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Faculty Staff Development Workshops

Faculty/Staff Development workshops are designed to help our community members enhance their skills and competencies. These informative sessions also serve as an opportunity to network with other faculty and staff members at Swarthmore.  We look forward to sharing the knowledge drawn from our own talented faculty and staff as well as to welcoming external experts to our campus to enrich these 3 days of learning.

Spring 2019 Faculty/Staff Development Workshops

Tuesday, march 12

Envisioning a Sustainable Community: Swarthmore in the Face of the Climate Crisis

9–10 a.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

With ever more alarming news facing us about the urgency of the climate change crisis, Swarthmore must continue to rise to the challenges of the modern era. Join us for a guided exercise to share your input on the College's possible pathways forward in the face of a rapidly warming climate that is disproportionately affecting marginalized communities. As a college committed to social justice and supporting students’ education for the common good, what is our shared responsibility to respond to this crisis? Join your colleagues to explore what a sustainable Swarthmore could look like in these changing times.

Register for Envisioning a Sustainable Community: Swarthmore in the Face of the Climate Crisis

Presenter: Aurora Winslade

Continental breakfast provided.

Take the Limits Off
11 a.m. –1 p.m. 
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

Effective teamwork can be accomplished by recognizing the power of effective communication, goal setting, progress monitoring, and results measurement. This session will offer the knowledge and skills necessary to assist team members in collaborating, respecting, and empowering each other, all fundamental tools for creating successful teams that truly win. You will become aware of professional branding and the importance of valuing the difference in others and using those differences to enhance the team. The program is designed to be an essential component of team building, with the goal of building a strong team with a collective voice that reflects trust, respect, and the value of our differences. 

Register for Take the Limits Off

Keynote Speaker:  Joyce Dungee Proctor

Lunch provided.

Student Loan Repayment and Forgiveness, FMFCU

1:15–2 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

This workshop will help you better understand how to overcome student loan debt. Learn how you can responsibly pay down outstanding debt, shorten the repayment interval, and maintain your credit standing. You will learn prioritizing and budgeting, strategies for repayment or consolidation, and how to identify resources for help.

Register for Student Loan Repayment and Forgiveness

Presenter: Beth Manley, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (FMFCU)

Refreshments provided.

“Protests and Sit-ins: Our role in protecting safety, privacy, and free expression"

2–3 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

How can we help foster an environment that encourages free expression and maintains the health and safety of our entire community? Hear from Chris Lukach of AKCG, who has helped partners in higher education meaningfully reflect on this very question.

Register for “Protests and Sit-ins: Our role in protecting safety, privacy, and free expression

Presenter: Chris Lukach 

Refreshments provided.



wednesday, march 13


Sleep better

9–10:15 a.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

During this session, you will learn:  Awareness of Sleep Needs, Technology Detox, Rituals and Patterns, Sleep Hygiene and Healthy Family Sleep Time Habits. In a very practical setting, you will be guided through different tips, techniques, body positions with bed props and more, to obtain a restful night’s sleep. Remember—pun intended—these things do not happen overnight! Think of taking small incremental positive steps, one at a time.

Register for Sleep Better

Presenter:  Do It Better Wellness

Continental Breakfast provided.

green catering & events- This session is full!

Noon—1:30 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

Join us for a catered lunch and a lively discussion on how to increase the sustainability of your next catered event.  Amanda Karpen, associate director of Dining Services, along with representatives from Events and Sustainability, will be presenting a variety of ways to increase your sustainability awareness when planning your next event.  

Limit 45 participants.

This session is full!

Presenter: Amanda Karpen, Chloe Klaus and Katherine Cerino

Lunch provided.

CPR training - This session is full!

1:30–3:00 p.m

Participants in this course will learn how to perform adult CPR, and how to appropriately use the automated external defibrillator following American Red Cross standards. At the end of the course, students who are interested in receiving CPR/AED certification will be asked to participate in a brief quiz. Participants must score at least 80% on the quiz in order to be issued a certification card. 

Limit 15 participants.

This session is full.

Presenter:  Sgt. Osmond C. Mbaeri

Refreshments provided.

The Perfectly Imbalanced Life: Cultivate Renewable Personal Energy and Resilience Without Overhauling Your Career or Rebooting Your Entire Life

3:30–4:30 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

This interactive workshop will help you define your "perfect imbalance" across five domains of well-being and use it with agility to cultivate energy and resilience, all without having to overhaul your career or reboot your entire life. You’ll learn the PERMA framework, an evidence-base tool from positive psychology research as well has how to apply it in your everyday life to cultivate renewable personal energy and a sustainable sense of well-being.

Register for The Perfectly Imbalanced Life

Presenter: Florence Moyer

Refreshments provided.



Social Security & Medicare - This session is full!

10:15–11:15 a.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

Whether you will be joining the ranks of Medicare soon or want to gain knowledge and understanding for the future, attend this Carebridge Guidance Seminar to engage in a dialogue about Medicare and retirement health coordination options. Discussion will also include an overview of the definitions of Medicare A, B, C, and D as well as Advantage programs and Gap programs. Methods will be identified to assist retirees in making the best decision about selecting health benefits for themselves and/or their loved ones. Additionally, basic Social Security application procedures will be discussed. Get your questions addressed now!

This session is full!

Presenter: Dawn Scharnagl 

Refreshments provided.

Scott Arboretum Tour - This session is full!

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Scott Arboretum

Join Sue MacQueen, Scott Engagement Coordinator, to learn about the sustainable practices that go on at the Scott Arboretum.  From the organic lawn, to the Wister Center, learn how our beautiful spaces are also environmentally friendly.

This session is full!

Presenter:  Sue MacQueen, Scott Engagement Coordinator

Diversity Dialogue

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Kohlberg Hall - Scheuer Room

Intergroup dialogue can be a transformational opportunity to reflect on how bias may have played into our past thinking and behavior, overcome past fears, and make new and meaningful connections with others. 

In this session, participants will explore what they have in common, and find ways to promote collective problem-solving. As part of the learning process, participants will engage in activities that highlight constructive conflict, and be invited to share any personal challenges and triumphs they've faced in intergroup exchanges or relationships. Our dialogue will encourage individuals and groups to share authentic thoughts and feelings about their social identities, including but not limited to race, class, gender, and sexual orientation.

Register for Diversity Dialogue

Refreshments provided.