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Thursday, May 20
 

9:00am EDT

Consensual Conversations in the Workplace
Presenters: Caitlyn Largent and Courtney Diener

We often think about consent in the context of personal and intimate relationships; however, consent is a key facet of communication in everyday life. It is important that we create workplaces, groups, offices, programs, and cultures that center a culture of consent. When we center consent in the workplace and on college campuses, we can build mutual respect, room for boundaries, productivity, and safer communities for all members of our community. A foundation of consent allows our students, staff, and faculty to be more attentive to the needs of our community while balancing our own needs too. This workshop will explore and define consent in the workplace and on our campuses. This workshop will help participants explore how to interact with coworkers, colleagues, our students, and the greater community in a more consensual way. Not only does this pave the way to safer communities for all, but it assists in cultivating better communication and connection to the outcomes of our work. This workshop will also address the barriers to consent practices in higher education do to hierarchical and historical structure and expectations.

Thursday May 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Doing Projects to a "T": Tips, Tricks and Tools
Presenters: Birgit Debeerst, Telli Morris, and Tahisha Mayfield

Do you do project-based work but never received any formal project management training? If you answered yes, then this session is for you! Projects don’t always go as planned. According to the Project Management Institute (2020), 44% of projects do not meet their goal and 61% of projects are not on time. Project teams often spend hours planning but still struggle to complete all project deliverables on time. This begs for a deep dive! In this interactive session, participants will discuss common project management challenges at Mason and beyond and identify solutions to improve project success. The presenters will end the session with a few project management tips that can be applied right away.

Thursday May 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Fostering Equity in Career Readiness for Undergraduate Transfer Students: A STEM Case Study
Presenter: Kerin Hilker-Balkissoon

“How much do our incoming Mason Science transfer students know about today’s STEM career pathways and how to prepare for them?” This session will explore how Mason’s College of Science addressed this fundamental question of transfer equity and inclusion, leading to the development and launch of the Community of Transfer Researchers (AACTR). AACTR is offered by the Mason Science Office of Academic Affairs, providing an innovative learning community model in response to data confirming equity gaps among our transfer student population in accessing sector-specific career information and experiential learning critical to STEM professional and graduate school attainment. Session attendees will explore the call to action, internal evaluation process and program design, leading to the launch of the Mason Science AACTR program. Participants will delve into the program model and interventions that includes cohort meetings, webinars, and learning community course work, faculty and peer mentoring, and engineered connections to experiential learning opportunities. Review our preliminary outcomes, lessons learned, and our next steps as we continue to strive toward enhancing undergraduate transfer equity and success.

Thursday May 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Radical Chats: a Virtual Professional Development Experience
Presenters: Meeghan Milette, Julio Diaz, and Amy Snyder

 Supervision is one responsibility in our position descriptions that requires time and skill but receives the least amount of training and preparation in our graduate programs and professional development training. A staff member’s supervision experience is a critical component of one’s job satisfaction and staff experience, therefore, more time and resources need to be dedicated to enhancing and improving our staff supervision competency in George Mason University's division of student affairs, University Life. To support this area of development, HRL Staff Development, Engagement, & On-Boarding launched Radical Chats: A Podcast Development Series. Connecting colleagues across positions and departments to learn, reflect, and engage on supervision practices to impact the experiences of their staff. This session will discuss how to take these concepts to translate to finding highly accessible virtual development opportunities for your teams. Attend and get ready to be candid with us about supervision!

Thursday May 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Rubric-Based Approach: Developing Consistent Selection Processes for Student Learning & Development
Presenter: Aysha Pühl, Sasha Toophanie, and Cody Grim

The ever-increasing cost of higher education coupled with the desire to increase access has resulted in more and more students seeking employment on campus during their college experience. With the benefits of a robust compensation package and the opportunity for significant personal and professional development, hundreds of students apply to work in Housing & Residence Life every year creating a highly competitive selection process. To prioritize learning and fairness in this competitive process, HRL transitioned to a rubric-based approach to student staff selection. The transition to a rubric-based approach has allowed HRL to center learning and education while maintaining consistency in a complex process that includes over twenty different interviewers and multiple interview rounds. During this session, participants will understand the benefits of a rubric-based approach, review examples of rubrics, reflect on the application of the rubric-based approach to their own work, and practice developing rubrics for their own use.

Thursday May 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Sense of Belonging in a Culturally Responsive College Campus
Presenters: Chris Lee and Eunkyoung Park

Through this session, we aim to advance knowledge of how the campus environment shapes sense of belonging among racially diverse students. An overview of sense of belonging, including defining sense of belonging at Mason will be provided. We will review available measures of sense of belonging at Mason, and examine Mason students’ sense of belonging through various student characteristics. The components of the Culturally Engaging Campus Environment model and the practical implications for promoting efforts to increase sense of belonging will be shared. Lastly, an opportunity for a rich discussion on sense of belonging will take place. The discussion will center on sense of belonging on a diverse college campus, and how student affairs professionals understand sense of belonging in their unique and specific contexts.

Thursday May 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Stress and Coping During Times of Uncertainty
Presenters: Tory Huesgan and Derek Vigon

Stress and Coping During Times of Uncertainty is an educational presentation by Counseling and Psychological Services clinicians focused on understanding the stressors that students at Mason face during times of uncertainty, such as during the current global pandemic. We will review the types of stress students currently face; effects of stress on students; and, techniques for dealing with stress and uncertainty to help students cope and succeed at Mason. We will allow time for a Q&A and discussion of the topic.

Thursday May 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

What You Need to Know: Referring Students in Distress to The Student Support and Advocacy Center
Presenters: John Cicchetti, Matthew Carlos, and Shayna Marlowe

This program will expose faculty and staff members to topics related to students in distress and specifically how to best refer students to the Student Support and Advocacy Center (SSAC). Our Center has worked with a high volume of students since its inception back in 2016. The pandemic along with all of the associated challenges it has brought forth has impacted the students being referred to SSAC in so many different ways. This presentation will cover an overview of the Student Support and Advocacy Center, the various support services we offer to students, and a detailed explanation of all the steps and key information you should know if and when you need to refer a student to our Center. After a detailed explanation of the referral process, we will expand into interactive small group case study breakout activities. The experiential learning activity will help individuals gain knowledge regarding how to respond to and assist students in distress and make the appropriate referrals. There will be time allotted for large group processing and questions. Attendees will leave this session with all the essential knowledge to make successful referrals for students in distress moving forward in an effort to promote student retention, degree completion, and well-being.

Thursday May 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT

9:00am EDT

Zooming in on Virtual Walk In Hours
Presenter: Ashley Bus Morgan and Susan Pilley

Learn the step-by-step procedure George Mason University's Office of International Programs and Services employs to host Virtual Walk In Hours on Zoom to serve students at different campuses and across the globe. Receive an overview of procedures, strategies for training, and best practices for implementation.

Thursday May 20, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am EDT