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February 28 – March 2, 2015

The California Higher Education Student Summit, currently in it’s twentieth year, is an annual conference hosted by CSSA that empowers students to become change agents in advocating for an accessible, affordable, and quality system of public higher education for all Californians. During a two day conference held approximate to the state capitol, students participate in various training sessions on student leadership and governance, higher education and public policy, and conducting successful lobby visits in preparation for Advocacy Day at the Capitol. In addition, students are provided the unique opportunity to collaborate and network with state legislators and student leaders from all of CSU’s 23 campuses.

Registration & Deadlines

Registration link coming soon. 


$125 per individual, CHESS only
$150 per individual, CHESS and CSSA Board Meeting before the conference.


Registration/Cancellation                     5pm Friday, February 6th
Hotel Reservation:                                5pm Friday, February 6th
Transfer of Registration:                       Friday, February 13th
Payment Due:                                       Friday, February 13th

Events Schedule & Hotel

The conference will begin with the Welcome Reception on Saturday, February 28th, with meals and workshops provided all day on Sunday, ending with Advocacy Day taking place at the State Capitol Building on Monday, March 2, 2015. All events will be held at Sacramento State University,with the exception of Advocacy Date at the State Capitol.

A detailed events schedule and program will be available closer to the event date. For a sample of our past workshop sessions offered, please take a look at our CHESS XVIII program.

Support CHESS

CHESS XX is hosted by CSSA, a non-profit 501(c)3 advocacy organization that represents the approximately 440,000 students in the CSU system. In order to meet our mission and deliver effective leadership development programs like CHESS, CSSA relies in part on charitable, tax-deductible contributions. There are several ways you or your organization can support CHESS XIX:

  • Financial and in-kind sponsorship
  • Underwriting conference expenses
  • Volunteer

For additional information on conference sponsorship and donations, contact Miles Nevin at 562-951-4025 or

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