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2016-2017 Faculty & Staff Professional Development Series

Inclusion, Enrichment, Engagement

The Faculty & Staff Professional Development Series is designed for participants to strengthen and build professional skills, provide an opportunity to collaborate with fellow colleagues, and bring awareness about important topics that affect us all.  This series is a collaborative effort between Human Resources and Academic Affairs with support from the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee in alignment with the College’s Strategic Plan to foster global and multicultural understanding.  In lieu of the traditional Professional Development Day format historically hosted by Human Resources, the year-long series of lectures and interactive workshops, will provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to receive continuing education for professional and personal growth.  The sessions will be presented by faculty, staff, and outside consultants. All Linfield employees are encouraged to attend any of these free sessions throughout the year.  Be sure to follow the standard approval process that has been established for your specific department when registering.


Diversity at Linfield

Date:  Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time:  Noon – 1:00pm
McMinnville: Riley 201
Portland: Convener to Peterson Hall Conference Room
Online participation available.

Presenters: Dawn Graf-Haight, Gerardo Ochoa, Rita Martinez-Salas

According to US News & World Report, Linfield is the most diverse liberal arts college in the NW.  Additionally, one out of every three students is a first generation college student.  These encouraging statistics are a result of many years’ worth of intentional diversity efforts. Join members of the President’s Diversity Advisory Committee for a presentation of diversity and inclusion efforts currently underway.  Participants will also have the opportunity to share ideas and voice concerns as we move forward with diversity and inclusion efforts campus-wide.

Sponsored by: Academic Affairs and DAC
Session Materials:   Video   |   Powerpoint


Resilience – Bounce Back or Bounce Forward:  A Personal Choice

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Both sessions are identical sessions, only sign up for one)

  • Session 1:  8:30am – Noon
  • Session 2:  1:00pm – 4:30pm

Location:  Jonasson Hall

Resilience Bouncing Back from Tough Times – Tracy Smith, Owner Inhance Consulting

What is resilience and when do we need to call on it? This workshop explores understanding who you are—self-awareness—and how you respond to life’s events. You’ll gain deeper insights into how you evaluate events and form attitudes towards them. The workshop incorporates frameworks, activities, and peer feedback to encourage approaches and techniques to resilience.

Sponsored by: Human Resources


Achieving the Dream

Date:  Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Time:  12:30 – 1:30pm (lunch provided onsite)
Location:  Jonasson Hall & Online via webex
Presenters: Sharon Bailey Glasco & Gerardo Ochoa

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, 11.5 Million undocumented people live on the U.S., of which 4.3% live in Oregon.  Among these, roughly 19,000 college-aged undocumented students call Oregon home.  These “DREAMers” enroll in Oregon colleges and face financial, labor, social, and emotional roadblocks.  In this session, the presenters will conduct a historical immigration analysis, discuss ways to support undocumented students, and provide participants an opportunity to ask relevant DACA, DAPA, DREAM Act, and other immigration-related questions. 

Sponsored by: Academic Affairs


Unconscious Bias

Date:  Friday, January 13, 2017
Time:  8:30am – 4:30pm
Location:  Riley 201
Presenter: Kathy Oleson, Professor of Psychology at Reed College

This workshop explores our subtle, hidden biases that impact our daily work lives.  In it, attendees will discuss the ways that, often without realizing it, our behaviors (e.g. interpersonal interactions) and decisions (e.g. hiring) may be influenced by our preconceptions.  Importantly, during the session, attendees will consider concrete strategies for reducing the impact of our unconscious biases.

Sponsored by: Human Resources


Stereotype Threat

Date: February 20, 2017
Time: 12 - 1PM
Location: Riley 201 (lunch provided onsite)
Presenters: Jake Creviston ’08, Julie Fitzwater ‘06

Faculty members Jake Creviston and Julie Fitzwater will present and lead a discussion about stereotype threat and its impact on individuals. In Fall 2016, the two organized a reading group of staff, faculty, and students with the book Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Dr. Claude Steele. Participants will hear what was learned from this experience and gain an understanding of practical intervention strategies to combat stereotype threat.

Sponsored by: Academic Affairs


Not Taking Things Personally

Date:  Friday, March 17, 2017

Time:  8:30am – 4:30pm (Both sessions are identical sessions, only sign up for one)

  • Session 1:  8:30am – Noon
  • Session 2:  1:00pm – 4:30pm

Location:  Riley 201

Don’t Get Hooked by a Porcupine! – Jill Corona, Owner Corona Consulting

The training covers the sensitive subject of why we each take things personally, the impacts on our health and quality of life and provides some tools on how to take control of the situation and stop taking things personally.  The training will include a combination of instruction and skill-building exercises.

Sponsored by: Human Resources



Lives in Limbo:

Date: May 4th 
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Jonasson Hall
Presenter: Roberto Gonzales, Gerardo Ochoa

Over two million of the nation’s eleven million undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States since childhood. Due to a broken immigration system, they grow up to uncertain futures. In Lives in Limbo, Roberto G. Gonzales introduces us to two groups: the college-goers, like Ricardo, who had good grades and a strong network of community support that propelled him to college and DREAM Act organizing but still landed in a factory job a few short years after graduation, and the early-exiters, like Gabriel, who failed to make meaningful connections in high school and started navigating dead-end jobs, immigration checkpoints, and a world narrowly circumscribed by legal limitations. This vivid ethnography explores why highly educated undocumented youth share similar work and life outcomes with their less-educated peers, despite the fact that higher education is touted as the path to integration and success in America. Mining the results of an extraordinary twelve-year study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles, Lives in Limbo exposes the failures of a system that integrates children into K-12 schools but ultimately denies them the rewards of their labor.

Sponsored by: Academic Affairs

Difficult Workplace Conversations

Date:  Friday, May 12, 2017
Time:  8:30am – 4:30pm (Both sessions are identical sessions, only sign up for one)

  • Session 1:  8:30am – Noon
  • Session 2:  1:00pm – 4:30pm

Presenter: Mike Ceri Consultant with Mardac Consulting
  Riley 201

We are frequently required to have difficult and uncomfortable conversations in the workplace for a variety of reasons.  In this workshop you will learn strategies for having difficult conversations in ways that are constructive for everyone involved. These skills will work for you when confronting different goals/priorities, and personality styles

Sponsored by: Human Resources

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