2021 West Regional Conference
University of California, Santa Barbara
February 27, 2021 | Virtual
The 2021 SASE West Regional Conference (WRC) hosted by SASE UCSB aims to connect different chapters of SASE from all across the west coast. Twenty-one active chapters in the western region will be present along with a slew of local and national companies, with attendees engaging in bonding activities, professional workshops, and networking opportunities. Our WRC theme “Adapting Amidst Adversity” reflects back on a year of hardships and unexpected change and inspires all of us to recover and move forward with our lives, safely. As such, we plan to host various activities and events during our virtual conference that are a reflection of this theme and the message it stands for.
One of the main highlights of the conference will be the series of workshops and panels focusing on leadership, technology and entrepreneurship, career development, diversity and inclusion, and social connection. This variety of workshops and panels will feature Q&A sessions, presentations, active interactions between the audience, competitions, and more. We will also have an opening ceremony and closing remarks where certain executives from our sponsors and other companies will speak on their experiences and provide valuable advice to our attendees. Multiple large scale networking sessions will be held during the conference, giving students additional chances to connect with employers and explore different available opportunities in their field in both grouped and 1-on-1 settings. Our conference career fair will be made up of our many networking sessions during the conference and during the days leading up to the conference. During these sessions, we will provide attendees with the opportunity to interact with recruiters within each respective company, so that they have a chance to build their networking skills, have their resumes reviewed, and even score offers for internships and jobs.
Our fully virtual conference will be realized through an online platform called Socio. Through this, students will have the opportunity to schedule individual networking sessions and showcase their resumes, attend the workshops and panels of their choice, get acquainted with the other attendees, and interact with company recruiters and speakers even before the conference date. Our 2021 SASE West Regional Conference will provide all attendees with the necessary skills and tools they need to persevere and thrive in this changing world to truly embody our theme, “Adapting Amidst Adversity.”
We thank our sponsors for making this event possible.
Below are some of the topics our conference explores.
Relationships & Networking
To successfully land a job, you cannot rely on technical skills alone. As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, it is not enough to simply be good at your job; you must also be able to fit in and work well with others within the company’s work environment. Networking and relationship skills are invaluable qualities for any career-oriented individual. They will not only allow you to showcase your competence in a way a resume cannot replicate, but also help form meaningful relationships with your employer and coworkers. This track will discuss the importance of expanding one’s network to build professional relationships, and teach students how they can increase their own social aptitude to boost their future careers.
Technology & Innovation
Science and engineering is continuously evolving: specialists develop novel techniques, revise past knowledge, and advance a multitude of fields ranging from aeronautics to zoology. What is working in such fast-paced environments like? This track aims to help attendees discover the opportunities available in diverse industries from professionals who have a finger on the pulse in their expertise. Panelists will impart an exclusive inside view of technology and innovation and discuss the expectations for interning and entering company workforces.
Empowerment - Professional and Personal (Personal Health & Wellness)
In today’s day and age, you are constantly exposed to individuals you see as role models and rivals. Because of this, you often forget about our own worth and how hard you have worked to get to where you are today. You often push ourselves too far without realizing the consequences it can have on our health. Mental well-being and attitude is just as important as the hard work you put in. With a good balance between the two, you can greatly improve your performance and image. This track aims to help empower and remind students they are doing well and that their uniqueness from others is what will push them further. In this track, far reaching company representatives will speak about how to overcome this mental battle and show you how to be proud of yourself and your work.
Culture and Diversity
Often overlooked in the workplace is the role that cultural awareness and diversity has in creating a well functioning and streamlined team. Having employees with varying backgrounds helps drive innovative thinking while a sense of mutual understanding brings the team closer. However, prejudices make achieving the goal of a supportive workplace a difficult one. This track will teach attendees more about the role that culture plays in the workplace and beyond. The company representatives will give their first hand experience of how they have overcome the challenges faced in a less diverse workplace and/or tips on how to express your own unique point of view.
Resilience of a Professional Community
A single individual may not be able to overcome the difficulties encountered in the workplace. Professional communities are designed to help tackle this problem. When you enter the workplace, be aware that you are not alone and that people are there to help each other out. Individuals work synergistically to overcome obstacles that before seemed impossible. This feat, however, does come with its own challenges. This track aims to highlight the importance and implementation of collaboration in the workplace. The focus of this track is to introduce real world examples on how working with your coworkers requires not only understanding, but also patience and compromise.
To Industry and Beyond: The When, Why, & How of Continuing Education
The further you advance in a specific field, the more you are expected to know and learn. Oftentimes, however, recent graduates do not see the path of continuing education as a pressing concern. Once you’ve gotten your first degree and a comfortable job, why go back to school? What does graduate school provide that the workplace does not? In today’s society, many industries require individuals to have not only a bachelors, but also a masters or a PhD. The purpose of this panel track is to help students see the importance, benefits, and rewards of pursuing higher education. Panelists in this track will share why they decided to continue pursuing academia as well as their positive and negative experiences.
SASE UCSB has spent a great deal of time looking into the special circumstances our attendees are subject to and as such, has decided to host an entirely virtual conference. It is unfortunate that our beautiful UCSB campus will not act as the conference location, but SASE Nationals has been able extend their use of a high-quality virtual platform called Socio to the regional conferences. This highly customizable, fully functional platform includes a plethora of capabilities to maximize the engagement of our attendees and ensure they are able to connect with even more people than before. We will be providing extra resources to all attending companies about using these capabilities and more details are also available on their website (https://socio.events).
The link to our platform on desktop is here. Our mobile app can also be downloaded with the title "SASE Events." If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out!
To keep tradition alive, UCSB has decided to ship free SASE swag to those who have registered for the early bird tickets. Our swag pack includes a T-shirt, pin, and sticker! We will also have additional merch for pre-sale, which you can find in the Pre-sale Merch section below.
Due to Covid-19, we are unable to sell additional merchandise in person, so we are offering pre-sale options. An order form is here.
Item: Stickers, Panda and Wave designs
Price: $5.00 each or 3 for $12.00
Add some flare to your laptops and water bottles with our custom SASE stickers! You can purchase more stickers from our other designs! Please indicate your choice and quantity on the order form. Stickers are 2” in diameter.
Item: WRC Hoodie
Show off your SASE spirit by wearing some of the merch. This year’s hoodie features the waves found at UCSB’s beautiful beaches! The hoodies are made of 50/50 poly/cotton blend and Eco-Smart fabric. Available in the sizes unisex S - 4XL, tends to run small.
Item: SASE Beanie
Keep yourself warm with our custom SASE beanies! Embroidered with the SASE logo, this knitted and flexible beanie will show your SASE spirit during the cold season!
Item: SASE Face Mask
Want to stay safe while also repping SASE? Our custom face masks can help with that! These masks are made with breathable material and can fit almost all sizes.
Item: SASE West Stuffed Bear
Need a companion during quarantine? This SASE plushie will keep you company while also showing your love for SASE! Made with love and a custom shirt with the words: SASE West is the Best, because we are. Bear has an approximate 6” sitting.
Item: SASE WRC Tote Bag
Even though we cannot keep the tote bag tradition alive for this year’s WRC, we still want to give attendees the chance to purchase one! Use this tote in place of disposable bags when you go shopping to help out our environment!
Item: SASE West Water Bottle
Stay hydrated with this custom aluminum SASE water bottle. Fitted with the cool waves of the coast to embody the awesomeness of the best region, this water bottle is sure to catch the eyes of other SASEters!
This event was organized by UCSB's SASE team! We hope you all enjoy the conference.