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Student Affairs COVID-19 Response.

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.


Wednesday, April 14th, 10:00am

Basic CMS Administration: Introduction to the Scala Content Management System (CMS) at Appalachian.

Users who will be uploading media and/or maintaining a Scala screen(s) will need to attend a training session prior to being granted access to Scala CMS.  Also appropriate for anyone wanting a refresher or for users interested in creating media for distribution to campus.


  • Uploading media to Scala CMS
  • Creating playlists and adding media
  • Media properties
  • Introduction to templates
  • Best practices

Prerequisites: Recommended attendance at an Intro to Scala: Media Design session and you will need basic computer skills to navigate the Internet and use common screen controls.

Offered by: AppState University Communications


Thursday, April 15th, 12:00pm

ACE-Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Webinar Series. Post-COVID-19 International Exchanges: The Future of Student Programs (Session II)

The pandemic has impacted all types of student exchanges: long-term, short-term, and project-based programs. Join this panel of experts as they address a wide range of issues, including health and safety; the impact of technology; and the linking of student exchanges with broader institutional goals, including racial justice and climate change. The panel will discuss student exchanges in the broader context of the US-European Union relationship. In cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Offered by: ACE Engage


Thursday, April 15th, 1:00pm

How Political Institutions Shape Outcomes and How We Might Reform Them

In the US, political institutions are often seen as neutral, but in fact they reflect choices and compromises about how we balance between majority and minority interests. Panelists will look at the way different systems of electoral decision-making in a democracy can, by themselves, lead to very different outcomes, and what can be done to reform them in ways that result in more responsive and deliberative legislative bodies.   

Offered by: Library of Congress


Thursday, April 15th, 7:00pm

A Discussion of Anti-Asian Racism with Helen Zia

Noted journalist and activist, Helen Zia will discuss rising hate crimes, racial harassment, and discrimination against Asian Americans since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Zia will also discuss her life’s work as an activist for Asian American and LGBTQ rights, as well as share insights from her award-winning books— Asian American Dreams (a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize), My Country versus Me, and Last Boat out of Shanghai.

Helen Zia is a Chinese-American journalist and activist for Asian American and LGBTQ rights. She is considered a key figure in the Asian American movement. Helen has been outspoken on issues ranging from human rights and peace to women’s rights and countering hate violence and homophobia. She is featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Who Killed Vincent Chin? and was profiled in Bill Moyers’ PBS series, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience. In 2008, Helen was a Torchbearer in San Francisco for the Beijing Olympics amid great controversy; in 2010, she was a witness in the federal marriage equality case decided by the US Supreme Court. Helen received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco and an honorary Doctor of Laws from the City University of New York Law School for bringing important matters of law and civil rights into public view. She is a Fulbright Scholar and a graduate of Princeton University’s first coeducational class. She attended medical school but quit after completing two years, then went to work as a construction laborer, an autoworker, and a community organizer, after which she discovered her life’s work as a writer.

Offered by: Mills Performing Arts


Monday, April 19th, 1:00pm

Webinar: ACE Public Policy Pop-Up April 2021: Looking Ahead

Join Terry W. Hartle and Jon Fansmith from ACE’s government relations team to discuss the future of higher education public policy after the latest round of pandemic relief funds. They will discuss other up-to-the-minute developments impacting colleges and universities and answer the audience’s policy-related questions.

Offered by ACE Engage


Thursday, April 22nd, 12:00pm

ACE-Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Webinar Series. Post–COVID-19 International Exchanges:The Future of Professional Exchanges (Session III)

This last webinar in the series addresses how professional exchanges have been impacted by COVID-19, with a special focus on mid-career exchanges in journalism. Join former participants in a wide-ranging discussion that assesses the value of professional exchanges for participants, for their sending and hosting organizations, and for public institutions in the US and European Union. The value of international collaboration across professions of all types will also be covered. In cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.

Ofered by: ACE Engage


Friday, April 23rd, 10:30am

All About Templates: Type of course,-Scala (Digital Signage) User Training


  • Accessing templates
  • Creating new messages from templates
  • Uploading images and/or graphics for use in templates
  • Best practices


  • Scala CMS access
  • You will need basic computer skills to navigate the Internet and use common screen controls

Offered by: AppState University Communications




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:
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

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)


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