelio Villagrana, Director, UC Davis Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)

Are you a parent or a family member of a student interested in attending UC Davis or another UC campus? If so, then this session is for you. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will provide a brief overview of the freshman and transfer admissions process and requirements. We will also provide helpful tips on how applicants can best present themselves, and highlight the new personal insight questions that will be in the fall 2017 application.

Conference Room B
SESSION IV: 1:40–2:30 p.m.

Discover the Educational Opportunity Program: Your Campus Partner in First-generation Student Success

Julie Agosto, Assistant Director of the Educational Opportunity Program and Retention Services

Jeanette Plascencia, Academic Success and Retention Specialist

Despite the strides that have been made toward increasing access to higher education, only 5 percent of low-income, first-generation students persist to earn a baccalaureate degree (Engle and Tinto, 2014). The low percentage of students who persist to graduation begs the need for a deeper examination as to what social conditions are needed to support their persistence. Join the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in an interactive workshop designed to increase our collective understanding of low-income, first-generation students. The workshop will provide an overview of EOP services, as well as a framework for exploring potential partnerships to support our low-income, first-generation students.

Conference Room A

Understanding the Changing Tides: Power Dynamics in Higher Education

Lauren Worrell, Graduate Program Coordinator

Kyle Westbrook, Graduate Program Coordinator, Electrical and Computer Engineering

In a university, we often think about the power difference between faculty and student or faculty, administration and staff. However, power dynamics can be multifaceted and exist in many ways. This session will cover topics including: different kinds of power and who holds it, how to leverage your own and others' power, managing up, effective communication strategies for various power dynamics, and self-care in the face of power abuse. Topics will cover both the staff perspective in working with power, as well as in giving advice to our students who might be facing various power dynamics. This interactive session will be grounded in current literature and research and tied to real employee and student examples from UC Davis.

Ballroom B

Networking Within the Division of Student Affairs: Is It Schmoozing or Benevolent Collaboration?

Marguerite Phillips, Assistant Director, Office of Student Development, Student Housing

Richard Ronquillo, Student Housing; Sheri Atkinson, Community Resource and Retention Centers

What are the benefits of networking within the Student Affairs division? What are some practical ways you can network? Through the use of role play, small group discussion and media, this workshop will provide useful tips and tricks on how to network to benefit others, yourself and, ultimately, the student experience. Current Student Affairs partnerships will also be discussed.

Ballroom C

Supporting International Students in Academic and Emotional Distress

Letia Graening, International Academic Counselor, Undergraduate Education and Advising, College of Letters and Science

Jordan Dade, College of Engineering

An increase in college enrollment of international students requires student affairs staff to understand the unique challenges they face and effectively communicate care and the support of linking them to resources. International students report experiencing difficulties with cultural adjustment, social isolation, and language proficiency difficulties that can lead to academic (Wu, Garza & Guzman, 2014) and mental health problems (Pederson, 1991). This population needs a proactive approach to help address their underutilization of mental health services (Moro, 2000).

The facilitators of this presentation work with international students in their roles as academic advisers. Drawing from their experiences and scholarly articles, information will be shared followed by a experiential learning using case studies and a debrief.

Ballroom A

A Mindful Walk

Erin Peltzman, Conduct Coordinator, Student Housing

Leah Galasso, Residential Education Coordinator, Student Housing

Conference Room B
SESSION V: 2:40–3:30 p.m.

Love as Praxis: A Radical Grounding for Liberation Work

elizabeth coté, Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center

Chaz Walker-Ashley, Assistant Director, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex Asexual Resource Center

What is love? What is the role of love in supporting ourselves and our scholars within the Division of Student Affairs? What barriers get in the way of grounding our work in love? This workshop will provide a space to explore these questions and examine love as a resistive and liberatory practice. As a closing activity, participants will decorate a small object to keep as a reminder of practicing love in our daily work.

Ballroom C

Technology Resources for UC Davis Students

Joshua Hori, Student Disability Center

Corey Chomas, Student Disability Center

You'll learn about available resources for students, covering Office documents (Office365 and Google apps), cloud services (, Google Drive, and OneDrive), mobile apps, assistive technology and other available services that are available at no charge to students. This is an updated presentation from Stay Day 2015.

Ballroom B

Formation: Beyonce, SB50 and the Backlash

Christopher Pangelina, Residential Education Coordinator

Sara Blair, Residential Education Coordinator, Student Housing

This program focuses on one way to incorporate pop culture that is relevant to today’s youth and to connect it with social issues that have historically and are currently impacting various social groups in the U.S. For example, the societal injustices that impact the Black/African/African American community. In this presentation we use Beyonce, her music video for Formation, the song’s lyrics, her performance at Super Bowl 50 and the media backlash that followed, to provide an alternative avenue to engage students in a topic by analyzing the visual and contextual elements of how Beyonce brought the conversation of race-related issues back to the forefront of U.S. media. The goal of this presentation is to provide a demonstration of how integrating popular culture into the ways we connect with students in dialogues that pertain to sensitive topics can enhance the level of student engagement and understanding.

Ballroom A

From Undecided to Open Minded: Reframing Uncertainty for Our Students

Kelli Sholer, Student Affairs Officer

Recent studies have shown that most people will change jobs at least 7–10 times during their working years. The world of work is more dynamic than ever and college students need to be equipped with the skills of adaptability, curiosity, and initiative in order to flourish in this new (and constantly changing) economy. In this session, traditional thinking about a linear career planning process will be challenged and participants will gain awareness of a new framework for helping students with their career journey: happenstance learning theory. Happenstance learning theory emphasizes the importance of these skills and helps provide a foundation for how to proactively take advantage of chance occurrences, find resiliency in failure, and evaluate current obstacles to taking action. Through a combination of discussion, interactive exercises, and Road Trip Nation video anecdotes, participants will be introduced to this theory's concepts and how they can be integrated into working with students in their career exploration and development process.

Conference Room A
RAFFLE: 3:30–3:45 p.m.
Ballrooms A,B,C
CLOSING KEYNOTE: 3:45–4 p.m.
The UCD Way: Acting on Today's Theme
Annemarie Adelaide Stone, Interventionist, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
Ballrooms A,B,C