I am nominating: Chelsea Navarro
Years of Service at Cal Poly: 2
Department: University Housing Services
Position: Area Coordinator
Why are you nominating this person? Why do you think he/she deserves the award?
Chelsea Navarro is truly deserving of a Student Affairs STAR Award. Her passion, her positive attitude and charismatic personality is contagious. When you’re around Chelsea, you instantly know that you want to be on her team! She continually goes above and beyond in all that she does and is a role model for her students. She recently has taken on the role of Area Coordinator for University Housing Services. Like every day, she puts students first, providing advising, mentoring and constantly promoting a safe and welcoming community in the Residence Halls and Suites. She motivates to achieve things they didn’t think they could. Her dedication to students is seen every day, through training, student development and engaging them within the campus community on both a social and academic level.
In what way(s) does this person enhance or contribute to the Cal Poly Pomona campus community?
“Service above Self” is a phrase that strongly describes Chelsea because she believes in helping others. She is a past recipient of the Staff Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement. This is not surprising because of her passion for helping and giving back to the community. She sees change that can happen in our communities and the endless possibilities that can be achieved if people believe in something greater than themselves. Her leadership, charisma, humility and acts of service make her a one-of-a-kind leader and true service-learning visionary.
_____ Student-Centered Philosophy
__X__ Sustainability (New)
_____ Richness of Diversity
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #1:
Interconnectedness: Chelsea’s work ethic and commitment to provide the best possible residence life experience for Cal Poly Pomona students requires the ability to connect with many on campus partners. Her background as a Residence Life Coordinator and now Area Coordinator requires her to create and administer a comprehensive, multi-cultural and development curriculum for 2,400 residential students.
She must have a clear and open communications to Judicial Affairs, CAPS, Campus Police, Advising, the Cultural Center Coordinators, the Dean of Student’s Office and the University Health Center. Her responsibilities include assisting students and student groups with problems related to personal, academic and organizational needs. She must function at times as a counselor and advisor to students, mediator in roommate disputes, adjudicator of conduct cases and an advisor to the Inter-Hall Council. She also coordinates interventions among students, parents, roommates and other university officials. In other words, she must provide support to a multitude of student concerns and coordinate these actions among many constituents across campus.
Please share how your nominee exemplifies value #2:
Sustainability: For the past two years, Chelsea has been the Chair of the WACUHO (Western Association of College and University Housing Administrators) Sustainability Initiatives Committee. In her time as chair, she has expanded the committee, implemented a shared resource program and initiated student and professional staff training.
Chelsea is also the Chair of the University Housing “Go Green” Committee. Her interest not only lies in seeing quantitative statistics to support sustainability, but she is truly interested in education others on the commitment to promote a sustainable lifestyle for students living on campus. One of her goals is to implement discussion forums with students in the residence halls and review proposals from student groups. Go Chelsea….Go Green!