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 2018 Faculty/Staff Development Workshop
March 13 - 15

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 March 13

11:00am - 1:30pm --- Unspoken: Finding Your Voice and Living Your Authentic Life
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

Authenticity, courage and transparency, attributes to drive diversity of voice and perspective in facing challenges in our lives. This keynote session will help in finding concrete and playful ways to tap into the source of your inner strength and move through challenges in your lives with grace. Through this understanding, you will be able to more effectively deal with change. You will be able to address questions surrounding change. You will be true to yourself and find your true passion in work and personal lives. Lunch will be provided.

Register for Unspoken: Finding Your Voice and Living Your Authentic Life

Presenter: Ginny Palmieri - Author, Senior Business Leader, Executive Consultant, Principle at VOCE, Leader in Community and Academic Organizations


2:00pm - 3:15pm --- The Spirit of Swarthmoor
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

The first Quakers, in the 1650s, were religious radicals known for such eccentric acts as refusing to doff their hats, "going naked as a sign," and submitting to jail or execution rather than stray from their convictions. Two centuries later, the Quakers who founded Swarthmore College were a more sedate group, known for their quaint dress and manner of speech as much as for their involvement in social movements like abolitionism and women's rights. But what is Quakerism and what do Friends believe? This session will introduce the history of Quakerism, from Swarthmoor Hall in the 1650s to Swarthmore College from the 1860s to the present, and include a discussion about spirituality at the College today and into the future. 

Register for The Spirit of Swarthmoor.

Presenter: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen, Friends Historical Library and Shelley Costa, Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies


3:30pm - 4:30pm --- Spring Arboretum Tour
(meet at The Cunningham House)

Enjoy the emerging colors on campus! Sue MacQueen, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Arboretum, will highlight trees and shrubs that can add distinct spring beauty to your home landscape on this tour.  In addition, helpful hints will be offered and questions answered on how best to prepare your gardens now that the growing season is upon us. 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 in the Blum Room (Cunningham House) for a show-and-tell session.

Register for Spring Arboretum Tour

Presenter: Sue MacQueen, Community Outreach Coordinator



Wednesday March 14

9:00am - 10:15am --- Getting on Track for Retirement
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 
Are you on track for retirement?  If you want to know whether your retirement savings are on track, this meeting is for you.  You’ll walk away with a better picture of where you stand, as well as practical ideas for how to get on track if you haven’t saved enough.  

Register for Getting on Track for Retirement.

Presenter: Charla Coleman, Vanguard Retirement Education Specialist


10:30am - 11:45am -- Growing Your Career at Swarthmore
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

Interested in growing your career at Swarthmore? Don’t know where to begin? Find out how some others have successfully developed their skills and experience to expand their roles at Swarthmore. This session will enable you to learn from a panel of successful Swarthmore employees who have expanded their careers and the roads they traveled to get there. You will also learn about the resources available to assist you in moving your career ahead.

Register for Growing Your Career at Swarthmore.

Presenters: Amanda Puchon, Manager Talent & Retention and Tony Natale, HR Manager along with a Panel of Employees


Noon - 1:15pm --- Healthy Cooking Demonstration  ***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.

Register for Healthy Cooking Demonstration.

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


1:30pm - 2:45pm --- MeToo @ Swarthmore
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

Recent allegations of sexual misconduct have been prevalent in the national news. Through social media channels, the MeToo campaign has continued to serve as a platform for victims of sexual misconduct to bravely share their stories. At a time when speaking openly against abuse is especially important, how are we addressing this on our campus? What’s happening in the world of Title IX in higher education, and how can we support our campus community? Please join us as we explore national trends, the growing MeToo campaign, and our ongoing effort to maintain a community that is free from discrimination, from harassment, and from other forms of sexual misconduct and abuse.

Register for MeToo @ Swarthmore

Presenter: Michelle Ray, Interim Title IX Coordinator; Zenobia Hargust, Director Equal Opportunity & Engagement, Deputy Title IX Coordinator


3:00pm - 4:15pm --- Swing Dance
(Upper Tarble - All Campus Space) 

Come join us to learn the fundamentals of Swing Dance!  This session offers an introduction to styling techniques and focuses on six-count foundation moves including the following: footwork, leading/following and connection, moving through space, and an open dance period when students can dance freely. Hope you can swing by!

Register for Swing Dance.

Presenter: Ashley Banks, Swarthmore Alum



Thursday, March 15

9:00am - 10:15am --- To-Do or Not To-Do? A Guide to Prioritizing and Organizing
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

Many people use to-do lists to try and keep themselves organized, but how often do you end up forgetting about them? Or just not completing them? Or are simple to-do lists just not enough to help you keep track of everything you need to actually get done? Maybe it's time to try Bullet Journaling. Bullet Journals are as simple or as complex as you need - and they evolve with your ever changing life. They are a way to use the benefits of staying analog and merge your to-do lists with your calendar, your personal and professional goals, your self-motivation, wellness, and habit trackers - And help yourself prioritize all of those things to stay focused on the ones that actually matter to you - to ensure you get things DONE.

Register for To-Do or Not To-Do? A Guide to Prioritizing and Organizing.

Presenter: Jessica Stockett, Technical Support Coordinator, ITS


11:30am - 2:00pm --- Cultivating Campus Climate Considering Intersectionality
(Kohlberg Hall- Scheuer) 

For people who fit into multiple marginalized communities, the consequences of unconscious bias can quickly compound – even from well-meaning campus offices and programs. “Intersectionality” a term floating around academia, outlines how an individual may face multiple types of overlapping discrimination depending on their race, gender, age, ethnicity, physical ability, class or any other characteristic that might place them in a minority group. Diversity and inclusion work is everyone's job whether you have direct or in direct contact with students.

What if every office on campus examined how this theory can be turned into a framework to better serve the community in all of their identities? This workshop will review the theory, as well as the work we do daily and how it can inform our programs & services. We can improve the experiences of marginalized students by working to dismantle interlocking systems of oppression or becoming more truly justice-centered campuses. Let’s help transform the campus climate from the inside out! Lunch will be provided.

Register for Cultivating Campus Climate Considering Intersectionality

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