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Workshops and Professional Development

Student & Campus Life is committed to providing staff with opportunities for personal and professional growth and development. Below are the current workshops and other professional development discussion series offered by SCL and led by colleagues from within and outside our division. 

Cornell Community Book Read Discussion

SCL is committed to participating in the Cornell community book read, How to Be an Antiracist, and encourage you to do the same. Additionally, while the university is providing a free copy of the e-book for students, SCL will also provide one for SCL staff. If you would like an access code to obtain a free copy of the e-book, click here. We look forward to discussing the book with you this month. Please review the upcoming discussions below. Participants should have read Cornell's Community Book Read by Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist in advance. 

Upcoming Discussion Sessions

Antiracism in Action (open to all SCL staff members)

September 30 & October 15; 3:00PM - 4:30PM

This workshop will invite SCL staff to engage in reflection on Ibram X. Kendi’s “How To Be An Antiracist” and to consider how Kendi’s work challenges us to put antiracism into action in our work in SCL. This workshop, designed for those who have read Kendi’s text, will utilize an asset-based approach to assist individuals to:

  1. Evaluate how past professional actions may have been both racist and/or antiracist;
  2. Reflect on their personal strengths/power; 
  3. Consider a variety of ways to work toward antiracism; and
  4. Map their own journey toward antiracist action within their particular context.

This virtual zoom session consists of mini-lectures, interactive exercises, and facilitated discussion. Join us for a meaningful learning opportunity to advance equity in our personal and professional lives.Facilitated by:

  • Oliver Goodrich, Associate Dean of Spirituality and Meaning Making and Director of Cornell United Religious Work
  • Nancy Martinsen, Kent G. Sheng ’78 Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Asian and Asian American Center

Please register in advance for this discussion and complete a brief survey before September 23.  If you have any questions regarding these workshops, please contact Kelli King at kelliking@cornell.edu 


Antiracism & Intersectionality: A Perspective from MY view (open to SCL POC staff members)

October 6 & October 28; 3:00PM - 4:30PM

Drawing on Ibram X. Kendi's book How to Be an Antiracist and one's own salient intersectional identities, we invite SCL staff who identify as POC to engage in reflection and exploration to examine key definitions, colorism and other forms of discrimination within POC communities, and the concept of survival. Participants will also unpack some subtle racist ideas that POC communities might have been unknowingly supporting and identify strategies and actions to work toward antiracism. This virtual zoom workshop is designed for those who have read Kendi's text and will consist of mini-lectures, interactive exercises, and facilitated discussion. Join us for a meaningful learning opportunity to advance equity in our personal and professional lives.

Facilitated by:

  • Shakima M. Clency, Peggy J. Koenig '78 Associate Dean of Students for Student Empowerment and Director of First-Generation & Low-Income Student Support
  • Patricia Gonzalez, Assistant Director for Multicultural Student Leadership and Empowerment

Please register in advance for this discussion and complete a brief survey before September 23.  If you have any questions regarding these workshops, please contact Kelli King at kelliking@cornell.edu 

Racial Justice and Equity Series

SCL is committed to action in response to the continued violence and unjust treatment of Black people in our country and the systemic racism that has shaped Black lives. As a division we believe Black Lives Matter and we hope to be a part of fostering lasting change on issues of racial equity.

As one of our first actions, SCL is offering a series of online engagement experiences coordinated by the Dean of Students’ Diversity and Inclusion team. These workshops will shed light on the history of structural racism, explore racism from a variety of perspectives and identities, and invite you to explore and understand how you are a part of the movement for change in both your personal and professional lives.

Whether you are new to conversations about racism or have been engaged in antiracist work for years, all SCL staff are welcome to participate in this series. Unable to attend a workshop? PowerPoint presentations and other materials may be accessed here with your netID.

Learn with Us

Learn with Us is a series of informal conversations for and led by Student & Campus Life staff. Join the conversation at these monthly discussions, learn and grow through professional development opportunities, discover how we inspire transformation together, and connect with colleagues throughout the division.

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