Faculty Staff Development Workshops

FSDW logo which lists all areas that are covered in these events, such as Social, Emotional, Occupational, Intellectual, Environmental, Financial, Spiritual, and Musical

Spring 2016 FSDW Schedule of Events


Tuesday March 8
12:00pm - 2:00pm (Keynote Lunch)

--- Common Ground: How to Listen & Breakdown Age Barriers in the Workplace

(Location: Science Center 199)

A workforce that spans multiple generations offers exceptional opportunities, but also leadership challenges. Suzanne shares how to cultivate understanding among five diverse generations, remove barriers, improve team communications and best practices at all levels. Registration REQUIRED- Lunch will be provided. 

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Presenter: Suzanne F. Kaplan, President, Talent Balance


3:00pm - 4:30pm

--- This Damned Body 

(Location: LPAC Cinema)

A living archive of transformation. Artist Swift Shuker ‘14 started hormone treatments and laser therapy as part of a medical gender transition, and has decided to document every day of the first two years of their body changing in videos, photos, performance, and diary, online for anyone to see. An intimate, thoughtful, and uncomfortably up-close portrait of a transwoman claiming their body and their life, This Damned Body is being presented live for the first time at Swarthmore College. The piece deals with embodiment, dysphoria, depression, suicide, and coming out at Swarthmore College. A Q-and-A session will follow the performance.

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Presenter: Swift Shuker ’14, Swarthmore College 


Wednesday, March 9
9:00am - 10:15am

--- The Time Is Now!

(Location: Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer)

When should you start saving for retirement? How much should you be saving for retirement? Where can you find more money to save? Join us for this informative session, facilitated by our partners at Vanguard. Get answers to these and other important questions about retirement saving. 

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Presenters: Vanguard


10:30am - 11:45am

--- Inked: The Art of Writing

(Location: Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer)

Join us for a hands-on workshop on fountain pens and calligraphy. Following a brief overview of the history and styles of fountain pens and calligraphy, we will spend time writing with a variety of vintage and contemporary fountain pens. Join us to discover a comfortable writing instrument that will match and enhance your personal handwriting. No prior calligraphy experience required- Registration is limited. 

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Presenter: Tomoko Sakomura, Associate Professor of Art History and Chair, Department of Art

10:30am - 11:45am

--- Healthy Cooking Demonstration 

(Location: Sharples Dining Hall)

Come make yourself a healthy lunch with our very own Executive Chef, Benton Peak!  Session will include healthy eating tips and knife skills.  Attendees will be preparing lunch for themselves during the session and are encouraged to ask questions throughout. Take-out boxes will be available. No prior experience required. Registration is limited. 

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Presenter: Benton Peak, Executive Chef


Noon - 1:15pm

--- Sustainability and Reducing Your Environmental Footprint

(Location: Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer)

Join your colleagues and learn how to reduce your environmental footprint! Learn about campus recycling, composting, and what you can do in your daily life on campus to help improve sustainability. Find out where your waste goes and how the campus is working to integrate sustainability in living, learning, and operations. Share your ideas for how we can work together to create a more sustainable community. 

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Presenters: Aurora Winslade, Director of Sustainability; Melissa Tier, Sustainability Coordinator, both of Swarthmore College


1:30pm - 2:45pm

--- So What Are you Reading?

(Location: McCabe Library)

Join us for an informal discussion about books you are currently reading, ones you've read recently, or books you are planning to read! Here is a chance to share your literary likes and dislikes, and introduce others to authors and books they might not otherwise know about. Don't have a book to share? That's ok, come get some reading ideas! 

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Presenter: Nabil Kashyap, Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Scholarship


3:00pm- 4:00pm

--- Swat Defense 2.0

(Location: Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer)

Personal safety is about having an awareness of your surroundings and thinking about options if something should happen. Those options may include using risk reduction measures or self-defense techniques. If you want to have your awareness switch turned on or would like to learn some basic self-defense, this is the right course for you.

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Presenter: Mike Hill, Director of  Public Safety


Thursday, March 10
9:00am - 10:00am

---​ Help! My Files Have Been Encrypted and Are Being Held for Ransom!!

(Location: Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer)

Tales of people and organizations who've paid ransom to get their computer files back have been in the news lately.  Some of us even know or have heard of people this has happened to.Come learn about the latest "ransomware" that encrypts all the files on your computer and demands payment in exchange for making your data accessible again.  We'll walk through how it targets victims, how it works (what is encryption anyway?), and why cyber-criminals do this. Most importantly, you'll learn how to protect yourself from ransomware. The material covered in this session will apply to computer use whether at work or at home.

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Presenter: Nick Hannon, Senior  Information Security Architect


10:00am - 11:30am​

--- A Swarthmore Excursion

​(Location: Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer)

Grab your camera and join us as we explore some awesome sites on campus. We will tour the campus Bell Tower, as well as an on-campus Green Roof. Please wear comfortable shoes & clothes. No open-toes shoes please. Water will be provided.

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Presenters: Stu Hain, VP Facilities & Capital Projects ; Sheila Magee, Gardener



--- Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions

(Location: Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer)

Microaggressions are the brief and everyday slights, insults, indignities and denigrating messages sent to historically targeted or oppressed individuals or groups, often by well-intentioned people who are unaware of the hidden messages being communicated. These messages may be sent verbally or nonverbally or environmentally. Such communications are usually outside the level of conscious awareness of perpetrators although some microaggressions may be committed consciously and intentionally. This session will explore forms of microaggressions, developing practices to recognize and name microaggressions, and to practice responses from varied perspectives.

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In preparation for this session, please Click here to take the anonymous survey.

Presenter: Stephanie Nixon, Assistant Dean of the College for Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion, Title IX Coordinator, Bryn Mawr College