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Jan. 19, 2021

Northwest announces Career Pathing opportunities for students, employees

Northwest Missouri State University is again offering personal and professional development opportunities for students and employees this spring through its Career Pathing series.

Career Pathing sessions feature professionals sharing their expertise related to topics such as resilience, handling stress and developing connections.

This spring’s sessions also include Northwest staff members discussing issues of race, wellness and how to prepare for graduate school. Green Dot training, RESPOND training, Mock Interview Day and the Bearcat Diversity Book Club also are part of the spring offerings.

While Career Pathing provides professional development opportunities for Northwest faculty and staff, the program gives participating students opportunities to develop skills for the workforce and earn pay increases for their attendance.

More information about spring Career Pathing opportunities is provided below.

Interested participants can use the following links to register for events hosted by Human Resources. Additional opportunities have an alternative registration link provided below.

Mental Wellness

Monica Zeigel, Hope 4 All coordinator, Wellness Services

10 a.m. every Tuesday, Jan. 26 through April 27, via Zoom (60 minutes)

These weekly workshops explore various topics, including resilience, stress, anxiety, sleeping patterns, depression, journaling, developing connections, setting goals and hope. Themes of resources, activities, improving mental wellness and normalizing mental illness also are discussed. Participants may register at  

Green Dot Overview

Rachel Hoover, Green Dot coordinator, Wellness Services

For faculty/staff: 9 a.m., noon or 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, via Zoom (75 minutes). Register for Green Dot (Jan. 26).  

For students: 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22; 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 24; or 1 p.m. Friday, April 9, via Zoom (75 minutes). Register for Green Dot (March 24).

Learn the basic elements of Green Dot, focusing on the vital role campus employees play in establishing and reinforcing the culture within which students exist. The program is designed to help Northwest employees understand the definition of bystander and integrate key behaviors into their current job functions. Participants will gain knowledge and tools to contribute to the positive norms pertaining to power-based personal violence and campus safety. 

For students: 6-9:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8; 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20; or 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, in the Student Union Boardroom. Register for Green Dot (Feb. 8).

Green Dot is Northwest’s violence prevention program offered through Wellness Services. It uses bystander intervention techniques to prevent power-based personal violence – such as sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking – before it happens. The training helps students identify the warning signs of violence – known as red dots, examines barriers to intervening and offers three intervention strategies students can use. Green Dot also works toward culture change and discusses proactive actions students can take outside of intervention in a high-risk situation.

Bearcat Diversity Book Club

N'ninah Freelon, diversity and inclusion coordinator, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

For students: 6-7 p.m. every other Tuesday, Jan. 26 through April 6, via Zoom. Register for Bearcat Diversity Book Club .

Participants will share a dialogue based on the book, “So You Want to Talk About Race,” by Ijeoma Oluo. The book covers subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to model minorities. The discussion is a step toward having honest conversations about race and racism and how those things affect every aspect of American life.


Rachel Mayfield, counselor, Wellness Services

For faculty/staff: 3-5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, and Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Student Union Ballroom (must attend both days). Register for RESPOND (faculty/staff).

For students: 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 (Register for RESPOND (Feb. 17)), or Sunday, Feb. 21 (Register for RESPOND (Feb. 21)), in the Student Union Ballroom

“RESPOND” is designed to teach the campus community how to recognize and respond to mental health concerns. Content includes a brief overview of mental health problems on college campuses, discussion about stigma and culture, an overview of signs associated with mental health problems. The remainder of the course is focused on how to effectively respond with basic listening and empathy, risk assessment at the lay level, support, referral, and taking care of self, including appropriate boundaries based on role or personal preference.

Negotiate: Be H.E.A.R.D. If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get

Mary Redmond, speaker, negotiator, coach and consultant, FearLess Negotiator

11 a.m., 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Student Union Ballroom (60 minutes)

Redmond’s warm and passionate style, infused with humor, inspires and challenges audiences to create new ways to embrace life. For more information, visit

Mock Interview Day

Career Services

For students only: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17; 30-minute sessions are offered in the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse or online.

Students have the opportunities to gain interviewing experience by meeting face-to-face with real employers. Employers will provide students with feedback on their résumés, interview responses and overall impressions. Employers are encouraged to use their own interview formats to make mock interviews as close to a real interview as possible.

Registration opens Monday, Jan. 25, and ends when all interview opportunities are filled. Students may register by visiting Career Services in Administration Building Room 130, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Students must submit a résumé to reserve an interview spot. Interviews are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Build a Momentum Mindset: Stress Reducers and Resilience Boosters to Conquer Change and Uncertainty

Kim Becking, motivational keynote speaker, Momentum Motivation LLC

11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the Student Union Ballroom (60 minutes)

Becking shares her own stories of resilience in life and business with healthy doses of vulnerability, humor and motivation. She will share how to use resilience to not only navigate and cope during change and uncertainty but build a momentum mindset that helps you push past limited thinking. Learn how to use the adversity, change and uncertainty in your life and the world as the fuel needed to propel you forward, stronger and better than before.

Participants will leave equipped with tools to transform their mindset to shift and think differently, reduce stress, conquer change and challenges, and create the everyday resilience required in this ever-changing, complex pandemic world to build momentum and accelerate success. For more information, visit

Implicit Bias and How to Address It

Dr. Justin Mallett, associate provost of diversity and inclusion, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the Student Union Tower View Room (60 minutes)

Continue developing cultural competency and understanding. Mallett will define implicit bias, identify different types of implicit bias and provide a roadmap to address implicit bias. Participants will develop a greater understanding of the role implicit bias has in their everyday life.

Grad School 101

Hannah Christian, assistant director of Career Services

10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the Student Union Ballroom (60 minutes) 

Searching for, selecting and applying to graduate school can be an intimidating process. Students often do not know where to turn to ask questions. Christian will demystify the process and provide insights, tips and guidance to anyone considering graduate school. Topics include researching programs and options, admissions tests, preparing an curriculum vitae (CV), creating a personal statement or admissions essay, and admissions interviews.


Dr. Mark Hornickel
Administration Building
Room 215