Thursday, Jan. 10

Conference Workshop Descriptions

All workshops are 60–90 minutes, unless noted otherwise.

9 a.m.

Creating a Respectful Workplace

Carol Bowser
Tahoma Room, Thomas Hall

A respectful workplace is full of successful and respectful communication. It involves more than making an effort to be a better listener. Success depends on the other person being able to hear and understand what you are trying to get across—without being loud or rude. The most common barrier to successful communication at work is a difference in styles of communication. Communication clashes lead to perceptions of lack of respect and allegations of unfair treatment. In this workshop, explore the interplay of communication styles and team dynamics while fulfilling compliance requirements.


Vivie Nguyen
Wyatt Hall, Room 208

"Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, which communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership." –Dr. Derald Wing Sue

Microaggressions affect populations beyond racial minorities, including (but not limited to) those who are marginalized based on their gender identities, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. Although "micro" is in the word, microaggressions can result in significant real life consequences such as anxiety and depression. At the core, although they are everyday interactions that are seemingly small in nature, microaggressions speak to worldviews such as inclusion/exclusion and superiority/inferiority and reflect and perpetuate systems that enforce difference in minorities as "less than" or "other."

In this workshop, audience members will be able to define microaggressions; talk through what they look like in their everyday lives; and, learn methods of addressing microaggressions (e.g. where they come from and what to do with them). 

The Culture in Which We Live: Impact of Rape Myths and Popular Rape Narratives

Marta Cady
Wyatt Hall, Room 101

Sexual and gender-based violence are types of oppression. This workshop will bring to light the issue of rape culture and the ways in which it affects us. We will explore the issue and have a discussion about how we might see this culture in our daily lives. We will talk about rape myths, domestic violence/dating partner myths, and stalking myths. Additionally, we will explore how a trauma-informed response to these issues helps us to heal the effects of this oppression.

Learning from the Past to Build the Future: An Interactive Investigation of Puget Sound’s History

Adriana Flores '13, Laura Edgar
Archives Seminar Room, Collins Memorial Library

Puget Sound has faced change many times over its 130-year history, and we can learn a great deal from those moments. Investigate three moments of campus change—racial de-segregation of the fraternity system in the 1960s, campus unrest during the Vietnam War, and the evolution of the Gender and Queer Studies department starting in the 1970s—with the Archives and Special Collections staff. We’ll explore the historical documents that reflect these times of change, discuss the legacy of these defining moments on campus, and brainstorm the ways in which our campus will face and document change in the future.

11 A.M.

Avoid Being a Cyber Victim/Secure Passwords

Jeremy Cucco
Wyatt Hall, Room 301

Learn how to spot fake emails, how to look out for common pitfalls on the internet, and what makes a good, secure password.

Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment

Tiffany Davis
Wyatt Hall, Room 109

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Cancer's Bell Lap: Survive and Thrive—Lessons for Us All

Dr. Rob Lane
Wyatt Hall, Room 101

If cancer announced your bell lap, or that of a loved one, what would you do? No one enters a race to lose, yet some in the human race collapse on the track when the bell rings, or they just turn tail and take off in the wrong direction. Anyone can be victorious, but it doesn't come easily or without work. No one can do it for you. This is do it yourself stuff. You can't buy it. You can't hire it out. You are the only contestant in your race. Although winning doesn't look the same for everyone, but it feels the same—triumphant!

1 p.m.

Behind the Black Box of CHWS

Libby Baldwin, Khalila Fordham
Wyatt Hall, Room 301

Want to learn more about Counseling, Health and Wellness Services (CHWS)? Who works in CHWS? What services are provided? Come to learn how students access CHWS services. You will also learn how you can connect with CHWS if you have a concern. We will discuss Self-Harm Reports (SHR) and the MARSSH (Mandatory Assessment for Risk of Suicidality and Self-Harm) protocol. What happens once something is reported? Learn how to support students in distress including both mental illness and physical illness. We will also discuss trends on the Puget Sound campus and across the nation regarding mental health and medical needs of college students.

Crucial Conversations (2 hours)

Erin Ruff, Donelle Pearson
Wyatt Hall, Room 109

A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Whatever the issue—from poor productivity or declining quality to lack of teamwork or strained relationships—it's likely that you will experience the effects of a poorly held conversation. 

During this highly interactive workshop you will be introduced to the basics of the Crucial Conversations concept.  We'll explore a set of tools to help you engage in conversations which build alignment and interpersonal communication will be the goal of this workshop. 

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the need for a crucial conversation
  • Speak in a way that allows for open dialogue with others
  • Move facts and stories to action for the purpose of finding common ground and resolving disagreements

Multi-Faith Inclusion in the Life of the College

Dave Wright '96
Wyatt Hall, Room 208

This workshop will invite participants to engage with the religious, spiritual, and secular identities of our students shape and explore how these impact a student's presence and experience at Puget Sound. We'll also look at structural and personal points of connection with religion and spirituality in students' lives, as well as the ways in which religion-based hate and bias impact our campus.

How to Create an Event and Request Space in 25Live Scheduling Software

NOTE: This course is full. Additional entries will be waitlisted.

Tanya Goodall
McIntyre Hall, Room 324

The university is implementing a web-based scheduling program, called 25Live, created specifically for colleges' and universities' reservation needs. This will be used campus-wide to request space for academic and non-academic purposes across campus including classes, exams, meetings, and conferences.

The Power of Habit: A New Approach to Self-Care

Helen Fickes
Wyatt Hall, Room 101

We know self-care is important, and yet how many of us have the time for self-care? Our lives are filled with packed schedules and competing priorities. How do we take care of ourselves and get it all done? Where do we start? Congrats on realizing a change is needed AND doing something about it!

In this workshop, we will:

  • Learn new balance and wellness strategies and resources
  • Cultivate a self-care mindset that will help you achieve your goals
  • Craft a plan of action so that you can start making changes today!

It takes a brave person to realize that they are unsatisfied with an aspect of their lives AND to do something about it by seeking and welcoming change. It takes courage to ask the difficult questions AND be open to what may follow. It takes strength to feel uncertainty AND continue the journey. It is so important to persevere because at the end of the journey is happiness, fulfillment, and the realization that you can do anything with the right mindset and tools. This workshop is about equipping you for the adventure AND embracing change. 

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