Fall 2022 Opportunities for Growth

Trauma-Informed Leadership: Tools for the Creation of a Supportive Workspace 

Presented by: Erica Tachoir & Chris Robinson 
September 14, 2022 | 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Virtual  

Bio of Facilitators:  

Dr. Erica Tachoir is the Division of Undergraduate Studies Coordinator, Manager of Academic Advising and Career Services and Coordinator of New Student Orientation at The Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny Campus in McKeesport, PA. Her areas of expertise include public speaking, intercultural communication, marketing, public relations, community outreach, non-profits, program development, curriculum design and development. She is a certified DiSC Behavioral Analyst, graduate of the NACE Management Leadership Institute, Certified Career Development and Life Coach with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and is currently completing her Master Financial Coach Certification with Ramsey Solutions. As a 2007 graduate of Syracuse University, Erica earned a Master of Arts Degree in Communication and Rhetoric as well as graduate certifications in Women’s Studies and University Teaching. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication (with concentrations in Media Studies and Journalism) from Virginia Wesleyan College in 2005. Erica was a K. Leroy Irvis Fellow while completing her PhD in Communication and Rhetoric at The University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation is entitled Minstrelsy in Black and White: Blackface in American Newspapers, 1860 – 1910. Click Here to connect with Erica and learn more about their work! 

Dr. Christopher Robinson, advocate, educator, and licensed social worker, currently serves as BSW program director and assistant professor of social work at Penn State Greater Allegheny. Dr. Robinson is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, who earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from historically Black Jackson State University, a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Robinson is a 2021 recipient of the Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence Award and the University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Alumni Award for Social Work Education. Click Here to connect with Christopher and learn more about their work!  

Overview of Workshop:  

A trauma-informed workplace recognizes trauma at both the individual and organizational level. In this session, participants will gain an understanding of tools and competencies they can develop to support a culture of individual self-care and organizational wellness.  

Learning Outcomes:  

Participants can expect to learn about trauma and trauma-informed care as well tools to help support a culture of individual self-care and organizational wellness.  

Click Here to register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 


Microaggressions and Language, what is that? | Policies and Practices? What is the Culture? | My Role as a Leader.
A Three-part series.  

Presented by: Dr. Tierney Bates 
September 14, 2022, September 28, 2022, and October 12, 2022 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Participants must plan to attend each class for the entire duration of the class. 
Virtual  

Bio of Facilitator: 

Dr. Tierney Bates a Senior-level higher education award winning professional with 20 + years of progressive leadership experience in higher education administration, supervising directors and professional level staff, with enhanced solutions in higher education, non-profit, and for-profit sectors. Dynamic experience with overseeing complex departments around enrollment management, student affairs and business implementation. Competency spanning fundraising, diversity and inclusion, staff & student development, academic support services, enrollment, committee work, and innovation. Dr. Bates is the founder and Chief Engagement Officer of The Bates Group LLC that is a premier boutique consulting and education agency, specializing in working with higher education, corporate industry, and nonprofits, the areas of focus include: Career Coaching & Development, DEI Strategy, plans, and assessments, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Training & Workshops, Diverse Talent Searches, Speakers Bureau, Fundraising Consulting for Identity-Based & Diversity fundraising needs. Click Here to connect with Dr. Bates and learn more about their work.

Overview of Workshop: 

As we celebrate a new school year that approaches now is always a good time to challenge ourselves around change management and our own bias, we all have. The workshop will engage participants how to have a conscious of inclusion. This three-part series will be fun, interactive, engaging and most important show participants how to be lead or be a leader when it comes to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion no matter your background, to create a culture of care with a focus on improving polices, practice, belonging, use of language, understanding difference, workplace culture and creating a conscious of inclusion for leaders.  

Learning Outcomes: 

• September 14th Learning Outcomes – Microaggressions and Language, what is that? 

  • Understanding culture and belonging. 

  • Understanding the meaning and definitions, how it impacts organizations.  

  • Understanding language and its impact.  

 • September 28 Learning Outcomes – Policies and Practices? What is the Culture? 

  • Review Policies and Practice examples.  

  • What are your policies and practice as a manager, supervisor, and organization. 

  • How do I create a culture of belonging?  

 • October 12 Learning Outcomes – My Role as a Leader  

  • What does change management mean to me? 

  • Leading with a conscious of inclusion. 

  • Owning my own bias. 

To register for this event, email Erin Morton at [email protected] by September 9, 2022.


Book Club  

Presented by: Dr. Jennifer Breese 
September 26, 2022 | 12:15 p.m - 1:15 p.m. 
Traina Room, Student Community Center

Facilitator Bio:  

Dr. Jennifer Breese is an Assistant Teaching Professor of IST and Program Head Cybersecurity at Penn State Greater Allegheny. Dr. Breese is a Technology Futurist, Educator, Researcher, Leader focusing on how technology changes social norms and diversity and inclusion (in STEM). Dr. Breese teaches Cybersecurity, Information Sciences and Technology courses and has a passion for learning and collaborative research. Dr. Breese has presented/published at both industry and academic conferences including internationally in Lisbon, Portugal and several Harvard Business School: Dynamic Women in Leadership conferences. Click Here to connect with Dr. Breese and learn more about their work. 

Overview of the Event:  

Dr. Breese is hosting a discussion of the book Passing by Nella Larsen. Passing is a novel by author Nella Larsen, first published in 1929. Set primarily in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City in the 1920’s, the story centers on the reunion of two childhood friends and their increasing fascination with each other’s lives. The title refers to the practice of "racial passing", and is a key element of the novel. Clare Kendry's attempt to pass as white for her husband, John (Jack) Bellew, is a significant depiction in the novel and a catalyst for the tragic events. All are welcome to come to the discussion, even if you have not read the selection. Hard copies of the book are available for free in the Kelly Library. Snacks will be provided!  


Safer People Safer Places Training, Part 1 

Presented by: Louise Aravich  
October 10, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
Ostermayer Room, Student Community Center 

Bio of Facilitator:  

Louise Aravich is a proud Penn State Alumna who has worked at Penn State since 2013. Beginning her career at the Student Life Coordinator at Penn State DuBois, Louise joined the Penn State Greater Allegheny family in July 2017 as the Residence Life and Student Engagement Coordinator. In July 2022 Louise began her current role as the Associate Director of Student Affairs. She oversees Residence Life, conduct, programming, DEI, and service and leadership. Louise has been a Safer People, Safer Places training facilitator since 2017 attending annual meetings and trainings as a designated campus resource. Louise completed her Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Penn State DuBois and earned her Master of Arts in Student Affairs Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She is passionate about being an advocate and ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and loves being able to share resources and educate the PSUGA community to create a safer place for all students, faculty, and staff. Click Here to connect with Louise and learn more about their work.

Overview of Workshop:  

Penn State's LGBTQIA+ training for faculty and staff who wish to develop foundational LGBTQIA+ knowledge and learn how to be an ally for the community.  


Best Practices for Inclusive and Equitable Interviewing 

Presented by: Dr. Tahirah Walker 
October 27, 2022 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Virtual

Bio of Facilitator: 

 Tahirah Walker, Ph.D. is an educator and a writer who lives in the Mon Valley area. She works as an Assistant Professor of Community Engagement at Point Park University and is an equity and inclusion expert at Walker Learning Group, LLC. Tahirah and her partner have over 35 years of experience in the field of education and organizational leadership. They provide customized learning modules, train-the-trainer workshops, and deep dive strategic planning to organizations committed to equity and inclusion. Over the years, they have also secured more than 2 million dollars for a variety of programs and initiatives at educational institutions. Click Here to connect with Tahirah and learn more about her work.

Overview of Workshop: 

Best Practices for Inclusive and Equitable Interviewing” is a workshop designed to examine some root causes of injustice in hiring practices and identify ways to mitigate those issues in the interviewing process. This is an interactive workshop beginning with an overview of compliance requirements and reminder of general training materials available at the university. We will explore and discuss specific tools such as motivational questions (OARS and STAR methods), inclusion of students on interviewing teams, equitable candidate assessment measures, and lightning round question blocks. The main session activity will be an opportunity for participants to pressure test 2 scenarios with the tools they have explored. Participants will have opportunities to work small groups to create and share personal statements of responsibility regarding upcoming search committee roles and procedures.  

To register in advance for this meeting, Click Here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 


Book Club  

Presented by: Dr. Jennifer Breese 
November 2, 2022 | 12:15 p.m - 1:15 p.m. 
Traina Room, Student Community Center

Facilitator Bio:  

Dr. Jennifer Breese is an Assistant Teaching Professor of IST and Program Head Cybersecurity at Penn State Greater Allegheny. Dr. Breese is a Technology Futurist, Educator, Researcher, Leader focusing on how technology changes social norms and diversity and inclusion (in STEM). Dr. Breese teaches Cybersecurity, Information Sciences and Technology courses and has a passion for learning and collaborative research. Dr. Breese has presented/published at both industry and academic conferences including internationally in Lisbon, Portugal and several Harvard Business School: Dynamic Women in Leadership conferences. Click Here to connect with Dr. Breese and learn more about their work. 

Overview of the Event:  

Dr. Breese is hosting a discussion of the book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Homegoing is the debut historical fiction novel by Ghanaian-American author Yaa Gyasi, published in 2016. Each chapter in the novel follows a different descendant of an Asante woman named Maame, starting with her two daughters, who are half-sisters, separated by circumstance: Effia marries James Collins, the British governor in charge of Cape Coast Castle, while her half-sister Esi is held captive in the dungeons below. Subsequent chapters follow their children and following generations. All are welcome to come to the discussion, even if you have not read the selection. Hard copies of the book are available for free in the Kelly Library. Snacks will be provided!  


Safer People Safer Places Training, Part 2

Presented by: Louise Aravich  
November 3, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  
Ostermayer Room, Student Community Center 

Bio of Facilitator:  

Louise Aravich is a proud Penn State Alumna who has worked at Penn State since 2013. Beginning her career at the Student Life Coordinator at Penn State DuBois, Louise joined the Penn State Greater Allegheny family in July 2017 as the Residence Life and Student Engagement Coordinator. In July 2022 Louise began her current role as the Associate Director of Student Affairs. She oversees Residence Life, conduct, programming, DEI, and service and leadership. Louise has been a Safer People, Safer Places training facilitator since 2017 attending annual meetings and trainings as a designated campus resource. Louise completed her Bachelor of Arts in Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Penn State DuBois and earned her Master of Arts in Student Affairs Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She is passionate about being an advocate and ally to the LGBTQIA+ community and loves being able to share resources and educate the PSUGA community to create a safer place for all students, faculty, and staff. Click Here to connect with Louise and learn more about their work.

Overview of Workshop:   

For those who have attended Safer People Safer Places, we are facilitating a Safer People, Safer Places Part 2 workshop which builds upon the foundational information learned in the original training and dives deeper into LGBTQIA+ identities and the intersectionality with other identities. Please participate in Safer People Safer Places before attending this workshop. 


Trauma Informed Teaching Strategies 

Presented by: Beate Brunow, Anna Piotti, and Adam Smith
November 8, 2022 | 12:05 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. 
Virtual 

Bio of Facilitators: 

Beate Brunow serves as Associate Director and Associate Research Professor/Instructional Consultant at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Her areas of expertise include intercultural learning, service learning, and DEI in teaching and learning. Prior to returning to Penn State, she served as a faculty member in German and Gender Studies at Wofford College and as Director of Academic Partnerships & Initiatives at the University of Georgia.  Click Here to connect with Beate and learn more about their work. 

Anna Piotti is a PhD candidate, earning a dual title degree in German Linguistics and Language Science. They are also enjoying an Instructional Consultant (with a DEIA focus) assistantship at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. The work at SITE complements Anna's research on Social Justice Pedagogy professional development programming for graduate student instructors. Before Penn State, Anna was a student at Bowdoin College and a Fulbright Austria Scholar. Click Here to connect with Anna and learn more about their work. 

Adam Smith is an Assistant Research Professor and Instructional Consultant at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. His areas of expertise include DEI in teaching and learning and transparency in assignment design. He previously served as an Instructional Consultant at Texas Tech University and Texas A&M University. Click Here to connect with Adam and learn more about their work.

Overview of Workshop:  

A trauma-informed lens includes but also moves beyond discussions of student well-being, asking us to consider how to work with students whose learning may have been negatively impacted by events and personal experiences. How do we acknowledge these challenges while pursuing our teaching and learning goals? In this session, we will consider how we might apply this lens and integrate trauma-informed practices into our teaching.  

Learning Outcomes: 

Participants will be able to apply trauma-informed pedagogy principles to their own context 

To register in advance for this meeting, Click Here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.