Exclusive to DET/CHE members, we are offering the 2021 DET/CHE Leadership Program!


To support DET/CHE members in developing essential leadership skills for higher education. Designed using a cohort model, this year-long program will culminate at DET/CHE 2021. Participants will complete the program by attending 8 monthly online presentations and discussions led by CA Higher Ed leaders on the challenges, successes, skills and issues facing today’s ed tech leaders. Participants will complete the program with a final project centered around a real world challenge at their institution or in higher education, more generally.


Monthly meetings (1-2 hours) will be led by California Higher Ed decision makers, thought leaders, information strategists and innovators who will lead a collaborative forum for information sharing and dialog.


All DET/CHE members are encouraged to participate. Formal application to the program is only required by those members interested in earning a Certificate of Completion. Expectations for completion of the program include: attendance at monthly leadership program meetings and a final project demonstrating a leadership plan and presentation to be shared with other participants and optionally at DET/CHE 2021.

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Please join us for the 2021 DET/CHE Leadership Program. Members can participate in a cohort to earn a Certificate of Completion or simply join to learn more about Ed Tech leadership in the CA Higher Ed system.

We encourage you to register for either option.

Fabiola Torres-Reyes, Professor of Ethnic Studies Glendale Community College;  Howard Story, Director Emeritus El Camino College; and Henry Burnett, Director of Media Services UC Santa Cruz (Retired); will share their perspectives on the theory of management, leader ship styles, leadership heroes, and leadership successes. These individuals have demonstrated leadership in their respective higher education settings. Membership in DET/CHE has been invaluable for these individuals and their personal and extensive leadership experience will be very intriguing. The session will be highly interactive and also draw from the ongoing experiences from the entire group.


Recent occurrences have presented challenges and opportunities to scale online learning and increase collaboration between instruction, student services, and distance learning.

In this interactive session, Arnita Porter will offer insight on the importance of creating welcoming, supportive, student-centered online learning environments to increase belonging and improve student engagement. They will also share equity-based strategies and tools to assist with institutional efforts towards digital bridging to improve online student success outcomes.

Arnita Porter

Social justice is at the center of Arnita’s practice as an educator, artist/cultural worker, and attorney with a background in public policy, who works for equity at the intersection of race, culture, and gender. A certified Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CRTL) Facilitator, Arnita facilitates social justice-based workshops and trainings to dismantle oppressive systems, advance racial equity, and promote personal and organizational wellness and transformation through cultural humility, bridging and belonging, and the healing arts. She develops online course content and facilitates trainings, with a focus on equity-minded inclusive practices for instructional faculty, counselors, advisors, classified professionals, administrators, and students. As the Online Student Equity Specialist for the Student Experience Division of the California Virtual College-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI), Arnita co-created Equity and Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Online Learning Environment and developed equity modules for Online College Counseling and Online Mental Health Counseling for Non-Clinicians, courses offered by the CCC Online Network of Educators (@ONE). She teaches in the Los Angeles Community College District and the Mt. San Jacinto College District.