The California Collaborative Advising and Counseling Conference brings educators from California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California together to create a transparent system that allows students to move seamlessly through California's higher education system, optimizing progress to degree completion and eliminating the achievement gap.

Conference dates

Tuesday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Conference location

Sonoma State Universtiy

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Justification Letter

Feel free to use and adapt this memo as needed to justify conference attendance.

steering committee

  • Jamie Zamjahn (Steering Committee Chair), Senior Director, Student Success & Advising at Sonoma State University

  • Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Director of Liberal Studies Program at San Diego State University

  • Dr. Thomas Dickson, Assistant Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of California Riverside

  • Dr. Bridget Driscoll, Associate Vice President for Retention & Academic Advising at California State University, Dominguez Hills

  • Duan Jackson, Executive Director of University Academic Advisement of California State University Long Beach

  • Josh Loudon, Associate Director of Academic Advisement at California State University Fullerton

  • Matthew Markin, Academic Advisor at California State University San Bernardino

  • Eduardo A. Mendoza, Director of Advising & Academic Services at California State University, San Bernardino

  • Jazzie Murphy, Director, First Year Experience & Onboarding at American River College

  • Dr. Kathy Thornhill, Director of Undergraduate Advising, Career Services, and Community Based Learning at Humboldt State University

  • Elizabeth Tisdale, Professional Academic Advisor in the School of Business at the University of California Riverside

  • Michelle Xiong, Liberal Studies Advisor at San Diego State University


The following sponsors have made this year’s conference possible:

  • CSU Chancellor’s Office - Platinum