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Workshops and Panels


Every year NCCWSL offers skill-building workshops that challenge and inspire our attendees to make an impact on their campuses and in their communities long after they leave the conference.

Workshops will be held on Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29, 2020, at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Our workshops are divided among the following leadership objectives.

Color Key

  • Leadership development: Develop and strengthen a leadership narrative through voice, skill set, and mind-set.
  • Professional development: Build a professional tool kit for postgraduate life.
  • Activism: Know the how, why, and when to take action.
  • Women’s issues: Gain a better understanding of issues and policies affecting women and of AAUW’s role in empowering women.
  • Identity and diversity: Own one’s personal identity and role in increasing and supporting diverse voices.

Each session is open to all attendees. If you see a workshop marked with this symbol [*], you may benefit from having a base line knowledge of the topic prior to the session.

Panel Sessions

Thursday’s panels will cover topics related to activism, women’s issues, and identity and diversity. Professional development and leadership development will be covered during Friday’s career panels.

2019 Workshop and Panels

Workshop Session I:
Thursday, May 30; 10:15 a.m.–Noon

AAUW Start Smart: Get Ready to Ask for What You’re Worth

Benjamin Banneker A

Presenter:Payal Sindha (she/her/hers), Senior Program Associate, AAUW

One year after college graduation women working full time are paid just 82 percent of what their male peers are paid. Overcome the gender pay gap and get paid what you’re worth by learning how to negotiate your salary and benefits. The AAUW Start Smart salary negotiation workshop will teach you everything you need to know to approach the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills you need to negotiate a fair salary and benefits package.

Professional development

AAUW Work Smart: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Campus Professionals Only

Nanticoke

Presenter: Sarah Spencer (she/her/hers), Senior Programs Associate, AAUW

At the current rate of progress the gender pay gap won’t close until 2119! Women working full time in the United States typically are paid just 80 percent of what men are paid. But by learning to recognize your value and ask for the salary you’re worth, you can start closing that pay gap right now. This AAUW Work Smart salary negotiation workshop, designed for campus professionals, will prepare you to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits packages for new jobs as well as raises and promotions.

Professional development

#ElectHer from Running Start: Empowering YOU to run!

Margaret Brent A

Presenter: Jessica Kelly, Program Director, Running Start

Elect Her encourages and trains college women to run for student government and political office. At this interactive workshop, participants will discuss the importance of women running for office, examine the issues they care about, map out their support networks, craft and deliver elevator speeches, and compete in a campaign simulation. Elect Her is a program of Running Start, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that inspires and trains young women to run for office, and was developed with AAUW.

Leadership development

Empowerment Self-Defense

Atrium

Presenters: Em Morrison (she/her/hers), teacher, Defend Yourself; and Samia Lalani (she/her/hers), teacher, Defend Yourself.

This workshop takes a powerful and effective approach to preventing, interrupting, responding to, and healing from violence. Empowerment Self-Defense places violence in a social context, shifts blame and responsibility from the victims to the perpetrators, centers embodiment, and offers a comprehensive toolbox of verbal and physical strategies. Physical techniques taught are accessible and do not rely upon physical strength or fitness to be effective. This intensive workshop is highly interactive and engaging, featuring movement, discussion, small-group work, and pairs exercises. It is open to all, regardless of ability.

Women’s issues

Mindfulness Made Simple

Juan Ramón Jiménez

Presenter: Lauren Going LCSW-C RYT, Director, Going to Thrive

This experiential workshop will explore the benefits of mindfulness practices to reduce stress and increase concentration in everyday life. You will leave the workshop feeling more relaxed and focused with practices that work.

Women’s issues

QueerCore: An Identity Open Mic

Hoff Theater

Presenter: Missy Smith (she/her/hers), Founder and Teaching Artist, QueenEarth Music and Education and NCCWSL Steering Committee 2019 Co-Chair; and guest facilitator

A collaboration with other songwriters, poets, and artists through performance art and storytelling, QueerCore seeks to give a voice and visibility to the artists of the often underrepresented queer community. More than just a program for the LGBTQ community, this show is meant to encourage all of us to “come out” and share our stories, our triumphs, and celebrate the parts of ourselves that make us unique. For some that different part is our sexuality. For others, it may be skin color, religion, accent, or something else. Members of the queer community, especially students, are encouraged to share in the performance space.

Identity and diversity

Radically Unfinished

Charles Carroll A

Presenter: Erin Fischer, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Leadership Training Studio

Join Erin Fischer — self-described leadership nerd — for a REAL conversation about women’s confidence. You will open up a dialogue about the differences among overconfidence, underconfidence, and authentic confidence and unpack the myths about this topic. Then you will talk about how to care less about what everyone else thinks, what cues we are sending through our body language, and how to build your reserve of resiliency. Most importantly, you will create a plan on how to support other brave, bold women. This presentation has been seen by thousands of women on college campuses in the past three and a half years, and it is full of intriguing videos and true stories about the journey to a place of authentic confidence for all of us.

Leadership development

The Revolution Will Be Cut, Pasted & Photocopied: A Zine Workshop for Activists and Troublemakers

Benjamin Banneker B

Presenters: Mel Gruver, Associate Director for Civic Engagement and Leadership Development, Purdue University

Back by popular demand, we will be leading you on a zine-making journey. Zines are self-published, low-cost, small-circulation publications. Self-publishing is a radical way for people to create their own cultures, make their voices heard, and promote change. Learn how womxn throughout history have used zines as an entry point to activism, a way to create a space for resistance, and a tool for social justice. During this hands-on activity we will work together to create our own individual zines to bring back home. Why let the media tell your story when you can do it yourself?

Activism

Rock Your Profile: Tips and Tricks for LinkedIn

Prince George’s Room

Presenter: Rae Hoyt (she/her/hers), Manger, Content Production, LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn is hosting a session to help you build out your LI Profile. The Rock Your Profile Workshop will help you understand how to best leverage LinkedIn’s Profile feature as an aspiring professional. Come get a headshot, chat with others about how to best market your skills and experience, and learn a thing or two about building a professional brand.

Professional development

 

Panel Session I:
Thursday, May 30; 1:00–2:15 p.m.

Panelists to be announced

The Challenge of Affordable and Accessible Healthcare

Charles Carroll A

As the debate rages on over access to complete and affordable healthcare, it is the ones who are most in need of coverage who often get left out of the conversation. Join our panelists to discuss the gaps in our current system and solutions to put control back in the hands of the healthcare consumer.


Eliminating the Leadership Gap

Atrium

Despite women’s impressive gains in education and the workplace over the past 50 years, men greatly outnumber women in leadership, especially in top positions. From corporate boardrooms to the halls of Congress, from universities to the courts, from places of worship to philanthropic organizations, men are simply much more likely than women to be leaders. Women are not simply denied top leadership opportunities at the culmination of a long career. Rather, those opportunities disappear at various points along the way. So what, exactly, is happening? Join our panelists for a discussion on the leadership gap, gender discrimination in the workplace, implicit bias, and what to do about the pervasive barriers holding women.


How to Amp Up Your Political and Civic Engagement

Prince George’s Room

Generation Z is more politically energized than ever and many will soon hit the ballot box for the first time. As excitement around the 2020 presidential election grows, students everywhere are wondering how they can engage in elections on the national, state, and local level. Whether you’re interested in volunteering on a campaign or holding a registration drive on campus, there are countless ways you can get involved. Join our panelists for a discussion about how to be an informed, engaged, and active participant.


Navigating Difficult Conversations: How to Have Productive Conversations When You Don’t Agree

Charles Carroll B

Political polarization has risen to an all-time high. It is only natural for us to surround ourselves with like-minded people, but when we are inevitably faced with radically different opinions, how we navigate those difficult conversations is crucial to moving forward. Knowing when and how to engage (and when it’s okay to walk away) can be tricky. Join our panelists for a discussion around the best strategies for approaching conversations across party lines.


Redefining the Standard in Fashion and Beauty

Juan Ramón Jiménez

The fashion and beauty world has historically been defined by a specific, rigid, and exclusive standard of beauty. For industries built on individual expression, only recently have creative companies and brands made efforts to expand their definition of “the standard.” Join our panelists to discuss why these industries must critically assess their brand–from their company culture to their products to their marketing campaigns–to ensure all identities are fairly and accurately represented.


The State of the World Have Your Feeling Burnt Out? Take Time for Self-Care

Benjamin Banneker A

With today’s 24-hour news cycle and the increasing influence of social media, the urge to get involved in every cause and campaign is significant. The result: self-care often falls to the end of our priority list. Yet without paying mindful attention to our mental, physical, and emotional health, the only impact we’ll make is a negative impact on our well being. Our panelists are here to discuss best practices for staying healthy while juggling competing interests and will share tips for carving out time for productive self-care.


Understanding Title IX: How to Support Survivors on Campus

Benjamin Banneker B

This year, the Department of Education took steps to roll back Title IX protections on campuses across the country. Nationwide, students and campus professionals alike are wondering what these changes might mean for their campus. Our panelists discuss the repercussions of the rule change, including strategies to hold your college or university to a higher standard.


Unpacking Privilege on Campus

Hoff Theater

It’s easy to fall into the trap of framing privilege in black and white terms: either you have it or you don’t. In reality, privilege comes from many different experiences and identities and can play out in many different ways. In this panel, we’ll discuss what it means to have privilege as a student and how we can confront own power and privilege to address inequality on campus.

 

Workshop Session II:
Friday, May 31; 8:45–10:00 a.m.

Building Authentic and Powerful Relationships in a Diverse Society

Charles Carroll A

Presenters: Dr. Lisa House (she/her/hers) Associate Professor, Millersville University and Psychologist; and Chelsea Neal (she/her/hers), Graduate Student, Millersville University

Successful leaders understand where they come from, their strengths, their areas for growth, and the privilege and oppression that they experience. They know how to connect and communicate effectively with people from different cultures, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual-orientations, and gender identities. This interactive workshop will help participants identify and discuss their personal dimensions of identity/diversity and their relative importance through various experiential exercises. We will discuss how we are impacted when our core dimensions of identity are not recognized or valued by others. Participants will gain tools to prepare them to be socially responsible and they will learn how they can create a more inclusive community by valuing their unique talents and differences.

Identity and diversity

FACTUALITY: The Cultural Competence & Empathy Game

Margaret Brent A   

Presenter: Natalie Gillard (they/them/theirs), Creator, FACTUALITY

Immerse yourself in a highly interactive board game simulation of structural inequality, in America. Together, we’ll explore the advantages and limitations that coincide with the intersection of your character’s race, gender, sexual orientation, faith, and class. How will structural inequality impact your character? And how will structural inequality impact YOU?

Identity and diversity

Finding Radical Self-Love, Resilience and Solidarity at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs)

Juan Ramón Jiménez

Presenters: Uyenthi Tran Myhre (she/her/hers), Assistant Director, University of Minnesota; and Anitra Cottledge (she/her/hers), Director, University of Minnesota

As indigenous women and women of color students (IWWOCS) at predominantly white institutions (PWIs), we are often not only seeking opportunities to engage in campus life, but also searching for a deeper sense of understanding and belonging. Through individual reflection and small group discussion, this interactive workshop will create space for participants to build critical community and to share their own wisdom and best practices with one another about cultivating resilience, radical self-love and solidarity at PWIs. Participants will come away with concrete take-home strategies about how to navigate and thrive at PWIs as IWWOCS.

Identity and diversity, Women’s issues

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Benjamin Banneker B

Presenter: Cassandra Freeman, Speaker and Author, Thoughtful Inspirations

We all start off the year by setting intentions to try new things or achieve certain goals, but more often than not, we find ourselves falling back to our old habits comfort zones. What would happen if we decided to do things differently and take back our lives–not just next year, but right now? Based on the Book “Little White Lie,” Cassandra will lead participants through interactive activities and skits that will help them DECIDE how to get out of their comfort zones, take control, and create lasting change in their lives.

Professional development

Internships 101

Atrium

Presenter: Samantha Zellner (she/her/hers), Graduate Research Assistant, University of North Texas

Meaningful internships should be more are more than just coffee runs and making copies. But how do you land a internship that will propel you into your dream job post graduation? In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to land their first (or next) internship in four steps, even if they have little or “no” experience. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: identify their past work experience and translate it to job qualifications; build their resume and cover letter; confidently and strategically build their network; and successfully complete a job interview.

Professional development

Leadership from the Inside Out: Finding Balance in a Chaotic World

Benjamin Banneker A

Presenters: Kelli Chen (she/her/hers), Occupational Therapist II, Johns Hopkins Hospital; and Bekah Mack (she/her/hers), Occupational Therapist II, Johns Hopkins Hospital

Modern research shows a rapid rise in college students seeking help in counseling centers for stress management and anxiety. Why are we stressed and what do we do about it? In a world of extremes, could finding balance be the answer to managing stress and anxiety? Explore these ideas in this informative, activity-based workshop. We’ll consider the components of a balanced day and ask, “What am I doing too much of?”, “What am I missing?” and we’ll use evidence-based techniques to fill in gaps. Participants will walk away with a targeted plan to bring more balance into daily life and some new tools to prioritize mental well-being to maximize leadership skills.

Leadership development

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall: Recognizing and Confronting Our White Feminism*

Thurgood Marshall

Presenters: Rachel Kline (she/her/hers), Resident Director, Loyola University Chicago; and Emily Bradley-Kane (she/her/hers), Learning Specialist, Fortune 500 Company

Social media has made it easy to call out celebrities for their problematic behavior. But when will we call ourselves out? There is a long history of white feminism upholding systems of oppression, so let’s do something about it. In this workshop, participants explore how white women have benefited from white supremacy and patriarchy and discuss how a White Feminist perspective can limit progress towards a socially just world. Participants will reflect on their own actions, create strategies for delivering meaningful apologizes for their mistakes, and practice techniques for confronting white feminist behaviors.

Identity and diversity

The Power of Student Voice: Finding, Using, and Enhancing the Voice of Women Leaders

Prince George’s Room 

Presenter: Lindsey Templeton (she/her/hers), Director of Research and Training, National Campus Leadership Council

Women’s voices are not always treated equitably in professional, leadership, academic, and other settings, yet voice can be a critical tool to create change. How do women find their voice and advocate for the voices of others through leadership roles? In recent research from National Campus Leadership Council on the Student Voice Index, women student body presidents reported lower perceptions of student voice in institutional decision-making than student body presidents who identified as men (NCLC, 2018). Using this research, women student leaders in attendance will learn about student voice, discuss the decision-making pathways they face in their roles as student leaders, and discuss challenges and barriers specific to women in sharing their voice in these settings.

Leadership development

Putting the F-Word Back Into Leadership: Using Feminist Leadership to Transform Your Organization*

Margaret Brent B

Presenters: Molly Tuner (she/her/hers), Information and Events Coordinator, Northeastern State University; and Sarah Turner McGowen (she/her/hers), Assistant Professor of Communication, Northeastern State University

Are you struggling to get a student organization off the ground? Learn about the common pitfalls of feminist student organizations and how to steer them towards success whether you’re a member leaders, officer, or faculty/staff advisor. In this workshop, you will learn how to understand organizational missions, gain conflict management skills, and how to develop a cohesive vision for your organization. Whether your student organization has been struggling to gain traction for years or you’re wanting to kickstart a brand new group this fall, there will be key takeaways for you in this workshop.

Leadership development

Rad Money: Personal & Community Finance through Intersectional and Radical Lenses*

Hoff Theater 

Presenter: Luna Allen-Bakerian (she/her/hers), Deputy State Schedule/Coordinator, U.S. Senate

Financial literacy is an empowering tool for success, and yet our money systems perpetuate oppression. This workshop will be an opportunity for participants to explore personal, professional, and community finance while uplifting social justice values and will provide resources of financial hubs, tools, media, and books created by and for people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals, as well as resources for exploring alternative economics and practices. It is part financial tools workshop, part ideas-launchpad for thinking beyond: how we can ultimately use these resources for liberation and the good of our people?

Activism, Women’s issues

Tools for Teaching Inclusive Community Building Skills to Student Leaders*

Campus Professionals Only

Nanticoke

Presenters: Melissa Ooten (she/her/hers), Gender Research Specialist and Associate Director, WILL, University of Richmond; and Dr. Holly Blake (she/her/hers), Associate Dean, Outreach and Educational Development and Director, WILL, University of Richmond

This workshop will engage campus professionals in a facilitated discussion on advising student leaders to intentionally integrate best practices for diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations. Together, we will discuss and share examples with one another of successes and challenges related to this work. We’ll focus on two areas: inclusive group process within student organizations, and modeling and teaching inclusive practices as student leadership groups engage across campus. Campus professionals will walk away with three to four new, specific activities or strategies that will help them build more inclusive community within the leadership organizations that they advise.

Professional development, Identity and diversity

Unconscious Bias: Identifying and Overcoming Gender Norms

Charles Carroll B

Presenter: Lex Franklin (they/them/theirs), undergraduate student leader at Stockton University

Gender norms affect each and every one of us everyday. From microaggressions to outright discrimination, we can find plenty of examples of the enforcement of gender norms in places from our classrooms to our social lives to our homes. So how can we overcome them, when so many of us are often unconsciously adhering to these expectations? As leaders, how can we ensure we aren’t re-enforcing gender norms, and rather are empowering anyone who looks to us for leadership? In an interactive and discussion-based workshop, we will discuss the concept of gender, how to identify situations that enforce gender norms, and how to stop ourselves from becoming complicit in stereotyping and discrimination.

Identity and diversity, Leadership development

 

Panel Session II:
Friday, May 31; 10:15–11:30 a.m.

Panels will be filled with professionals in their respective fields who can speak to their career path and offer advice for attendees looking to pursue each field. Panelists to be announced.

The Business World: Finance and Consulting

Hoff Theater


The Campaign Trail and Elections

Charles Carroll A


Careers That Do Good

Atrium


Competency and Content Building — Just for Women!

Campus Professionals Only

Nanticoke


Grad School and Beyond

Thurgood Marshall


Law and the Judicial System

Benjamin Banneker A


Nursing, Medicine, and Medical Research

Benjamin Banneker B


Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

Margaret Brent A


Working in International Relations

Margaret Brent B


Working in Mass Communications, Sponsored by GEICO

Juan Ramón Jiménez


Working in Washington

Prince George’s Room

 

Workshop Session III:
Friday, May 31; 1:30–2:45 p.m.

Bridging the Divide: Navigating Relationships between White Women & Women of Color*

Hoff Theater

Presenters: Rachel Kline (she/her/hers), Resident Director, Loyola University Chicago; Emily Bradley-Kane (she/her/hers), Learning Specialist, Fortune 500 Company; and Erica Wallace (she/her/hers), Coordinator Peer Mentoring and Engagement, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

This workshop will break down how race plays a role in our personal and professional relationships, and in the struggle to create solidarity among all women. Integral to this conversation is the role of whiteness and colorblindness and their impact on interactions between white women and women of color. By confronting white women’s role in racism and acknowledging the pain that stems from the marginalization for women of color, we can identify the residue that lingers in interpersonal relationships and can understand how women of color often feel marginalized by the white women they look to for support. Participants will explore topics such as white guilt and good intentions, the self-preservation and emotional labor of women of color. This workshop is a space where challenge will be embraced and silence will be broken as we work toward making the goal of feminism a reality.

Activism, Identity and diversity, Women’s issues

Build Your Career: Join the Bright Side of Business!, Presented by IE University

Pyon Su

Presenter: Paz Diaz Bauluz, Investment Professional in Infrastructure and Energy

WHY it is of growing importance to invest in projects and companies that reflect your values? WHY this is what employers are looking for – and you should too? WHY centering your career around key issues and joining the bright side of business pays off? In this workshop you will find out the answers…and, what is more important, you will learn HOW TO be part of the change!

Professional development

Building Your Legacy: How to Create a Career of Impact

Margaret Brent A

Presenters: Michelle Curtis-Bailey, Founder and Strategist, Education on Purpose

Legacy is more than monetary gain; it is the intentional steps we take now to create a lifestyle of radical impact. In this workshop, participants will craft their own personal legacy story on the foundation of their personal mission, vision and core values. This will be an interactive group session with training, personal reflection, and hands on activities. Together, we will map out ways to use our desired career as a tool to create radical impact in our personal/professional lives and community. Attendees of this session will leave this workshop: knowing how to identify their mission, vision and core values; having a clear idea of how to navigate career choices with intention; being able to craft a blueprint for their own legacy; acquiring skills necessary that aid them in intentional career growth and advancement; and knowing how to go from employee to influencer in their respective industries of choice.

Leadership development, Professional development

Channeling Our Stories Into Change: The Power of Storytelling to Lobby Legislators

Atrium

Presenters: Jennifer Mandelblatt (she/her/hers), Co-Founder and Executive Director, Platform; and Aklima Akter (she/her/hers), Co-Founder and Director of Outreach, Platform

In city halls, state capitals, and the chambers of Congress, elected officials too often make decisions about our bodies, lives, and futures without listening to our voices. Together, we are going to change that. You don’t have to be an expert in politics to change policy or an expert in lobbying to change minds. You are an expert in your story, and that’s more than enough to create legislative change. By providing participants with the knowledge on how to lobby and by celebrating the power in their own narratives, we can begin to chip away at the structures that stand in our way.

Activism, Women’s issues

Creating and Sustaining Change: Bringing Humanity into Gender Equity Activism*

Prince George’s Room

Presenters: Carlyn Wright-Eakes (she/her/hers), Rape Prevention Education Coordinator, North Carolina State University

As practicing advocates for gender equity and social justice, many of us have encountered roadblocks or barriers that leave us demoralized and drained. How can we be more effective in creating and sustaining positive change? How do we change our own individual beliefs, along with the collective mindsets of our communities to move past advocating for change to effectively making change? In this presentation we will explore how a Human Development framework can expand our leadership skills in order to find additional sources of hope within ourselves and cultivate greater access to our individual power to create change.

Activism, Women’s issues

Disrupt the Matrix: Choose Your Career With Intention

Charles Carroll A

Presenters: Erica Roberts, Founder and President, X is Possible, LLC

This interactive workshop will empower attendees to choose career options that lead to fulfillment in a Matrix-like senario: do you take the blue pill, continuing to live in a subdued reality, or do you chose the red pill, fighting the status quo for a more fulfilling existence. Together we will identify personal values and criteria to consider when planning your initial career paths. As a result, attendees will be positioned to avoid the pitfalls of career dissatisfaction experienced by most working Americans. Speakers will address areas of self-assessment, explore flexible career options that align with personal interests and introduce career pathing tools.

Activism, Professional development

F*ck That!: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Benjamin Banneker A

Presenters: Nairuti Shastry (she/her/hers), Student Leadership & Development Coordinator, The Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been dismissed as an angry woman. Keep your hand up if you’re totally over it. Drawing on the works of radical women scholars and writers and the sociology of emotion we will examine the pulsating political heartbeat of the women’s movement in the United States today: anger. In this workshop, participants will: explore the ways in which complex systems of power, privilege, and oppression anger them; redefine anger as a social emotion and an invaluable political tool in transforming the status quo; and practice strategies to develop “anger competence” (Chemaly 2018) to support their activism.

Activism, Women’s issues

Friends, Enemies, and Everyone in Between: How Working Collaboratively Creates Lasting Change

Benjamin Banneker B

Presenters: Sarah Bruno (she/her/hers), Executive Director, Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN)

Are you frustrated by partisan politics but wonder how you could ever work with someone from the opposing political party? This workshop will introduce attendees to the essential skill (or art) of working and communicating effectively with people you disagree with and how embracing a collaborative mindset can move us towards policy solutions. Moderated by the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), an organization dedicated to preparing women for policy leadership, this panel will feature women policy leaders in different roles from across the political spectrum who have worked collaboratively to find solutions to the most difficult policy issues. Panelists will present real-life examples along with techniques and tools that have helped them communicate more effectively to create lasting change. The panel will be followed by a Q&A section, and networking session, where attendees can ask panelists for advice and feedback.

Leadership development

Idea Mapping & Money Mining: How to Turn Your Ideas Into Your Reality

Margaret Brent B

Presenters: Bakari Jones (she/her/hers), Developer, Producer, Entrepreneur

The American college campus is one of the most resource rich places to start a business, non-profit, or initiative. If you’ve been sitting on an idea afraid to launch, have no idea where to start with your idea, or want to find more ways to make money from your existing skill set, then you should attend this workshop. Participants will learn the basics of Idea Mapping & Money Mining to leverage the resources and opportunities found throughout their campus. These skills that can help you at this pivotal time in your life and can be used whenever you’d like to strategically plan the next phase of your life.

Professional development

Mapping Out A Life of Success After College

Charles Carroll B

Presenters: Linnita Hosten, Speaker and Author, CAMPUSPEAK

From leadership roles and internships, to receiving awards and honors, to attending leadership retreats and spearheading campus initiatives: you’ve been a superwoman! So, if you’re experiencing anxiety, fear, uneasiness or doubt about life after college, don’t worry. As you shift gears and slowly transition your mind to “life after college,” it’s time to expand your horizon and draft a roadmap. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will each be able to: make a clear connection between their engaged student experience and how it can be used in life AFTER college; strategically identify and cultivate networking opportunities Identify and effectively market their competitive workplace skills; share their unique value and specific interest with ease; display comfortability and strategy while self-advocating at networking events Identify practical outlets to pursue workplace opportunities.

Professional development

Preventing Post Grad Blues: Job Application Do’s & Don’ts

Thurgood Marshall

Presenter: Savannah Moore (she/her/hers), Leadership Consultant, Alpha Delta Pi

Transitioning into the real world is scary. We get it. We’re doing it. Choosing what to do after graduation when you can’t even decide what you want for dinner is tricky. Should you go to grad school? Should you work? In this session, we’ll help you navigate what’s right for you and then give you a step-by-step guide on how to do it. We’ll walk you through Linkedin, resume prep, interview tips, and how to handle rejection. From two girls who just did it, let’s get this bread.

Professional development

Public Speaking for Women by a Woman Who Speaks*

Juan Ramón Jiménez

Presenters: Nancy Hunter Denney, Executive Director, Lead365 National Conference, and professional speaker

Oh, you didn’t just begin with “Hello, my name is …” or did you? Join Nancy Hunter Denny, a  professional speaker with 30 years experience, to learn what makes you credible, engaging and more professional at the podium and what takes away from your influence. From composing a speech to your delivery, this workshop will share the tips and tricks needed to ensure the real you shines through. By the end of this workshop, you will feel more confident speaking in front of others and making an influence.

Professional development

Decolonizing the Safe Space: Mentorship Practices for LGBTQ+ Students of Color

Campus Professionals Only

Nanticoke

Presenter: Sika Wheeler (she/her/hers), Coordinator, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Equity Center, University of Maryland

How has the residual framework of a “safe space” impacted the way we approach our work with LGBTQIA+ communities? What does it mean to have a “safe space” where whiteness is not the default, niceness is not the goal, and identity is constantly shifting in name and expression? How can we use intersectionality with vigor so that people of marginalized sexual and gender experiences are not re-traumatized by the methods and professional practices of whiteness? How can we practice collaborative joy and care to create “safe spaces” that are homes instead of just hide-outs? This workshop will utilize discussion to suss out shared meanings, questions, and tensions we experience in our attempt to create spaces for LGBTQIA+ folks. Participants will especially focus on their interactions with LGBTQ+ students of color and explore new ways of approaching mentorship and support that prioritizes accountability, racial justice, and productive conflict.

Identity and Diversity