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Educational Block #2 [clear filter]
Wednesday, May 19
 

11:00am EDT

A Master Plan for Innovative Co-Curricular Engagement
Presenters: Sophie Gorshenin , Lori Cohen-Scher, Melissa Thierry, Aysha Pühl, and Rick Gray

Student involvement and engagement outside the classroom is a key component that builds student success. With Mason’s 10-year Master Plan in development, it is time to step back and reconsider models of engaging all student populations across all Mason locations, from first-year residential undergraduates to off-campus upper class students, from veterans to parents, to online, regional, and graduate students. With the soon-to-be-launched HRL Learning Community model along with the 1st Year Experience Curriculum serving as underpinnings for thought around innovative and experiential student engagement, this session will seek to consider how we can learn from experiences and successes with incoming on-campus freshman and leverage tools that can apply toward other student populations.

Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Designing Quality Surveys
Presenter: Kaitlyn Schmitt

As professionals are designing local assessment instruments, it’s important to know how to write good assessment questions – and how poorly designed questions can affect the results of the assessment. Come to this session to learn principles of good question design, common pitfalls of assessment questions, and strategies for designing quality surveys so you can improve your assessments and obtain better data.

Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Feeling the Burn(out): Coming with Virtual Fatigue
Presenter: Nour Alamiri

In this session, we will discuss various signs and symptoms of virtual fatigue, in addition to coping strategies and tips to stay well in a virtual environment. Resources to support well-being will also be shared during the workshop.

Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Fostering an Inclusive Environment through Conversations About Identity
Presenter: Laura Winkler and Caroline Ramirez-Gaston

How does your UL office provide an inclusive environment for all students? Providing an inclusive environment is essential for student engagement and success. In this interactive presentation, we will highlight best practices for creating an inclusive environment for all students within student affairs. We will share new ways that University Career Services is fostering inclusion through supporting the needs of students from historically marginalized identity groups. We will describe identity-based tools and program offerings that facilitate conversations with students about identity including the Cultural Formulation Interview, the Social Identities Handout, and the Real Talk program series. Finally, UL colleagues will exchange ideas regarding methods they have used or plan to use to foster an inclusive environment in their respective offices.

Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Leading Positive Change: Lessons from TV’s “The Good Place”
Presenter: Nicholas Lennon

UL’s Strategic Plan (2020-2024) lists 5 core values, one of which is “Leadership for Positive Change.” This value is defined in the following way: “We are committed to cultivating leaders who critically examine and understand the potential impact of their decisions and act ethically.” However, do we all agree on what should count as “Positive Change” and how to get there? NBC’s “The Good Place” is a show in which humans are scored on how ethical they are, in order to determine their place in the afterlife. This session will introduce participants to the 5A’s of positive change using entertaining examples and video clips from “The Good Place.” Are you addressing all 5A’s of positive change? Some of us help students, faculty and/or staff to clearly identify important issues, increasing awareness; some focus on the commitment to make the world a better place, highlighting aspiration; some introduce critical decision-making principles, emphasizing analysis; others concentrate on the importance of follow-through, prioritizing action; and some provide opportunities for reflection and revision, advocating adaptation. How many of us are doing all five effectively? Attend this session to better understand the 5A’s of positive change and how they can re-focus your work

Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

The Kenobi School of Mentorship
Planned by: Kelly Reid and David Gaskins

Moderator: Lewis Forrest
  • Panelist #1: Philip Wilkerson
  • Panelist #2: Joe Deluna
  • Panelist #3: Merrissa Vault (Mason Alum)
  • Panelist #4: Chelsea Phipps (non-Mason panelist)
  • Panelist #5: Dana Lopez (non-Mason panelist)
This will be a panel presentation and will explore the topics of relationships, mentoring, and student development and provide insight into the relationships and mentors that shaped their careers and explore how they have given back to the profession by mentoring others. Panelists will be asked a variety of questions about their own personal experience with being mentored and what it meant to them, their theories and approaches to mentoring as professionals, the nature of mentoring relationships, having tough conversations, and providing safe space and support in those relationships. This session is designed for both students and professionals and will be a fun and interactive presentation that will highlight one of the true hallmarks of student affairs- that of caring professionals and student development at its finest.

Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

Well-being is for Every BODY: Creating an Inclusive Community by Dismantling Diet Culture and Addressing Weight Stigma
Presenters: Courtney Diener and Caitlyn Largent

Diet culture is a system of beliefs and culture that promotes thinness and weight loss as indicators of ultimate health and oppresses people who don’t match up with this supposed picture of “health.” This presentation will provide an overview of disordered eating, diet culture, weight stigma and its impacts on students, staff, and faculty. This presentation will give you the tools to dismantle diet culture and create a culture that is inclusive of every BODY. During this presentation, we are going to bring in several videos, examples from campus and media, and active exercises to help you dismantle diet culture. We will end with a call to action activity that will give participants the opportunity to commit to one strategy to be a part of dismantling diet culture. Do note, this presentation will mention eating disorders and could be triggering for some.

Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

11:00am EDT

What we've learned about the student employee experience
Presenter: Kristin Leonato and Phil Rippa

In August of 2020, Growth, a student talent development initiative at George Mason University, implemented a new assessment tool called SkillSurvey. This tool enables us to measure student employees' career readiness and their development of essential competencies sought after by employers. With data from more than 400 students and hundreds of Mason staff, we have gained valuable insights on the ways we can support a student's professional development, including areas of strengths and areas that need more attention. In this session, we will review the data from the 20-21 academic year, share what we've learned and offer actionable steps to improving the student employee experience.

Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT