California Community Colleges Chief Student Services Officers

The Chief Student Services Officers Association (CSSO) is the premier professional organization dedicated to supporting and representing the leaders of student services in the nation’s largest community college system. The Association encompasses a network of professionals from 116 California community colleges and 73 districts, providing a platform for collaboration, innovation, and advocacy. Our charge is to empower student services leaders with the knowledge, resources and connections needed to enhance the educational experience and success of students within the community college system. We are committed to “Ensuring Opportunities for Success for Every Student.” Together, we strive to drive positive change and champion the needs of our diverse student body.


The CSSO will be the foremost voice for Student Services leadership and professional learning; rooted in racial equity, social justice, and student success.


The CSSO Association represents CSSOs statewide and fosters a professional learning community for student service leaders that cultivates innovation, equity-mindedness, and antiracism in support of student success and racial equity.


Equity – We acknowledge educational inequities – especially racial outcome disparities that are, in part, the result of institutional forms of oppression, marginalization, and racism; we will use the tools and resources necessary to redress these pervasive equity gaps.

Social Justice – We value the development and sustainability of services, practices, and leadership that anchor racial equity unapologetically as a lens through which to build socially just support systems for student success.

Leadership – We support the development of student service leaders at all levels ensuring student-centered and equity-minded policies and practices.

Community – We value community building among CSSO leaders across California; collaborating with instruction and other college stakeholders to advance and support equity as well as antiracist policies and practices.

Spring 2024 CSSO Student Services Leadership Conference

MARCH 12TH- 15TH, 2024

Picking up where we left off at the Fall 2023 CSSO Symposium; the CSSO Association is inviting Student Services leaders at ALL levels, Deans, Directors, Coordinators, as well as faculty and staff to join us at its Annual Student Services Leadership Conference

This Conference presents student services professionals with the unique opportunity to come together to create innovative ideas and receive valuable professional development that will enhance the success of the 1.9 million students in the California community college system.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
8:00- 3:00 pm

Equity- Minded Counseling Practices (Exclusive to all CCC counselors)

Join us for a day of learning, collaboration, and growth. We’re thrilled to announce a dynamic pre-conference counseling professional development opportunity. Discover the empowering initiatives led by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Institutional Effectiveness division as we amplify the voices of counselors fostering their engagement across the state to shape the landscape of future professional development opportunities. We invite counselors to a transformative workshop that transcends professional growth. Immerse yourself in heartfelt conversations focusing on self-care, professional development, and uncovering genuine joy in the profound impact of our work. Gain insights from your peers in an enlightening panel discussion. This session promises to be an enriching experience, offering counselors the opportunity to explore innovative strategies, and tools to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all students.

Counselors may seize this opportunity to broaden their counseling toolkit and contribute to fostering an equitable educational landscape.

Tuesday, March 12th 8:00 -3:00 pm

Aspiring CEOs

This session promises to be a dynamic exploration of leadership excellence and a roadmap for those ready to ascend to the helm. Embark on a transformative journey with our exclusive session tailored for aspiring leaders aiming to become a California community college CEOs.

Tuesday, March 12th 8:00 -3:00 pm

New CSSOs /Aspiring CSSOs

Are you an emerging leader in student services or aspire to become a Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO)? This session is your compass for navigating the unique challenges and responsibilities of the CSSO role in the California community college system.

Tuesday, March 12th 8:00 -3:00 pm

Hilton San Francisco, Union Square

Book Your Room Early @Conference Rates!


networking opportunities

Connect with a diverse community of California Community College Student Services professionals, sharing experiences and building valuable connections for collaborative initiatives.

inspiring keynotes and Sessions

Engage with thought leaders and practitioners at the forefront of student services, providing inspiration and practical strategies.

in depth workshops sessions

Hands-on workshops offering actionable takeaways for implementing purposeful leadership strategies in your institution.


Embrace The JoyDelve into the conference theme, gaining insights on how to transform systems to prioritize justice, joy, and intentional leadership.