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Professional Development Opportunities

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are constantly trying to meet the rapidly changing needs of our staff.  We are regularly increasing our online professional development opportunities, which can be found below.

MONTH OF JANUARY

Thursday, January 28th, 4:00pm

Virtual Book Launch with Tim Wise: Dispatches from the Race War

In this SpeakOut ED Talk, co-sponsored by City Lights, anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise will be discussing his new book, Dispatches from the Race War, a collection of essays on racial flashpoints, white denial, violence, and the manipulation of fear in contemporary America.

With a focus on the Obama and Trump years, Dispatches from the Race War faces the consequences of white supremacy in all its forms including the bigoted undertones of the Tea Party’s backlash, the killing of Trayvon Martin, anti-immigrant hysteria, the rise of openly-avowed white nationalism, the violent policing of African Americans, and more.  The book also explores the racial ramifications of COVID-19, and the widespread protests which followed the police murder of George Floyd.

Dispatches from the Race War reminds us that the story of our country is the history of racial conflict, and that our future may depend on how—or if—we can resolve it. “To accept racism is quintessentially American,” writes Wise, “to rebel against it is human. Be human.”

Offered by: SpeakOut

 

Friday, January 29th, 1:00pm

Professional Development Design: Creating a Framework to Invest in Employees: Session III: What Do We Build?: How to Empower Experiences within Professional Development Design

$29 members; $99 non-members

In this session, the presenters will discuss how to use employee feedback and experiences to design a cohort focused framework for professional development. They will share their approach to the development of the session design, building on all inputs and research, to create and implement the learning-focused, cohort-based sessions that comprise an overarching professional development program. The presenters will invite attendees to learn how to empower the experiences of employees in the workplace and launch a professional development framework suited for their department's specific needs. 

Offered by: NASPA

 

MONTH OF FEBRUARY

Tuesday, February 2nd, 12:00pm (Part I; Part II is on February 23rd)

Taking Action on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: Implementing What Works for Latino Students

$149 for ACE Members (for both sessions)

This two-part workshop will examine evidence-based practices through a Latino lens to address key challenges and opportunities for a more equitable approach to student success. Learn how to intentionally implement and advance evidence-based programs and policies that increase Latino student success.

Offered by: ACE Engage

 

Tuesday, February 9th, 12:00pm

Taking Action on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: Faculty and Staff Diversity (PART II; PART I is on January 19th)

$149 for ACE Members (for both sessions)

ACE’s Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education project makes clear that colleges and universities must take action to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of their workforces. Faculty and staff diversity has not kept up with the growing diversity of the student body, and people of color are disproportionately relegated to roles of lesser authority and prestige.

This workshop will help college and university leaders to begin (or accelerate) down a path toward creating a more racially diverse faculty and administrator workforce. In addition to the Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education project, the program will be grounded in research on strategies to increase workforce diversity and ways to think about program and policy development, as well CUPA-HR research into the demographics, compensation, and career trajectories of college and university faculty and staff. The expert facilitators will help college and university leaders determine the right questions to ask and connect them with tools for finding the answers to formulate an actionable plan.

Offered by: ACE Engage

 

Tuesday, February 9th, 3:00pm

De-centering the Ideal Worker in Student Affairs: An Interactive Live Briefing Series (Part I of 3 Part Series): Session I: Ideal Worker Norms: Why You Feel Like You Are Working all the Time and What to Do About It

Free for NASPA Members; $99 for non-members (registration deadline is 1/22)

This interactive live briefing will consider the ways in which ideal worker norms, or the expectation that employees should always be working and have no personal responsibilities in the home, shape student affairs work. It will identify the forces both on campus and across society that perpetuate ideal worker norms and equip participants with tools and strategies to challenge those norms. Participants will engage in a modified SWOT analysis to identify the ways that student affairs work both supports and exacerbates ideal worker norms and generate opportunities that they can take on an individual and collective level to resist ideal worker norms.  Our very own Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Human Development & Pyschological Counseling, will be one of the speakers!

Offered by: NASPA

 

Thursday, February 11th, 12:00pm

Free Speech and Inclusion in Higher Education

Amid political turmoil, hyperpolarization, and social distancing, supporting students’ free speech rights while also cultivating an inclusive campus culture is more difficult than ever. Join panelists from Campus Compact, the PEN America Foundation, and student leaders in this discussion moderated by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Offered by: ACE Engage and the Knight Foundation

 

Tuesday, February 16th, 3:00pm

Facing COVID-19 at School: First-gen students persisting through college during a Pandemic

$29 members; $99 non-members

It is essential to understand how first-generation college students (FGCS) are impacted by COVID-19 and the extent they can persist through graduation. The presenters will share mixed-methods data on the extent FGCS are persevering during the pandemic, identify new and existing barriers they are facing, and facilitate a conversation around meaningful support for FGCS during this time. 

Offered by: NASPA

 

Tuesday, February 23rd, 12:00pm (2nd part of a two part workshop)

Taking Action on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: Implementing What Works for Latino Students

$149 for ACE Members (for both sessions)

This two-part workshop will examine evidence-based practices through a Latino lens to address key challenges and opportunities for a more equitable approach to student success. Learn how to intentionally implement and advance evidence-based programs and policies that increase Latino student success.

Offered by: ACE Engage

 

Tuesday, February 23rd, 3:00pm

De-centering the Ideal Worker in Student Affairs: An Interactive Live Briefing Series: Session II: How Ideal Worker Norms Impact Caregivers Working in Student Affairs During a Pandemic

Free for NASPA Members; $99 for non-members (registration deadline is 2/12)

The purpose of this interactive live briefing is to explore how parents and others with caregiving responsibilities working in student affairs are impacted by ideal worker norms, especially during COVID-19. In particular, the session will identify the ways that ideal worker norms impact both the individual and the institution. Particular attention will be paid to the ways that these norms play out differently based on type of caregiving responsibilities. Additionally, separate breakout rooms will be offered for supervisors of staff with caregiving responsibilities to discuss how to support this population. Finally, in a unique contribution, this session will offer a breakout room to engage children of attendees.

Offered by: NASPA

 

Thursday, February 25th, 12:00pm

Campus Free Speech and Technology

After you register for our Free Speech and Inclusion webinar, sign up to learn how you can safeguard free speech in digital forums while also encouraging inclusion and democratic deliberation. Join panelists from the PEN America Foundation, University of Missouri School of Law, and UC Irvine for this discussion.

Offered by: ACE Engage and the Knight Foundation

 

Tuesday, March 2nd, 3:00pm

De-centering the Ideal Worker in Student Affairs: An Interactive Live Briefing Series: Session III: Surviving versus Thriving as A Graduate Student or New Professional: Navigating Ideal Worker Norms

Free for NASPA Members; $99 for non-members (registration deadline is 2/19)

This interactive live briefing is designed to introduce graduate students and new professionals to the concept of ideal worker norms and offer them tools to challenge those norms in their daily practice. The workshop will contain an overview of ideal worker norms followed by a panel of graduate students and new professionals who will discuss how they have navigated such norms in their own work. Using case studies as a tool, we will also discuss how to confront difficult issues in the workplace and the degree to which organizational culture shapes how ideal worker norms play out. Finally, the session will conclude by offering participants a list of strategies that they can use to confront ideal worker norms in their personal and professional lives.  Our very own Sonja Ardoin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Human Development & Pyschological Counseling, will be one of the speakers!

Offered by: NASPA

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Additonal Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Resources

The resources below are webinars or presentations that you can view at your pace.  Most have been previously recorded so there is not an option for online interaction.

"Get educated on the history that was never written in American history books and commit to share these resources with your networks.  Most of us need a crash course on people in the U.S. of African descent to solve the many current day injustices going back generations from the prison system, to police brutality, to educational lack of access, to minimal representation in corporate America and even less representation in earnings and wealth accumulation."

Listen and connect with black leaders on equity topics:
Everyone is Not at the Table (Toi Massey, Founder The JEKL Foundation, Dr. Jandel Allen-Davis, President and CEO of Craig Hospital in Denver, Dr. Calvin Mackie, Founder STEM NOLA, Dr. LaTonya Riddle-Jones, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Dr. Jerryl Briggs, President of Mississippi Valley State University)
 
The Future of Work is Diverse and Inclusive; How Systemic Change Can Reverse Generational Inequities (Telisa Yancy; Chief Operating Officer, American Family Insurance, Oscar Sweeten-Lopez; President, College Success Tools, Dell Foundation, Dr. Eliza Lo Chi; Executive Director, American Medical Women's Association, Ronald McNeil; Co-Founder & CEO, Great Ball of Light, Inc., Ron Lessard; Acting Executive Director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, U.S. Dept. of Education, and Emanuel Walker)
 
Crisis Produces Inner Strength for Lifelong Success (Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler, Founder The Equity Project)
 
 
Why No One Should be Surprised by the Disparities/Inequities of COVID and America Protesting Racism (Karen McNeil-Miller; CEO, Colorado Health Foundation, Susan Taylor Batten; President and CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Lauren Casteel; President and CEO, Women's Foundation of Colorado, Carlos Martinez; President and CEO, Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, and Harry Budisidharta; Executive Director, Asian Pacific Development Center)
 
Post Pandemic Models in Higher Education; Discussion With College Presidents (Crystal Rose, MD, PhD; Executive Director Academic Affairs, OZY Media, Dr. Michael Torrence; President Motlow State Community College, Dr. Jamillah Moore; President Canada College, Dr. Cheryl Nixon, Provost Fort Lewis College, Dr. Bill Pink; President Grand Rapids Community College)
 
Read about current black leaders and perspectives:
From the Segregated South to CEO of the Third Largest Health Foundation: Honoring MLK (Dr. Karen McNeil-Miller)
 
Other resources:
The 1619 Project; The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
 
A reading list on issues of race. The wave of anger in reaction to George Floyd's killing has prompted an outpouring of interest on race and race relations across the U.S. This list is curated by The Harvard Gazette; Harvard faculty recommend the writers and subjects that promote context and understanding.
Links to read about Inclusive Leaders, many of whom are African American and people of color
Curated sessions from GlobalMindED 2020 YouTube channel:

 

More Resources

Archived Professional Development Opportunities

The Key Podcasts from Inside Higher Education (multiple podcast)

Taking Student Services Online In Response To Covid-19

How to Become the Educator That Male Black and Latino Students Need

How the Economy Is Changing Higher Education Management

Supervising A Virtual Team

Online/Zoom Job Interview Resources

Virtual LGBTQ Online Book Club (Equality NC) 1st Sundays @7pm

Friday Night Movies With ENC (Equality NC) Fridays @8pm

NASPA - Virtual Conference (March 30th-May 15th)

CAPTRUST: Coping with Market Volatility 

TIAA: Market Volatility recorded http://tiaa.org/webinars

FIDELITY: Market Update: The latest developments and having confidence in your plan

Health, Safety, and Well-being Videos to Support Practitioners Taking their Work Online  

LeaderShape Webinars: Multiple Topics Related to Leadership 

NASPA: Careers in Student Affairs Month webcasts, various topics 

Equity North Carolina: Virtual Discussion group for transgender, gender nonconforming and nonbinary folks Thursdays 7pm EST 

FlipGrid how-to videos (various listed) 

Campus Labs COVID-19 Resource Center Various Resources

HigherEd Live: Multiple Topics 

Student Affairs Live: Multiple Topics various/recordings various 

Campus Labs Training and Support (videos/articles) 

Meditations & Stress Relief Resources 

Association for Experiential Education (free recorded webinars)

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

The Center for Academic Excellence Team, as well as other faculty and staff support champions, welcome you to open workshops and resources. Information includes how to videos and online teaching guides. Visit our Keep Teaching page for additional resources and access to our Faculty Champions