Professional Development Opportunities

Fall 2020

Civic Engagement: Understanding Contexts and Helping Students Get Involved
Oct. 15, 2020 | recoding of session

      • Dr. Amber Wichowsky, Associate Professor of Political Science, discussed campaigns, elections, public opinion, and voter turnout. (9-9:20)
      • Dr. Julia Azari Associate Professor of Political Science, discussed political parties and ideologies, focusing on recent debates among scholars about what drives party polarization.
      • Steve Blaha, Campus Ministry, discussed discernment as related to vocation to be people with/for others, social justice and providing some tools to help students understand how/where they are called into civic spheres. (9:40 -10:00 a.m.)

Identity Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs
Oct. 1, 2020 | recoding of session

Student Affairs professionals often supervise at some point in their career, but rarely receive training around supervision and management. Professional development often focuses on skill building in functional areas yet often ignores the lived experiences of bias and hostility in the workplace. This session will feature one of the authors of Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs, who will share a new conceptual framework for identity-conscious supervision. This model gives practitioners a strategic approach to engage in self-work, identity exploration, relationship building, consciousness raising, trust development, and organizational change, ultimately helping practitioners become more adept at supervising people from a range of backgrounds and experiences.

Presenter bio: Robert Brown (he, him, his) serves as the Director of Social Justice Education at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he leads several curricular and co-curricular social justice education initiatives. Robert holds a BS in Finance and Community Service Studies from DePaul University, MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. Robert’s research interests explore topics related to equity and inclusion in higher education; faculty development and critical pedagogy; and identity-conscious supervision and management. Rob has presented and facilitated regionally and nationally on topics related to social justice education, racial justice, inclusive pedagogy, identity-conscious supervision, assessment & evaluation, college men & masculinities, and civic engagement. Most recently, he co-authored Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs: Building Relationship & Transforming Institutions, which was published by Routledge. Rob works diligently to bring his professional experiences, research interests, and passion for social justice to life through his work as a social justice educator always seeking to create space for community building, healing, and liberation.

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Other professional development opportunities on campus

If you have professional development opportunities you'd like to add to this list, please contact Jennifer Reid.