Wednesday, Jan. 9

Conference Workshop Descriptions

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

9 a.m.

Be a Champion for Continuing Education and Career Development

Elizabeth Wormsbecker, Landon Wade, Rebecca Pettitt
Wyatt Hall, Room 101

All students are already on their career paths—and as supervisors of student staff members, or even as faculty or staff members who are not direct supervisors, you are in a role of providing mentorship and championing the development of the students with whom you work. We’ll talk about post-baccalaureate exploration, graduate school planning, career development basics, and how to facilitate reflection with a student that is relevant to the stage of career development they are currently navigating, and we will take an in-depth look at the resources available to students so you can effectively point students in the right direction.

Green Dot Bystander Workshop (6 hours) (CANCELED)

Marta Cady
Wyatt Hall, Room 308

This training will introduce the basic elements of Green Dot, focusing specifically on the vital role university employees play in establishing and reinforcing the culture in which students and colleagues exist. The program is designed to help employees to integrate within their current job functions key behaviors that establish two norms: first, that power-based personal violence won't be tolerated; and second, that everyone, including faculty members, staff members, and administrators, does their part to keep the campus community free from violence and fear of violence.

The Science of Effective Leadership: Part III

Uchenna Baker
Wyatt Hall, Room 109

For one to be fully prepared for change and to change the world around them, one must first commit to changing themselves. This hands-on, transformative workshop invites participants to fundamentally transform the way they approach leadership and thus better position themselves to embrace and effect change. This three-part workshop is offered in the following sequence:  

  • Part I: The Four Foundations of Effective Leadership: Integrity, authenticity, agency, and a commitment to something greater than one’s self are explored as foundations for effective leadership.
  • Part II: Examining the Constraints that Limit Leadership Effectiveness: Participants interrogate their unexamined assumptions about themselves, others, and the world in order to remove barriers to effective leadership.
  • Part III: Creating a Created Future: Building on Parts I and II of the workshop, participants are invited to create a future that cannot happen without their leadership and one that disrupts a predictable future. 


Understand How Your Personality (and Others') Impact the Way You Handle Change

Tasha Helton
Tahoma Room, Thomas Hall

The only thing certain in this world is change. And whenever something changes, people have a variety of reactions. This may be due to the nature of the change or the different personality types involved. But regardless of the reason, those who want to implement the change must effectively respond to the different reactions of people. The objective of this training will help you identify the importance of change and how your personality reacts—and how others' personalities react—to change using self-assessments, group discussion, and personality tests.

Safe Cycling in Tacoma

Jeremy Cucco
Wyatt Hall, Room 204

Learn how to safely navigate the city streets on two wheels (yes, even those new scooters). Whether for fun, fitness, or commuting, riding on two wheels in and around Tacoma can be daunting. It doesn't have to be. In this session, we'll explore some safety tips, technology tools, and equipment choices to keep you safe no matter where your two wheels take you.

11 A.m.

Care and Feeding of Outlook

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

Dale Mickel, Larissa Ogawa
McIntyre Hall, Room 324

Outlook: it runs our lives. Learn how to keep it under control. We will be covering how to create and maintain archives, spam, having multiple accounts, and keeping your inbox under control.

Phishing: How to Stay Off The Hook

Michael Judd
Wyatt Hall, Room 208

This course will provide real-world examples and tips for spotting a phishing email. Learn how to avoid becoming a victim and what to do if you just really can’t tell if it’s a legitimate email or not.

Medicare Basics

Jeff Johnson
Wyatt Hall, Room 101

This course is for anyone who is planning on retiring in the next five years, has already retired, or provides assistance to a parent or relative who is already on Medicare. Many individuals find the Medicare coverage maze to be challenging. Coverage by Medicare will last for 20 years or more! This complex subject and its multiple choices will be explained in a simple and straightforward manner that all can understand. In one hour, all of the basics will be covered:

  • Medicare benefits: The ABCs of Medicare
  • Medicare enrollment timeline
  • Medicare and employer-provided coverage
  • Medicare Supplement, Part D, and Medicare Advantage plans

1 P.M.

Implicit Bias and Belonging

Vivie Nguyen
Wyatt Hall, Room 208

We are all too familiar with bias that is made explicit and externalized—especially given recent tragedies across our country that has resulted in loss of life due to minority identities. Although not all forms of bias are as extreme or as visible, bias can result in exclusion of others from a sense of belonging in social or work settings. Implicit bias captures our often unconscious assumptions and stereotypes in our thinking about others. Typically, implicit bias is beyond our own consciousness/awareness but has real-world consequences (e.g. discriminatory behaviors that can result in inequitable hiring practices, an isolating work environment, etc). This presentation will talk through how implicit bias is learned and how we can address our own biases in order to better create a sense of belonging for those we interact with and influence.

The Human Library

Jane Carlin, Lori Ricigliano, Uchenna Baker
Archives Seminar Room, Collins Memorial Library

The Human Library Project was established in Denmark in 2000 and has grown into a worldwide effort to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are "on loan" to readers to explore, in order to promote understanding. Individuals become "Human Books" and tell their stories through active engagement. Join us to learn more about the Human Library and to brainstorm about how this project could be implemented on our campus.

Getting the Most Out of Your Benefits

Kenni Simons
Wyatt Hall, Room 109

Join us for a discussion of employee benefits with an emphasis on improving utilization of current benefit offerings. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the university's benefits and how to get the most out of them.

Retirement Planning/Investing Basics

Dorothy Chin, Jason Casey
Wyatt Hall, Room 101

During this workshop, you will learn about the importance of planning for your retirement at any age. We will discuss advantages of participating in your retirement program, creating a retirement strategy, and the fundamentals of investment strategies. You will also learn how to navigate the TIAA website and your account information.

First-Aid Certification Training (2 hours)

Angela Moretti, Gaylen Nuckols, Kerstyn Dolack
Wyatt Hall, Room 203

This is a two-hour session that will provide first-aid certification.


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