Program and Events

The 2020 LIFT Conference schedule will be posted in the coming weeks.  Check back soon for more details.  In the meantime, view last year’s schedule below for examples of what to expect.

2019 LIFT Conference Schedule

Three concurrent sessions will feature nine workshops and discussions designed to address the four conference pillars of Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, and Transformation.

Concurrent Session Schedule At-A-Glance

Time SS 204 SS 208 SS 210
Session #1:

10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

True Life: My Service Experience Showing Up Helping vs. Serving: Do You Know the Difference?
Session #2:

11:35 AM – 12:25 PM

Lived Experiences Matter: Uncover Your Leadership Journey Catalyzing Class Consciousness: Tools to Facilitate Meaningful Social Class Engagement for Volunteers Taking the Interest Based Approach to Communicating and Managing Conflict
Session #3:

1:35 PM – 2:25 PM

Recruitment 101 Claiming our Identities: Power of Poetry Meaningful Community Building on Campus: How and Why?

Concurrent Session Schedule & Abstracts

Breakout Session #1: 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM

Helping vs. Serving: Do You Know the Difference?
Dulce Montano and Susana Contreras | California State University Monterey Bay
Best Practices Workshop | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, Transformation
Social Science Building, Room 210

The concept that viewing service as “fixing and helping” rather than “serving” is often a gateway to view the community as broken or weak. By engaging students in a facilitated activity, the idea of reciprocal and responsive service will be explored.

Showing Up
Anthony Scopazzi | California Maritime Academy
Issue Discussion | Value Alignment: Innovation, Transformation
Social Science Building, Room 208

Getting students to show up is a challenge. For many reasons—perceived lack of free time, inability to plan, and only wanting to do the minimum. I will talk about my experiences as an organizer, what challenges I face, and how I mitigate them.

True Life: My Service Experience
Inez Hill | Fresno State
Best Practices Workshop | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, Transformation
Social Science Building, Room 204

Have an idea about a service project but don’t know how to go about it? Being students in service we always think about giving back and bringing meaning to our communities but how do we execute our plans? Session participants will be introduced to a meaningful service project that created a huge impact on a community here in Fresno.

Breakout Session #2: 11:35 AM – 12:25 PM

Catalyzing Class Consciousness: Tools to Facilitate Meaningful Social Class Engagement for Volunteers
Emily Hentschke, LIFT Conference Event Facilitator | University of California, Santa Cruz
Best Practices Workshop | Value Alignment: Fellowship, Transformation
Social Science Building, Room 208

Service learning and volunteer experiences stand out as sites that encourage critical reflection of class privilege and status. When effective, cross-class interactions in volunteer settings can promote structural understandings of poverty, reduce classist stereotypes, and decrease prejudice. This workshop will provide reflection tools to foster and utilize transformative volunteer class consciousness.

Lived Experiences Matter: Uncover Your Leadership Journey
Gilbert Falcon and Ramiro Merino Diaz | Fresno State
Issue Discussion | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, Transformation
Social Science Building, Room 204

Are students on your campus not understanding the impact that their service has? Or that their lived experiences can help uncover their leadership journey? How about yourself? Join us in this discussion-based workshop as we share our insights and help each other uncover our leadership journey through our lived experiences! 

Taking the Interest Based Approach to Communicating and Managing Conflict
Dr. Jacqueline L. “Jackie” Ryle | Ryle Resources/Empowerment Strategies
Best Practices Workshop | Value Alignment: Leadership
Social Science Building, Room 210

Keynote speaker, Dr. Jackie Ryle will lead an interactive session, based on her book, that covers the basics of what the interest based approach means, how it is used, its value, and some activities as related to perceptions and reframing. 

Breakout Session #3: 1:35 PM – 2:25 PM

Claiming our Identities: Power of Poetry
Rena Dillenbeck, Taylor VanSant, and Dyani West | California State University, Monterey Bay
Issue Discussion | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, Transformation
Social Science Building, Room 208

Poetry is a powerful and fun art form that we believe can empower you to fight for social change within your community and beyond. This isn’t about poetry, it’s about you. Let’s discuss identity. Let’s spend time pondering our superpowers, reciting our demands, and acknowledging what we fight for.

Meaningful Community Building on Campus: How and Why?
Changemakers Leadership Team | Cal State LA
Best Practices Workshop | Value Alignment: Leadership, Innovation, Fellowship, Transformation
Social Science Building, Room 210

It can be hard for students to connect at a large, urban, commuter campus. Changemakers work to create a warm, welcoming campus community in ongoing, intentional ways. Through this session, participants will experience elements of Changemakers’ community building activities that help to foster a meaningful, trusting community.

Recruitment 101
Whitney Ballard, Cori Davis, Katherine Frias, Carlos Gonzalez, Kina Moua, Navkomal Sanghera, and Linda Torres | Fresno State
Issue Discussion | Value Alignment: Innovation
Social Science Building, Room 204

Do you have challenges recruiting students to participate in your programs and/or serve as leaders? In this issue discussion, presenters will engage participants in reflection on the struggles of recruitment through active, engaging activities and discussions that will lead to innovative techniques that can be implemented into future recruitments efforts.