CFA Counselor Representative
Position Description

Counselor faculty in every counseling center in the CSU system are encouraged to nominate a representative to CFA. Counselor Representatives meet by phone once a month during the academic year and may travel to CFA Assemblies or Kick Off events twice a year to discuss current issues facing counselors (e.g., evaluation and hiring practices, workload issues,  contract negotiations and grievances). As a Counselor Representative, you are encouraged to:

1. Be in contact with your campus CFA chapter by attending campus CFA department representatives meetings or CFA Executive Board Meetings. These meetings help your counseling center colleagues connect with other faculty members and faculty departments on campus. You will also learn about systemwide efforts of your union and how other CFA members on campus can support your counseling work. Being an active part of CFA is a way for your unit to stay informed of bargaining efforts, faculty rights concerns, work of CFA student interns/activists (i.e., Students for Quality Education). The direct benefit to you and your unit is that CFA leaders are able to be more informed about issues and advocate on your behalf. Another way to staff informed is to read CFA Headlines and Items in the News, sent to you as a CFA member from the CFA Communications team.  

2.  When feasible, the Counselor Representative or another agreed upon delegate can attend the Fall and Spring Assemblies (October and April) or the Fall and Spring Kick Offs (August and February). These meetings rotate geographically (one in Northern CA and the next in Southern CA).  The dates for these Assemblies are published in the CFA pocket calendar and are also shown on the CFA website  CFA picks up the cost of your travel and provides meals and accommodations at these conferences. It is a great way to meet other colleagues from other campuses.

3. CFA staff support: Each campus has a CFA staff person to support their campus (see attached list).  It is important to get to know who is assigned to your campus and that they are aware of your issues and concerns. In addition, the Counselor’s Committee has a CFA staff person assigned to assist counselors.  Our CFA staff person is Jason Conwell.

4. CFA Counselor Web page. Look at the CFA website under “Groups” and then “Committees” to find the Counselor Committee page. This site archives and collects CFA research and initiatives related to counselor issues. On the side bar you will find information about the Counselor Committee and a link to the Counselor’s Handbook.

5. We want to increase the number of counselors who are members of CFA. Let’s find out why some of our colleagues are not members and encourage them to join.   


CFA Counselor’s Committee

For more information or assistance, please feel free to contact any member of the Counselor’s Committee listed below by campus assignment:

Mimi Bommersbach (Chico) Committee Chair: Chico,  Sac State, Humboldt, Maritime, Monterey Bay.  Contact Mimi

Susan Chen (San Francisco): SFSU, Cal State East Bay, San Jose, Sonoma  Contact Susan

Martha Cuan (Stanislaus) 

José Montes (Northridge), Northridge, CSULA, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Bakersfield  Contact José

Carrie Sakai (San Diego), San Diego, San Marcos, Fresno, San Luis Obispo  Contact Carrie

Richard Francisco  (San Jose) Contact Richard