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2017-2018 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 may impact our work at Linfield.  This series is a collaborative effort between Human Resources and Academic Affairs and is in alignment with the College’s Strategic Plan to foster global and multicultural understanding. The year-long series of lectures and interactive workshops will provide faculty and staff with an opportunity to engage in 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 to attend each session.

April 2018

Toward a PLACE 2.0?: Diversity and Civil Dialogue in the Liberal Arts

Date:  April 24, 2018
Time:  12:15 PM - 1:15PM
Location:  Riley 201
Presenters: CIC - DCLA Leadership Team
Pizza Provided On-site

Session Description: Linfield is participating in the CIC Diversity, Civility, and the Liberal Arts (DCLA) Institute with 25 other member colleges.  The preliminary plan is to leverage PLACE as the primary vehicle for integrating curricular and co-curricular content for the 18/19 academic year. This will be an informational session to share preliminary plans and to provide a space for potential interdisciplinary, cross-department, and other potential collaborations.  

Sponsored by: Academic Affairs

Past Events


Hurricanes, Art, & Puerto Rican Politics: A Conversation with Antonio Martorell

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1:30
Location:  Multicultural Center - Withnell Commons
Lunch Provided On-site

Session Description: Linfield is proud to host world-renowned Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell as he creates a new suite of works that respond to the landscape of Oregon, not as experienced by the artist, but as related to him from people who live here. “When the opportunity came my way to bring an exhibition to Oregon, a place that I had never visited before, I candidly asked: ‘¿Qué pasa en Oregon?’ (What happens in Oregon?) I received an equally candid answer: ‘It rains every day.’"  In addition to his exhibit, this conversation will give participants first-hand account of the impact Hurricane Maria had on the island and the resilience of its people, directly from someone who calls Puerto Rico...home.  After the 60 minute conversation, participants will be invited to walk over to the Linfield Gallery to continue the discussion and view his exhibit. For a pique at Antonio and his approach, take a look at this short video

Sponsored by: Academic Affairs


First Generation on Campus

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 12 pm - 1:30
Location:  Northwest Room - Dillin
Lunch Provided On-site
Presenters: Esperance Ibuka, Hilda Escalera Gonzalez, Gerardo Ochoa

Session Description: Linfield has a long history of enrolling, supporting, and graduating first-generation college students.  In fact, roughly one out of every four current Linfield students are first-generation students whose parents did not complete a four-year college education.  This session will focus on the unique challenges faced by first-generation college students and explore strategies to continue building upon the support systems currently in place.

Sponsored by: Academic Affairs and Student Affairs


Having Difficult Conversations with Co-Workers

Date:  Friday, December 1, 2017
Location: Riley 201
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Both sessions are identical, only sign up for one)

  • Session 1: 8:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Session 2: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Session Description: Different communication styles have different effects on people. Some approaches tend to aggravate situations into problems while other styles foster open discussion and lead to solutions.  Our tendency is to use the styles we’re most familiar with, whether or not they fit the situation.  Attendees will learn appropriate communication skills to use in challenging situations that require problem-solving and resolving conflicts. Skills used to develop a team environment and group decision-making are also introduced.

Presenter: Lenny Borer is one of the Northwest’s premier trainers and facilitators, known for his highly interactive and effective training programs. His humorous and engaging style creates environments where participants learn, gain insight and develop new skills. As a facilitator, he has a unique and exceptional ability to help groups identify and resolve their conflicts and issues. Lenny has served private companies, public agencies and Higher Ed institutions throughout Oregon, Washington and California.

Sponsored by: Human Resources


Who Moved My Cheese?

Date:  Friday, January 12, 2018
Location:  Riley 201
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Both sessions are identical, only sign up for one)

  • Session 1: 8:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Session 2: 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Session Description: Change is transition.  Change is situational.  Transition is psychological.  It is no longer a question of will change happen...we already know change is here and will continue to happen.  Since change happens one person at a time, a model that describes individual change is powerful and necessary for successful change to take place.  Attendees will get an opportunity to connect with "Sniff" and "Scurry," (two mice) and "Hem" and "Haw” (two little people) where the environment they live in is a maze.  The cheese they are looking for represents happiness and success.  The training uses a simple parable to reveal profound truths about dealing with change so individuals can enjoy less stress and more success in your work and in your life.  The session will focus on the tools needed to assist in proactively and positively managing the impact of change.

Presenter: Deborah Jeffries, SHRM-CP, PHR, CPC, Co-President HR Answers, Inc.
Deborah is certified as a Professional in Human Resources through the Human Resource Certification Institute and has 28 years’ experience in the human resources field. She is the editor of HR Answers’ monthly newsletter, Advantage, and also manages the Willamette Valley office. As a consultant, she works with clients on their handbooks, policy manuals, employee relations, recruitment processes, employment, compliance, and most often their training needs. Deborah’s past experience includes recruiting, training, education, sales, and marketing. She holds a BS in Psychology and a teaching certificate from Willamette University.  As a trainer, Deborah works with organizations on the employment process, recruitment, orientation, performance management, recognition and retention, discharge, customer service, harassment, diversity, improved communication styles, and most often Supervisory skills. Additionally, she has served as adjunct faculty to Marylhurst University and Portland State University, teaching business students’ key elements of human resources. Deborah is an active member of the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA), and has served as Chapter President of her local human resources association.

Sponsored by: Human Resources


Creating a Culture of Care for LGBTQ+ Student Success

Date: February 15, 2018
Time: 12 - 1:30 PM, lunch provided on-site
Location: Riley 201

Session Description: LGBTQ+ students are increasingly growing and becoming a more visible population on college campuses. The programs, initiatives, and strategies to meet their needs by faculty and staff are changing as well - let's learn and discuss innovative ways to care for LGBTQ+ student success.

Presenter: Thomas Arce is a Queer Latinx scholar-practitioner working in higher education at Southern Oregon University, lauded #21 nationally as one of the best colleges for LGBTQ students.  He is the Coordinator of the Queer Resource Center in the Office of Student Life. Thomas manages the centers' in the promotion of LGBTQIA+ educational outreach, community engagement, support and advocacy. Thomas centers the work of diverse gender, affectionate, and sexual identities and issues through their advocacy on campus in policy adoption, campus partnerships, faculty/staff workshops, and student success in the classroom and beyond. Thomas earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The University of Iowa.

Sponsored by: Student Affairs & Academic Affairs


Generations in the Workplace

Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Location:  Riley 201
Time:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm (Both sessions are identical, only sign up for one)

  • Session 1:  8:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Session 2:  1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Sponsored by: Human Resources