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Reflect, Connect, and Move (RCM)

Reflect, Connect, and Move (RCM)

B.K. Taylor, Assistant Director
University Wellness Center
Northwest Missouri State University

Date:               Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Time:               11:00 a.m., 1:00 pm. or 3:00 p.m.
Length:            60 Minutes
Location:          Student Union Ballroom

Reflect, Connect, and Move, better known as RCM, is currently a primary resilience training. RCM is being developed at Northwest in partnership with the University of Missouri and external consultant. This program is the first of its kind, giving everyone who takes the program a common language and process to cultivate their resilience. The goal of the RCM is to create a program that will allow any person trained to use the tools of RCM in any difficult situation to overcome and be successful. Those situations could be a breakup, failed class, or loss of a loved one, RCM will be designed to help everyone. The first step of RCM is this primary training with the intention for RCM to grow more comprehensive in the future.


Bearcat Diversity Book Club

Bearcat Diversity Book Club

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion are doing a Bearcat Diversity Book Club for the Fall semester. The book selected for the Fall semester is titled “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo. This book covers subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to model minorities. This book is first step in creating a way to have honest conversations about race and racism and how they affect every aspect of American life.

The Bearcat Diversity Book Club will be offered as part of our lunch and learn series for Northwest employees and community members. We will get together in a socially distanced (or virtual space) on campus and engage in discussion on the book led by Dr. Justin Mallett, Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion.  The Bearcat Diversity Book Club will take place on following days from 11:50 am-12:50 pm.

  • September 15, 2020
  • September 29, 2020
  • October 13, 2020
  • October 27, 2020
  • November 10, 2020

If you are interested in participating in the Bearcat Diversity Book Club, please go to the following linked google document to sign up: https://forms.gle/bEXngP6CyJUospcE8  The deadline to sign-up is August 31, 2020 as this will give us enough time to order books for everyone who needs one.


Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

Dr. Justin Mallett, Associate Provost
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Date:      Monday, September 28, 2020 
Time:      11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.
Length:   60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

During the last couple of months, issues of race have been at the center of national news. In efforts to understand issues of systemic and institutional racism, it is important to understand the effects implicit bias and microaggressions have on the oppressed. This session will look to help attendees understand the concepts of implicit bias and the different forms of microaggressions students and employees face daily. This session will also provide tips on how to handle microaggressive statements and how to be an ALLY. As we continue the process to Listen, Align, and Act at Northwest, this session will provide you with the basic tenets of acting against microaggressions and understanding your bias.

 


Generations At Work - Interaction Guidelines to Increase Performance

Generations At Work - Interaction Guidelines to Increase Performance

Lauren Schieffer, International Speaker & Author
High Road Solutions

www.laurenschieffer.com

Date:      Tuesday, October 6, 2020 
Time:      11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Length:   60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

For the first time in American history, there are four generations in the workplace. The "old folks" are not obsolete, and the "kids" are not sloppy and lazy. Each brings an important energy and contribution to the team. This fun and interactive session allows you to understand each generation's driving influence and gives you what you need to communicate for greater effectiveness and harmony.

Key Takeaways:

  • Core characteristics of each of the four generations
  • Influencing factors that create emotional drivers
  • Tips for communicating with and motivating each generation – especially the largest and still growing generation: Millennials.

Turning Disruption Into Your Competitive Advantage

Turning Disruption Into Your Competitive Advantage

Steven Iwersen, CSP 
Keynote Speaker & Author
Aurora Pointe, LLC

www.steveniwersen.com

Date:      Thursday,October 15, 2020 
Time:      10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Length:   60 Minutes
Location: Student Union Ballroom

Industry Disruption. Innovation. Managing Chaos. The new expectation of every leader and industry is to rethink and retool their approach to business if they want to be relevant, see results, and increase revenue. How individuals and organizations respond to this new business culture will determine if they thrive or die. 

Steven Iwersen presents the 4 essentials that the best leaders of large corporations and small businesses are using every day to stay ahead of the crowd and to help avoid getting stuck. Discover how turning chaos into an advantage is as easy as herding porcupines. 


Building and Using a Professional LinkedIn Profile

Building and Using a Professional LinkedIn Profile

Date: Monday, November 2, 2020
Time: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Length: 60 Minutes
Location: The Union Ballroom

Are you LinkedIn? If not, you need to be. LinkedIn has more than 500 million users and is used by more than 90% of corporate recruiters. If you are looking for a job or internship LinkedIn can be a major asset. This presentation will cover the major parts of a LinkedIn profile, best practices for students and tips on how to use LinkedIn to supercharge your networking and job search.