Faculty Staff Development Workshops

Spanning the eight dimensions of wellness, the workshops being presented are designed to provide opportunities for faculty & staff to build upon skills and competencies. These bi-annual informative sessions also serve as an opportunity to network with other community members and to meet professional development goals!

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

Keynote Launch Event-Building Bridges: The Generational Power of ‘We *  (Intellectual/Emotional/Social)

Science Center 199

Keynote Speaker: Adena E. Johnston, MA, MSOD, ACC, Director of Talent Management, CCI Consulting

Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever, including multiple generational differences and the perceptions associated with them. Yet overly-broad generational stereotypes are not necessarily true of all members, which can lead to assumptions that undermine positive team dynamics. This highly interactive keynote session will explore ways which external experiences effect generational perceptions, and the impact these experiences have on our campus collaborative efforts.

The keynote luncheon will provide the Swarthmore faculty and staff an opportunity to explore their shared history while uncovering generational influences that make up this inclusive community. Through active engagement, learning and dialog, the workshop will begin the process of building bridges designed to further strengthen how both faculty and staff members engage with one another.

Adena Johnston brings over 20 years of experience as a recognized leader and educator across multiple industries. Adena guides her clients to become more effective in navigating the complexity of today’s challenges by helping them focus on what it takes to overcome obstacles, and ready themselves for increased success. She specializes in helping to build capacity, presence, and the professional strength necessary to drive an agenda while maintaining collaborative work relationships in higher education

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Wednesday, March, 11, 2015

7:30a.m.-8:30a.m.

Funk Fusion Fitness (Physical/Spiritual)

Matchbox

Presenter: Shauna Belizéando, Instructor, Salsa in the Suburbs

A high-energy aerobic fusion of multiple genres: Pop, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and even a splash of Latin! Each class incorporates cardio dance movement, and stretch & strength exercises. Whether you’re a professional dancer or you took a couple classes when you were a kid, or have never even danced before, Funk Fusion keeps you moving with contemporary moves, popular music with a splash of the sassy classics that still keep you groovin’ ! No prior dance experience necessary.

Bring comfortable clothing. Bottled water will be provided.

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9:00a.m.-10:00a.m.

Excel Your Knowledge (Occupational)

Scheuer Room

Presenter: Mark Davis Jr., Technical Support Specialist, ITS

This interactive discussion will explore Microsoft Excel as a tool to format and summarize information. Participants will learn how to create, save, retrieve, modify and print worksheets. Simple arithmetic operations and basic formulas will be used to make calculations. We'll also show you how to apply Color, font and borders to make documents look professional and clear. Participants will also learn how to visually represent information with charts, graphs and pivot tables. Bring your Excel questions, as we learn together at this interactive session

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9:30a.m.-10:30a.m.

Sustainability at Home: What Can I Do? (Environmental/Financial)

Kohlberg 228

Presenter: Beth Murray, A Few Steps-More Green in Your Pocket & Community

Many of us want to do the right thing when it comes to living more sustainably. But it's hard to know where to start. Which actions can I take that will really make a difference? Which actions are most cost effective? Which actions are just "greenwashing" or even counter productive? The local environmental group, aFewSteps, will lead the discussion about what each of us can do to help create a more sustainable planet for the next generation.

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10:30a.m.-12:00p.m.

Unlearning What You Know About Presentations & Public Speaking (Intellectual/Emotional)

Scheuer Room

Presenter: Joel F. W. Price '00, Technology Education Coordinator, ITS

Do you want to become a confident public speaker with strong presentation skills? With PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Slides, Prezi, Emaze, Haiku Deck, and a plethora of other options at your fingertips, how do you know where to start creating your visual aids? And how do you present them once you have the ideas?

Attendees will participate in an interactive session to unlearn presentations, ask and answer questions, and leave with ideas on how to dramatically improve future presentations. Come ready to cringe, laugh, and learn together.

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12:00p.m.-1:30p.m.

A Culture of Wellness: Learning and Modeling Best Practices for Holistic Health and Well-Being at Swarthmore (Physical)

Matchbox

Presenter: Noemí Fernández, Student Wellness Program Manager

In a world where the term wellness is found from physician’s offices to yoga retreat centers, what does holistic wellness mean and what does it look like at Swarthmore College for faculty and staff in the workplace and in our personal lives? The goal of this session is for participants to come away empowered with both practical skills for healthy well-being and a broader understanding of wellness.

This session will introduce best practices of holistic health for non-student members of the College covering a breadth of topics including but not limited to the following: an introduction to the 8 Dimensions of Wellness; the principles of complete nutrition and exercise; a “how-to” for wearable fitness technology and wellness apps (i.e. FitBit and MyFitnessPal); the work of the Swarthmore Student Wellness Program; and resources and support services offered on and off campus.

Registration is REQUIRED. Healthy lunch will be provided. Please contact Caitlin Friel with any special dietary needs.

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1:30p.m.-3:00p.m.

Using Your Strengths for Personal & Professional Prosperity (Occupational/Emotional/Physical)

Scheuer Room

Presenter: Florence Moyer, Master Certified Coach of Florence Moyer Coaching

In this interactive workshop, you will increase your understanding of your individual signature strengths and develop your personalized plan to leverage them to help you build your confidence, grow your career, amp up your well-being, and approach your work and life with renewed energy and ease.

Participants will:

-investigate their top Values in Action (VIA) Character Strengths, their “signature strengths”

-understand how to see yourself and others through the lens of character strengths to enhance relationships and team environments

-learn how to capitalize on your signature strengths in job searches, interviews, and building your professional brand

-learn how to intentionally use their unique character strengths on a daily basis to increase their productivity and well-being

-gain fresh perspective and actionable new strategies for living a value-aligned life, with greater resilience and ability to flourish both at work and throughout their daily lives

Highlights: Learn about evidence-based theory of morally valued ways of thinking, feeling and acting that contribute to a fulfilling life.

Prerequisites: Preferred, but not required: completion of the VIA Survey of Character Strengths. (Free online from the University of Pennsylvania at www.viacharacter.org)

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3:30p.m.-4:30p.m.

Funk Fusion Fitness (Physical/Spiritual)

Matchbox

Presenter: Shauna Belizéando, Instructor, Salsa in the Suburbs

A high-energy aerobic fusion of multiple genres: Pop, Jazz, R&B, Hip-Hop, and even a splash of Latin! Each class incorporates cardio dance movement, and stretch & strength exercises. Whether you’re a professional dancer or you took a couple classes when you were a kid, or have never even danced before, Funk Fusion keeps you moving with contemporary moves, popular music with a splash of the sassy classics that still keep you groovin’ ! No prior dance experience necessary.

Bring comfortable clothing. Bottled water will be provided.

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3:30p.m.-4:30p.m.

Historical Swarthmore and the Underground Railroad * (Social/Environmental)

Friends Historical Library

Presenter: Christopher Densmore, Curator, Friends Historical Library

Join us for a walking tour of Underground Railroad sites on the Swarthmore College campus (weather permitting). Learn about the involvement of the family of Swarthmore's first president, Edward Parrish, in anti-slavery, Underground Railroad and civil rights from the 1790s to the formation of the NAACP. Learn about the Quaker man whose portrait hangs in the Front Parlor of Parrish Hall, and what Frederick Douglass said about him. Hear the stories of James Alford and James Pusey, enslaved men who did not wait for the Underground Railroad but freed themselves. Learn about the namesakes of our buildings. Consider also the short-comings of our college. How Edward Magill championed African-American education while not opening the doors of Swarthmore to African-American students; and of Elizabeth Powell Bond, who as Dean of Swarthmore College told the students that there was a race problem in this country, that the problem had been created by white people and that white people ought to help fix things up. Come learn, ask questions, discuss and ponder the meaning of all this history for the present and coming generations.

If there is inclement weather, this session will take place in the Friends Meetinghouse.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

10:00a.m.-11:30a.m.

Calling the Plays: Recognizing and Responding to Red Flags * (Social/Emotional/Occupational)

Science Center 199

Presenter: Nina Harris, Violence Prevention Educator and Advocate

The idea of ‘Bystander Intervention’ is not a new concept. Our humanity often implores us to act when we encounter troubling or potentially dangerous situations…but sometimes we don’t. Using interactive games, dialogue, and role-play, we will explore our personal barriers to responding to harassment and abuse/violence in both personal/professional relationships. This session will examine our barriers that cause hesitation, and provide methods and techniques for effective interventions. Moreover, by expanding our understanding of bystander intervention, we can develop tools to prevent potential harm, and to create safe and welcoming workspaces and communities.

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12:00p.m.-2:00p.m.

The Rewards and Challenges of Working in a Diverse Learning Community * (Emotional/Social)

Presenter: Liliana Rodriguez, Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Development

Our backgrounds and identities influence how we see the world and communicate with others. Unfortunately, we don't often realize just how much our background biases our perceptions of others, which can lead to a variety of unintentional miscommunications. To complicate matters, we also work with young adults that define themselves very differently than prior generations. This interactive workshop is an introduction to human development and diversity concepts that will allow you to reflect on your own background, challenge you to think about your own identities and prejudices, and consider how they influence the way you negotiate a diverse working environment in the 21st century.

Registration is REQUIRED. Lunch will be provided. Please contact Human Resources with any special dietary needs.

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* Diversity and Inclusion sessions