Professional Development Series

Please register 3 workdays prior to the workshop. Include: faculty, staff or student, department/organization, email address and phone number. Please Note: There is limited seating.

Supervision, Team Building and Coaching          Conflict Resolution Capacity-Building Series          Equity and Inclusion Topics 


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Workshop Descriptions 

  • Inclusive Classrooms

    This workshop offers strategies and resources for creating and maintaining inclusive classrooms. Using an interactive design, participants will: explore how our multiple identities as instructors influence classroom climate, examine  microaggressions and their impact on learning, and discuss how inclusive classroom strategies maximize learning for all students. In addition, participants identify how inclusive classrooms are not only beneficial to students who identify as underrepresented but also to majority-identifying students who can gain additional cultural competency as a result of their interaction in inclusive classrooms.

  • Inclusive Workplaces

    This workshop offers participants strategies and resources to create and maintain inclusive workplace environments. Using an interactive design, participants will: explore how our multiple identities as supervisors and leaders influence workplace climate, examine microaggressions and their impact on morale and productivity, and discuss specific strategies to maximize workplace environments for all employees. Parallel to recruiting a diverse workforce to serve a diverse student body, workplace leaders and managers need to be intentional and proactive in creating inclusive and equitable work environments to develop and retain talented staff.

    • Open to faculty, staff and student managers/leaders
  • Safe Zone - Presenter: Stephen Loveless

    Safe Zone is a three-hour training designed to educate and empower participants to be agents of change against issues faced by individuals across the gender and sexuality spectrums. While creating “safe spaces” for individuals is the long-term goal, it is not fair to guarantee safety to anyone. Our program works to inspire folks to craft their own strategy for being affirming and inclusive individuals for others. By doing so, we hope to create a network of folks who are dedicated to creating and sustaining a long-term safe community.

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  • DREAMer Zone - Presenter: Reyna Anaya

    This session focuses on building awareness around the lived experiences of DREAMers (students who identify as undocumented) on the UNC campus. Participants will engage in activities to increase knowledge on foundational terminology and federal policy affecting DREAMers and their families.


  • VetZone - Presenter: Dan Turnbeaugh

    This session offers faculty, staff and students enhanced understanding of the veteran student experience. Participants will become familiar with veteran culture covering the background and positive aspects of the military culture as well as the societal and educational difficulties faced by veterans in higher education.


  • Do Something: A Conversation on Building Bystander Engagement Skills - Presenter: Reyna Anaya

    Do you feel like you don't know what to do to support others around you? Learn about ways to engage as an active bystander and build skills both individually and collaboratively that work toward creating an inclusive and supportive community


  • Diversity Basics - Presenter: Fleurette King

    Do you hear terms like identity, stereotypes, privilege, and bias? Have you wondered why being “color-blind” or labeling a situation as “retarded” or “that’s so gay” is problematic? Do you wish you could ask questions about these ideas, but you worry you will hurt someone’s feelings, be discounted as a person “who just doesn’t get it,” or worse, called a “bigot” because you asked the wrong question? This interactive session allows participants to learn about foundational concepts of diversity and about their own multiple social identities. Participants have space to ask questions and understand the evolution of empowering language in a judgment-free environment as they explore concepts and their own ways of knowing.


  • How to Facilitate Difficult Conversations - Presenter: Fleurette King

    Have you experienced tense conversations involving cultural, political or interpersonal conflict? Have you wondered how you might facilitate difficult conversations and navigate conflict more effectively? While conflict or tension ignored or mismanaged can become destructive and negative in a community, intentional facilitation strategies, conflict and tension can lead to vibrant community building. In this interactive workshop, participants receive tools, resources, and opportunities to practice facilitating difficult conversations in learning environments, the workplace, or in other group and organizational settings.

  • Using Strengths-Finder in Supervisor Development- Facilitators: Katrina Rodriguez and Renee Welch

    Have you wondered what skills will increase your supervision effectiveness? Have you been in challenging situations in your role as supervisor and wished you had more strategies to work through the dilemma? In this workshop, you will use the Gallup StrengthsFinder (GSF) Assessment to build an understanding of the strengths and talents you possess. Learn how to utilize your strengths in your role as supervisor and in seeing the strengths in your team to achieve success. 

    *Note: Participants need to complete the Gallup StrengthsFinder Assessment prior to attending the workshop. GSF Assessment codes provided after workshop registration.

  • Foundations of Team I: How to Build Trust, Show compassion, Form Stability, and Enhance Hope

    Team effectiveness is critical in reaching goals and in a creating a vibrant and healthy climate for departments and organizations. In this first Team session, participants discover the four basic needs of a team and develop strategies to build trust, show compassion, form stability, and enhance hope with your team. Participants will gain confidence in meeting team needs as they work with committees, councils, departments, volunteer organizations, research teams, or any groups working toward a common goal.

  • Foundations of Team II: Strategies for Team Growth

    Did you know that 80% percent of team conflict occurs due to unclear goals? In this second team workshop, explore how teams develop and gain strategies to diminish team conflict. In this interactive workshop, learn how to use the GRPI model to enhance effectiveness by clearly defining the team’s Purpose, Goals Roles, Processes, and Interpersonal relationships. Participants receive strategies for utilizing team member strengths and tools, for effective communication and decision-making.

  • Coaching: Learning Effective Skills

    Individuals in organizations thrive when they are at their best and can contribute their talents and ideas. In our roles as advisors, colleagues, supervisors, leaders, and managers, Coaching is a valuable tool in assisting others to reach their personal goals and goals of the department or organization. In this interactive workshop, explore the GROW coaching model (Goals, Reality, Options, Will) and gain confidence in your ability to utilize a coaching strategy to help others deliver their best. 

  • Conflict Resolution Capacity Building Series
    Session 1: Re-Defining Conflict through Self-Awareness and Engagement (2.5 hours)

    Conflict is inevitable and occurs daily in our lives. It is important that we re-define how we approach conflict and engage with it in our campus community. This session will provide an opportunity for you to understand your conflict approach and how to promote a need-based framework when in engaging in conflict with others. Limit 20

    Session 2: Responding to Conflict: The Art of Dialogue and Reframing (2.5 hours)

    The goal of conflict resolution is to listen and receive others’ needs and perspectives through dialogue. This session will provide you an opportunity to learn dialogue techniques and reframing, a restatement of words or phrases into neutral, non-judgmental, and/or positive/appreciative terms. Limit 20

    Requirement: Completed Conflict Resolution Capacity Building Series- Session 1

    Session 3:  Responding to Conflict: Applying Your Conflict Approach and Dialogue Foundations (2.5 hours)

    Embracing conflict and working through it is complex, and requires continuous practice. This session will provide you the opportunity to apply the framework and strategies learned in Session 1 and 2 through role play and reflection. Limit 20