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.
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!
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.
Nicole Whitner, Ed.D is excited to serve as the 50th Anniversary Celebration Chair for CCPA. Nicole hails from sunny San Diego, CA but now calls the Bay Area her home, residing in Oakland. Nicole has worked at California College of the Arts since 2011, starting off as an academic advisor, and now serving as the Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity & Inclusion. She enjoys working at an institution like CCA because of her shared experiences as an undergraduate studying Architecture at UC Berkeley. Since completing her BA at Cal, Nicole has worked in all levels of education, serving in extended-day and college-prep programming in various K-12 environments, but has found that higher-ed is her where her heart lies. After coming to this realization, Nicole went on to earn both her Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership & Administration from Capella University, and most recently her Doctorate in Education in Organizational Change & Leadership from the University of Southern California. Having previously served as Director of Professional Development and President of CCPA, she is looking forward to a continued opportunity to engage higher-ed professionals at the state level, especially around topics of equity and social justice in our educational systems.
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.