Workshop and Certificate Series

Becoming Community Professional Development Workshop Series and Certificate Program 

  • Please note that we have decided to extend our Workshop and Certificate Series throughout the end of the Fall 2019 semester!                                                                              
  • Individuals who attend five or more workshops and apply this to change some element of their work will be eligible to receive a  Becoming Community Advanced Practitioner Certificate with recognition on the Becoming Community website. Please complete the following form before November 8 to receive your Advanced Practitioner Certificate in December:

Through the Becoming Community grant, our work is about co-creating a community where inclusion is not an end goal but an ongoing process. We aim to provide the members of our community with the tools to create space for all to be heard and for all to thrive. 

We seek to create a place where more people can feel authentic, recognized, accepted, and wanted. 

We sincerely hope that you will join us in this effort through participating in the new Becoming Community Professional Development Workshop Series & Certificate Program. This series extends the work of the first Mellon grant on inclusive practices and is open to all faculty and staff. 

Instead of solely relying upon outside scholars, we have created a professional development series that draws upon the wisdom, knowledge, and expertise of our own colleagues and resident CSB/SJU leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. We hope that this series will spur important conversations, mutual sharing, meaningful engagement, and help us all to do better together.

Becoming Community Certificate Program

We encourage all staff and faculty members to attend these workshops. In addition, we will provide recognition for those of you who demonstrate sustained investment in terms of time and engagement. Therefore, individuals who attend five or more of the Becoming Community and/or Human Resources Diversity & Inclusion workshops will earn a Becoming Community Practitioner Certificate

Individuals who attend five or more workshops and provide evidence by the end of the academic year that they have incorporated what they learned by applying it to change some element of their work will be eligible to receive a Becoming Community Advanced Practitioner Certificate with recognition on the Becoming Community website. 

These certificates may be documented in your resume/CV or annual review as evidence of your engagement in professional development and, importantly, the certificate itself may be posted in your workspace to serve as a public sign and symbol to students and colleagues of your investment in helping to create a more inclusive community.

Becoming Community Practitioner Certificate

  • Attend 5 or more Becoming Community and/or Human Resources Diversity and Inclusion Workshops
  • Receive a Certificate, including a digital copy for your resume or C. V.

Becoming Community Advanced Practitioner Certificate

  • Attend 5 or more Becoming Community and/or Human Resources Diversity and Inclusion Workshops
  • Provide evidence of applied changes based on workshop learning
  • Receive a Certificate, including a digital copy for your resume or C. V.
  • Be featured on our Becoming Community Website

Questions? Email us at [email protected]

For current workshops, click here: 

Previous Workshops:

Amy Reynolds' Keynote Speech: Leadership for Multicultural Change
(Not Eligible for Certificate Credit)
Oct. 17th, 2018, 5-6:00 pm
Gorecki 120

Amy Reynolds' Community Workshop: Strategies and Tools for Creating Multicultural Campuses
Oct. 18th, 2018, 9:30am-11:00am
SJU Founders Room, Quad 170

Lessons from the First Mellon Grants & Demonstrating Inclusive Practices for Teachers
(Kyhl Lyndgaard, Jean Keller, Amanda Macht Jantzer & Brandyn Woodard)
Oct. 15th, 2018, 4-5:30 pm
Learning Commons, 391, SJU

IISS: Deconstructing Whiteness? The force/counterforce of Privilege 
(Curtis Linton) 
Oct. 22nd, 2018, 7 pm
Upper Gorecki, CSB

Human Resources: Diversity & Inclusion Professional Development Opportunities:
What do I need to know about our LGBTQI+ community members at CSB/SJU?
SJU: Nov. 1st, 2018, 3-4:30 pm, (Quad 264)
CSB: Nov. 7th, 2018, 8:30am-10am (BAC 135)

IISS: Beyond Diversity 101: Microinequities, Implicit Bias, and Moving toward Equity 
(Anne Phibbs) 
Nov. 6th, 2018, 7 pm
Quad 264, SJU

Debra Leigh – C.A.R.E. Workshop
November 27th, 2018, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
CSB – Upper Gorecki

RAD: Reflection Action Dialogue, Drowning Voices, Can You Hear Me?
Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 2018, 7-8:30 pm
Colman Black Box Theather, BAC, CSB

Combating Microaggressions 
(Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination Students with Professor Pam Bacon) 
Thursday, November 29th, 2018
11:10 am-12:30 pm
Founders Room, Quad, SJU

Yesterday and Today: Trends in Native and New Student Profiles
(Jon McGee & Ted Gordon)
Dec. 3rd, 12-1:30 pm
Founders Room, Quad, SJU

STEM Roundtables: Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in STEM 
(Sunil Chetty, Katie Furniss, Pam Bacon & Annette Raigoza)
Dec 4th at 4:15-5:15 
PDR, Gorecki, CSB

Teaching Whiteness: Why It's Important and How to Do it
Emily Esch
March 13, 2019 4:30 pm
Quad 170, SJU

Tranforming Your Syllabus for Inclusivity: A Collaborative Workshop
Madeleine Israelson, Catherine Bohn-Gettler, Terri Rodriguez, Allison Spender, Diana Fenton, and Jeanne Cofell
March 20, 4:30-6 pm
Gorecki President's Dining Room, CSB

Pedagogy Roundtable-- Literature and Language: Towards Building an Inclusive Community in the Classroom
March 27, 4:30-6 pm
HAB 102, CSB 

Navigating Gender and Sexuality On Campus and in the Classroom:
Liam Lair
April 1, 12:00-1:30 pm
Gorecki 204A 

The Politics of Gender
Liam Lair
April 2, 7:00 pm
Quad 264, SJU

Creating an Inclusive Organization: Addressing Conflict and Building Authentic Dialogue
Anne Phibbs
Thursday, April 4, 7:00 pm
Pellegrene Auditorium, SJU  

Book Group: Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice
Session One (week of March 25), Session Two (week of April 1, and Session Three (week of April 8)

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Through the Arts
Roundtable Discussion with Susan Gogdill-Vollbrecht, Laura Taylor, Tanya Gertz, Kaarin Johnston, and Bruce Campbell
Friday, April 12, 2:00-3:30 pm
BAC Gallery Lounge, CSB

Recognition and Celebration Event (This is not a certificate event.) 
May 1, 4:00-5:00 pm
HCC Alumne Hall, CSB

The Power of Music: From Gospel to Pop, transforming one soul at a time. (This is not a certificate event)
Jearlyn Steele, singer amd speaker.
August 30th 5:30; BAC Practice Room

They/Them Project 
Wednesday, October 9th 7-8:30 Gorecki 204C
Interviews individuals who currently or previously use gender non-conforming pronouns, offering a platform for them to be seen and heard while informingall who listen how words a nd actios affect the Trans+ community.  They/Them project is produced by photographer and activist Brent Dundore.
Sponsored by: CSBSJU Libraries, PRiSM, Gender Studies,IISS, Mellon Grant,-Becoming COmmunity, CMLE(Central Minnesota Library Exchange), CSB Student Development.
Level: Beginner
Audience: Students, faculty, staff, monastics, community members

Dr David Karp, Restorative Justice
Tuesday, October 15th 11:45-1:15 Quad 264
Nationally-known Resotative Justice educator and practitioner Dr. David Karp will be on campus to share with our community the implementation and usage of restorative justice on college campuses.
Level: Beginner/intermediate
Audience: Staff, faculty,monastics

Native Studies Series facilitated by Ted Gordon, Corrie Grosse, Melissa Burrell and additional CSB/SJU Students-
Part 1-Native Minnesota: How Native Nations Shape our State
Monday, October 14th (Indigenous People’s Day) 6:30-8:00pm in Gorecki 204C

Part 2 - A Discusson of Native and Indigenous Experiences at CSB/SJU.
Wednesday, Nov. 13th -6:30-8 p.m. Gorecki 204C, CSB  Register:
Cancelled - Reschedule- TBA.

    Why Leadership on Diversity and Inclusion Requires Emotional Intelligence with Anne Phibbs (IISS)
    For many who care about advancing equity and social justice in all areas of their lives, this past year has brought tremendous challenges. While U.S. society grows increasingly diverse and complex, our social and political discourse grows more polarized, less nuanced, and frighteningly hostile. Whether it’s another leader being accused of sexual harassment/assault, a new challenge to rights we thought secure, or the reemergence of organized white supremacy, we are living through a profound social and cultural moment. Continuing to build an inclusive and equitable society, in the face of so many challenges, will require not just allies and advocates, but leaders and risk-takers. And these leaders must come to the work prepared, not just intellectually but emotionally as well. In this practically-focused presentation, we will explore how the framework of “emotional intelligence” has much to offer those of us doing the work of diversity, inclusion, and social justice.
    Wednesday, October 16th 7pm Gorecki 204C       

    Mutual Mentoring for Inclusion: Making Every Connection Count for Early Career Faculty

    Mentoring can offer a vital contribution to academic career advancement, inclusivity, and success, particularly for women and underrepresented faculty. As CSB/SJU work to recruit a more diverse faculty to better serve our students, we need to support our new colleagues and make real the transformative inclusion supported by the Becoming Community initiative. Studies suggest that of greatest significance to women faculty and faculty of color in determining their satisfaction and capacity to succeed is the kinds of climate and collegiality they experience on campus, including opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and to experience professional and personal interactions that are more flexible and less intense than the traditional one mentor and one mentee mentoring model. Recent literature and practice now offer new, non-hierarchical, relational and reciprocal approaches to mentoring in which faculty build a network of “multiple mentors” who can address a variety of career competencies.  In this interactive session, you will identify your professional goals, strengths, and skills that you want to develop; explore mentoring as a medium for helping you meet those goals; “map” your own mentoring networks—what they are and could be, drawing on a range of examples; and discuss best practices for seeking, developing, and cultivating a network of mentors. This session is designed for early-career faculty of all types (tenure-track, term, etc.)

    9:55-11:15 a.m., Thursday, October 24-CSB, Ardolf Science Center 142

    Network-Based Mentoring for Inclusion: A Fresh Approach for Mid-Career Faculty

    This workshop explores the challenges faced by associate/mid-career faculty and the role of mentoring in contributing to academic career advancement and success, as well as its role in fostering an inclusive environment on campus.  In this interactive session, you will identify the  professional goals, strengths, and skills that you want to develop at this stage in your career; explore mentoring as a medium for helping you meet those goals; “map” your own mentoring networks—what they are and could be, drawing on a range of examples; and discuss best practices for seeking, developing, and cultivating a network of “multiple mentors” that can help you with the opportunities and challenges afforded by being more established in academia.

    3:00-4:30 p.m., Thursday, October 24 -SJU, Quad 353

    Culturally Informed Assessment presented by Libby Smith from ARC Evaluation
    Friday, October 25th 12-1:30pm Gorecki 120

    Downloading and Internalizing Maps & Meanings
    Tuesday, November 5th 5:00-7:00 pm CSB Gorecki 204C