Workshops by Topic

CLL workshops cover a wide variety of leadership and professional development topics. We have 8 categories that guide our programming. Students are welcomed to attend as many workshops in as many categories as they like.

Please plan on arriving at least five minutes early to secure your seat as space is limited.

Spring 2017 

Communication Puzzle Piece


Is This Debate or Dialogue? Understanding the role of communication in community building
Monday, April 24, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
Sustained Dialogue (SD) is a tool that helps groups understand the different perspectives of individuals they otherwise might not. Engaging in such conversations not only enables them to interact comfortably with all kinds of people, but also helps in building and transforming relationships across community divides. The aim of this workshop is to equip participants with a basic understanding of how SD could work in increasingly diverse academic, social, and work environments. To achieve this goal, participants will be provided with resources on effective communication styles in group settings, as well as take part in various activities that highlight the different styles of communication, develop strategies on communicating across differences, and model a dialogue session for their respective communities.
Facilitated by: Sustained Dialogue Moderators

iCommunicate: Self talk for leaders
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
How do you talk to yourself?  Thinking, daydreaming, creating, journal writing, meditating, and talking out loud are all methods of intrapersonal communication - the process of communicating with oneself.  Intrapersonal communication is essential to effective leadership, because it is through self-awareness and understanding that leaders can competently share their vision and make decisions based on their values. Through fun and thoughtful self-assessment, self-reflection and interaction with peers, participants will practice and improve their own skills in intrapersonal communication and explore how to use these skills more effectively in their leadership practice.
Facilitated by: Laurie Stillman, Student Development Consultant

*Disagreeing without being Disagreeable: Learning how to give and receive difficult feedback
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
Working with others to make decisions requires skillfully supporting your own ideas and opinions while also encouraging others to contribute their own.  This workshop will focus on managing the delicate balance of being an advocate with the grace of an ambassador.
Facilitated by: Alejandro Vilchez, A.V. Consulting


Diversity Puzzle Piece


*Examining how biases and stereotypes affect interactions
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
This interactive workshop focuses on self-awareness and the importance of self-examination in becoming culturally aware. Students will examine common biases and stereotypes and learn how these stereotypes affect our interactions with others.
Facilitated by: Sandy Holman, Founder and Director – The Culture C.O.-O.P.

Diversity of the Ages
Monday, May 8, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
A workshop designed to provide insight into the differences among the generations and highlight the needs and expectations of colleagues in an age-diverse workforce.
Facilitated by: Jenine Smith Jenkins, PHR, ACC – J. Smith & Company


Ethical Decision-making and Personal Integrity Puzzle Piece

Ethics and Personal Integrity

Ethics: Roadmap to Decision-Making
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
Do ethical decisions drive you up a wall? Come learn about ethics and how they can impact your decision making. We will learn about ethical influencers and how your decisions can change depending on different situations. Whether you turn left, turn right or go straight, the choice is yours
Facilitated by: Alex Wilder and Kaitlyn Lopes, Peer Educators – Center for Leadership Learning

Fictional Leadership
Monday, May 15, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
Come analyze and discuss some of the most popular leaders who NEVER lived!  This workshop covers a wide variety of leadership skills, traits, and philosophies, exemplified by popular fictional characters from films, books, TV shows, and video games.  We will discuss who character arcs in fiction often reflect or exemplify personal integrity, ethical decisions, and core values in the real world.  Subjects include Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and more...
Facilitated by: Kyle Patterson, Community Builder – Center for Leadership Learning


Foundations of Leadership Puzzle Piece

Foundations of Leadership

Examining Your Leadership Style
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location:  1360 The Grove 
This workshop will provide a framework for understanding and practicing leadership, while highlighting fundamental skills needed to lead in today’s complex world.  Students will have the opportunity to discover their leadership style and learn how to maximize that style in a variety of situations and with a variety of people. 
Facilitated by Christie Navarro, Director – Center for Leadership Learning


Health and Wellness Puzzle Piece

Health and Wellness

Miracles of Movement, Mobility and Mindfulness
Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
Sometimes sitting in lecture or studying for hours can leave you inactive, tight and stressed. Come learn about some tips and tricks on how to combat this, even at your busiest!
Facilitated by: Brian Luu, Assistant Director - Fitness & Wellness Center, Department of Campus Recreation

Balancing Act
Monday, May 1, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
A workshop that explores the concept of balancing our drive for career success with the desire to maintain a healthy balance between our roles at work and our roles at home
Facilitated by: Jenine Smith Jenkins, PHR, ACC – J. Smith & Company

Slow Down!  Coping with Stress in College life
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
We will cover the topic of leadership in engineering. What it looks like and the fact that leadership is not always a title or position. How engineers can be leaders with or without the project manager title or team lead position.   It is important to realize that leadership is not a defined position or title. Everyone can be a leader and demonstrate leadership in some way or another. Engineers often work on specific projects and do not have as many interactions with others thus contributing to their pre-conceived notion that only the CEO can be a leader because they are the ones making decisions about company directions.
Facilitated by: Alex Coffman, Undergraduate Student – Electrical Engineering Major

Motivation Mindset: Motivating Yourself
Thursday, May 18, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
Even the most motivated people among us have days where they don’t feel like doing anything, especially the things that need to be done. The experience of highly motivated people, however, is markedly different from those who wait for someone else to tell them what to do. In this practical and thought-provoking workshop, we will explore the psychology and neuroscience of motivation, discuss strategies for self-motivation, and consider how initiative relates to success in leadership, work, and life.
Facilitated by: Laurie Stillman, Student Development Consultant


Professional Development Puzzle Piece

Professional Development

*Be a Shining S.T.A.R.: A technique for interviewing
Monday, April 17, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
As employers there are multiple techniques used to aid in the interviewing process.  In this workshop we will discuss the different types of interview questions and techniques for answering any interview questions you may come across.
Facilitated by: Jenine Smith Jenkins, PHR, ACC – J. Smith & Company

Setting Goals that Overcome Obstacles
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
The daily rush of activities may distract students from the motivational reasons behind their activities, causing symptoms of burnout, frustration, and even discouragement. By targeting our goals towards specific needs of our personality, students can commit to goals that are not only personally meaningful but also motivating. This interactive workshop will focus on identifying those needs and aligning goals to meet those needs.
Facilitated by: Kevin Huang, Graduate Student – Master of Arts, Industrial Organizational Psychology, CSU Sacramento

Building (and Keeping) Your Group of Personal Champions
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
Throughout our academic and professional careers, we rely on personal champions: people who become invested in our personal growth and success.  They take the time to encourage and guide us, lead us to resources and opportunities, and are willing to endorse our abilities and character through word of mouth, letters of recommendation, and reference calls.  This workshop will introduce best practices and outline pitfalls to avoid when identifying and maintaining these valued connections.
Facilitated by: Erin Blobaum, Leadership Educator – Center for Leadership Learning


Social Responsibility Puzzle Piece

Social Responsibility

WORKSHOP CANCELLED:  Issues to Action: Going from Idea to Action
originally scheduled for Monday, April 10, 2017
This workshop will help students identify a local issue that is important to them and will teach them to work as part of a team to solve that issue. Students will learn how to prioritize and negotiate which problem is worth taking on to solve.  They will learn how people contribute to solving an issue as part of a team when their idea wasn't chosen.  This interactive workshop allows participants to work as a team to identify an issue in their community/school that needs to change. Together they will decide what steps/resources are needed to create change and determine a feasible timeline.
Facilitated by: Lina Mendez, Associate Director - Chicana/o & Latina/o Retention Initiatives 

Moving from Spectator to Participant: Contributing to local, national, global movements for change
Thursday, April 13, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
As leaders, we have a responsibility for others and the world around us. Effective leaders know what it means to be a part of something bigger than themselves. In addition, leaders recognize when and how to give of themselves for the benefit of the greater good. Through discussion, reflection, and small group activities, this workshop will help participants understand the meaning and behaviors of civic engagement, identify issues of concern that matter most to them, and explore avenues to pursue movements for change.
Facilitated by: Christie Navarro, Director – Center for Leadership Learning

Being Civically and Politically Involved in Chaotic and Dangerous Times
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
This workshop will explore our responsibility to become engaged when the foundation of our democracy appears to have turned upside down. Participants will explore what their individual and collective responsibilities are at a time when many people are being targeted unjustly and in an environment which threatens the spirit of democracy. What do you do when the normal rules and expectations for being civically and politically involved no longer apply? What must you do as an individual and as a part of a greater community? Come join what will be a stimulating discussion.
Facilitated by: Sandy Holman, Founder and Director – The Culture C.O.-O.P.


Team Development Puzzle Piece

Team Development

No Cell Phones Allowed! Person-to-person connection
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
Current leadership theory defines leadership as a relational process.  Leadership is no longer one person dictating orders to others, rather, leadership is about fostering connection and facilitating change to improve our communities, organizations, and society.  How can connection and change be achieved if we don’t interact and relate to others?  Join this workshop to find out why we should come out from behind our phone and computer screens and how we can build positive, effective relationships with others.
Facilitated by: Alejandro Vilchez, A.V. Consulting

*Collaboration as a Powerful Tool for Change
Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Location: 1360 The Grove
Collaboration is not just sitting in a room with a variety of people; it is about creating whole new ways for us to interact with each other. When individuals and systems interact effectively, we can maximize our resources and find solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Collaborative processes have the potential for creating revolutionary changes in our communities and in our world. This workshop will talk about the different type of exchanges that occur in groups and how student leaders can build an effective team with the capacity to produce significant community change.
Facilitated by: Brittany Derieg, Assistant Director – Office of the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs and Campus Diversity