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Professional Development Series - Spring 2019

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The Inclusive Classroom
Tuesday, January 29
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.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. (Session for faculty, lunch is provided.)
Facilitated by: Mia Khera, Associate Professor, Psychology
Infusing Diversity in the Classroom
Wednesday, February 6
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Faculty Center
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. (Session for faculty)
Facilitated by: Melissa Anyiwo, Professor, Politics and History
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
Discussion: Inclusion in the Modern Workplace 
Thursday, February 7
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: Mirlen Mal, Vice President for Human Resources, and Jeannette Buntin, Interim Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Title IX Hot Topic Lunch: A Shifting Climate
Wednesday, February 13
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
The U.S. Department of Education recently released controversial new proposed Title IX regulations. What do they mean for colleges and how we address reports of sexual harassment, including sexual assault? Join us for free lunch and an opportunity to discuss this regulatory environment and its implications for our campus.
Facilitated by: Rachel King, Title IX Coordinator
Disability Etiquette: Interacting with Students with Disabilities on a College Campus
Monday, February 25
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Student Center, President's Dining Room
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. (Lunch is provided)
Facilitated by: Jeremiah Rex, Director of Disability Services, Megan O’Brien, Assistive Technology Center Coordinator, and Dr. Laura Vanderberg, Director of the Program for the Advancement of Learning
#Unfollow: Race and Racism in the Age of Social Media
Wednesday, February 27
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
This session presents literature, emerging research, and best practices to advance action-oriented practices regarding how to best support students in the context of today's racialized and gendered social media campus cultures.
Facilitated by: Dr. Alana Anderson, Senior Assistant Director of Multicultural Programs at Babson College
Exploring Privilege & Power in Our Work
Friday, March 1
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Hafer, Parents' Lounge
Participants will - Define and explore privilege and power broadly; Analyze the intersection of identities and systems of oppression; Explore these topics within the campus context; and explore the use of privilege to elevate voices of marginalized groups. (Light refreshments will be provided)
Facilitated by: Dr. Connie Cabello, Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity/ Director of Intercultural Affairs, Stonehill College
Let's Talk About It: Intersectionality
Wednesday, March 20
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Hafer, Parents' Lounge
Student panel regarding identities (more information to come)
Facilitated by: Jeannette Buntin, Interim Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Title IX Hot Topic Lunch: Cyber Harassment and Cyber Stalking
Wednesday, March 20
Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Student Center, Large Meeting Room
While technology has changed the way students communicate,it's also made it easier to commit acts of harassment and cyber stalking. Join Detective Robert Cardente, Pawtucket Police Officer and cyber-crimes expert and Title IX Coordinator Rachel King to learn about some of the trends identified by schools and law enforcement. (Lunch is provided)
Safe Space Training
Friday, March 22
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: Jeannette Buntin, Interim Director, Diversity and Inclusion
The Last Taboo in Diversity? Talking about Religion
Wednesday, April 3
Noon -1:00 p.m.
Student Center, President's Dining Room
In a recent essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Eboo Patel, founder and president of the Interfaith Youth Core, noted that “in an era when colleges are expanding their engagement of diversity issues, and at a time when religion plays a central role in public life and global affairs, religion continues to be the dimension of diversity that many institutions leave out." Join us for free lunch and discussion.
Facilitated by: Rev. Terry Hofmann, Director of Spiritual Life

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