December Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

Registration is open to all Staff and Faculty and is available online at the following link: or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Misrepresentation of Women in Media and Society

Mon Dec 2, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

Who defines what is valuable and beautiful in our society? How much do media play in role in how women view themselves? The Misrepresentation of Women workshop will take a closer look at issues that directly affect women on GRCC’s campus

SafeZone Training

Tue Dec 3, 2013

8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that involves participants in a personal journey towards greater understanding of inclusion (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as reflected in the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the primary goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals should be treated and respected as human beings. GRCC places a strong emphasis on ensuring that our work and learning environment is free from any form of discrimination, and harassment. SafeZone is a key tool that helps us accomplish this goal.

A2: Through Our Eyes (Accessibility Advocates workshop training)

Wed Dec 4, 2013

3:15 – 4:15 PM

118 ATC

“Through Our Eyes: Understanding and Engaging Differently Abled Students”  By examining the learning challenges associated with various diagnoses, participants will feel, hear, see, and touch through exercises designed to immerse them into an inaccessible world where frustration, distraction, stress, fear and mental fatigue are daily realities for many of our students. After completing this session, participants will be able to:

1.) Serve as an advocate for accessible course content and program design in their respective units

2.) Move beyond language and action centered on tolerance and into engagement

3.) Develop tools to incorporate into a greater accessibility advocate toolbox centered accommodation     through communication and an interactive process.

What Mommies Do Best

Wed Dec 4, 2013

12-1:00 PM

Room 2201 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Being a Mom is the hardest and best job that you will ever do! Working mothers today confront not only conflicting demands on their time and energy, but also conflicting ideas about how they are to behave: they must be nurturing and unselfish while engaged in child rearing, but competitive and ambitious at work. Meet with other GVSU and GRCC Moms around interesting topics of discussion to both young moms and more experienced moms. Faculty, staff and students are all welcome.

Happiness Club

Thu Dec 5, 2013

12-1:00 PM

Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Join others who are interested in making changes to their thoughts and attitude to become a happier person. The Happiness Club will provide an opportunity to meet and network with others who are committed to improving the quality of their life by injecting happiness into everyday living.

Defusing Rude Behavior

Tue Dec 10, 2013

9-11:00 AM

124 ATC

It can be difficult to know how to react when you are confronted with rude behavior. This course examines a number of cases of rude behavior and provides participants with effective tactics to responding in these situations.

Cancer Warriors Network

Wed Dec 11, 2013

12-1:30 PM

Room 302E DeVos Center, GVSU GR campus

Nearly 14 million cancer survivors are celebrating birthdays this year! This statistic illustrates that growing numbers of people are surviving cancer. However, a cancer diagnosis is frightening and affects not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers and loved ones. If you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, have a loved one battling cancer, or you are through with treatment and on the road to recovery, connecting with others who have traveled this journey can be a source of comfort and hope. These network meetings are an opportunity to bring together GVSU and GRCC families and friends, who have been impacted by cancer to gain information and support through speakers and cancer resources available on the site.

Best Practices for Email

Thu Dec 12, 2013

9:30 AM-1:30 PM

351 Main

Etiquette for email is discussed as well as tactics for dealing with email overload.

Cross Cultural Communication

Mon Dec 16, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

In GRCC’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center’s Cross Cultural Communication workshop, participants explore the history of their own communication style, and how it affects their current ability to enjoy and employ successful communication. They will experiment with relevant workplace communication examples. The program provides a safe place for participants to: Examine the intent of communication; Acknowledge that all of us have unspoken prejudices and assumptions; Apply cross cultural communication skills to customer service situations; Develop skills to manage difficult conversations utilizing appropriate communication.

Strengths 101

Wed Dec 18, 2013

1:30 – 3:30 PM

118 ATC

People of all ages continually face the challenges of gaining direction, making decisions and building self-confidence. Fortunately, the keys to successfully meeting these challenges; your own natural talents – already exist within you. The Gallup StrengthsQuest program is designed to build your awareness of your talents and then show you how to develop and apply your strengths in academics, careers, relationships, leadership and the various adventures that produce your greatest achievements.

Alzheimer Support Group

Thu Dec 19, 2013

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Room 302C, DeVos Center, GVSU GR Campus

Whether you are caring for an aging loved one who can no longer live without your help or for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, GVSU recognizes the challenges that you are facing. Being a caregiver is known for placing a great burden on the caregiver. The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical, and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. Get the support that you need by attending the GVSU Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Support Group.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s