As a part of developing professionally, the urge to stay in the silos that feel comfortable can be a quick way to stunt progress. Upwardly, laterally, or into new paths, it’s important to be nimble and informed of the working details and specifics of a modern workplace. The ideas may be presented on topics one feels knowledgeable about. The manner of the presentation may be inconvenient or disruptive to how things ‘have always been done’. You may feel resistant to the messaging.
Consider checking yourself in those moments.
Ask yourself why you aren’t more conscious or aware of the concepts being presented, and begin to unpack the sources of those ideas. Sound logic can carry your professional development further than emotion can, and with no loss of passion within your own role.
At all levels of campus, we as staff, faculty and students are being encouraged to create inclusive and brave spaces for all people, and with attention to BIPOC or other marginalized communities. We invite you to review the series of webinars being presented by the ACM, and begin to explore the concept of Professional Development as you look through the lens of Diversity and Inclusion. This series of 8 webinars are available to faculty and staff, touch on a variety of campus issues.
Workshops have already begun and are scheduled for every fourth Thursday of the month from 4:00 – 5:30p.m. (CT). Sessions will be recorded and made available on the ACM page within a week of the session. Alternative dates will be identified for November (Thanksgiving) and December (Winter Break).