Professional Development Opportunities

Graduate Assistant/Student Professional Development Opportunities

Fall 2021 Women in Leadership Cohort 

Fall 2021 Diversity & Inclusive Track (Coming Soon)

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



Thursday, September 16th, 6:00pm

Faculty and students are invited to attend a virtual lecture on Thursday, September 16th, 6-7pm. This presentation will provide insight into barriers to healthcare that immigrants in North Carolina face, and how UNCG's Center for New North Carolinians is working to combat these issues via the Immigrant Health Access Program. This project provides a model for local social action to reduce healthcare inequity. 
Guest speakers from the Center for New North Carolinians include: Naglaa Rashwan (Senior Coordinator of the Immigrant Health Access Program) and Lilian Levyi (Community Health Worker and Interpreter). 
Faculty contact: Adrienne Erazo (

Monday, September 20th, 1:00pm

Public Policy Pop-Up: Budget Reconciliation, NDAA and Afghanistan

Join ACE’s government relations team as they provide the latest updates in higher education after the start of the fall semester and Congress’s return from summer recess. Topics will include the budget reconciliation process, National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) legislation to address competition with China, efforts to support students and scholars from Afghanistan, and other policy issues that are impacting higher education. We will be taking your questions live during the pop-up.

Offered by: American Council on Education (ACE)


Monday, September 20th, 2:00pm, Parkway Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union (virtual attendance optional)

Fostering an Inclusive Campus: A Talk with Tayah Butler, director of diversity, equity & inclusion, Poole College of Management, North Carolina State University

Join Tayah Butler, director of diversity & inclusion at North Carolina State’s Poole College of Management, and Appalachian’s interim chief diversity officer, Jamie Parson  for a talk on fostering an inclusive campus, challenges faced and overcome, examples of impact and more.

Tayah Butler is a pioneer and trailblazer of implementing inclusive practices in higher education. She started her work in higher education as an Academic Advisor for Lundquist College of Business. During her seven years at UOregon,  she founded, grew and led the college’s premier minority retention program and increased minority student retention rates from 30% to above 80%. Butler cultivated the major gifts to seed fund the College’s first Diversity endowment and championed model programs across campus.

Butler moved to North Carolina State in 2016 to do more than champion diversity efforts. As Director of Diversity and Inclusion, she leads mission-critical initiatives for North Carolina State’s Poole College of Management that enhance their diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Offered by: the Appalachian Advocates, Walker College of Business and the Office of Diversity at Appalachian State University.


Monday, September 27th, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Belk Library and Information Commons, Broyhill Conference Room 421

Staff Search Committee Guidance and Strategies

Have a search coming up for an EHRA or SHRA position? Are you a newly appointed Search Chair or need a refresher course? This information session will cover established recruitment practices that are thoughtful and proactive, promoting an efficient search to achieve successful hires for Appalachian State University.

Topics covered will include: Implicit Bias, Sourcing/Recruitment/Advertising, Search Committee Composition, Evaluative Criteria & Applicant Screening, Interviewing, Reference Checks, and Communication with Applicants.

The last portion of the workshop will be dedicated to Questions and Answers.

Offered by: App State's Office of Human Resources

Tuesday, September 28th, 4:00pm
Join GlobalMindED for their new series: The Impact of Board Diversity.  What is meant by board diversity, what is the role of a board, and how do you pick the right board.
Learn how you can recruit board-ready diverse candidates from the GlobalMindED, Amazon, and business community. 
Offered by: GlobalMindED
Friday, September 30th, 1:00pm

Even as we face the short-term challenge of another unpredictable fall, it is critical to stay focused on long-term strategic opportunities highlighted by the pandemic. The crisis demonstrated that colleges and universities could pivot more rapidly than anyone believed possible, but now we must assess which innovations can sustainably address five fundamental imperatives—enrollment, financial sustainability, student experience, mental health, and DEI.

This webinar will explore the implications of these five imperatives for institutional strategy. Additionally, a panel of higher ed leaders will describe the specific initiatives they are launching to position their institutions for success over the next decade.

Offered by: ACE and EAB


Additonal Diversity & Inclusion Awareness Resources

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: Keys to Healing Unconscious Bias in Higher ed w/ Dr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi-Changing Higher Ed 019

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:
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 inclusive leaders who are people of color and their perspectives:

From the Segregated South to CEO of the Third Largest Health Foundation: Honoring MLK (Dr. Karen McNeil-Miller)

The Future of Work is Collaborative ; Closing the Equity Gap with Unlikely Partnerships

Future of Work is Mobile & Adaptive; Educating & Employing the Least Resourced w/ Digital Solutions

The Future of Work is IDEAS; Inclusive, Dignified, Equitable, Accessible, and Sustainable 

The Future of Work is Gender Equal; Advancing Outcomes for Women/Women of Color

Why No One Should be Surprised by the Disparities and Inequities of COVID-19 and How America is Protesting Racism

The Future of Work Belongs to Young Changemakers

Equity, Engineering and First Gen Access to the STEAM and STEM Fields

Other resources:
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.
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

LeaderShape Webinars: Multiple Topics Related to Leadership 

NASPA: Careers in Student Affairs Month webcasts, various topics 

FlipGrid how-to videos (various listed) 

HigherEd Live: Multiple Topics 

Meditations & Stress Relief Resources 

Association for Experiential Education (free recorded webinars)

Community Care in Action

COVID-19: A Black, Queer, Feminist Grounding and Call for Self and Community Care - using reproductive justice as a guidepost (includes safety for children, environment, that people can live long healthy lives)


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 Technology Toolbox page for additional resources.