2017 Professional Development & Enrichment Conference

Jan. 9–12, 2017

Keynote Address

From Snow White to Zootopia: A Look at Race, Institutions, and Culture

Shakti Butler, Ph.D.

More about Shakti Butler

In 2015, in an effort to avoid perpetuating negative ideologies, beliefs, and practices related to race, gender, and class in its storytelling, The Walt Disney Company invited social justice filmmaker, educator, and speaker Shakti Butler, Ph.D., to consult with the team developing the animated film Zootopia. Through this work Butler helped reshape the way Disney tells stories, and helped bring to life one of the company's most successful animated films to date. 

In her presentation at Puget Sound, Butler will share a personal narrative that sheds light on the impact of the American cultural narrative on race, and informs her commitment as a mixed-race African-American woman to her work in transformative learning and change. Hers is a story that is embedded in U.S. history, culture, and identity, one that motivates her work to end inequity in the world.

Conference Program 

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This year's conference provides a variety of workshop offerings. Workshops have been organized into three tracks: development, enrichment, and supervisory. Workshops are 90 minutes, unless noted otherwise.


Learning opportunities focused on skills necessary to fulfill the mission of the university and consistent with the normal requirements of the job


Learning opportunities that are of personal interest and go beyond the professional pursuits or normal requirements of the job


Learning opportunities that introduce, develop, and strengthen skills for supervisors and those aspiring to supervise

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017


9:30 a.m.

Mitigating Micro Aggressions

Information Security

Trans* Identities 101

11:30 a.m.

- When Cancer Comes to Work for Co-Workers

Culturally Relevant Customer Service Training (3 hours)

P-Card Orientation Overview

1:30 p.m.

Dealing With Change Using "YES... AND!" Principle

Beginner's Excel Course

- Why Race Continues to Matter

3:30 p.m.

Building Religious Literacy in the Workplace

Fire Extinguisher Training

- The Language We Use in Response to Sexual Assault

- Taking the Mystery Out of Audio Visual Technology in Classroom and Presentation Spaces

- Cracking the Code—Video Viewing


9:30 a.m.

iRest Mindfulness Meditation

Zumba Fitness (1 hour)

11:30 a.m.

Medicare Basics—What You Need to Know Before You Enroll
Mindfulness for Life

1:30 p.m.

Rehirement Planning—Creating Multiple Streams of Income for a Secure Future

Yoga, Feminism, and Embodiment (3 hours)

3:30 p.m.

- Managing and Surviving Your Home-Buying and Selling Experience

Be Well—Eating Healthy on Campus




9:30 a.m.

- A Supervisor's Guide to Coaching, Counseling, and Feedback (3 hours)

Excel as a Coach, Mentor, and Professional Role Model: A Session for Supervisors of Student Staff Members

11:30 a.m.

Creating and Implementing a Student Employee Evaluation Process

Diversity and Leadership in the Workplace (Supervisors only)

1:30 p.m.

When Cancer Comes to Work

Budget Orientation Overview

3:30 p.m.

Budget and P-Card Advanced Topics


Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Shakti Butler, Ph.D., will open with the following keynote address and workshops to participants:

  • Keynote Address: From Snow White to Zootopia: A Look at Race, Institutions, and Culture
  • Introduction to Strategic Questioning: A Strategy for Social Justice
  • Strategic Questioning and Playback Theater

Using tools from Butler's presentation and workshops, Michael Benitez, Ph.D., dean of diversity and inclusion, will facilitate a discussion about linking the Diversity Strategic Plan to Puget Sound's mission and goals.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017


9 a.m.

How Identity Influences Our Perception of the World

- Fire Extinguisher Training

- P-Card Orientation Overview

11 a.m.

Communication Styles in a Male-Dominated Workplace

Taking Care of Your Computer

What You Need to Know Regarding Sexual Assault Prevention and Education as a Puget Sound Staff Member

1:30 p.m.

Overview of Crucial Conversations

Trans* Identities 201



9 a.m.

7 Days to a Better Dog

New Approach to Practicing Self-Care

11 a.m.

- Pacific Northwest Hiking Basics

Functional Medicine: A Proactive, Comprehensive, Natural Way to Approach Your Health

Personal and Home Emergency Preparedness

1:30 p.m.

- Vinyasa Yoga (1 hour)

How to Be Your Best Self at Puget Sound (3 hours)

Researching Your WWI Ancestors

TIAA—The Starting Line: Why and How Retirement Saving Should Begin Now

5 p.m.

- Wine Drinker, Know Thyself!


9 a.m.

- Leadership Skills for Holding Challenging Conversations (3 hours)

Excel as a Coach, Mentor, and Professional Role Model: A Session for Supervisors of Student Staff Members

11 a.m.

- Conducting Circle Conversations

Budget Orientation Overview

1:30 p.m.

Creating and Implementing a Student Employee Evaluation Process

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017


8:30 a.m.

First Aid/CPR and AED Certified Training

Green Dot Bystander Workshop 

Special Thanks to:









Improv Alive!


SKY Yoga


Uncharted Soul Zen

Betsy Bemiller

Workplace Resolutions, LLC