March 29, 2023
  • 12:08 pm Fall Convocation 2022: “The State of this University is Strong”
  • 9:37 pm Ogrin Brings the Thunder in Toros 12-3 rout; team plays for playoff championship tomorrow
  • 7:00 am Outstanding Professor Award Recipient’s Mic Drop Moment at Last Month’s Virtual Ceremony
  • 9:10 am Bookworms of the World Unite!
  • 7:46 pm Breaking News: All Students Living in Campus Housing Required to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 9:00 am CSUDH Esports Creates International Competition
  • 9:35 am Spring Commencement Ceremonies Get Brighter
  • 3:46 pm Breaking News: Spring Commencement Ceremonies Recieve Stadium Upgrade
  • 8:00 am Testing the Teachers (and All the Educators)
  • 9:30 am CSUDH Educators and School Employees, Vaccinated Next
  • 10:30 am For White People Only: Anti-Racism Workshop Addresses Racial Bias and Unity
  • 2:43 pm Greatness Personified: Remembering Kobe Bryant
  • 10:02 am Straight Down the Chimney and Into Your (Digital) Hands: Special Holiday Edition of The Bulletin!
  • 2:44 pm Did You Wake up Looking this Beautiful?
  • 11:43 am A Long History for University’s Newest Major
  • 5:15 pm Issue 5 of Bulletin Live! Collector’s Item! Worth its Weight in Digital Paper!
  • 4:06 pm Special Election Issue
  • 4:03 pm Three best Latinx Halloween & Horror Short Films available now on HBO Max
  • 9:49 am Issue 3 of CSUDH Bulletin Live if You Want It
  • 3:24 pm Hispanic Heritage Month Update
  • 2:00 pm South Bay Economic Forecast Goes Virtual
  • 3:52 pm BREAKING NEWS: Classes for Spring to be Online, CSU Chancellor Announces
  • 9:39 am “Strikes” and Solidarity
  • 8:30 am March Into History: Just 5 in 1970, CSUDH Growth Shaped by Historic Event
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  • 5:07 pm STAFF EDITORIAL: Even Socially Distant, We All Have to Work Together
  • 5:47 pm Transcript of CSUDH President Parham’s Coronavirus Announcement
  • 10:46 am Cal State Long Beach Suspends Face-to-Face Classes; CSUDH Discussing Contingency Plans
  • 5:26 pm Things Black People Should be Able to Get Away with This Month
  • 10:25 am Latinx Students Need a Place to Call Home
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  • 5:16 pm Why I’m Rooting for Dr. Cornel West
  • 5:00 pm Under Fire from the Feds, Vaping’s Future is Cloudy
  • 3:28 pm We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat; Tsunami 3.0 Hits Campus, Enrollment Swells
  • 4:48 pm University Weathering a Wave of New Students
  • 9:21 pm The Bulletin’s Public Records Request Offers Springboard to Launch Gender Equity Discussion at CSUDH
  • 4:27 pm Black is the New Black: Raising the Capital on the “B” Word
  • 10:53 am Guns Up for Arrest: Student advocacy group pushes for CSU No Gun Zones–Including the Police
  • 4:09 pm Staff Editorial: Words on the First
  • 8:42 pm Carson Mayor Blasts Media, Landmark Libel Case in Keynote Address
  • 9:27 am Free Speech Week Calendar of Events Update
  • 6:02 am Food for Thought: 40% of Students are Food Insecure
  • 3:12 pm Academic Senate Rejects CSU GE Task Force & Report
  • 3:06 pm Work To Be Done
  • 5:56 pm ASI Elections: What You Need to Know
  • 8:02 pm CSUDH President Parham Announces Cancer Diagnosis
  • 9:47 am CSUDH Art Professor’s 20-Year Journey Results in First Local Showing of Film
  • 9:13 pm Free Speech or Free Hate area?
  • 9:08 pm CSUDH’s Best & Brightest Shine at Student Research Day
  • 9:05 pm Academic Senate Approves Gender Equity Task Force
  • 12:37 pm When Dr. Davis speaks, Toros Pay Close Attention
  • 3:38 pm Investing in the Future: Dr. Thomas A. Parham Reflects on the Past Eight Months and Contemplates​ the University’s Future
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  • 3:20 pm Gov. Newsom’s Proposed Budget Hailed for Extensive Funding Increases
  • 3:08 pm Out of the Classroom: Labor and Community Organizing Course Aims to Teach Students How to Organize for Social Justice
  • 2:54 pm The Other Route in Professional Sports
  • 9:02 am Hail to the New Chief, CSUDH President Thomas Parham
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By Salvador Perez

Ever wondered why, in a group setting, you tend to be quiet, never speaking up unless called upon? Or why certain people seem to naturally be leaders, or always crack jokes, or pick on others?

Those are some of the questions that you might take a closer look at by participating in a three-day group relations conference on March 22-24 at CSUDH. Titled “Leadership and Creative Expression: Making the Invisible Visible,” registration for the conference closes Monday, and it is open to CSUDH faculty and students, alumni and the community.

“This is an opportunity to study group dynamics,” said Dr. Tara Victor, a board-certified clinical neuropsychologist and a professor in the CSUDH Department of Psychology, one of the conference’s sponsors.”Students, alumni and community members will come together for three days to basically study themselves, not as individuals, but as individuals coming together as groups of various size.”

Participants will meet in small groups and large groups and, with the help of trained consultants, will reflect on why and how their group came together, what their group is as a self-contained unit. and what the group is in relation to other groups that have formed.

“And what it all means as it relates to how it may or may not reflect on the larger system where this is all taking place, which is CSUDH in the city of Carson, in the county of Los Angeles, in Southern California,” Victor said. “We continue to zoom out and use the conference as a microcosm of study for what may be going on at larger levels of this society and culture in which we live.”

Just as the conference will help participants see larger group systems, it can help them see their own personal patterns in groups.

“People are coming together and they are learning their individual patterns in groups,” Victor said. ” What role do they tend to pick up if they are not formally assigned one?”

Victor said the conference certainly applies to people whose work is in clinical-community psychology but it also has “applications to education, health care, civic life, to all individuals in how they navigate groups of all kind, like family groups. It’s educational, not therapeutic.”

In short, everyone can gain something from this conference, Victor said.

“We’re social animals, we’re in groups of all kinds all the time,” she said. “My students tell me [that analyzing group dynamics] applies to every aspect of their life outside of school and in school including the classroom. It’s about authority and one’s relationship to authority. People don’t really ask themselves questions about ‘how do I relate to authority, what are my assumptions of authority, what are my default reflexive reactions to authority, or my fantasies about authority? All those things are up for study and when you take a really close look at that and have trained consultants who we have on staff to help you to make sense of that and understand it, it can really be a game-changer “

Victor admitted that it may sound “heady, but it’s not. It’s very emotional and physical and mental at the same time.”

It can also be challenging. In fact, Victor said that if someone is going through something particularly stressful in their life,  or in the middle of a major life transition, they should think hard about attending. Those are not the times “to come to a group relations conference to learn about unconscious group dynamics,” she said. ” You sort of want to come  to this experience in an open, receptive, ready-to-be-challenged way.”

The cost to register is $100 for full-time students, and $300 for general regstration. For more information, go here.







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