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Student Academic Success Day 2021

SAS Day Reflection

Student Academic Success 2021 is proud to celebrate a theme of “I Fly: Resilient, Relentless, and Resourceful.” The event is designed to bring together students, faculty, and staff along with community guests for virtual workshop sessions, engagement components, and resource fair components all designed to promote success. The event will be held on Monday, September 27, 2021 from 10 am to 4 pm via Zoom. Read the Welcome Letter and join us on the 27th of September. We can’t wait to engage and inspire you!

Welcome Letter

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Event Information

Keynote Speakers

Roundtable Sessions

All SAS Day Roundtable Sessions are from 2 - 3 pm.

Register for a Roundtable

SAS Day Roundtable Fliers

Spiritual Roundtable

Convened by Clifton West, Travis Parker, Raynette Young, & others

This roundtable explores the intersection between higher education and the local church and programs of support to foster success.

Spiritual Roundtable Zoom Session

Community College Roundtable

Convened by Dr. BJ Snowden, Los Rios Community College District

This roundtable explores issues of college access and ways to foster collaborations between the community college and the 4-year institution.

Community College Roundtable Zoom Session

Closing the Equity Gap Roundtable

Convened by Dr. Su Jin Gatlin Jez, California Completes

This roundtable explores educational equity trends and the importance of closing the achievement gap.

Closing the Equity Gap Roundtable Zoom Session

Business Roundtable

Convened by Rodney Ferrell, Ferrell Development Group

This roundtable explores best practices and strategies for effective business development.

Business Roundtable Zoom Session

Webinar Registration and Keynote Addresses

For information on how to access the morning and noon time keynotes, please utilize the links below to register to receive the Zoom links for the 10 am keynote and 12 pm keynote address.

The morning keynote as a part of the Leadership Summit at 10 am will focus on student success and educational equity.

The noon time keynote featuring top motivational speaker for youth in America, Jeremy Anderson, will feature tools and strategies for being resilient, relentless, and resourceful on the path to success.

To receive the Zoom links to the keynote addresses, please register using the links, for the 10 am address and for the noontime address.

10 am address

noontime address

If you are interested in attending any other portions of SAS Day register for workshop sessions. All workshop Zoom information will be posted to the SAS Day website. We look forward to having you join us! For more information, please see other featured tabs on this page.

Register for workshop sessions

Event Zoom Sessions

To access a Zoom code for a session, click on the session title that is underlined and hyperlinked to allow access into your specific Zoom Room for your navigational convenience.

10:00 - 10:50 am: Early Morning Sessions

11:00 - 11:30 am: Resiliency Workshops

12:00 - 12:50 pm: Noon Keynote Address

1:00 - 1:30 pm: Relentless Workshops

2:00 - 2:30 pm: Resource Workshops

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Student Academic Success Day Resource Fairs

2:00 - 3:00 pm: Community & Organizational Revitalization Roundtables/Celebrations

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Rewarding Optimism: “Honoring Equity Champions”

Award Components

Principals and Leaders Award

The Equity Principals Award recognizes regional leadership for their commitment to educational equity and scholastic success. Nominations from throughout the State of California are reviewed and prominent leaders are recognized during the annual Principals and Leaders’ Summit.

A Woman Who Takes Flight Award

The Woman I Fly Award is designed to recognize women in the region who lead with distinction and who give of their time to mount causes that support and build community and success. The award, new of its kind to SAS Day, celebrates the impact of women doing great educational equity work to leverage transformative community initiatives.

Optimism Award

The Optimism Award celebrates annually one community partner whose collaborative work and programming positions the community and underserved populations and youth to thrive, achieve success, and flourish socially and academically. This award of distinction embodies hope, determination, and inspiration to achieve optimistic outcomes that uplift the community.

Event Mission and Objectives

The mission of Student Academic Success Day is to inform and inspire students and the community to lay out a blueprint of success that fosters lifelong dreams and achievements.

The following key objectives help to guide the Student Academic Success Day mission:

  • Propel students to meet milestones to graduation in alignment with the CSU Graduation Initiative
  • Equip participants to achieve success in every dimension of life
  • Educate campus faculty and staff and the community at large about strategies to Close the Achievement Gap
  • Enrich the cultural, social, and psychological fabric of participants through engagement components that re-invigorate and inspire excellence in academic and interpersonal relatedness
  • Provide resources and tools for SAS Day guests to utilize on the day of the event and that hold lasting value along the journey of success beyond the event itself
  • Create a platform of empowerment that positions and motivates participants to envision greater goals and accomplishments
  • Link guests to networking groups, industry leaders, and community partners to leverage regional, state, and national resources to support goal planning, collaborative projects, and coordination to achieve success along educational and life domains

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When is SAS Day occurring this year?

The event will be held on Monday, September 27, 2021 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Q. Will SAS Day be held virtually?

The event is fully online and will provide Zoom links to guests participating in various portions of the event as you register for the various segments of the day.

Q. Is SAS Day free and open to the public?

SAS Day is free for all guests and will be online. The event is open to the Sacramento State community and is open to the community at large.

Q. Who is the target audience for SAS Day?

SAS Day provides workshops for students throughout the entire day along with Resource Fair components. Sessions for faculty and staff and community guests will be held throughout the day as well.

Q. Do I need to RSVP for SAS Day?

To reserve your space for this event, you will need to RSVP using the RSVP Online Form.

Q. What engagement opportunities will be provided for students during SAS Day?

Students will have the chance to take part in live sessions, video components, interactive discussions, and resource fairs and inspirational segments to gather the strength and power of this incredible day.

Q. I am a course instructor or community member and I would like to know if I can bring a group to the event?

Yes, please use the online reservation system to register yourself and your group. Zoom links will be provided for the sessions you have registered for and will be posted on the DEGREES Project website and SAS Day Website.

Q. What special sessions will be provided as a part of the event date?

The event will include morning Renewal Sessions, A Principals and Leaders’ Summit, a Keynote Address on “Resilience and Being Relentless,” and networking and consortium meetings.

Q. What will be the topical foci for student workshops?

Student workshops will cover a range of topics including an exploration of topics on health, finances, career, time management, personal empowerment, academic success, and much more.

Lead Contacts

Plenary Sessions & Sponsor Questions

Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny, Associate Vice President, Student Retention and Academic Success

Dr. Marcellene Watson-Derbigny

Workshop Questions

Ruth Williams, DEGREES Project Coordinator

Ruth Williams

Vendor & Entertainment Questions

Sienna Cooper-Delgado, DEGREES Project Lead Coach

Sienna Cooper-Delgado

First Gen Network Questions

Dr. Chao Vang, Executive Coordinator, SASEEP External Relations

Dr. Chao Vang

Media Relations & Promotions

Letrice Fowler, Media Production Specialist

Letrice Fowler

Administrative Support & Logistics

Anne Cheng, Budget Analyst, SASEEP

Anne Cheng

Kevin Nguyen, Administrative Support Coordinator, SASEEP

Kevin Nguyen

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