Annual Conference Information

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  CONFERENCE INFORMATION
 

Spring 2020 Annual Conference

REGISTER NOW!

CSSO is pleased to invite you to our 2020 Conference, “Making the Promise a Clear Reality: The Relentless Pursuit of Student Equity & Success.” Our annual conference is an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, to learn from those whose innovative and successful ideas are paving the way to increasing student success. More than 300 representatives from student services, instruction, categorical programs, the State Chancellor’s Office, and a myriad of other constituents will convene. We look forward to seeing you there!

Program of Events

The pre-conference institute sessions are scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th (see further below for details). Core conference activities begin late afternoon on the 24th and run through mid-afternoon on Thursday, March 26th. CLICK HERE for the SAVE the DATE postcard announcing the keynote speakers. An at-a-glance agenda will be released by January 2, 2020. For a sample 2019 schedule (2020 will be similar), please CLICK HERE.

Registration

Conference registration is NOW OPEN and the registration rates are $515 early bird, $565 regular and $150 for a pre-conference institute session. The last day to register at the early bird rate is February 15, 2020.

You may register for the full conference, full conference plus a pre-conference institute session or a pre-conference institute session only. IMPORTANT NOTE: See below for details on institute session options before registering. CSSO does not offer one day registration options except for presenters who are presenting same day and are unable to stay for the entire conference.

NEW! You may register multiple people at one time! Once you’ve started the registration and entered the first person, simply click on “ADD ANOTHER PERSON.” Also, when you see the DISCOUNT CODE box, simply ignore it unless you have been given a code. Codes are inserted into the box but apply to very few.

To register, CLICK HERE.

Cancellation Policy: By completing the registration process, you are agreeing to pay the full conference registration fee. In the event that you need to cancel, your cancellation request will need to be submitted in writing to squalls@meetingwise.net on or before March 13, 2020 and will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee. In the event you registered by check and had not yet submitted payment at the time of cancellation, and provided you submitted your cancellation request by March 13, 2020, you will be billed and held responsible for the $100 fee. Otherwise, see below for refund policy.

No refunds will be offered on cancellations made after March 13, 2020. In the event you registered by check and haven’t yet paid, you will be billed and held responsible for full payment event if you cannot attend. Substitutions are welcome and may be made in writing up to March 13, 2020, without penalty.

Refund Policy: For cancellations on paid registrations made on or before March 13, 2020, all refunds (less the $100 fee) will be made within 15 business days after the conference has taken place. No refunds will be issued on cancellations made after March 13, 2020.

Hotel

The Basics: Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel (at LAX), 6101 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045, https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxsi-sheraton-gateway-los-angeles-hotel/ .

Hotel Rate: The negotiated group rate is $185 plus 15.695% in taxes and fees per night.

Hotel Reservations: To make your hotel reservations, CLICK HERE. We encourage online reservations for accuracy and immediate confirmation purposes. However, you may also make your reservations by calling (800) 325-3535 and requesting the “CSSO” group rate.

Though the rate will be honored, based on availability, until 5:00 p.m. on March 9, 2020, the group block could potentially sell out at any time. For that reason, we encourage early reservations. Should the block sell out prior to the cut-off date, we will attempt to add more rooms to the block (as available) or will set up an overflow hotel. Cancellations must be made a minimum of 72 hours prior to arrival date to avoid penalties.

Should you have any challenges with reservations, please email Mark Yunker at MeetingWise LLC, our conference planning partner, at myunker@meetingwise.net with the specifics and you will receive a response within 72 business hours.

We have negotiated internet in the Sheraton meeting space as well and are providing it to participants, sponsors and exhibitors on a complimentary basis.

Sponsor, Exhibitor & Advertiser Opportunities

Our annual conference is an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, to learn from those whose innovative and successful ideas are paving the way to increasing student success. More than 300 representatives from student services, instruction, categorical programs, the State Chancellor’s Office, and a myriad of other constituents will convene, all focused on improving student success and completion while maintaining access for underrepresented student populations. We hope you will consider being a sponsor and sharing your contributions to student success with the field and the service to our 2.4 million California Community College students.

ATTACHED is a complete list of available sponsorship packages (including exhibitor only and advertising opportunities) in two different formats – by level and by benefits – for your consideration. To secure your commitment, CLICK HERE.

Should you have questions regarding the existing sponsorship opportunities, please email Stacey Boswell at MeetingWise LLC, our conference planning partner, at sboswell@meetingwise.net with the specifics and you will receive a response within 72 business hours.

Call for Presentations

We would like to invite you to submit a proposal for the Annual CSSO Conference in 2020! We are looking for proposals that are dynamic, innovative, compelling, supported by evidence, capture the student experience and that capture our conference theme, Making the Promise a Clear Reality: The Relentless Pursuit of Student Equity & Success.

CLICK HERE to submit a proposal. Proposals received by or before midnight on December 4, 2019 will have priority for review and potential placement.

Look for additional conference details soon!

Pre Conference Institute

For the $150 fee, you may sign up to attend one of the following at the time you register. The fee includes the session, materials (as appropriate), refreshments and lunch. Each session runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24th with a one hour break for lunch.

New CSSO- Continuing the LearningIntended Audience: New CSSOs (Years 1-3)

  • Continuation of Fall New CSSO training
  • Leadership Development
  • Technical Skills building
  • Community Building

Pathways to the CSSOIntended Audience: Professionals interested in becoming a CSSO in the next 1-5 years

  • Preparing for the application process
  • HR expertise
  • CSSO expertise on interviewing for Cabinet level

Guided Pathways: Student Services Role & LeadershipIntended Audience: Student Services Faculty, Classified Professionals, Executive Leadership

  • Building from student services think tank sessions
  • Key areas for student supports in GP work

From Rhetoric to Operations: Critical Consciousness in Program Design and Evaluation (limit 30 participants) – Intended Audience: Staff, Faculty, Directors, Deans, Executive Leadership

  • Critical Consciousness
  • Integrated Planning (SEAP)
  • Evaluation with critical equity and social justice lens

Equity- Minded LeadershipIntended Audience: All

  • Cultural Fluency development
  • Leading a team with equity-minded leadership

General Information

The nearest airport is Los Angeles LAX, which is approximately 1 mile from the hotel and Sheraton Gateway does provide complimentary shuttle service from the airport. For more information including other airport and transportation options, as well as driving directions, go to the hotel website. Discounted valet parking is offer at per day for drive in guests and $35 overnight. There are public parking garages adjacent to the hotel.

Questions?

Though we do our best to respond within 24 hours, please allow up to 72 business hours for response. For assistance with…

  • Hotel Reservations: Mark Yunker at myunker@meetingwise.net
  • Conference Registration: Shannon Qualls at squalls@meetingwise.net
  • Sponsor/Exhibitor Information: Stacey Boswell at sboswell@meetingwise.net
  • Presenters / Speaker Needs: Kara Livingston at klivingston@meetingwise.net

Thank you for your support of CSSO!

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