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Professional Development Series - Spring 2020

Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace

NOTE: This is an ONLINE course
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If you have not yet taken this online course, it provides an introduction to the topic of diversity, inclusion, and equity via the human experience. It uses the stories of real people to explore concepts such as identity, power, and privilege, to help us communicate more effectively and promote mutual respect in the workplace. Faculty who wish to participate can email Molly Dequinzio at molly.dequinzio@curry.edu.
Facilitated by: EverFi Online Platform

Title IX Hot Topic Lunch: Male Survivors of Sexual Misconduct

Wednesday, January 29
12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
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While we often hear startling statistics about sexual violence affecting women and gender minorities in college, male students experience victimization too. This session tackles how to best support male survivors on our campus and what we're doing to bring an end to sexual misconduct. Lunch is provided.
Facilitated by: Rachel King, Title IX Coordinator

Overcoming the Impact of Stereotypes on Our Students’ Curricular and Co-Curricular Performances: Whistling Vivaldi

Chapters 1 & 2:  Thursday, February 6
Chapters 1 & 2:  Friday, February 7
Facilitated by:  Dr. Alan Grigsby, Assistant Professor, Sociology/Criminal Justice & Dr. David Szczerbacki, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chapters 3, 4 & 5:  Tuesday, February 25
Chapters 3, 4 & 5:  Thursday, February 27
Facilitated by: Dr. Michael Bennett, Professor, Business & Brigida Palatino, Head Coach, Women's Soccer

Chapters 6, 7 & 8:  Friday, March 20
Chapters 6, 7 & 8:  Monday, March 23
Facilitated by: Dr. Melissa Anyiwo, Professor, Politics and History & Jennifer Maitino, Director of Residence Life

Chapters 9, 10 & 11:  Tuesday, April 28
Chapters 9, 10 & 11:  Friday, May 1
Facilitated by: Dr. Brenda Wrigley, Associate Professor, Communication & Officer Tim O’Sullivan, Curry College Public Safety

ALL SESSIONS RUN 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Faculty Center
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Join us for conversations this semester to learn about the inspirations and research that led to Identity and Stereotype Threat by reading Whistling Vivaldi: How stereotypes affect us and what we can do, written by one of the originators of these theories, Dr. Claude M. Steele. Co-facilitated by a Curry College faculty member and a staff member, each session will use a section of the book to serve as the foundation for conversations about how stereotypes affect our students’ performance. More importantly, there are small actions that we can take to combat Stereotype Threat both in and outside the classroom. The first 20 participants to RSVP will receive a copy of the book. Priority will be given to those who register for all four conversations. Please note that each session is repeated twice during the same week by the same facilitators to discuss the same chapters.


Dr. Jamie Washington: Supervision with a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens (Webinar)

Friday, February 14
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
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How do your social identities impact your relationship with supervisees? While campuses have increased the demographic diversity of faculty, staff and students, there are challenges with training those who supervise, train and mentor to do so with a diversity, equity & inclusion lens. Through this webinar, Dr. Washington and Dr. Griffith will guide you to encourage meaningful conversations across difference and improve the overall climate for minoritized staff on your campus. Lunch is provided.
Facilitated by: Dr. Jamie Washington, President and Founder of the Washington Consulting Group and his guest, Dr. Debra Griffith

Tips on Discussing Difficult or High-Stakes Topics in the Classroom

Thursday, February 20
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Bell Hall Classroom
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For some faculty, leading classroom discussion on difficult topics is a perennial challenge. Part of the challenge lies in the fact that we never fully know which issues will be “hot buttons” for our students. Conversations can become heated very quickly, and before long, it can feel like the class is careening out of control. This workshop will provide some helpful tips to assist you in feeling more confident leading difficult dialogues by encouraging reflection on how such discussions connect with larger learning goals, and by providing specific strategies and resources that teachers can use to create more productive conversations in their classrooms.
Facilitated by: Jeannette Buntin, Assistant Vice President of Engagement and Diversity

Disability Etiquette: Interacting with Students with Disabilities on a College Campus

Monday, February 24
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
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This session will explore proper disability etiquette and how to interact with students in and outside the classroom. Attendees will learn how to communicate and facilitate accommodations effectively. We will discuss how to support faculty and students to identify core components in their curriculum and how this impacts accommodations.
Facilitated by: PAL Professors Dr. Lynn Abrahams and Dr. Janis Peters & Jeremiah Rex, Director of Disability Services

Title IX Hot Topic Lunch: From DC to MA - What does it mean for us?

Wednesday, February 26
12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
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State and federal legislators have a lot to say when in comes to campus sexual harassment. What does it all mean for our campus? This month's Hot Topic Lunch unpacks where we in are in this regulatory climate and the implications for both students and employees.
Facilitated by: Rachel King, Title IX Coordinator

International Students and the Curry Experience

Friday, February 28
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
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In this session we will discuss some of the challenges facing first-year international students as they adjust to new academic and cultural expectations, as well as best practices for strengthening their experiences at Curry College.  We will focus not only on supporting our diverse student body, but also on taking full advantage of the rich opportunities created by their presence on our campus.  Currently enrolled international students will join the conversation, sharing their personal obstacles and successes with faculty and staff.
Facilitated by: Brian O'Malley (Center Director, ONCAMPUS Boston) & International Students

Lunch and Dialogue Series

Monday, March 16
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location TBD
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Join us for a conversation on starting a PRIDE Employee Resource Group--Research shows that visibly embracing diversity will assist organizations in both attracting and retaining employees. Be part of the foundation for creating this new space to connect with other staff and faculty in the LGBTQ community, as well as to promote the cultural diversity and professional development of its members internally & externally.
Facilitated by: Jeannette Buntin, Assistant Vice President of Engagement and Diversity

Interrupting Gender Bias at Work 

Wednesday, March 18
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Student Center, Gray Meeting Room
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This workshop introduces participants to common ways (unconscious) gender bias manifests at work and simple interventions we can all make to reduce gender bias. By the end of the session, participants will: be able to identify one way gender bias shows up in their workplace; be able to identify at least one strategy to interrupt that gender bias; and develop and commit to a SMART goal that puts that strategy into action.
Facilitated by: Paige Meltzer, Ph.D.

Student-Athlete Culture

Thursday, March 19
12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
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This session will focus on the perceptions and stereotypes of our student-athletes, one of the most diverse groups on this campus.  We will share our belief that we are part of a community that is striving for a “One Team – One Goal” approach to everything we do on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Join us to hear directly from Athletics Staff and student-athletes themselves, as we hope to shed light on Curry's student-athlete culture.
Facilitated by: Bruce Weckworth, Softball/Student Athlete Recruitment and Welfare, Vinnie Eruzione, Athletic Director & Curry College Student-Athletes

Responding to Students' Mental Health Challenges

Friday, March 27
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Student Center - President's Dining Room
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Mental health issues are on the rise and our students are openly sharing their struggles with faculty and staff. During this session, hear about the mental health challenges facing our students and the way the Dean of Students office responds to students in crisis.
Facilitated by: Dr. Alison Markson, Director, Counseling Center & Jen Golojuch-Borden, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

Safe Space Training

Date/Time: Safe Space Training sessions will be scheduled around attendees’ availability.
Location: TBD
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Safe Space training at Curry is a workshop focused on learning about LGBTQIA issues, building skills for being an ally, and raising awareness about campus and community resources. While our goal is to create a Curry Safe Space network, where members would display a Curry Safe Space network symbol to identify themselves as an ally, becoming a member of the network is not a requirement to participate in the workshop. 
Facilitated by: Various

Small Great Things: A Book Discussion

Thursday, April 2
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Levin Library
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Join us for a conversation and book review of the beautifully constructed yet at times challenging to read, Small Great Things.  This session will be limited to 20 people and a copy of book will be provided.
Facilitated by: Jeannette Buntin, Assistant Vice President of Engagement and Diversity

Creating a Safe Classroom & Learning Environment

Friday, September 6
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Faculty Center

The purpose of this session is to discuss ways to foster a culture of inclusivity and civility in the classroom. We will focus on how to foster open discussion and debate while creating an environment where diversity is respected and where all students feel comfortable and supported. Participants will learn about best practices to implement in the classroom.
Facilitated by: Mia Khera, Professor, Psychology

Title IX Hot Topic Lunch: Is Anything Changing?

Wednesday, September 11
12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room

With all the talk about harassment and sexual misconduct in the media and on campuses, are we seeing a change? Join us to discuss the impact and what we learned from the 2019 Curry College Health Assessment about our students.
Facilitated by: Rachel King, Title IX Coordinator

Timely Teaching Interventions for Student Success

Monday, September 23
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Faculty Center

In this session, we will discuss practical strategies for student success. Drawing on research from social psychology, we will consider timely classroom interventions- small but well-placed strategic interventions that help students overcome barriers like marginalization and stereotype threat. These ideas can be applied to many in our student body, including our growing first generation student population.
Facilitated by: Mia Khera, Professor, Psychology

Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace

NOTE: This is an ONLINE course

If you have not yet taken this online course, it provides an introduction to the topic of diversity, inclusion, and equity via the human experience. It uses the stories of real people to explore concepts such as identity, power, and privilege, to help us communicate more effectively and promote mutual respect in the workplace.
Facilitated by: EverFi Online Platform

Safe Space Training

Date/Time: Safe Space Training sessions will be scheduled around attendees’ availability.
Location: TBD

Safe Space training at Curry is a workshop focused on learning about LGBTQIA issues, building skills for being an ally, and raising awareness about campus and community resources. While our goal is to create a Curry Safe Space network, where members would display a Curry Safe Space network symbol to identify themselves as an ally, becoming a member of the network is not a requirement to participate in the workshop. 
Facilitated by: TBD

Timely Teaching Interventions for Student Success

Tuesday, October 8
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Faculty Center

In this session, we will discuss practical strategies for student success. Drawing on research from social psychology, we will consider timely classroom interventions- small but well-placed strategic interventions that help students overcome barriers like marginalization and stereotype threat. These ideas can be applied to many in our student body, including our growing first generation student population.
Facilitated by: Amanda Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies

Webinar Discussion: Getting Comfortable with Disability

Thursday, October 24
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Hafer, Parents' Lounge

Are you afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing when interacting with a person with a disability? Do you avoid those interactions because of that fear? Are you missing out on a huge part of the population that could be customers, employees, resources ... friends? Explore the attitudinal barriers faced by people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Hear real life stories that offer examples for each barrier.
Facilitated by: Jason Jones, Disability Specialist, Southeast ADA affiliate and director of Wellness Edge at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI). Jason is a longtime disability advocate for people with paralysis. Christina Bard is the Community Education Director at at the University of Kentucky Human Development Institute (HDI). She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and specializes in Assistive Technology. Christina has been with HDI since 2008, working across projects addressing housing, employment, accessibility and assistive technology.

Title IX Hot Topic Lunch: Supporting Transgender Students

Wednesday, October 30
12:30 - 1:20 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room

The Title IX landscape is ever changing. Learn more about transgender students' rights and Curry's resources and policies to support people of all gender identities.
Facilitated by: Rachel King, Title IX Coordinator

We Don't Say That Anymore

Monday, November 18
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room

"We Don’t Say That Anymore" - What Does That Really Mean?????? - It means using inclusive language that is free from words, phrases, or tones that reflect prejudiced, stereotyped, or discriminatory views of particular people or groups. Join the conversation on what is deemed right or wrong .
Facilitated by: Jeannette Buntin, Assistant Vice President of Engagement and Diversity

Title IX Hot Topic Lunch:
Preventing & Responding to Dating Violence

Wednesday, September 12
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Student Center, President's Dining Room
How prevalent is dating violence on our campus? What can you do if you suspect a student may be in an abusive relationship? Are there steps you are required to take?  Join us for free lunch and casual conversation regarding relevant trends and resources on campus.
Facilitated by: Rachel King
Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace 
NOTE: This is an ONLINE course  
This online course provides an introduction to the topic of diversity, inclusion, and equity via the human experience.  It uses the stories of real people to explore concepts such as identity, power, and privilege, to help us communicate more effectively and promote mutual respect in the workplace.  Faculty who wish to participate can email Molly Dequinzio.
Facilitated by: EverFi Online Platform
Discussion: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace 
Thursday, September 13
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Hafer, Parents' Lounge 
This workshop is open to anyone as an opportunity to engage in discussion following the online module Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace.  Refreshments will be provided.
Facilitated by: Direction III Work Team Members
Are you Woke Yet? Engaging Today's Students in Controversial Conversations
Monday, September 17
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Faculty Center
In today's contentious environment, engaging students in topics that challenge their learned perspectives has become increasingly difficult and in many cases troubling.  This session allows faculty to share their teaching concerns through explicit examples, and hear about and brainstorm solutions.
Facilitated by: Melissa Anyiwo
Allies at Work - Recruiting and Retaining LGBTQ+ Employees in Academia
Thursday, September 20
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Hafer, Parents' Lounge
How can we ensure our colleges, universities, and affiliated intuitions truly welcome LGBTQ+ jobseekers and employees? During this webinar, you'll explore policies and practices to advance the meaningful recruitment, inclusion, and leadership of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer colleagues. Learn new and creative ideas for ally-ship, both as an individual and for your entire institution. Presenter Rochelle "Shelley" Diamond is a research biologist at Caltech and the chair of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP). Delve into leading-edge research, share your stories and questions, and take your advocacy for workplace equity to the next level. 
Facilitated by: Rochelle "Shelley" Diamond
Creating a Safe Classroom & Learning Environment
Wednesday, October 3
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Faculty Center
The purpose of this session is to discuss ways to foster a culture of inclusivity and civility in the classroom. We will focus on how to foster open discussion and debate
while creating an environment where diversity is respected and where all students feel comfortable and supported. Participants will learn about best practices to implement in the classroom. 
Facilitated by: Mia Khera
Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace 
NOTE: This is an ONLINE course
This online course provides an introduction to the topic of diversity, inclusion, and equity via the human experience.  It uses the stories of real people to explore concepts such as identity, power, and privilege, to help us communicate more effectively and promote mutual respect in the workplace.  Faculty who wish to participate can email Molly Dequinzio.
Facilitated by: EverFi Online Platform
Discussion: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace 
Thursday, October 4
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room 
This workshop is open to anyone as an opportunity to engage in discussion following the online module Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace.  Refreshments will be provided.
Facilitated by: Direction III Work Team Members
Title IX Hot Topic Lunch: A Restorative Approach to Gender-Based Violence
Wednesday, October 10
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Student Center, President's Dining Room
Allegations of sexual harassment and assault are pervasive in the news.  What do "appropriate" consequences look like?  What does justice look like for victim-survivors? Join us for free lunch and casual conversation on the role of a restorative approach in addressing gender-based violence.
Facilitated by: Rachel King
Keeping it REAL: Engaging in Dialogue about Race 
Friday, October 12
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Hafer, Parents' Lounge
Talking about race can be difficult. However, in order to work towards racial justice and liberation, we must engage in dialogue that centers race and racism. During this introductory session participants will reflect on feelings, thoughts, and fears regarding race dialogue. As a group, we will explore helpful and harmful behaviors when engaging race dialogue. Tools, strategies, and language will be shared so that participants can thoughtfully and authentically engage in dialogue and action at the individual, group and system level. Come prepared to share with your colleagues.
Facilitated by: Connie Cabello, Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity / Director of Intercultural Affairs, Stonehill College
Partnering to Prevent Discrimination and Harassment: Understanding Faculty Rights and Obligations to Create a Safe Environment for Students and Employees
Monday, October 15
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Center
Creating an academic and work environment free of discrimination is a shared objective at the College.  This session will discuss strategies for preventing and responding to harassment and other forms of discrimination inside and outside the classroom.  With an emphasis on sexual harassment and Title IX, we will review the relevant legal framework, College policies and campus resources to help you and our students understand the options and responsibilities.
Facilitated by: Rachel King
Safe Space Training
Friday, November 2
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
Safe Space training at Curry is a workshop focused on learning about LGBTQIA issues, building skills for being an ally, and raising awareness about campus and community resources. While our goal is to create a Curry Safe Space network, where members would display a Curry Safe Space network symbol to identify themselves as an ally, becoming a member of the network is not a requirement to participate in the workshop. 
Facilitated by: Mia-Kay Fuller
Utilizing Restorative Justice Practices to Address Bias Incidents on Campus 
Thursday, November 8
Noon -1:00 p.m.
Faculty Center
Acts of bias not only harm the individuals directly involved, but also the greater community. This year, in response to a bias incident on campus, a restorative justice process was facilitated to bring together the responsible and harmed parties and affected members of our campus community. This session will discuss the role of restorative justice and its alignment with our Student Conduct process, its potential and limitations, and how and when it can be used successfully to benefit the community, give voice to harmed parties, and create opportunities for repair.
Facilitated by: Rachel King, Jen Balboni
Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace 
NOTE: This is an ONLINE course
This online course provides an introduction to the topic of diversity, inclusion, and equity via the human experience.  It uses the stories of real people to explore concepts such as identity, power, and privilege, to help us communicate more effectively and promote mutual respect in the workplace.  Faculty who wish to participate can email Molly Dequinzio.
Facilitated by: EverFi Online Platform
Discussion: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace 
Thursday, November 15
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room 
This workshop is open to anyone as an opportunity to engage in discussion following the online module Diversity: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace.  Refreshments will be provided.
Facilitated by: Direction III Work Team Members
Safe Space Training
Friday, November 16
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
Safe Space training at Curry is a workshop focused on learning about LGBTQIA issues, building skills for being an ally, and raising awareness about campus and community resources. While our goal is to create a Curry Safe Space network, where members would display a Curry Safe Space network symbol to identify themselves as an ally, becoming a member of the network is not a requirement to participate in the workshop.
Facilitated by: Mia-Kay Fuller