Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Bystander 101 - Chris Jorgensen, Director of Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at UW – Eau Claire

Much is made of bystander intervention training in higher education. But, what is it? Why is it useful? This training is an introduction to the history and contemporary usage of bystander intervention training. Attendees will engage in scenario work, using active bystander strategies. This presentation is an important primer for those interested in becoming active bystanders and for those hoping to create bystander intervention programs of their own.

Bystander Intervention for Sexual Assault - Chris Jorgensen, Director of Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at UW – Eau Claire

This session explores and educates participants on a variety of issues. If you sign up for this session, this is what you can expect: Bystander Intervention for Sexual Assault covers quite a bit of material, and while each session varies depending on the lived experiences of those in attendance, some of the terms/issues we will discuss are as follows: bystander effect, consent, rape, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, street harassment, victim blaming, slut shaming, diffusion of responsibility, rape culture.

Diversity Recruitment – What is your missing puzzle piece? Dawn Rentmeester, HR Generalist and Kris Kuhn, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

It’s one thing to increase your recruitment efforts, but it’s not the ONLY puzzle piece needed to successfully diversify your workforce.

This informative and interactive session will take you on a journey through discussing the importance of how having a culturally competent organization, intentional recruitment strategies, understanding unconscious bias during the interviews, and employee retention strategies are all needed pieces of the puzzle.

Froedtert: Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Diversity, Inclusion, and Workplace Flexibility - Sherri Tran, Director of Diversity at Froedtert and the Medical Colleges of Wisconsin

During the recently held Wisconsin State HR Conference it was announced that Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin received the 2017 Diversity, Inclusion and Work flex Advocate Award. The award is given to an organization who has been a role model in their local community as a strong advocate for diversity, inclusion and workplace flexibility. In this session, Sherri Tran will share best practices and lessons learned in diversity and inclusion.

From Job to Career to Calling: Finding Purpose as a Student and Future Worker in the 21st Century - Roberto Rivera, Good Life Organization

In this workshop Roberto seeks to tackle the question of: "how do we prepare for the jobs that don't exist yet"? Through a series of stories and practical advice, students will leave with concrete ways to make their learning process more purposeful and fun, as well as cultivate a vision of what they want to do to make the world a better place.

Generations in the Workplace - Claudia Krepsky, Senior Recruiter at Kohler Company 

Let’s face it- we all work, and we spend a lot of time in the workplace! We are in a time when we have multiple generations working together- but ARE we working together? For years, we’ve spent time learning how to work with and lead Millennials… this session is designed to look at how best to work across generations. Spend time learning about blending Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, Millennials and Generation Z in the best way possible to have the best workplace possible.

Humans of Nowhere - Megan Kuehl, Instructor at Lakeshore Technical College

As over 65 million people have been forced from their homes worldwide, we are witnessing the highest level of displacement in history. This interactive session explores the long and treacherous journey to asylum. From the dangerous waters of the Aegean Sea to the registration centers, border patrols, and camps, join LTC instructor, Megan Kuehl, as she guides you through a simulation and discussion based on her experiences as a humanitarian volunteer on the Greek Island of Lesvos.

In Her Shoes - Beth Heilman, Prevention Education Specialist at Safe Harbor

The In Her Shoes simulation is designed for learning about domestic violence. Participants move, do, think and experience the lives of battered women.

Inclusion: Diversifying your portfolio - Andre Koen, AM Horizons 

In this session we will look at the business case, practical application and the strategic advantages equity, diversity and inclusion offers.

Introduction to Bridges Out of Poverty - Courtney Gaynor, Career Pathways Coordinator at Lakeshore Technical College

This interactive session will introduce participants to concepts contained in Bridges Out of Poverty, a training geared toward understanding the under-resourced populations in order to better serve them. Participants will leave the session with knowledge about the “hidden rules” in all economic classes (poverty, middle, and wealthy) and a better understanding of the poverty-perspective.

LGBTQ+ Inclusivity for Educators: Strategies for the Classroom - Anna Stremlau, Academic Advisor at UW - Parkside and Emily Stier, Coordinator of the Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality at UW – Platteville

This presentation will begin with basic concepts of gender and sexuality, and follow with key tools and activities that can be used in and out of the classroom to create a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ students to learn and thrive.

Neurodiversity in Post-Secondary Education: Maximizing Potentials - Julie Konik, Instructor at Lakeshore Technical College

This interactive presentation will promote the success of students with mental illness. It will begin by exploring diversity in cognitive functioning, and the bulk of the session will facilitate the attendees in creating concrete strategies to help neurodiverse students succeed.

One Dreamer’s Voice - Valeria Ruiz, Voces de la Frontera

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, allows some individuals who entered the country as minors and meet strict guidelines to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and to be eligible for a work permit. Individuals who are approved for Deferred Action are commonly referred to as DREAMers. Join this session to hear one DREAMer’s story.

Overcoming Bias - Bob VanSchyndel, Innovation, Research, and Development Specialist at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Bias is everywhere. Sometimes we are aware of it and sometimes not but it can affect our ability to connect with others. In this interactive presentation, students and staff will delve into what it takes to overcome bias.

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer - Kristi Irving, Counselor at Lakeshore Technical College

Suicide is a scary and concerning topic for most but impacts everyone. Many of us think that prevention of suicide is best left to trained professionals, and that there is nothing we can do to help and prevent this crisis from happening, but there is actually a lot that all of us can do. This workshop is an opportunity to be trained as a gatekeeper for QPR....Question, Persuade, Refer.

What is QPR?
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer- the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. The mission of QPR is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. QPR advocates believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.
Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in a gatekeeper course and anyone can be trained to become a gatekeeper. Join LTC’s Licensed Professional Counselor and trainer in QPR, Kristi Irving, as she guides you through understanding how you can positively impact someone who is considering suicide and help them make a different choice.

Redefining Rigor: Remixing Social and Emotional Learning and Cultural Relevance into the Classroom - Roberto Rivera, Good Life Organization

In this workshop Roberto Rivera will share cutting research in the areas of social and emotional learning, cultural relevance, and academic achievement and will demonstrate how these ideas come to life with a case study. Educators will walk away with practical ideas to make their teaching practice and curriculum more engaging, energizing, and transformative to both themselves and their students.

Supporting and Promoting Self-Advocacy For Students from Underrepresented Populations - Dang Yang, Diversity Manager at Chippewa Valley Technical College

Become a better advocate for diverse students. Successful advocacy work, however, must go both ways. Students must be “self-advocates,” and faculty/staff need to be “conscientious advocates.” In this presentation, we will discuss what advocacy is, students will explore strategies to become better self-advocates, and faculty/staff will examine steps they can take to become better advocates for their students. A brief portion of this presentation will provide examples of advocacy used at Chippewa Valley Technical College. This presentation is perfect for both students and faculty/staff.

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