PDA Day Event Schedule


If you have any questions regarding PDA Day on Friday, August 13th, please contact Sarah Hopkins or Jodi Pasquini.

Fall 2021 - PDA Day Schedule Overview

Time Session

Welcome & Plenary Session

10:20am - 11:50am Session I Workshops - 1.5 hour session
12:50pm - 2:20pm Session 2 Workshops - 1.5 hour session
2:20pm - 2:40pm Break
2:40pm - 4:10pm Session 3 Workshops - 1.5 hour session
12:50pm - 4:10pm Session 4 Workshops - 3 hour session
All Day Pre-Recorded Workshops 

Link to workshop evaluation

Plenary Lecture 8:30AM-10:00AM


Reflecting History: The Legacy of Data Narratives

Dr. Jeremy Smotherman

Santa Rosa Junior College has an established reputation for being an institution based on a legacy of excellence. With the challenges and opportunities that we currently face as an institution, we will be evolving and re-imagining who we have been to what we will become in the next century of our existence. The Fall 2021 plenary presentation will include a review of SRJC data related to students, employees, and our community – past and present. Discover how data narratives play an essential role in storytelling. Explores the difference between reflecting on our past history versus establishing a new history. We will begin to imagine how we can achieve solidarity with our values in setting institutional goals and implementing a strategic plan helps us establish a new history for SRJC. Dr. Jeremy Smotherman, Senior Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Research and Planning will present on this intriguing topic.




Session 1: 10:20 AM - 11:50 AM



Session #: S1:01

Title: Inclusive Instruction: Small Moves Make Big Differences for Our Students
Presenters: Felicia Darling, PhD

Description: Felicia facilitated this workshop with over 2000 community college instructors and leaders across the US. This fast-paced, interactive workshop focuses on work we can continue to do as instructors to foster a classroom environment that invites all students to take risks, share their unique perspectives, and build their own identities as powerful life-long learners. This workshop offers practical ideas to bolster our anti-racist practices, frame instruction with an equity lens, and build on students’ cultural identities. Ultimately, these strategies help students feel like they belong in our classrooms and on our campus. This is important since research shows that students who feel like they belong in college, stay in college. Participants will receive hand-outs describing Five Tips for Using Breakout Rooms for Group Work and Five Moves to Build Community on Zoom. Strategies are useful for both online and in-person classes.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S1:02

Title: Racism in Medicine: Highlighting Health Disparities & Ways of Increasing Diversity in the Healthcare Profession
Presenters: Dr Kismet Baldwin, Deputy Public Health Officer of SoCo DHS; Brijida “Brijit” Alemán, M.A.  Multicultural Clinician; Surani Kwan NP, DNP w Sutter and West County Health Centers, Aaron Sanders PA-C, Kaiser Orthopedics, Dr Stephanie Bamidele- Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency| Moderators: Monica Ohkubo, DSc, ATC, EMT-B, Rebecca Norwick DNP.FNP and Mary Wyman FNP, MSN.

Description: We will have a panel of 5 local healthcare professionals of color who will discuss the history of racism in medicine leading to vast healthcare disparities. This is highlighted by the inequities seen locally during the COVID 19 pandemic. The discussion will turn to how increasing diversity of healthcare providers can improve the quality of care among black, brown and indigenous communities. What are the barriers to entering and succeeding in our health care educational systems? We will hear about two programs: the Future Faces of Family Medicine and Daisy Cardenas, Program Coordinator of our SRJC HOPE program will present HOPE along with 2 student graduates who will tell their stories.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S1:03

Title: How do racial identity and racism develop? A developmental perspective.
Presenters: Linda Maloney, Devanshi Unadkat, Jennifer Perez, Maleese Warner, Alice Hampton

Description: This seminar will explain the developmental process that impacts the child's view of themself and the world. Early life experiences, both verbal and non-verbal, set the foundation for a child's lens by which they view skin color and the social constructs in society. We will look at the developmental process of understanding race and human differences and how adults can have a positive influence on the attitudes that children form, as well as ways educators can better understand the impact of early racial and cultural experiences as children grow into adulthood.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S1:05

Title: Trauma-Informed Restorative Exploration
Presenters: Robert Ethington, Roam Romagnoli & Michelle Vidaurri

Description: The presenters will facilitate an explorative discussion on trauma-informed care and restorative justice practices. The purpose of the session is to gain a better understanding of how this new framework could benefit our students, faculty, and staff, and our search for a more equitable and inclusive community.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S1:06

Title: Understanding Subtle Racism and Everyday Microaggressions
Presenters: Dr. Amanda Morrison and Dr. John Stover

Description: This workshop will cover the concepts of structural racism (as distinct from interpersonal racism), racial socialization (particularly for whites), and sociologist Eduardo Bonilla Silva's notions of “white habitus” and "colorblind racism." The workshop will also include breakout group work focusing on mini-case studies of microagressions and subtle, everyday forms of racism.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S1:07

Title: Conversation with Dr. Jeremy Smotherman
Presenters: Dr. Jeremy Smotherman

Description: This workshop is being offered as a follow-up to the plenary presentation as an opportunity for our college community to meet Dr. Jeremy Smotherman to discuss his presentation on ‘Reflecting History: The Legacy of Data Narratives’.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S1:08

Title: Life After COVID - How Our Students' Lives Have Changed
Presenters: Rafael Vazquez

Description: Nobody expected it, but it happened. COVID took us outside our classrooms and into our cocoons. It is essential that we have a discussion as to how the lives of our students have been affected economically and emotionally. This should then provide us with a starting point to create support systems in-and-outside the classroom for our student success. Participants will walk away with new knowledge about the best ways to create equitable educational spaces for our student population.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S1:09

Title: Designing Cheat-Resistant Online Exams
Presenters: Ethan Wilde

Description: This session will introduce tried and proven strategies for designing online examinations that are resistant to student cheating. Topics discussed will include the ineffectiveness of online proctoring, use of available tools in Canvas to discourage cheating, and student rights to privacy.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S1:11

Title: The Teaching Fellows Program – one of the best things going at SRJC!
Presenters: Leon Hsu, Katie Gerber, Julie Thompson, Shawn Brumbaugh

Description: Be a mentor to the next generation of teachers! The Teaching Fellows Program is a year-long paid student fellowship in which students interested in teaching, library science, or academic counseling work closely with an instructional or allied faculty mentor to gain experience in various aspects of teaching and education. In addition to inspiring future educators, past mentors have commented that the experience gave them new insight into their craft and renewed their love of teaching. We welcome faculty to come and learn more about the Fall ‘22-Spring’23 program.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S1:12

Title :Looks DO Matter: The importance of well-designed online course materials
Presenters: Kathy Thornley & Gina Baleria

Description: Sometimes, the best way to get students to engage or to increase comprehension is to apply basic design principles to your assignments, pages, and other course materials. Digital design has a significant impact on the instructional value and lessens the cognitive load placed on your students. In this workshop, we’ll demonstrate basic design techniques that can improve your students’ learning experience by making online course materials more engaging and easier to comprehend.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S1:13

Title: Preview of Coming (Tech) Events!
Presenters: Kevin Snyder

Description: In this informative and entertaining session you will learn about TopDesk, our new Self Service Hub for streamlined access to IT, Media Services and Distance Education services and support (Facilities, PR and more coming soon) Also updated information about PortalGuard, our Single Sign On, Self Service Password Reset and Multi-Factor Authentication tool, a real triple threat! Any way you slice it you’re bound to find and amusing explanation of some of the driest most boring technobabble anywhere.

Pathway: Technology

Session #: S1:14

Title: Journal Writing for Personal Growth, Academic Purposes, and Creative Pursuits
Presenters: Deborah Paggi

Description: Journal writing is a simple, easy, and readily available resource for connecting ourselves with the world around us. Guided journal writing techniques can offer the opportunity to write for a variety of personal and professional purposes. Many journal writers think of their journal as a valuable tool they can access whenever they feel the need. Although some journal writing can be used in therapeutic environments, this workshop is not intended for this purpose. The Journal Writing Workshop will present an overview of journal writing techniques but will focus on three content areas: Personal Growth, Academic Purposes Creative, and Pursuits. Participants will learn about and practice one journal writing exercise in each of the content areas above. They will be able to voluntarily share their journal writings with other participants during the workshop discussion. 

Pathway: Wellness and Safety

Session #: S1:15

Title: EAP Discussion Group #1: Mental Health & Wellness
Presenters: Wendy Wollner, Founder, President, and CEO

Description: This will be an opportunity for a facilitated group discussion to share mental health and wellness concerns and to get educated on ideas for how to address your concerns. We will discuss positive approaches on how to create an empathetic workplace by listening to each other’s challenges and developing resiliency in order to manage your own wellness. The conversation will be facilitated by Wendy Wollner, CEO of an independent consulting firm, ‘Balancing Life’s Issues,’ with the workshop being sponsored by our Anthem Employee Assistance Program. 

Pathway: Wellness and Safety

Session #: S1:16

Title: Getting Started with Your Department Equity Analysis
Presenters: Andrea Alexander, Laura Aspinall, Debbie Ezersky, Kim Starke, Margaret Grayson

Description: DRD spent the spring semester conducting an equity analysis with the intent of identifying practices that present barriers to students of color. Modeled after the work done at San Diego Mesa College and with the assistance of OIR we developed questions related to our processes to guide our research. Come learn about our experience and begin your own department or program equity analysis.

Pathway: Workplace Effectiveness and Interpersonal Skills

Session #: S1:17

Title: Curriculum - Updates and Abbreviations
Presenters: Ann Foster, Josh Adams, Chas Crocker

Description: Join your colleagues in learning more about developing and revising Course Outlines of Record with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) lens. Three faculty from Long Beach City's College Cultural Curriculum Audit team will discuss and present changes LBCC faculty made to Course Outlines of Record in a range of disciplines using a DEI lens. Breakout sessions will allow for discussion of DEI principles as they impact curriculum development and curriculum.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support


Session 2: 12:50 PM - 2:20 PM



Session #:S2:01

Title: What Should Hiring Committees & Department Chairs Know About Equivalency?
Presenters: Eric Thompson & Sarah Whylly

Description: This presentation and Q/A session seeks to help departmental hiring committees and department chairs better understand the process of equivalency as an important and necessary part of the hiring experience for equivalency candidates who apply for faculty positions or assignments. We will be spending time focusing on explaining the important role that equivalency can play in diversity, equity, and inclusion at our college. If you have been on a hiring committee or may be in the future, if you are a department chair who wants to learn more about this process then please consider attending this session! Bring any questions you have about the equivalency process as we will be trying to ensure we answer all questions asked in session.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S2:02

Title: Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!
Presenters: Cory Reuter, Genevieve Bertrone, George Sellu, Lynn Ellerbrock, Connor Murphy

Description: Did you know that hemp is being grown at SRJC?! Join us as we dive into the details of the hemp cultivation and research being done at Shone Farm. We will discuss our new certificate in hemp agriculture and share the differences between hemp and marijuana, its uses, the history, and equity issues connected to hemp. This seminar will highlight the work of many at the JC, including student Cory Reuter, who is currently managing the hemp crop at Shone Farm as a Student Enterprise Project.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S2:03

Title: SRJC EOPS Equity Grounded, Equity Sustained, Equity in Action
Presenters: EOPS Counselors

Description: We invite our colleagues to come learn more about the services and resources that SRJC EOPS provides to some of the most vulnerable student populations. When it comes to equity and anti-racist practices, EOPS has been and will continue to do the work! We want to share the interventions, innovative services, and the over and beyond mission that EOPS carries out with every student, every day. Our session is designed to provide our campus community with a comprehensive look into what our program offers, our current services and resources, and how we can collaborate and support your students. Join us to ensure that every student has the chance, the space, and the opportunity to succeed. EOPS was established in 1969, amidst the struggle for civil rights and racial equality. Students and community activists held demonstrations to protest the under-representation of minorities and low-income students in higher education. In response to the social and political pressure, the state of California passed Senate Bill 164 and amended the Title 5 regulations, to authorize community colleges to develop the EOPS program for the purpose of supporting economically and educationally disadvantaged students in the community college system.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S2:04

Title: Department of Behavioral Sciences Anti-Racism/Equity Meeting
Presenters: Rima DasGupta, Jurgen Kremer, John Stover, Brianna Thomsen, Kent Wisniewski

Description: This meeting will be a continuation of the anti-racism and equity training meeting we held for our department during spring PDA Day.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S2:06

Title: Fireside Chat: An Opportunity for Conversation and Community Building with President Frank Chong and the Vice Presidents
Presenters: Pedro Avila, Frank Chong, Gene Durand, Kate Jolley Jane Saldana-Talley

Description: Please join us to connect, ask questions and discuss updates on SRJC’s current priorities, challenges and plans for the upcoming semester.

Pathway: Leadership and Management Techniques

Session #: S2:07

Title: Cheating on Exams and How Faculty Unknowingly Contribute to this Problem
Presenters: Dean Gooch

Description: The internet and data bases of on campus student organizations have long been resources for students to cheat on exams and homework assignments. This workshop will share examples of experiences with cheating in my own classes and experiences of cheating that has occurred in other classes. We will discuss how we can avoid unwittingly assisting our students in their cheating and what actions we can take to prevent cheating. The format of this workshop will be more of a discussion with participation greatly appreciated.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S2:08

Title: Being There: The importance of an engaging instructor presence online for student success
Presenters: Hollie Fortkamp

Description: We invite YOU to your own online classroom! Before your first student shows up for the first class, there are ways to make your online instructional spaces engaging - just like in a face to face class. In person - we know it’s so important to be there early, open the door, prepare the room, and welcome your students - but how do we do this online? And why is it important for student success? Come explore in this engaging workshop!

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S2:09

Title: Ensuring Inclusion & Equity in your Course: The Peralta Equity Rubric for Online Classes
Presenters: Lauren Mitchell Nahas

Description: Online courses can exacerbate equity gaps among students, but you can work to prevent this and ensure your classroom is a welcoming, inclusive space by incorporating strategies from the Peralta Equity Rubric. This workshop will take you on a tour of that rubric which was designed by our CC neighbors at Peralta to help us address equity gaps via research-based best practices. This workshop will show you how to implement simple, straightforward strategies, as well as explore more complex enhancements to your course. Although online delivery will be our focus, the rubric’s best practices are relevant for F2F and hybrid delivery as well.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S2:10

Title: Supporting SRJC Transfer Students
Presenters: Amy Merkel, Robin Eurgubian, Candy Owens

Description: Would you like to support students on their journey to a Bachelor's degree and beyond? Come to this workshop to learn about the transfer process, the support services provided in the Transfer Center, and ways to help create a transfer culture on campus.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S2:11

Title: Drupal Website Workshop
Presenters: Leila Rand, Jim Goodenough, Terri Gutierrez

Description: The web team is focusing on improving the District website experience, for both our users and our site admins. Join us for: (a) A discussion of what's new and what's on the horizon; (b) An overview of the help the Team offers for getting your website where you want it to be; (c) Q&A - your questions answered.

Pathway: Technology

Session #: S2:12

Title: At Your (Self-)Service - An Intro into TOPdesk
Presenters: Brandon Browning & Joe Owen

Description: Over the summer, the Information Technology Department (in collaboration with Distance Education and Media Services) rolled out a new self-service portal called TOPdesk. We'll introduce you to this new platform and how you can use it to find solutions, services and support from our departments.

Pathway: Technology

Session #: S2:13

Title: EAP Discussion Group #2: Returning to Onsite Work
Presenters: Wendy Wollner, Founder, President, and CEO

Description: This will be an opportunity for a facilitated group discussion to share concerns about returning to onsite work. We will discuss research-based methodologies for how to develop a personal toolkit to feel safe in transitioning back to the workplace and tips for managing anxiety caused by ‘cave syndrome’ which may have affected some individuals who are uneasy about post-pandemic life and reluctant to leave isolation after more than a year of shelter-in-place orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation will be facilitated by Wendy Wollner, CEO of an independent firm known as ‘Balancing Life’s Issues’ with the workshop being sponsored by our Anthem Employee Assistance Program. 

Pathway: Wellness and Safety

Session #: S2:14

Title: SEIU Membership Meeting
Presenters: SEIU Classified Executive Council

Description: This session is for Classified Professionals. Come learn what your union is doing for you and bring questions, concerns, and suggestions for your union representatives.

Pathway: Workplace Effectiveness and Interpersonal Skills


Session 3: 2:40 PM - 4:10 PM



Session #: S3:01

Title: Sociology Discipline Anti-Racist Curriculum Development
Presenters: Rima Dasgupta, John Stover, Solen Sanli Vazquez

Description: This will be a workshop for faculty teaching in the Sociology discipline in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. We will meet to plan and work on anti-racist curriculum development together.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S3:02

Title: Psychology as an Anti-Racist Discipline
Presenters: Catherine W, Jurgen K, Noelle L, Narmeen N, Brenda F, Nikona M, Erin S, Nick T.

Description: An opportunity for Psychology discipline colleagues to engage in building anti-racist curriculum in our classes. We will honor our unique areas of professional expertise and life experience and generously share with each other how we develop anti-racist growth in our students by specifically bringing forward: anti-racist psychology teaching resources, researchers and clinicians of color that we celebrate, strategies for supporting uncomfortable conversations/exploration, and our personal preparation for this work. This activity is open only to Psychology faculty so that we may have safe space to openly explore anti-racism in our curriculum. This is not a required department activity, and is a choice for interested Psychology faculty.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S3:03

Title: EAP Discussion Group #3: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
Presenters: Wendy Wollner, Founder, President, and CEO

Description: This will be an opportunity for a facilitated group discussion to listen and share ideas for personal growth in order to create a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism at SRJC. We will discuss how to promote education to become accomplices to change and understanding our individuals roles in transitioning towards a culture of solidarity in order to best support our colleagues to promote student success. The conversation will be facilitated by Wendy Wollner, CEO of an independent firm known as ‘Balancing Life’s Issues’ with the workshop being sponsored by our Anthem Employee Assistance Program. 

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S3:05

Title: Remote Teaching Mathematics Best Practices
Presenters: Tim Melvin

Description: This will be a math department discussion on our experiences teaching mathematics remotely. We will discuss which techniques, lessons, assessments, projects, and other pedagogical tools worked well and which didn't the past year teaching math classes remotely.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S3:07

Title: Open Educational Resources and Remote Instruction, An Issue of Equity
Presenters: Canon Crawford and Jennifer Carlin-Goldberg

Description: Now, more than ever, our students need resources that are low cost, accessible, and easily available. Many of our students can't afford to buy expensive publisher-curated textbooks. They need resources that are free, resources that are accessible for our students with special needs, and resources that are easily and reliably available for students to use. Many OER have ready-built Canvas Course Shells, built by faculty and the Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI. Come learn what an OER is and how SRJC faculty have incorporated them into courses. Finally, see how you can find Open Educational Resources for your classes and what resources we have at SRJC to assist you in that effort.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S3:08

Title: Become a talking cow - or cat or sheep - in your class videos
Presenters: Donald Laird

Description: See how you can use Adobe Character Animator to easily make a video for your class starring you as a talking animal or cartoon character. Character Animator uses advanced motion tracking, without the need for any special hardware, to make the character's movements match your own.

Pathway: Technology

Session #: S3:09

Title: Basics of Requisitions and Invoices
Presenters: Dan Klempner, Whitney Schultz, Kate Lucas, Jessica Lofgren, Ralph Gause, Veronica Chavez, and Nicole O'Brien

Description: Workshop will cover the basics of generating requisitions, and basic accounts payable processes, as well as using Escape for these purposes. Presenters will be from both Purchasing and Accounting.

Pathway: Technology

Session #: S3:10

Title: COVID Update from our Sonoma County Public Health Officials
Presenters: Dr. Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Public Health Officer and Dr. Urmila Shende, Vaccine Chief

Description: Dr. Mase, Sonoma County Public Health Officer, will provide an update on the status of the effects of the Coronavirus on Sonoma County residents. They will also share any information that is known about what we can expect in terms of changes with the Coronavirus going into the Fall. Dr. Shende, Vaccine Chief, will also address vaccine options and provide a status update as well as providing information regarding vaccine hesitancy for our community members. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Pathway: Wellness and Safety

Session #: S3:11

Title: The Science of COVID: Viral Variants and Origins
Presenters: Katy Jamshidi and Steven Kessler

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a lot of scientific discussion into the mainstream, but not always with a clear explanation. Additionally, sometimes, the discussion is accompanied by a lot of misinformation. This session will focus on two scientific concepts that have received a lot of attention over the past year and a half, the various variants and the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19. The presenters are two Microbiology Instructors at SRJC. If you pre-register for the course, feel free to email one or both of us in advance with any questions about COVID you would like us to address.

Pathway: Wellness and Safety

Session #: S3:12

Title: The Amazing Virtual Race
Presenters: Brandon Browning, Sarah Hopkins, Tammy Sakanashi, Jodi Pasquini

Description: Team up with your colleagues to test your knowledge of SRJC and Sonoma County. This will be an informal, get to know each other zoom event and champions will be crowned!

Pathway: Workplace Effectiveness and Interpersonal Skills


Session 4: 12:50 PM - 4:10 PM



Session #: S4:01

Title: BYOD! Bring Your Own Data… and analyze it with colleagues in your private breakout room.
Presenters: Felicia Darling

Description: Are you wondering how well your Department or Program is doing serving students from specific demographics during the AB705 era? Do you have other data that you would like to analyze, but never quite have the time? Do you want to talk with a group of your colleagues about developing a data analysis plan? Then, this is a great opportunity. I will create 8-10 breakout rooms on zoom and you and/or you and your crew can work together privately in your own zoom breakout room. Your team can even have 2+ groups if they want. Using a new zoom feature, work rooms will be set up so you can move in and out of your own rooms with autonomy. We will have an optional 5-10 minute meet up with everyone at the beginning and end of the 1.5 hour session. You can work by yourself, in pairs, or in groups. My group will be analyzing data on how well my Department is doing supporting students who take CSKLS373 as their first college math course and then enroll directly into Statistics. This is open to all staff, admin, and faculty. Bring Your Own Data. (Remember to request data ahead of time if you need it).

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S4:02

Title: Understanding Implicit Bias in Nursing Practice and Curriculum - cancelled
Presenters: Katherine Magee

Description: CANCELLED

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics

Session #: S4:03

Title: Tutorial Center Retreat
Presenters: Amy Flores

Description: This is an opportunity for Tutorial Center staff to meet and prepare for Fall 2021. This includes looking into our tutorial center data and find ways on how to improve our services moving forward.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S4:04

Title: Biological Sciences curriculum development for Bio 10 labs
Presenters: Tony Graziani, Shawn Brumbaugh

Description: We invite biology faculty members with an interest in the Bio 10 (Introduction to Principles of Biology) curriculum to join a general brainstorming session focused on updating and refreshing the laboratory activities. Participants are encouraged to bring ideas on how to revise current activities, or to introduce new activities that will improve student learning in this foundational biology course and will better prepare students for future courses in the allied health and biology majors pathways.

Pathway: Teaching, Learning, and Student Support

Session #: S4:05

Title: Campus beautification -- Cancelled
Presenters: Shawn Brumbaugh, Darth Elledge

Description: CANCELLED

Pathway: Wellness and Safety

Session #: S4:06

Title: Arts Faculty Retreat
Presenters: Mike Traina and Campus Event Producers

Description: The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the college’s arts programs, preventing group collaborations, cancelling public performances, and cutting off critical revenue streams. Campus event producers are invited to reflect on their digital pivots, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of hybrid performance models, and brainstorm strategies to successfully transition back to public performances safely and without losing audience share. Topics will include creative applications of online technologies to meet student learning outcomes and present virtual performances, current and future marketing strategies, and collaborative and cross promotional opportunities moving forward as we bring live audiences back to campus. Participants are invited to share a short clip of a digital performance that demonstrates how they adapted to online instruction.

Pathway: Workplace Effectiveness and Interpersonal Skills

Pre-recorded workshops: Available All Day


Session #: PRE:01

Title: Go Beyond Canvas! Teaching an Equitable and Humanized Online Course
Presenters: Solen Sanli Vasquez

Description: When instructors establish a strong, caring, and warm presence in their online courses, all students benefit. Studies show a clear link between an engaged, connected, caring instructor and student success. Our first-generation and low-income students, and students of color are particularly at a disadvantage in online courses. For example, the achievement gap between white and Latinx students increases by 44% when we look specifically at the grades of students in online classes (Kaupp 2012). In this session, we will discuss how faculty can humanize their online courses and connect with their students via community and empathy building, digital storytelling, and short instructional videos using Adobe Spark, Haiku Deck, Canva, Google Earth and the like. Participants will learn about the benefits of creating a liquid syllabus which students can view easily on their smart phones, and utilizing “digital history” as a teaching tool. Kaupp, Ray. 2012. “Online Penalty: The Impact of Online Instruction on the Latino-White Achievement Gap.” Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, 58 (2) Spring, 8-16.

Pathway: Diversity and Demographics
Workshop Link

Session #: PRE:02

Title: Rainwater Harvesting for Landscapes Large and Small: Thriving through Cycles of Drought & Deluge
Presenters: Jesse Savou

Description:This workshop will cover the benefits, principles and practices of rainwater harvesting, starting with an ecological overview and ending with practical how-to’s including system sizing, siting, and anatomy. With visual examples, we will explore active versus passive systems, small versus large systems, low-tech versus high-tech systems; and applications for small (e.g. home) vs. large (e.g. campus-scale) landscapes.

Pathway: Wellness and Safety
Workshop Link

Session #: PRE:03

Title: Essential Skill: Student Complaints
Presenters: Hilleary Zarate and Deborah Ziccone

Description: Learn everything you need to know about navigating student complaints from explaining role and philosophy of Ombudsperson, to understanding the process and what turns a student complaint into a formal grievance. Ultimately, the goal in student complaints are to find a resolution, so let's learn this essential skill together!

Pathway: Workplace Effectiveness and Interpersonal Skills
Workshop Link PowerPoint Link

Session #: PRE:04

Title: Learn More about the Umoja Supported Program
Presenters: Michael Hale, Byron Reaves, Regina Mahiri

Description: Umoja actively seeks to welcome, engage, and empower all of its students-with a particular focus on Black students-through a curriculum and pedagogy responsive to the legacy of African and African American cultures. In this workshop you will learn more about Umoja Practices and the Umoja Supported program. Our goal is to expand the professors involved in our learning community

Pathway: Diversity & Demographics
Workshop Link PowerPoint Link