Cesar Cervantes


  • Leadership Development

  • Resilience

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about Cesar

Cesar Cervantes currently serves as Director of Student Life at St. John's College. He is also the former assistant dean at Colorado College and former dean at United World College USA. He received his BA at St. Mary's University and his graduate degree at Southern Methodist University. He was a college athlete and is still a proud Kappa Sigma. Cesar is trained in stand-up and improv comedy, and travels the country helping colleges and individuals, maximize their full potential. You can see his TED talk on the TED website, catch him on comedy central’s open mic fight or see him in the movie Line of Duty. In his off time, you'll find him on a tennis court or relaxing at home in Santa Fe, NM with his wife, daughter and their Australian Shepard, Mia.


Stand Up and Lead

All across the country college students are hungry for success in all forms, but often don’t realize the level of leadership development it takes to attain it. In part, this is because most offerings for development don’t appeal to them -- they don’t excite them.


This problem is a little different.


As it is with most comedians, reframing negative circumstances into humor is their bread and butter. They can turn something bad into something great (and memorable) seamlessly. For the rest of us, maybe we could learn a thing or two. After all, the stories we tell determine our reality. If we want a new and improved reality, we need to get better at how we tell our stories.


Is it that simple? Yes. But it’s not easy.


Yet, this is exactly where Cesar’s Stand Up and Lead shines. Cesar brings his unique brand of humor and storytelling to his audiences in order to reframe their stories, so that they can reframe their lives and ultimately their own success. He highlights the need for failure in both the comedic world and in our leadership journey. And finally, empowers his audience to choose and embrace a point of view. The parallels he brings are modeled after his TEDx talk entitled, “What Do Your Boss & Stand-Up Comic Have In Common?”

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Identify a story in their life that needs reframing
  • Examine how to turn a "failure" into an impactful message
  • Consider how to equip those they lead to reframe their pitfalls or errors into positives 
  • Be empowered to own their leadership point of view
Ideal Audiences
  • New Student Orientation
  • Leadership Development
  • Student Government
  • Staff/Professional Development
  • Keynote
  • Workshop

Better Than Yoga: Harnessing the Recharging Power of Resilience

Mental health is a growing concern on college campuses -- with good reason. 1 in 4 adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Interestingly, research offers evidence that humor plays a role in mediating anxiety, depression, and optimism. A new study found that affirmative humor can actually protect against mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. 

Why haven't we ever connected humor and mental health programming?

"Growing up as a young man, I learned to hide my feelings, " Cesar says. "Angry and happy were the two feelings I was allowed to have. So, I never developed a way to access other feelings in a healthy way, much less acquire the tools to do mental health prevention work.”


Sound familiar?


While a third of new college students will struggle with a mental health related issue, much of college support revolves around mental health response, rather than prevention. Many students do not yet understand that resilience is about how you recharge your battery and not just about pushing through. 


As a college administrator and leader on changing the way we positively impact student wellness, Cesar has been partnering with professionals on college campuses for over a decade to provide the best preventative mental health care possible. This program is interactive and students will participate in humor exercises to boost their mental state and will also build a self-care plan. Students will identify signs of struggle and learn action steps to seek support and rejuvenation.

Learning Outcomes

Audience members will...
  • Identify a model of a rejuvenated, healthy state of mind
  • Examine the relationship between resilience and recharge
  • Be empowered to engage in help-seeking behavior
Ideal Audiences
  • New Student Orientation
  • Mental Health Initiatives 
  • Counseling Professional Staff Development
  • Keynote
  • Workshop

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