Soua Xiong is Co-Coordinator of the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3), a national research and practice center at San Diego State University with 13 faculty affiliates, 14 practitioner expert panel members, 8 graduate researchers, and 7 undergraduate researchers. In this role, he also provides oversight of a national consortium of over 70 colleges across the United States that engages in monthly webinars, information-sharing sessions, and annual working group meetings to discuss, dialogue, and share strategies and practices that advance college success outcomes for men who have been historically underserved in higher education.Soua is also a Ph.D. student in Higher Education & Student Affairs at San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate University. His research examines student success in higher education with a focus on factors that affect the experiences and outcomes of diverse student populations. He has published 6 peer-reviewed journal articles and disseminated his research at state, national, and international conferences.His love and passion for the field of higher education stems from his experiences as a student and professional in various functional areas of student affairs. As a student, he was actively involved with college unions and student leadership programs. As a professional, prior to his current appointment with M2C3 and enrollment in a doctoral program, his student affairs experience span over 10 years at the 2-year and 4-year colleges, providing outreach, advising, and counseling to students in TRiO and other education opportunity programs.Soua aims to lead CCPA in creating and fostering a culture of collaboration and learning which advocates for social justice in higher education. In particular, Soua wants CCPA to be at the forefront of providing leadership opportunities, disseminating research, and offering timely professional development opportunities that are accessible, innovative, and unique to California. He will lead collaborative efforts to elevate the visibility of CCPA, establish and strengthen partnerships, and actively engage CCPA members throughout the state of California.
Chris Trudell is the First-Year Experience Manager at San Francisco State University. Chris received his BA from California State University, Chico in English Language and Literacy Development and an M.Ed. at Clemson University in South Carolina in Counseling and Student Affairs. He has worked within student orientation, academic advising programs, associated students, and as a college writing and counseling instructor. Chris recently returned to California in 2016 to work with a San Francisco startup “Guidebook” that consulted universities on the development of mobile apps for higher education institutions. Chris has a vested interest in the developmental implications of technology in and out of the classroom and believes the contemporary Student Affairs Professional needs to engage their competencies in technology to meet the needs of college students today. While technology is an interest, you can find Chris exploring the outdoors, cooking, cycling, and (admittedly) still an active gamer.
I am currently the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion at California College of the Arts (CCA). I was born and raised in San Diego, but I have lived in the in the Bay Area for the past fourteen years. I’m extremely dedicated to engaging in as many opportunities for professional development as possible, specifically conversations about equity and social justice. In particular, in addition to my CCPA duties, I initiated the creation of the Staff of Color Alliance at CCA, which gathers to discuss, address and influence issues affecting professional staff on campus, and sit on both the President’s Diversity Steering Group and the Diversity Task Force at the college. I was also recently selected by CCA to represent the college on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task force with the Association of Independent Colleges of Arts & Design (AICAD). I am working on my Ed.D in Organizational Change & Leadership at the University of Southern California (Fight On!). I also hold an M.S. in Higher Education Leadership and Administration from Capella University, and a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). I’ve worked at all levels of education, from elementary to college, but higher ed is where I have found my home. I’m excited for the opportunity to continue with the CCPA Leadership Team in the 2017-2018 academic year and I look forward to many great interactions and opportunities with you all!
University of Southern CaliforniaI first realized my passion for Student Affairs when I began working as a Resident Advisor in college. From there, I pursued my master’s in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University, where I also worked for Residential Programs and Services, the Office of First Year Experience Programs, and the Office of Student Life and Learning. I finally transitioned to California in 2012, and I now work as an Associate Director for the Office of Orientation Programs at the University of Southern California!
Hi! I’m Tom Wesley, a past President of CCPA. My journey into student affairs was a bit of an accident. I first started in student affairs because I was a student activist and leader, but then was recruited to be a part of my undergraduate university’s first dedicated position to LGBTQ programs and services. After my undergrad at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and brief professional time there, I went on to complete my master’s in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University. At MSU, I learned to love student conduct programs for the powerful conversations I could have with students. I now work at Occidental College as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Housing Services. I continue to support students through the conduct lens, but like any small institution professional, I wear several other hats!
Michael Wallace | UC Davis | Director of Communications
Hi! I’m Michael Wallace. I began my journey in student affairs as a result of my undergraduate student leader experience at East Tennessee State University. Throughout my undergraduate career, I had the privilege of being empowered by outstanding student affairs professionals to make positive change on my campus, and I wanted to return the favor for future students elsewhere. I continued my interest in student affair by completing my master’s program in counselor education at Clemson University in South Carolina, where I served as the Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership in the office of New Student & Family Programs. Currently, I am continuing my work with new students in my role as Orientation Program Coordinator at the University of California, Davis.
My name is Sandy Ho, and I am currently a graduate student in the Masters in Counseling Program- Student Affairs and College Counseling at Fresno State. I stumbled upon the field of Student Affairs while transitioning out of a Pharmacy career track and unexpectedly being accepted into an internship with the Career Development Center at UC San Diego. This internship had introduced me to the field of Student Affairs and Higher Education, and after many reflections, hands on advising sessions, information interviews, and workshops, I decided that I had fallen in love with the field. I love the professionals within the profession, and I love the work that we do. I have a passion for student development, peer mentor programs, and working with a diverse population- especially students from under-served and underrepresented communities. I am currently challenging my skills and interests in the graduate program by serving as a Career Coach, Resource Counselor, and Advising Assistant within various departments. I hope that these experiences will help me develop a more holistic and integrated counseling approach with students in higher education.