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Are you looking to increase your personal effectiveness?  The Personal Effectiveness Classes mentioned below will assist you in these areas.
 

Class Calendar

 

Campus Sustainability Series: Introduction (Climate Change, Policy, Engagement, Academics & Justice)

Facilitator: Caylin McCamp, Education & Outreach Coord and Gioia Thompson, Director - Office of Sustainability
Audience:  All interested employees
Time:  2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM053

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Opportunity:  Attendees who complete all three sessions in the "Campus Sustainability Series" will be eligible to become Sustainability Ambassador (doc)

Overall Objectives

Create a foundational understanding of how sustainability is prioritized, defined and measured at UVM. Review big picture concepts like climate change and how that reality translates into what we do at UVM.  Outline how sustainability shows up in policy, engagement and academics at UVM. (Other sessions in series focus on operational sustainability on campus).  Offer the basic common language and concepts attendees can build upon for other sections in this series.

Learning Outcomes

  • Able to articulate the connections between the environment, economy and social justice that make up “sustainability”.
  • Be able to better communicate the history of sustainability on campus and why we take a certain approach.
  • Able to consider ways that you or your unit/department can navigate campus in a more sustainable way. Possibly identify ways to work together with us in working collectively towards a more sustainable UVM. Understand how your unit fits into the campus sustainability picture.

Campus Sustainability Series: Transportation, Energy & Buildings

Facilitator: Abby Bleything, Sustainable Transportation Manager, Transportation & Parking Services; Gioia Thompson/Caylin McCamp, Office of Sustainability
Audience:  All interested employees
Time:  2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM054

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Opportunity:  Attendees who complete all three sessions in the "Campus Sustainability Series" will be eligible to become Sustainability Ambassadors (doc)

Overall Objectives

Review recent green building projects and innovations on campus. Learn how they contribute to our sustainability goals. Explain how our buildings are heated, cooled and powered and discuss the impact of recent upgrades to our Central Heating/Cooling Plant.  Review all of the sustainable transportation options available to get you to, from and around campus. Learn how to green your commute, stay healthy and save money.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to better communicate the history of sustainability efforts on campus and nuances of these programs.
  • Know who to reach out or refer people to with questions with a better understanding of some of the roles on campus related to these programs.
  • Able to identify ways that you or your unit/department can navigate campus in a more sustainable way. Possibly identify ways to work together with us in working collectively towards a more sustainable UVM. Understand how your unit fits into the campus sustainability picture.

Campus Sustainability Series: Zero Waste & Dining

Facilitator: Corey Berman, Program Manager, UVM Recycling & Zero Waste; Marissa Watson, Sustainability Manager, UVM Dining
Audience:  All interested employees
Time:  2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM055

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Opportunity:  Attendees who complete all three sessions in the "Campus Sustainability Series" will be eligible to become Sustainability Ambassadors (doc)

Overall Objectives

Develop knowledge of environmental challenges regarding food production, food waste, and packaging waste; explore ongoing and proposed solutions transpiring within our campus community related to the larger planet. Learn where things go when you throw them “away”, what goes where, how much waste is created at UVM and how we can work together to decrease it.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to better communicate the history of sustainability efforts on campus and nuances of these programs.
  • Know who to reach out or refer people to with questions with a better understanding of some of the roles on campus related or dedicated to sustainability efforts.
  • Able to identify ways that you or your unit/department can navigate campus in a more sustainable way. Possibly identify ways to work together with us in working collectively towards a more sustainable UVM. Understand how your unit fits into the campus sustainability picture.

Finding Calm in Your Day (formerly titled Managing Stress & Building Resiliency)

Facilitator: Invest EAP
Audience:  All interested employees
Time:  1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM020

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

Stress is an inherent part of life, we all deal with it and all too often we struggle to maintain a healthy response to stressful events. Knowing how stress effects the brain and body is a critical step toward effectively managing stress. You may have any number of healthy stress management outlets or you might not. Either way this interactive workshop provides several experiential stress management exercises that can be easily replicated in any setting.

Less and Better: Reinventing Yourself in the Post-Pandemic Workplace

Facilitator: Oleh Kaarmik
Audience: All interested employees
Time: 2 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM058

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None 

Overall Objectives

The pandemic has made it challenging for many of us to exercise choices to the same extent, something that in the past we may have taken for granted. How can our pandemic experiences be translated into professional resilience, especially when we are likely to operate with diminished resources? This class will help you to learn how to make the greatest possible contributions towards the things that really matter – in the workplace and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand that our experiences at critical junctures are an invitation to re-examine our attitudes, the choices we make and how we arrive at those decisions.
  • Explore how getting things done right may help you in getting more done.
  • Learn to operate at your highest level of contribution in a team and individually even in more scarce environments.

Living & Working through a Pandemic: Making Space for Grief

Facilitators: Laura Engelken & Christa Hagan-Howe
Audience:  All interested employees
Time:  1.5 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM057

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways that have forced us to drastically reimagine many of the structures and patterns that guide our daily lives and relationships with the world. In the midst of all this adaptation, both at work and at home, there also comes loss. Research shows that creating opportunities to acknowledge such loss and its impact upon our lives enables us to more effectively engage what we are experiencing, as well as create space for new possibilities.

This small group workshop offers a space to reflect upon one’s experiences surrounding COVID-19 and identify resources and ways for processing grief that may be particularly helpful at this time.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI ®): Discover Your Type

Facilitator: Oleh Kaarmik
Audience: Faculty, Staff & Students
Time: 3 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: COM027

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None 

Overall Objectives

This introductory class provides an overview of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®). Participants are guided through the theory which inspired the formation of this assessment. In this session, participants also discover their type preference and learn about the many types within the MBTI®. This introductory class serves as a foundation for those who are unfamiliar with MBTI or who haven’t taken the assessment with a MBTI certified practitioner. This class is also a prerequisite for advanced level sessions focused on leveraging each type’s strengths for best performance and smoother teamwork.

Learning Outcomes

  • Get introduced to the theory behind the MBTI® instrument to appreciate its workplace applications
  • Identify the four dichotomies
  • Discover your type preference using an MBTI® instrument and self-assessment
  • Recognize how MBTI® type preference plays a part in your daily interactions

Process & Fees

  • This class is a pre-requisite for all other, advanced-level MBTI classes offered by our department.
  • After you register via PeopleSoft, there will be a small fee to take the MBTI® assessment.
  • Further instructions will be provided in a separate email after you register.
  • You will receive this email two to three days before the session date.
  • Please, first register via PeopleSoft.

UVM Culture & Community

Facilitators: Professional Development & Training Staff
Audience: All interested employees, with a focus on onboarding new employees
Time: 3 Hours
PeopleSoft Code: Please do not register online for this course. Instead please call the Professional Development & Training Office

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Prerequisites: None

Overall Objectives

With the goal of setting up all employees so they can thrive at The University of Vermont, Culture & Community  is an interactive session that welcomes and orients new employees to the institution and its core values, Our Common Ground. New employees are introduced to resources critical to their success on campus such as professional development opportunities and social justice initiatives. It is recommended to be completed in an employee’s first month of work.

Please Note: Registrations close 24 hours (one workday) in advance of online classes.

Register for Classes

  1. Carefully read the class descriptions and prerequisites  to find what best aligns with your needs.
  2. Have the course code listed when you register.
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