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Upcoming Professional Development Events

Supporting Survivors of Interpersonal Violence

  • Presenter: Carrie Wachter, Director of CARE
  • Date/Time: April 24th, 2019 at 12:00 to 1:00 pm
  • Location: 633 Emerson, Searle Hall, 3.220

It is often hard to know how to act or what to say when someone discloses their experiences of sexual violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and as events addressing this issue appear across campus, this presentation will help prepare you to support those students and colleagues most impacted. You will learn about trauma, it’s impact on the brain and body, and helpful techniques to respond with compassion and empathy.

Managing Ourselves to More Effectively Manage Difference

  • Presenter: Lance Bennett, Director of Diversity Admissions at the Kellogg School of Management
  • Date/Time: April 4, 2019 at 12pm – 1:30pm
  • Location: 633 Emerson, Searle Hall, 3.220
  • Tracks: self-support, staff support
Event Description:

Our work at NU often has us engaging with difference. Whether it’s our colleagues, students or external stakeholders. This session is designed to help us all become more aware of our own viewpoints/biases (positive and negative) and how they impact us all. This session hopes to increase our ability to engage difference in a meaningful way without the goal of changing each individual’s viewpoint but help us manage those viewpoints to provide a more inclusive environment. This session provides tools to help participants feel more comfortable engaging difference. It helps us understand and explore privilege (even when we don’t think we have any) and also how to manage ourselves when miscommunication/conflict occurs across difference.

Speaker Bio:

Lance Bennett is the Director of Diversity Admissions at the Kellogg School of Management.  Lance manages the admissions process for underrepresented minorities, LGBTQ+ and African students across the portfolio of Kellogg’s MBA programs (Full-Time, Part-Time and Executive MBA programs). Lance was certified as an internal Diversity Consultant over 14 years ago from Wachovia Corporation, facilitating diversity workshops across the bank’s footprint and consulting on diversity initiatives with senior leadership. Lance served as Co-President of Kellogg’s African-American Employee Resource Group and facilitates diversity workshops within and outside of the Kellogg community.

Supporting Our Muslim Community on Campus

  • March 5, 2019 | 12-1:30PM
  • Wildcat Room | Norris
  • Presenters:
    • Alejandro Magaña | Asst. Director of MSA, CIC
    • Tahera Ahmad | Associate Chaplin, Director of Interfaith Engagement, Associate Chair of Women's Residential College

This presentation will educate student affairs professionals on practical ways to create a more welcoming and inclusive campus for Muslim students. As the lunar calendar will bring the holy month of Ramadan well within the academic year it is especially critical that we be mindful in the way we support this community.

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Advocacy and Public Policy in Student Affairs

  • November 1, 12pm - 1:30 pm
  • Northwestern Room at Norris Center
  • Presenters: Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Ph.D., CASP, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff, and Kelly Schaefer, Assistant VP, of Student Engagement

As Student Affairs professionals, we often find ourselves at the intersection of multiple roles. Given our focus on and work with students, advocacy work is part of our reality on campus; however, have you ever wondered what this looks like at the student affairs profession and public policy levels, and how you as a professional can take part? Join Julie Payne-Kirchmeier and Kelly Schaefer as they engage attendees about advocacy and public policy in our field.

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Lead Well: Creating positive relationships to reduce harm

  • November 12, 12pm - 1:30pm
  • Wildcat Room | Norris Center
  • Track: Self and Staff Support
  • Speakers: Brittany Williams and Coretta King

Using relational leadership theory we will discuss how to create positive relationships and reduce harm in the workplace. Positive relationships are established and maintained through communication, trust and compromise. Participants will review literature and engage in reflection on experiences that reinforce these behaviors.

Participants will:

  • recognize and apply relational leadership in daily operations
  • identify examples of harm that may be caused by self or others
  • name resources that can be used as support for resilience
  • create support system(s) for coping
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Navigating Thru Change

  • November 27, 12pm-1:30pm
  • Wildcat Room, Norris Center
  • Track: Self, Staff, Student, and Career Support
  • Speaker: Jabbar Bennett, Associate Provost

Join us for a presentation on management, leadership, organizational change, and diversity inclusion with Jabbar Bennett, Associate Provost. As the University's chief diversity officer, Dr. Bennett directs the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and leads and coordinates efforts to create and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all Northwestern community members including students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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