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Dear MSU Denver faculty, are you expecting to miss one or more of your classes this semester due to a professional or personal reason?
If so, consider the Don’t Cancel That Class Initiative instead of cancelling class!
This initiative, a nationwide best practice, is a collaboration between campus partners to offer various workshops centered around holistic student success. Participation is not a requirement, but it is being offered as a way to enhance the students’ learning experience by focusing on career strategies, diversity and inclusion, overall health and well-being and financial wellness.
There are currently a range of presentations to choose from (each listed in the dropdown menus below), including interpersonal violence to interview strategies, and paying off student loan debt to gender and sexuality.
If there are presentations outside of the realm of what is offered that you feel would be beneficial, or if you have general questions about this program, please reach out to Emily Willan at [email protected].
C2 Hub Overview/Career Planning
Provide an overview of the C2 Hub at MSU Denver and the resources and services available to support students. Discuss the process of career planning. Students will understand that career planning is a process that should begin their first year of college. Students will know what steps to take now to prepare for the future careers and how the C2 Hub can support them.
Essentials Skills in the Job Search
In this session, we will provide an overview of essential skills (also known as “transferrable” or “soft” skills) and ask students to identify the skills they’re developing through coursework and curriculum. We will share how students can highlight these skills during a job search such as on a resume, in a cover letter and interview.
Graduate School: Learning How to Explore and Apply to Graduate School Programs
In this workshop, we will explain what graduate degrees are and their differences. We will also discuss the pros and cons of seeking a graduate degree. Students will learn how to explore graduate programs and search for the necessary information to prepare their applications. The presentation is interactive and can be completed in 1 hour or extended to 1.5 hours with activities and class discussions. If you would like to have the presentation tailored to your field of study, please email [email protected] one week in advance.
Guest Speaker – Roadrunner Roster
Work with our Industry Navigators to connect with guest speakers from the Roadrunner Roster, our directory of alumni and industry experts. Speakers can bring real-life industry knowledge and tips for career success into the classroom. Requests must be made one month in advance in order to coordinate scheduling. Faculty should indicate their industry or field of interest when making request.
Provide an introduction to the benefits an internship experience, types of internships, how they can support career readiness and the initial steps to applying for academic credit.
Help students prepare for job interviews and practice answering common interview questions. Students will know how to prepare for a job interview and practice responding to common interview questions.
Job Search Tips & Tricks
Provide strategies for conducting a job search with tips and tricks from industry experts in our C2Hub. As a result of attending this session, students will know what the hidden job market is and how to uncover job opportunities that may not be posted. Students will also learn how to design a broad job search strategy.
This workshop will guide students in exploring and understanding their learning style(s) and also how to utilize tools/techniques for effective learning and studying.
Note Taking & Active Reading
This workshop will teach students effective strategies on Note Taking and Active Reading to absorb textbook content more efficiently.
This workshop helps students to understand how to access the Student Hub and how to navigate its various tools, including Canvas and Microsoft Outlook. Students will also learn how to download Microsoft Suite – provided by MSU Denver – as well as learn how to format professional emails to professors.
Paying Off Student Loan Debt
Students will understand their loan repayment options as well as where to find out information about where their student loans can be found.
Students will understand what a credit score is, what goes into a credit score, and why it’s important to maintain a good credit score. They will be shown how to read a credit card statement and given tips on how to build and maintain good credit.
Conflict Management Workshop: Effective Communication
Effective Communication sets the stage for understanding the dynamics at play during a conflict. Participants will explore effective communication in conflict situations in three parts: a) know thyself, b) know the situation, and c) know how to respond. The workshop first focuses on one’s individual approach to conflict, as we know that it is different based on our experiences and identities. The workshop will then consider how to approach specific situations and practice how to engage in a difficult conversation. This workshop has both content to learn and opportunity to practice skills.
Conflict Management Workshop: Facilitation Skills
A facilitator’s job is to lead the group through a process to achieve their goals. This particular role helps groups navigate difficult situations, lead meetings, find solutions to problems, accomplish tasks, make decisions, and much more. Effective facilitators have certain skills that help to keep the group on track, while also managing conflict. This workshop will cover facilitation tools, such as reframing a problem, redirecting challenging comments, and how to encourage collaboration. This workshop has both content to learn and opportunity to practice skills.
Dialogue is not debate or discussion. Rather, dialogue is a process where we invite inquiry, explore differences, and build shared understandings. This type of process brings together people with different experiences and identities to talk about challenging subjects in a meaningful way. The workshop on dialogue will orient participants to this type of conflict resolution, with time to practice. There are four stages of this workshop: a) community building and norm setting, b) identity and conflict, c) engaging in dialogue, and d) defining action. This workshop can focus on how to generally engage in dialogue and can be tailored to a specific topic that you are exploring in your course.
Healthy Relationships: What’s Healthy? What’s Hurting?
An interactive discussion in which Violence Prevention Educators and participants work to create a shared definition of healthy relationships (intimate or otherwise) by placing emphasis on the importance of our personal values, boundaries, and needs. The group will also explore healthy ways love is expressed, harbingers of relationships in trouble, and power and control dynamics. In this way the course works to empower participants with the knowledge and ability to differentiate among healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships.
Interpersonal Violence 101
This session will provide a general overview of all aspects of interpersonal violence and will include interactive activities to help folks think about the dynamics of violence and issues such as consent, healthy relationships, and how to help a friend.
Interpersonal Violence 301
IPV 301 is a graduate-level curriculum addressing interpersonal violence in our society through collaborative discussions regarding identity and privileges and the intersections with interpersonal violence, effective bystander intervention, media literacy, and developing professional and empowering responses to survivor disclosures.
Media Literacy & Interpersonal Violence
This workshop provokes discussion about what interpersonal violence is and how media and pop culture messages contribute to the normalization of it in our culture. Through activities, images and video clips the concepts of sexual objectification and gender construction in the social media age will be illustrated. The discussion will also look at intersections of race, class, and power as they relate to interpersonal violence. This workshop is intended to help participants think critically about a media heavy society and how it can affect views on interpersonal violence and what individuals and groups can do to create social change.
Peer 2 Peer: Mental Health
This workshop aims to increase students’ knowledge, capability and confidence when trying to support a peer that is struggling, emotionally, or experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Phoenix Center Overview
The PCA Overview presentations reviews the services available to students, faculty, staff, and resident of CU Denver, CU Anschutz, MSU Denver, and CCD.
Stress in College
This workshop aims to normalize the stress that comes along with being a student and educate students on how to identify and manage daily stressors.
Have you ever wanted to step into a situation because you knew something was wrong, particularly if it is a friend you are worried about? This workshop discusses bystander intervention and works to develop strategies to intervene in difficult situations. The focus is on incidents of stalking, sexual assault and relationship violence, but principles can be applied to much more.
Immigration in the U.S.
This 1-hr. workshop focuses on the history, background, and current state of immigration in the U.S. By reviewing the most impactful events, trends, and laws, this workshop will look at how the current beliefs and practices are shaped by previous practices and crucial developments. The workshop will further review various types of immigration backgrounds, the realities that undocumented immigrants and students face, and resources that are available to those affected by recent or potential changes in immigration law.
Migration, Agriculture & Storytelling
Learn about farm working myths, what agriculture and farm work in Colorado looks like and about the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).
This training helps students understand what microaggressions are, what may cause them to show up, and how implicit bias is tied to microaggressions. Students will be given tips on raising awareness around their own biases and how to confront microaggressions.
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