Program for the 2020 PDI

Monday, January 13th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Join the Conversation
Presenters:
Katherine Jeracki,Jeff Dodge
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2020
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 372-74
Description:
Faculty, researchers and grad students, come learn how to present your science to a worldwide audience through The Conversation. Colorado State is a participating institution in The Conversation, and the PR team can help you craft a pitch to the editors at The Conversation, or just put you in touch with the right person who is expert in your discipline. To date, nearly 100 CSU faculty have had almost 170 articles published in The Conversation, with global readership ranging from 2,000 to 350,000; authors have also seen follow-on interest in terms of radio and TV interviews and invitations to speak at conferences. This session can help you get in on The Conversation.
Goals and Target Audience:
Faculty, researchers, graduate students

10:00 AM

Session Title:
EAP, CARE Program and Housing Resources: Working to provide equitable resources in a system based on Equality
Presenters:
Emma Chavez,Jan Pierce ,Deborah Mayer
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2020
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 372-74
Description:
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) CARE Program at CSU and The Housing Navigator, help employees access resources both on and off campus with the combined goal of supporting staff and building a healthy workforce. We do this work by identifying individual needs and implementing steps to meet those needs, through opportunity for one-on-one sessions, conducting interest surveys, or simply providing information via email or phone calls if that suits the individual’s needs.
Goals and Target Audience:
Target Audience: CSU employees Goal: For CSU employees to leave with a better understanding of support services offered by the three offices and to learn about the ways EAP, CARE, and Housing Navigator work to provide services beyond equality but rather equitably to employees on campus.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Who You Are Matters!: Game Play to Honor Self and Humanity's What's Next
Presenters:
Rich Feller
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Monday, January 13th 2020
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 324
Description:
Play the Who You Are Matters! personal discovery game. (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucGFcaAuVwo ) Used throughout the US, in six countries and on Semester at Sea, the simulation is a fun, safe and highly structured storytelling experience. Players in tables of five listen deeply to honor your stories, give feedback and gratitude, and serve as resources to encourage you to act upon your “what’s next possibilities”. The game is played with high school and college students, adult learners and workers, and 50+ groups. Facilitators use it within leadership, diversity, team building, and personal development trainings at all levels. Co-created by the presenter find information at www.onelifetools.com
Goals and Target Audience:
(1) increase confidence and clarity about your “what’s next possibilities” (2) increase empathy and permission to honor yourself and humanity through “safe and structured” storytelling (3) reduce dualistic thinking (4) create a written clarification sketch and one inspired action (after receiving feedback from 4 peers at your game table) and (5) receive a passcode to the Online Storyteller ( https://onelifetools.com/pages/online-storyteller-self-directed-narrative-assessment ) to use at home for the rest of your life. The experience welcomes each campus member to honor each individual's story and "what's next" while building community. Once played, participants can easily facilitate the game in their homes, work units or leadership role.

Tuesday, January 14th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Classified Personnel Council: Advocating, Communicating and Leading
Presenters:
Meg Skeehan
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 372-74
Description:
Did you know there is an entire Council that works to promote, improve, and protect the roles of State Classified Employees within the CSU shared governance model? We invite you to come learn more about the Classified Personnel Council (CPC) and its representatives – what we do, how we do it, and how we can be of service to you. This session will bring you up to date on the actions and activities of your Council, how we are advocating for equity and change at CSU and also at the state level, and highlight the many ways State Classified employees can get involved at CSU. Moreover, it will give us a chance to hear from you – what issues are most relevant and important to you, what questions can we help answer, and what ideas do you have to make CSU a better place for State Classified employees? In short, how can we help? CSU depends on a strong, dedicated, and informed Classified Personnel Council to ensure State Classified views, ideas, and concerns are respected in University decision-making. And we cannot fulfill this mission without YOU. Please join us for this informative and interactive session.
Goals and Target Audience:
Information about the practice of shared governance at CSU. Ideal for State Classified employees or any employee curious to learn more about shared governance at CSU.
Session Title:
Need a Better Work Commute?
Presenters:
Aaron Buckley,Aaron Fodge,Erika Benti
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 312
Description:
This session provides best practices for commuting to CSU with minimal or no use of a personal automobile. The session will include a presentation about transit, bicycling, and carpooling along with a targeted break-out to identify routes to the University. Parking and Transportation Services will also introduce new employee programs including Emergency Ride Home, Commuter Parking 10-Packs, Pace bike share, Bird e-scooters, and Zipcar. Attendees will receive maps of the local transit and bike system.
Goals and Target Audience:
Employees considering a change in how they commute to campus seeking to: 1. Reduce their personal cost of transportation (fuel, insurance, maintenance, depreciation of their vehicle) 2. Avoid searching for available parking on campus 3. Improve their physical and mental health by commuting by bicycle, transit or carpool. 4. Enjoy the social nature of commuting by transit, bicycle, or carpool.
Session Title:
Using the Individual Development Plan for Non-tenure Track Faculty
Presenters:
Kimberly Cox-York
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
Virgina Dale
Description:
This session will cover the Individual Development Plan (IDP) as a tool to help Non-tenure Track Faculty define and achieve teaching, scholarship and service goals.
Goals and Target Audience:
Non-Tenure Track Faculty

10:00 AM

Session Title:
An Eco-feminist Response to the Funeral Industrial Complex. Or, in other words… why you should totally join the death positivity movement.
Presenters:
Monica Rivera
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 304-06
Description:
If you haven’t heard yet, there is a revolution happening in the US known as the Death-Positivity Movement. Named after similar movements which aim to destigmatize an issue (think “body positivity”), the death-positivity movement is rooted in the ideas that: death and dying shouldn’t be taboo subjects, that the choices we make for our bodies have environmental impacts long after we are gone (spoiler alert: cremation isn’t the most environmentally friendly option), and race/gender/class/disability/sexuality identities have an impact on a person’s access to a “good death”. While the death of a loved one is never easy, the process immediately following a loss is often made worse by our lack of understanding about the industry and our society’s general incompetence regarding grief. This session will act as a death positivity 101 and will invite participants to reflect on how much they know about death and dying in a US context. We will explore common myths, the state of the funeral industry and provide resources for exploring the topic of death with our loved ones.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: • Introduce participants to the death positivity movement • Use humor and storytelling to help destigmatize the topic of death, dying and end-of-life planning • Share a framework for how examining death can contribute to a stronger outlook on life • Explore the impact of racism, sexism, transphobia, classism and ableism on death and end-of-life planning • Gain an understanding of the negative impact that death-denial and avoidance has on our lives and one the experiences of our loved ones (particularly elderly family members and those responsible for funeral planning) • Provide take-away prompts for folks to reflect on regarding their own death and/or the death of an aging parent/loved one Target audience: • anyone who might die someday. :)
Session Title:
Self-Care and Caring for Others: Mindful Compassion Practice
Presenters:
Margit Hentschel
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
Morgan Library Event Hall
Description:
Are you finding obstacles to your inner calm in meeting all of life’s challenges? Mindful Compassion Practice is an antidote to help us transform these obstacles. Neuroscience research shows how mindfulness practices can help us access the part of our brain that induces relaxed action, so that we can stay fully engaged in our lives without becoming stressed out. This session offers guided mindfulness practices that contribute to mental equanimity, which helps us connect with our innate capacity for self-compassion and compassion for others. We’ll begin with an overview of compassion science and engage participants in "hands-on" mindfulness practices. Audience participation will be invited in a "learning circle" format. A "start where you are" philosophy is embraced, and no previous experience is needed. Practice sessions will range from 5-15 minutes, followed with time to share experiences and learn from each other. For those interested in continuing a daily mindfulness practice, we’ll offer tools you can take with you.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goal of this session is to learn compassion practices that can be applied in daily life. Everyone is welcome.

1:00 PM

Session Title:
Bicycle Friendly Driver
Presenters:
Aaron Buckley
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 312
Description:
The Bicycle Friendly Driver program is a 1 1/2 hour interactive class, taught by Bicycle Ambassadors aimed at educating all drivers on the best and safest ways to share the road with people on bicycles. Developed by FC Bikes in collaboration with Bike Fort Collins the class addresses: -Why sharing the road is the safest alternative for both motorists and bicyclists -What's legal and what's not legal, for both motorists and bicyclists -Common crashes and how to avoid them -Why bicyclists "take the lane" and what motorists should do in response -How to navigate bicycle related infrastructure such as: sharrows, bike boxes, and green lanes.
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals and Target Audience: The target audience for this course would be individuals interested in learning more about driving, or pedaling safely in their daily lives.
Session Title:
Civility in the Workplace
Presenters:
Janet Pierce/Compsych
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 304-06
Description:
The prevalence and costs of incivility are on the rise in organizations. When employees are exposed to incivility in the workplace, they experience diminished self-control, which in turn creates increased incivility toward co-workers. Incivility does not involve openly hostile behavior, threats or sabotage and therefore doesn’t warrant the same legal attention or sanctions as other forms of mistreatment, such as harassment. Incivility could be as simple as a sarcastic reply to a co-worker’s comment or a perceived rude sentence in an email. This session will help you understand why we act less civil today and give some suggestions for making sure you don’t exhibit behaviors that are uncivil.
Goals and Target Audience:
At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: • Recognize behaviors considered uncivil • Understand the impact of workplace incivility • Understand what may cause us to act in uncivil ways • Learn suggestions for making the workplace civil
Session Title:
How to Showcase Your Professional Value to Employers
Presenters:
Allison Robin
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
2 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 372-74
Description:
Regardless of where you are in your career, you may find it difficult to pinpoint your achievements, let alone boast about them. This session will walk you through the process of identifying your skills, accomplishments, and professional value. You’ll learn how to document your greatest selling points in a concise manner that emphasize the results of your actions, illustrating your value to employers.
Goals and Target Audience:
The targeted audience for this session is any person looking to (1) update or create a winning resume, (2) answer interview questions with impact, (3) identify and speak comfortably about his or her achievements, (4) campaign for a promotion or raise, or (5) complete a performance evaluation highlighting quantifiable results. At the end of the session, participants will be able to communicate their value to an employer via concise statements that highlight their skills and accomplishments and emphasize the measurable results of their actions.
Session Title:
Yoga for Relaxation
Presenters:
Kirsten Slaughter-Rice
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
1:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
Morgan Library Event Hall
Description:
This gentle yoga class will explore yoga postures, breathing techniques, and meditation to help participants let go of stress, tension, and tightness, calm the mind, and settle the body. We will practice basic yoga poses and explore the openness and release that comes from combining breath and movement. Participants will learn techniques they may incorporate into their daily life to decrease stress and cultivate relaxation. Take a moment to move, find your breath, and surrender stress or tension. Participants should bring a yoga mat or towel and a blanket, towel, or pillow. Participants may also bring blocks. Mats and other yoga props will not be provided.
Goals and Target Audience:
To take a break and practice yoga, breathing, and yoga! To practice yoga postures and breathing and meditation techniques to reduce stress and promote relaxation To learn poses and techniques that may be practiced throughout the day to reduce stress and cultivate relaxation Targeted Audience: Everyone is welcome. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required.

2:00 PM

Session Title:
Elevate the Quality of your Performance
Presenters:
Lauren Klamm
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Tuesday, January 14th 2020
Start Time:
2:00 PM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 304-06
Description:
It is easy to continue performing in the same way year after year. We will discuss three primary tools to help upgrade the quality of your conversations, your projects and your engagement to prepare you for 2020.
Goals and Target Audience:
Close out 2019 and jump start the new year thinking about personal and professional life!

Wednesday, January 15th

9:00 AM

Session Title:
Emerald Ash Borer: What You Need to Know and Replacement Shade Trees
Presenters:
Alison O'Connor,Amy Lentz
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2020
Start Time:
9:00 AM
Session Length:
1 hours 50 minutes
Room:
LSC 372-74
Description:
Emerald ash borer was confirmed in Larimer County in September 2019, after being discovered in Boulder County in 2013. This is the most destructive urban forest pest we've faced, with 15-20% of urban trees being ash. Join Amy and Alison to find out more about this invasive insect and what you can do for your trees. If you're in the market for a new tree (whether you have ash or not), they will also cover a list of shade trees that are great choices for Colorado landscapes.
Goals and Target Audience:
All gardeners and homeowners. The goals of this session are to provide fact-based information about emerald ash borer and offer suggestions for alternative trees to plant.

10:00 AM

Session Title:
"Thanks, Kiddo:" Navigating the Professional World as a Young Professional
Presenters:
Kelsey Stamm,Elizabeth Bowman
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2020
Start Time:
10:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 312
Description:
Young Professionals (YPs) face a unique challenge in today's workforce. How do we ensure that others take us seriously? How can we move forward with our careers in a meaningful way? Kelsey and Elizabeth will spend this session sharing tried-and-true tips for how to navigate the complicated world of your first (or second, or 20th!) job and how to elevate yourself professionally. Come prepared to learn, laugh, and network with other YPs!
Goals and Target Audience:
Goals: -Identify ways that YPs can propel themselves professionally. -Craft strategies for dealing with 'imposter syndrome.' -Have each participant leave with enhanced confidence to navigate their workplace. Target Audience: -Newer professionals, age 21-35.

11:00 AM

Session Title:
CSU Young Professionals: Envisioning the Future
Presenters:
Anselma Lopez,Ali Raza,Kelsey Stamm,Layne Doctson,Taylor Sidore,Alexandra Schweigert
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2020
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 300
Description:
Join CSU Young Professionals in a discussion surrounding the future: what's next?
Goals and Target Audience:
CSU Young Professionals
Session Title:
Strengthening Your Ability to Empathize
Presenters:
Compsych/EAP Office
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2020
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
LSC 386
Description:
Everyone has heard the saying to “walk in their shoes.” It is one of the simplest explanations of empathy. Understanding other peoples’ outlook, being able to recognize their emotions and being sensitive to their situation is vital to communicate more effectively and build better relationships. This course will address ways to improve your capacity to demonstrate empathy.
Goals and Target Audience:
At the end of this workshop, you will be able to: • Understand the elements of empathy • Assess empathy in yourself • Assess empathy’s importance and weight in relationships • Exercise empathy daily and improve your capacity for it • Determine ways to teach empathy, compassion, and understanding
Session Title:
Yoga Nidra
Presenters:
Kirsten Slaughter-Rice
Category:
Personal/Professional Enrichment
Date:
Wednesday, January 15th 2020
Start Time:
11:00 AM
Session Length:
50 minutes
Room:
Morgan Library Event Hall
Description:
Yoga Nidra is a form of guided deep relaxation done in a relaxed yoga posture that brings about “conscious sleep” through a guided meditation. The class will explore techniques to help participants release stress, settle the body, and encourage better sleep. Take a moment to move, find your breath, and find release. Participants should bring a yoga mat or towel and a blanket, towel, or pillow. Mats and other yoga props will not be provided.
Goals and Target Audience:
- To take a break and practice breathing and meditation techniques to reduce stress and promote relaxation Targeted Audience: Everyone is welcome. No previous yoga or meditation experience is required.