Program for the 2020 PDI

Monday, January 13th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
STOP Asking About Passion: Increase Equity Through Aptitude, Purpose and Life Design Concepts
Presenters:
Rich Feller
Category:
Advising Issues
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2020
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 382
Description:
Focusing on "passion" and "what do you like to do" dominates advising and career practice. New data shows how this misguides students, reinforces exposure bias by gender, race and geography. What if learners identified their competitive advantages that always show up, clarified their purpose, and gained voice through life design? This is changing academic and career advising on a growing number of campuses. Learn how CSU can use www.youscience.com, purpose and life design tools free. Explore how campuses are building employer partnerships to fill the talent pipeline using www.YouScience.com while helping students gain voice and self-advocate.
Goals and Target Audience:
1) Review data and the www.youscience.com performance based aptitude platform to evaluate its use on campus; 2) Learn how to access it "free" to use with any CSU student or employer partnership; 3) Complete and learn to use a "purpose" finding tool with students tomorrow; 4) Key "life design" concepts Each academic and career advisor, and staff involved with course selection, retention, employer partnerships, and career development is welcome.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
The Art of the Recommendation Letter: Avoiding Bias
Presenters:
Mary Swanson,Nancy Levinger
Category:
Advising Issues
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2020
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 322
Description:
Writing letters of recommendation can be a daunting task. How do I write the best possible letter for a student I barely know? How can I recommend a really great candidate who has some flaws in their past? How do I know where to begin, what to include, how to best represent the candidate? How can I ensure that my letter doesn’t contain implicit bias? These types of issues can challenge even the most seasoned letter writer. This activity-based workshop aims to increase faculty and staff comfort, confidence and effectiveness when writing letters of recommendation with a special focus on avoiding bias. Other topics covered in this session will include: the job of the recommender, the job of the applicant, how to say "no", and best practices for letter writing. Come prepared to interact and learn from your colleagues across campus.
Goals and Target Audience:
All faculty and staff