Wednesday, March 11, 2020

All events will take place at the Davis Center 4th floor, except for Holistically Thriving Gentle Yoga and Healing Touch (Patrick Gym) and  Fleming Museum tour (Museum).


8:15 AM

9:30 AM

Keynote Address: Be the Change

Keynote Speaker: Phelan R. Fretz  Ph.D.

Description: Phelan will share stories and draw insights - all to nurture our change journey.

Coffee and breakfast muffins will be available starting at 8 AM

Length: 1 hour and 15 minutes


9:30 AM 9:45 AM Break (15 minutes)
Morning Sessions:  


9:45 AM 11:45 AM
  • Organizational Change and Brené Brown: Stumbling & Rumbling with Vulnerability, Values, & Shame

    Presented by Christa Hagan-Howe, Diversity Educator, Professional Development & Training

    More than buzz words and business trends, vulnerability, values, and shame all show up in tremendous ways in the workplace. It is no surprise that these three areas intersect and connect with organizational change in a variety of forms. In this two hour workshop we will utilize Brené Brown’s research, data, writings, and workbooks to explore how a vulnerability, individual values, and shame come up for us when the going gets tough. Attendees do not need to have read any of Brené Brown’s work to be successful in this workshop. To learn more about Brené Brown, visit her website:

    Length:  2 hours


  • Managing Change with Prosci's ADKAR Model

    Presented by Stephanie Loscalzo, International Academic Advisor, College of Arts & Sciences

    This presentation will describe the what and why behind Change Management and the steps an individual moves through in order to obtain change.

    Length:  2 hours


  • SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency: A New UVM Initiative

    Presented by John Paul Grogan;John Paul Grogan Public Health Outreach Director, Ctr for Health and WellBeing;Lindsay Foreman UVM Mindfulness Coordinator, Center for Health and WellBeing; Joel Shapiro, Professional Development and Training

    Learn the science and skills to decrease stress and anxiety and increase resilience, wellbeing and positive health behaviors by addressing how our brain focuses, fatigues and fears. UVM and UVM MC are training a cohort of health professionals to offer this Mayo Clinic designed program for staff, faculty and students. This is an opportunity to get a first look at this new program.

    Length:  2 hours


  • Creating a More Equitable Community: Exploring Your Racial Autobiography™

    Presented by Sandy Bermanzohn, Financial Analyst in the College of Arts and Science Dean's Office; Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon, Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research

    What do you think are the first steps in creating a more equitable community? To answer that question, we will focus on the power of our individual stories and begin to explore our racial autobiographies.  We will ask the questions, “What was your first personal experience in dealing with race or racism?” and “Describe your most recent personal experience in dealing with race or racism.” This will be an interactive workshop and welcomes anyone who is interested in helping to create a more equitable community.

    Length:  2 hours


  • Understanding How our Past Affects our Future

    Presented by Michael Thompson, Athletic Facilities Supervisor

    We continue developing who we are throughout our lives. One of the most influential times is during adolescence. As we grow into adults, our brains make connections between our past, and what we experience and perceive today. These connections influence both our choices and our decisions, and further influence what we do with our lives. The purpose of Michael’s presentation is to help the audience understand the relationship between our young selves and who we become as adults. Understanding this brings us one step closer to living a life with purpose and meaning.

    Length:  2 hours


11:45 AM 12:45 PM
  • Lunch  (advance registration required)

    For employees attending our EDU@UVM events

    Registration Required in Peoplesoft HR – Use PeopleSoft Code EDU401

    Please notify PD&T (email link) by March 3rd if you have dietary restrictions. Meals requested without gluten are available but the kitchens are not gluten free environments.

    PeopleSoft CODE:  EDU401

Afternoon Sessions:    
12:45 PM 2:15 PM
  • Creative Conversations: Instagram Stories to Build Community and Tell your Story

    Presented by Bech Evans, Program Coordinator, Arts & Creativity Learning Community

    In this 90 minute workshop, you will learn practical skills to make creative Instagram Stories that reflect the culture, values, areas of expertise, and services of your office. In addition to hands-on skill-developing exercises, you will leave the workshop with big picture insights and ways of thinking about how we can use technology and social media with purpose. This is a hands-on workshop so please bring a device with Instagram!

    Length:  1.5 hours


  • The 7 C's of Change: A Guide for Strategic Organizational Change

    Presented by Gerald Coleman, Director of Custodial Services

    This proposal addresses how one can Thrive in Change as a leader or individual in your organization. Change is taking place at a dizzying pace at UVM and throughout the nation. As we continuously encounter change the proposal below includes factors to consider and leverage during difficult and unknown, but necessary changing times:

    • Assessment
    • Connect your efforts to strategic initiatives
    • Connect your efforts to Mission, Vision and Values
    • Strategy
    • What is the case for Change?
    • Design
    • What roadmap is available for the change you are seeking
    • Design for commitment throughout the organization
    • Implementation
    • Plan and coordinate all change efforts
    • Adoption
    • Construct systems and support structures
    • Evaluation
    • Operationalize continuous improvement

    Upon presenting this proposal, participants will have a greater understanding of how change affect people and relevant questions to ask while considering organizational changes.

    Length:  1.5 hours


  • Making Meaning in the Midst of Change

    Presented by Laura Engelken, Interfaith Educator & Engagement Director, UVM Interfaith Center

    One trait human beings share is the need to make meaning of our lives. In moments of disruption and change, this need becomes particularly important for identifying a sense of purpose, strength, and/or connection to help us navigate uncertainty. Each of us draws upon different resources for making meaning: scientific frameworks, spiritual practices, philosophical principles, and/or religious traditions. In this interactive session, identify, explore, and discuss the values, practices, and communities that might help you thrive in the midst of change.

    Length:  1.5 hours


  • Communicating About Race: Having A Constructive Responses to Comments

    Presented by Sherwood Smith, SED DEPD

    This is a highly interactive session with the goal of practicing racial conversations regarding concerning comments or images.  Participants should come with examples and be willing to engage in practicing with others. Three specific models for engaging will be shared and used as tools for practice.

    Length:  1.5 hours


  • A Midlife Educator’s Story Of Change: How Learning To Live For Compassion, Meaning And Leadership Transformed Me

    Presented by Alan Shashok, Staff Council Administrator

    What are a person’s core beliefs? What do they hold dear and to be true? How does one go about examining their ideals and challenging them risking discovering there is a different way of living, thinking, or showing up?  I probably could have attended a few self-help seminars, paid a life coach or seen some type of counselor to help me explore these issues. Doing the exploring via higher education and the IDS program seemed much more meaningful, especially as the program progressed.

    I have been able to closely examine myself, my life stories, with a different lens, even different then using the advantage of hindsight, in hopes of finding a path toward different self-realization. Important to note I said different, not better, as each person’s experience is valid.  You will be exposed to three basic explorations, my personal stories, my professional stories, and my political stories. All intertwine and relate to each other, but each have their own narrative to contribute to this journey. By the end, you, as the the participant and consumer of these stories, may find similar paths to search for yourself in whatever place you currently find your life.

    Length:  1.5 hours


2:15 PM 2:45 PM Break - Coffee and treats! (30 minutes)
2:45 PM

Various End Times

  • The Conversation Lab: Tackling the Toughest Conversations (2:45 PM - 3:45 PM)

    Presented by Jacqueline Drouin, Clinicla Coordinator, Office of Medical School Education

    In this 60-minute discussion, we will review some of the main themes for two popular leadership books: “Switch: How to Change things When change is Hard” and “Difficult Conversations: How to discuss what matters most”. No need to have read the book prior to the sessions. Participants will leave with a step-by-step approach to having those difficult conversations and strategies on how to effect transformative change. Come with your questions and thoughts. Handouts will be provided.

    Length: 1 hour


  • Finding Joy in Chaos (2:45 PM to 3:45 PM)

    Taryn Austin, EAP Director of Clinical Coordination, Connie Gavin, EAP Director of Account Services

    At times the world around us can seem like a lot. Too many things to do and so much change around us can leave us feeling rushed and disoriented. It is easy to get bogged down by life, the news, social media and all of our responsibilities. In this hour-long workshop you are invited to reflect on the joyful, fun, and playful things that are all around us. Please join us as we explore how to make the change to bring more joy into our lives.

    This workshop will help you to:

    • Address stress by deliberately focusing on finding and creating “joy” in daily life by mindful awareness of ourselves and our surroundings, and
    • Take stock of those things already present in our lives that contribute to our own sense of fulfillment and reap the benefit of this awareness.

    Length: 1 hour


  • Creating Change Positively (2:45 PM - 4:15 PM)

    Presented by Amanda Van Vranken Assistant Director for External Partnerships, Career Center. Joel Shapiro Director, Professional Development and Training

    Mention "change" and in most cases, it provokes feelings of concern, resistance and anxiety. In this workshop, Amanda and Joel, both trained in an Appreciative Inquiry model, will guide participants through a process  that takes a positive approach  and identifying one's strengths to embrace change in a more positive and expansive way.

    Length: 1.5 hours


  • The Black Girl Briefcase: The Allyship Chapter (2:45 PM - 4:15 PM)

    Presented by Jasmine Wilkerson, Area Coordinator, Residential Life and Adonis Mundy, Assistant Director, Residential Life

    Navigating a new space is not a particularly easy task. Adding multiple elements can make the task more difficult. Being a Black, millenial woman in a world that does not cater to People of Color, in addition to navigating a career that requires countless hours of voluntary and FUNdatory functions requires a special combination of supporting elements. Join me as I discuss 6 key supporting elements that we have identified as pertinent to having a successful transition into and out of predominantly white spaces. Through this presentation I hope to also provide resources and tips for allies of these folx.

    Audience members will be able to:

    • Articulate awareness and understanding of one’s attitudes, values, beliefs, assumptions, biases, and identity how they affect one’s integrity and work with others.
    • Identify the challenges associated with balancing personal and professional responsibilities, and recognize the intersection of one’s personal and professional life.
    • Articulate key elements of one’s set of personal beliefs and commitments (e.g., values, morals,goals, desires, self-definitions), as well as the source of each (e.g., self, peers, family, or one or more larger communities).
    • Identify positive and negative impacts on wellness and, as appropriate, seek assistance from available resources.

    Length: 1.5 hours


  • Holistically Thriving – Gentle Yoga and Healing Touch (3:00 PM - 4:30 PM)

    Presented by Justina Reichelt, Shayna Stratton, Stephanie Davis

    Do you feel pressured by the expectations as a coworker, family member, parent, partner, sibling, and more?  Do you need time to refuel and center all parts?  We will provide tools for letting go, and we will use self-compassion as a guide to finding alignment to thrive.  Come to reconnect to the resilience that is innate in us all.  During this session, we will engage in a Gentle Yoga practice which is coupled with aromatherapy and healing touch.  We will have a brief written self-reflection both before and after the practice.

    Location: Campus Rec Studio in Patrick Gym

    Length: 1.5 hours


Afternoon Tours:  


Various Start Times Various End Times
  • Thriving in a Changing Climate - Lecture and Campus Walking Tour (2:45 PM - 4:30 PM)

    Presented by Corey Berman, Program Manager, UVM Recycling; Marissa Watson, UVM Dining, Sodexo; Lynn Wood, Physical Plant, Zone Manager, UVM; Gioia Thompson, Director, Office of Sustainability; Karen Nordstrom, Student Services, RSENR

    Description: The climate is changing. How is UVM adapting to continue to thrive on an operational level? How can we thrive as individuals by learning personal resilience? Hear from campus experts as you take a walking tour of several areas to see how systems work to reduce our collective impact, and how we are considering resilience in the sustainable development of our campus. The session starts with a brief classroom overview and exploration of participants’ interests and a guided mindfulness exercise to ground the group. This is followed with a 75-minute walking tour where questions can be answered throughout. Plan attire and footwear accordingly to walk around campus.

    Meeting Location: Lecture and Campus Walking Tour. Meets in Williams 403.

    Length:  1 hour and 45 minutes


  • Tour of the spring special exhibitions at the Fleming Museum (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Presented by Alice Boone, Curator of Education and Public Programs

    Description:  Take a guided tour of the two spring special exhibitions at the Fleming Museum, both of which are interesting opportunities to see artists thriving in change. <i>Warp: War Rugs of Afghanistan</i> presents a selection of Afghan war rugs that incorporate traditional design with striking stylized representations of drones, tanks, and other military imagery that call up the Soviet invasion in 1979 and the ongoing U.S. war in Afghanistan. The rugs document the history of a region while standing as a complicated testament to a complicated expressive artistic tradition impacted by unusually diverse economic and political pressures. The second exhibition, Let's Have a Ball: Wood Gaylor and the New York Art Scene, 1913-1936 presents the vibrant tableaux of little-known modernist artist Wood Gaylor, who documented the parties, sketching classes, and hangouts of his artist and performer friends in the heady times between the two world wars, indulging in the excesses of an art and commercial market that was changing rapidly.

    Meeting Location: Fleming Museum Lobby

    Length:  1 hour



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Important Dates

EDU@UVM: March 11, 2020

Registration Opens: February 18, 2020

Registration Closes: Mar. 6, 2020


How To Register

  1. Carefully read the workshop descriptions to find the sessions that you most interest you.
  2. Have all your course codes listed when you register.
  3. Log into PeopleSoft Human Resources and go to:

Main Menu > Self Service > Learning and Development > Request Training Enrollment

Confirmation emails will be sent to the registrant after their registration is complete and will include the building and floor number. Class room numbers will be provided by our staff at the event location.

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