Program and Events

2020 LIFT Conference Schedule

View an overall event schedule here.  Below, please find information on the concurrent sessions.  Three concurrent sessions will feature eight workshops and discussions designed to address the four conference pillars of Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, and Transformation.

Concurrent Session Schedule At-A-Glance

Time      
Session #1:

 

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

In Service to One Another: Holistic Dialogue that Leads to Transformative Spaces Intentional Engagement: Understanding & Recruiting Today’s College Student  
Session #2:

 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Autoethnography: An Introduction Building Resiliency: Qualities of Student Leaders in STEM Education The interconnections of Entertainment Television, and Film and Gentrification
Session #3:

 

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Communication in the Covid Era Engaging with student communities while sheltering in place from a pandemic Innovation is the mother of necessity; adapting to an online working environment

Concurrent Session Schedule & Abstracts

Breakout Session #1: 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

In Service to One Another: Holistic Dialogue that Leads to Transformative Spaces
Dr. Jenelle Pitt | California State University, Fresno
Issue Presentation | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, Transformation

Holistic dialogue holds the capacity for powerful connections that transforms work and community spaces and subsequently shapes how we lead and serve. Participants will have the opportunity to strengthen their foundation for holistic dialogue and reflect on ways to apply knowledge and skills to service, leadership, and community contexts.

Intentional Engagement: Understanding & Recruiting Today’s College Student
Ramiro Merino Diaz, M.A.; Gilbert Falcon, M.A.; and Anyssa Garza, M.A. |California State University, Fresno
Issue Presentation | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, Transformation

Do you really know the students on your campus? Do you have a difficult time recruiting students to participate in your programming? Join us in this issue based workshop as we share our insights and research into understanding your campus population and how to be more intentional with engaging students!

Breakout Session #2: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Autoethnography: An Introduction
Charles Mikhail Zabala | Sonoma State University
Issue Presentation | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, Transformation

Autoethnography is a form of qualitative research that values and places cultural capital on narratives and personal experiences in academic writing across disciplines. Writers who choose to use Autoethnography are not wrong to assume its foundation is a combination of Autobiography and Ethnography. Examples of Autoethnography: Ethno-(Bio)graphy, Indigenous Autoethnography; Evocative Narratives; Lived Experiences; Literary Criticism.

Building Resiliency: Qualities of Student Leaders in STEM Education
Aaliyah Kirby, Joshua Lawson, Mercedes Mansfield, and Kelli Sexton | San Jose State University
Best Practices Workshop | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation

The student leadership team of the Civic Action Fellowship will present the challenges encountered in light of the global pandemic and the strategies developed to carry out the program’s original mission of providing STEM education to the underserved youth of Silicon Valley.

The Interconnections of Entertainment Television, and Film and Gentrification
Sadie Brown, Clarissa Murillo, and Alicia Alderete | California State University, Monterey Bay
Issue Presentation | Value Alignment: Transformation

This session will analyze the connection between the lack of diversity in different forms of media and gentrification. Gentrification perpetuates media representation and visa versa, we will be explaining how. The goal is to challenge peoples perspectives by bridging the gap between these social issues.

Breakout Session #3: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Communication in the Covid Era
Navkomal Sanghera, Mark Soghomonian, Angela Soghomonian, and Inez Hill | California State University, Fresno
Best Practices Workshop | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, Transformation

Communication in the Covid Era focuses on helping attendees adapt to an era of virtual environments. This session will provide tips on how to build a stronger and more efficient team, network online, and accomplish tasks more efficiently.

Engaging with student communities while sheltering in place from a pandemic
Harneet Kaur Ranauta and Dr. Vasundhara Mehta | San Jose State University
Issue Presentation | Value Alignment: Leadership

Engaging students can be challenging, and especially during this pandemic when most of the campuses are operating online. This presentation includes some potential solutions to encourage student engagement while providing a sense of belongingness to the campus community.

Innovation is the mother of necessity; adapting to an online working environment
Tatev Sarkissyan, Victoria Mosqueda, Bianca Garcia, Crisol C. Salazar, Nancy Perez, and Angel Alvarado | California State University, Los Angeles
Best Practices Workshops | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation

With the rise of COVID, student leaders are quick to adapt to new online learning and working environments. We developed a 4-5 weeks virtual program that embodied all aspects of a real-life working environment for our student participants. This presentation includes our best practices and methods to improve moving forward.