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

 

Fall 2017 Faculty/Staff Development Workshop
October 17 - 19

The workshops being presented are designed to provide more opportunities for employees to build upon skills and competencies. These informative sessions also serve as an opportunity to network with other faculty/staff members. Our sessions will highlight diversity and inclusion, conflict management, financial planning, healthy cooking demonstrations, physical/mental wellness activities and much more! We look forward to sharing available knowledge drawn from our own faculty/staff, as well as welcoming external experts to our campus to enrich these 3 days of learning.

 

Tuesday October 17

****THIS SESSION IS FULL**
11:00am - 1:30pm --- Pick A Struggle: Unpacking Power, Privilege & Oppression
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

Cultural competence is having an awareness of one’s own cultural identity and views about difference as well as the ability to learn and build on your experiences. This opening keynote session will take participants through an exploration of different topics related to how we understand and define identity, how privilege and power relate, and how oppression manifests in our society. Participants will engage in meaningful interactive group and individual activities to increase their competency to support marginalized groups. No matter what your position is at Swarthmore, diversity and inclusion is the responsibility of everyone. When you are equipped to respond, challenge and support, you will contribute immensely to a safe and welcoming campus climate for all. The goal is that you will leave this session with added tools, techniques and skills to help you be an active advocate in a world filled with such turmoil.

Register for Pick A Struggle: Unpacking Power, Privilege & Oppression. Lunch will be provided.

Presenter: Aneesah S. Smith, Social Justice Educator & LGBTQA Activist

 

2:00pm - 3:30pm --- Developing Habits for Spiritual Wellness
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

What is spiritual wellness? How do we address such basic human needs as love and belonging, trust, hope, and meaning? How can habits such as gratitude, forgiveness, and reflection help us become more resilient and compassionate members of our families and communities?  In this workshop, we will explore the seven basic spiritual needs that all people share, regardless of religious or spiritual affiliation. The session will include some introductory teaching, followed by a group exercise, some in pair and share, development of a simple personal plan, and general discussion of what we have learned.

Register for Developing Habits for Spiritual Wellness.

Presenter: Joyce Tompkins, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life

 

Wednesday October 18

7:30am - 8:45am --- Laughing Yoga
(Upper Tarble - All Campus Space) 
This session combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing. It will focus on diaphragmatic breathing (deep breathing) and drawing out laughs. This brings more oxygen to the body and the brain which makes you feel more energetic and healthy. Laughter releases those positive endorphins in the brain and boosts your immune system. Laughter yoga participants are guided through a series of laughter exercises based on everyday situations and are encouraged to keep up the laughter for 30 seconds. First time participants begin to relax and really get into the session because they are beginning to feel more stress free and starting to have fun!

Register for Laughing Yoga.

Presenter: Alexa Drubay, Laughing Yoga Instructor

 

9:00am - 10:30 am -- InterACTion Theater: Ready or Not: Here Comes Change
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

Love it or hate it, organizational and personal change happens. Even if we convince ourselves that we are in full control, often we are at the mercy of circumstances, events, organizational initiatives and decisions made without our consideration or input.   How do we productively navigate change in our work and personal lives? A difficult question to answer to say the least. The  InterACTion Theater Troup will offer  improvisational performances that bring to life organizational challenges and  collaborative solutions/strategies for how to navigate, discuss, and implement change.

Register for InterACTion Theater: Ready or Not: Here Comes Change.

 

10:45am - 12:00pm --- The Basics Before the Basics: Investment Fundamentals
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

Can you clearly define what a bond is? How about a stock? Why do stocks go up and down? What makes a stock riskier than a bond? What exactly does it mean to rebalance your portfolio? Even if you think you know the answers here, this session has something to teach everyone, and no question is too basic. Frank Grunseich will guide you through basic financial concepts. As we all become more responsible for our own financial security, this knowledge is fundamental to a solid plan. Note this will not be a personal advising session. However, Frank’s information will enable you to move forward with more confidence, as you better understand financial terminology, tools, principles, and even our own specific fund selections here at the College.

Register for The Basics Before the Basics: Investment Fundamentals.

Presenter: Frank C. Grunseich, CFA, Direct of Investments

 

12:15pm - 1:30pm --- Healthy Cooking Demonstration  ****THIS SESSION IS FULL****
(Sharples Dining Hall)

Come make yourself a healthy lunch with our very own award-winning culinary team! Swarthmore Dining Services chefs recently earned a silver medal at an American Culinary Federation Conference and Competition, and now they will share some healthy cooking tips and knife skills with you.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.

Presenters: Benton Peak, Executive Chef & Richard Plummer, Sous Chef, Swarthmore College

 

1:30pm - 3:00pm --- How's your EQ? - Let's find out!
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

Do you understand the role your emotions play in how you see yourself and others? Are your relationships as meaningful as you would like them to be?  Are you easily upset when frustrated by difficult people or tasks? In challenging conversations, do you listen carefully in order to understand the other person's point of view? How much of an impact does emotional intelligence have on your professional success? The short answer is: a lot!

This discussion will define emotional intelligence and describe the advantages of leveraging emotional intelligence in professional and interpersonal interactions. Participants will identify and assess their abilities in each of the four EQ quadrants - awareness of self, self-management/regulation, awareness of others, and adeptness in interpersonal relations and situations. You will also determine your own social/interpersonal styles and practice building communication skills

Register for How's your EQ? - Let's find out!

Presenter: Mark Davis Jr., Manager of Desktop Support, Swarthmore College

 

3:30pm - 4:30pm --- Laughing Yoga
(Upper Tarble - All Campus Space) 

This session combines laughter exercises with yoga breathing. It will focus on diaphragmatic breathing (deep breathing) and drawing out laughs. This brings more oxygen to the body and the brain which makes you feel more energetic and healthy. Laughter releases those positive endorphins in the brain and boosts your immune system. Laughter yoga participants are guided through a series of laughter exercises based on everyday situations and are encouraged to keep up the laughter for 30 seconds. First time participants begin to relax and really get into the session because they are beginning to feel more stress free and starting to have fun!

Register for Laughing Yoga.

Presenter: Alexa Drubay, Laughing Yoga Instructor

 
3:30pm - 4:30pm --- So, What Are you Reading?
(McCabe Library - Popular Reading Room)

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!

Register for So, What Are you Reading?

Presenter: Diane Fritz, Biology Administrative Coordinator 

 

Thursday, October 19

9:00am - 10:30am --- Your Role in Swarthmore's Sustainability Leadership
(Science Center 199)

Join an engaging and informational session with the Office of Sustainability. We will share exciting news about Swarthmore's waste and energy systems, and practice best waste sorting techniques. Ask us everything you've always wanted to know about compost!

Register for Your Role in Swarthmore's Sustainability Leadership.

Presenter: Melissa Tier, Sustainability Program Manager, Swarthmore College

 

10:45am-12:00am --- The Arboretum in Autumn: Helpful Tips for Your Home Garden
(Cunningham House)

Enjoy the changing colors of campus! The tour will highlight trees and shrubs which will add distinct fall and winter beauty to your home landscape.  In addition, helpful hints will be offered and questions answered on how to best prepare your gardens for the winter months ahead. Come meet Sue MacQueen, the new Community Outreach Coordinator at the Arboretum.  She has joined us in this newly created position to share the joys of our rich landscape with faculty, staff and students. Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes for walking around campus.  This event is held rain or shine.  In the event of rain, we will meet inside Cunningham House in the Blum Room for a show and tell class.

Register for The Arboretum in Autumn: Helpful Tips for Your Home Garden

Presenter: Sue MacQueen, Community Outreach Coordinator, Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College