Faculty Staff Development Workshops

Fall 2015 FSDW Schedule of Events

Wednesday November 4
11:30am-1:30pm (Keynote Lunch)

---Microaggressions: Little things that hurt and how to handle it

Dr. Leah Hollis, author of Bully in the Ivory Tower, and assistant professor at Morgan State University, will reflect micro aggressions in higher education. As faculty and staff have choices on how to respond to micro aggressions, her talk will consider how faculty and staff can better manage micro aggressions amongst themselves.  Also the talk will offer insight to the messages young people might receive that cultivates micro aggressions.  In turn, her talk will offer strategies for faculty and staff to coach students out of this insulting behavior.  Dr. Hollis’ keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion with Swarthmore community members, focused on navigating micro aggression in our shared space. Registration REQUIRED- Lunch will be provided.

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Presenters: Leah P. Hollis EdD. Morgan State University & President and Founder, Patricia Berkly LLC



--- Managing Your Department Budgets

Establishing and managing department budgets is an involved, year-round process. Successful budgeting requires diligent tracking of expenses, planning in advance for the upcoming year, and a thorough understanding of fiscal policies and procedures. Please join fellow colleagues and members of the Business Office and Finance for information regarding the 2016-2017 budget process, insight into successful year-round budgeting and information regarding the College's new purchasing function and PCard system.

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Presenters: Eileen Petula, Associate Vice President for Finance and Treasurer; Alice Turbiville, Controller, Beth Baksi, Associate Controller and Cindy Urick, Contracts and Purchasing Manager



---Retiring Minds What to Know…

Everyone looks forward to a rewarding and enjoyable retirement.  Effective planning for retirement not only involves setting financial goals, but also being prepared for changes in lifestyle.  This seminar will discuss issues related to health and fitness, housing and living arrangements, meaningful use of time and work options.  Explore and learn what you can do now to make your retirement years happy, healthy, active, and meaningful.

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Presenters: Carebridge Corporation



--- So What Are you Reading?

Join us over tea and desserts 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! Refreshments will be provided. Limited Registration.

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Presenter: Nabil Kashyap, Librarian for Digital Initiatives & Scholarship




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: Michael Hill, Director of Public Safety



Friday November 6



Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto "Beto" Perez in which you can't help but have fun while toning and getting your heart rate up! Zumba's choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo and martial arts. All levels of fitness welcome. Please wear sneakers and loose fitting clothes. Water will be provided.

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Presenter: Salsa In The Suburbs



--- The Social Construction of Gender: How it impacts us all

During this session we will examine the social construction of gender and sex with a specific focus on Transgender Identity.  Core definitions and language used to build an inclusive campus community will be explored. Participants will have an opportunity to question and engage with case studies to develop some competencies for creating open and inclusive space for students, faculty, and staff.

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Presenter: Susan M. Pliner, Ed.D., Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning, and Assessment at Hobart and William Smith Colleges