Latest Webinars

Webinar Date Title Webinar Description

Movement and Wellness Resources for Fall 2020

This presentation will explore wellness resources and opportunities available to the MSU community. There are many chances to engage in programming this fall, and to feel connected to campus no matter where you are. Learn about the MSU units and programs that work to support Spartan health and wellbeing. We will also discuss SMART Goal setting, and complete our own goals sheets. Finally, we’ll take a look ahead to upcoming wellness program opportunities, like the Workplace Walking Challenge. October is both Sustainability Month and Exercise is Medicine Month, so consider taking up a new healthy habit this fall.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Kick Off! Family Reloaded

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic
Families, businesses, and lives are destroyed in the name of "I'm Doing This For Us". Learn how to build a fail proof family and rebuild what was broken.

Multigenerational Families and Kinship Care

The Kinship Care Resource Center (KCRC) is a non-profit organization through the School of Social Work at Michigan State University that serves kinship families across the state of Michigan. Kinship care is the full time care, nurturing and protection of children by relatives, members of their tribes or clans, godparents, stepparents, or any adult who has a kinship bond with a child (Child Welfare League of America, 2011).
Presented by: Tracey DeFeyter, Navigator, Kinship Care Resource Center, MSU School of Social Work

WNA: Leadership and Being a Person of Influence ​

Women's Networking Association and Women of Color Community
State Representative, Sarah Anthony: Leadership and Being a Person of Influence ​

Multigenerational Families and Grandparents

Topic: Multigenerational Families and Grandparents

The WorkLife Office partners with the community to create an inclusive, responsive work environment where all faculty and staff are respected and supported toward well-being in work and personal lives. Our educational program aligns with that mission.

Building a quaranteam: Could it work for you?

9/16/20 Wednesday: Building a quaranteam: Could it work for you?

The COVID-19 pandemic may be a time for trying some unconventional solutions to daily stressors that individuals and families are facing. One possible solution people are turning to includes forming a “bubble” or “pod” with select friends or loved ones to allow for socializing and to share responsibilities such as childcare, eldercare, schooling, housework, cooking meals, etc. Join us to hear some tips on forming a quaranteam to see if it is something that may work for you!

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing strives to be an inclusive and empowering community for all womxn in the Lansing area. The private, non-profit organization provides critical resources to womxn of all races, ethnicities, age, disability, religion, socio-economic class, sex, gender expression or identity, and national origin. The atmosphere allows for growth, opportunity, and hope through offering workshops, career or individual counseling, support groups or group therapy, resume preparation, legal clinic, and a professional clothes and personal needs closet. Their reach has continued to grow serving over 7,500 women since their start in 2005. Call (517) 372-9163 to schedule an appointment or go to to view the workshop schedules for healing, organizing, planning, or executing. Since COVID-19, they are offering a Personal Needs Pickup and Professional Clothing Pickup during the week. In order to donate to this meaningful cause, you can use this secure link: or send professional clothing (in need of sizes XL and above) to their current address: 1712 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48912. HomePay simplifies household employment

8/27/20 Thursday: HomePay simplifies household employment
Presented by: Tom Breedlove, Senior Director and Carolyn Livingston, Senior Manager with Business Development HomePay simplifies household employment

Being a household employer is complicated. Not only do you have to manage your nanny, but the IRS and state tax agencies expect you to also report their income and file taxes accurately. HomePay handles it all so you can focus on what matters.

Hiring Household Employees and Various Tax Responsibilities

8/26/20 Wednesday: Hiring Household Employees and Various Tax Responsibilities
Presented by: Craig Godfrey, CPA with Rehmann Advisory and Tax Services

Learn some of the overall ins and outs of hiring a household employee including:

-Definition of household employee and filing/reporting threshold
-Applying for an Employer Identification Number with the IRS
-Registering with the State of Michigan
-Routine forms to file
-Other considerations/questions

Understanding a Return to Daycare: Expert Insights

8/25/20 Tuesday: Understanding a Return to Daycare: Expert Insights
Information on how daycares and preschools are managing COVID and a return to providing childcare.
Presented by: Laurie Linscott, Director, Child Development Labs and Jaimie Hutchison, Deputy Director with the WorkLife Office

Engaging with LGBTQA+ Communities - Part 2

Presented by: Oprah Jrenal and Jesse Beal, MSU LBGT Resource Center

Getting Around MSU During Uncertain Times

8/19/20 Wednesday: Getting Around MSU During Uncertain Times
Presenters: Tim Potter, Sustainable Transportation Manager and TJ Hall, Program Consultant, MSU Moves

Learn more about getting around this large campus this fall during the COVID crisis.  We’ll discuss the pros & cons between all the options with a focus on those that offer natural social distancing along with health, time and financial benefits since we all have limited resources.  This session will be hosted and lead by Tim Potter, Sustainable Transportation Manager and TJ Hall, Program Consultant, MSU Moves, a program of the MSU Health 4U Program office.

Unconscious Bias: How to Enact Micro-Interventions in Response to Microaggressions

8/18/20 Tuesday: Unconscious Bias: How to Enact Micro-Interventions in Response to Microaggressions
Presented by: Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH, Nelia Viveiros, EdD, LLB

Following the first session, this second session focused on how to enact micro-interventions in response to microaggressions and if/when unconscious bias manifests.  This is perhaps the trickiest part – what to do when these issues emerge either towards you and/or towards others.  We will include sample questions and practice intervention strategies of the “what to say,” “how to say it,” “when to say it” and preparing for the response.

Expanded Version: Unconscious Bias in Virtual Settings

8/13/20 Thursday: Expanded Version: Unconscious Bias in Virtual Settings
While employees use videoconferencing now more than ever, there’s an issue happening beneath the surface with platforms like Zoom, Teams and Skype beyond stress and mental health that’s affecting its users.  These virtual settings are ripe for unconscious bias — or, attitudes towards people or associated stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge.  These can be related to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other identity points.  This seminar explores how unconscious bias manifests in virtual settings through language, symbolism and nonverbal cues to privilege and disadvantage at social identity points.  The seminar also explores the range of reactions that can manifest when first discovering our own unconscious biases. 

Understanding K-12: Return to School

8/11/20 Tuesday: Understanding K-12: Return to School

Gabrielle Lawrence, President of Lansing School District Board of Education
Shelley Davis Boyd, President of MacDonald Middle School Parent Council in East Lansing
Hillary Henderson, East Lansing Board of Education Trustee
Katie Cavanaugh, Okemos Public Schools Board of Education Trustee
Jaimie Hutchison, Okemos parent and WLO Deputy Director

Join K-12 school board members, parent group members, and the WorkLife Office for a discussion on K-12 kids returning to school and how that affects teachers, administrators, students and parents.

Recycling Right

8/6/20 Thursday:  Recycling Right 
Presented by: Katherine Deska, IPF Campus Surplus Store and Recycling

MSU Surplus Store & Recycling Center educator Katie Deska will discuss what stands in the way of “recycling right,” and what you can do to improve your recycling success rate.

Topics include:

-Why recycling is part of the solution, not THE solution to the waste problem.
-What to keep in mind before purchasing anything
-How to recycle right on campus and at our public Drop-Off Center
-How SSRC has adjusted to challenges posed by Covid-19

The cost and benefits of seeking feedback from your team and peers

Presented by: J.M.Monica van de Ridder, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Department of Emergency Medicine & Learning and Development Specialist Spectrum Health Office of Research and Education

In general, giving feedback is perceived as difficult. People are afraid relationships will be hurt if they give honest feedback. When feedback is sought, feedback providers feel they are invited to give the feedback and this will change the conversation.  It makes feedback giving easier.

However, seeking feedback is difficult. When feedback is sought the feedback seeker often feels vulnerable. Many don’t dare to do it because it is perceived as admitting weaknesses or ‘faults’. In many organizations feedback seeking is not seen as a strength, leaders don’t role model it and it is not valued.

If people seek feedback in these cultures it often is done in an indirect way. This results in receiving only praise instead of feedback, or in receiving vague suggestions. Therefore, it is hard to apply this feedback in daily practice. This takes away learning opportunities for the individuals in the organization, and it hinders the development of an open ‘feedback culture’.

In this presentation we will focus on the costs and benefits of feedback seeking, and we will discuss five questions that will help to make your feedback seeking very specific, so it can result in applicable feedback.

Supporting Faculty and Safeguarding Equity During & After COVID-19

Presented by: Leslie D. Gonzales, Ed.D., Associate Professor in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Learning unit at Michigan State University in the College of Education

Panel Discussion: Furloughs and Lay Offs

7/28/20 Tuesday: Panel Discussion: Furloughs and Lay Offs
Panelists: Amanda Goll (President's Office), Todd Wilson (formerly IPF), Shannon McGaughey (RHS HR)

Join us as our panelists talk about their experience with layoffs and furloughs at Michigan State and beyond. We will talk about the outcomes of those directly affected and their family members. Learn about their experiences, how they have managed the emotional and financial roller coaster, and come with questions to build community surrounding this topic.

Taking Control of Your Financial Future

7/23/20 Thursday: Taking Control of Your Financial Future
Presented by: Shelly Eweka and Michelle Wright-Buckalew, TIAA

The past few months have created multiple challenges beyond just our health. From loss of income to reduced benefits, your financial situation may also be impacted. Join us for a conversation around regaining control of your immediate financial needs, along with minimizing the impacts to your financial future. TIAA’s facilitator will cover:

Immediate steps you can consider taking if the coronavirus pandemic has affected you or a loved one
How to help protect your future financial success
Considerations for those who may be close to retirement

Black Families - Honoring the Legacy and Research of Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo and Black Women Scholars at MSU

7/21/20 Tuesday: Black Families - Honoring the Legacy and Research of Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo and Black Women Scholars at MSU
Presented by: John Girdwood, Project Admin, MSU WorkLife Office 

This webinar will pay homage to one of the most influential scholars ever, Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo, and reference her seminal book, titled "'Black Families,' and not 'The Black Family,' precisely because of the diversity of experiences of African Americans, both economic and social" (McAdoo, 2007).  Dr. Harriette Pipes McAdoo "began her vocation and academic work with a series of transformative investigative projects focusing on US African American family life that were not grounded in deficit postures."  McAdoo’s writing showed how African American and other racial-ethnic "children’s families possessed a strength that allowed individual members and the collectivities to survive and to prevail despite the racism of their social order... She taught at several academic campuses and closed her career with the Distinguished Faculty Award at Michigan State University (where) she was an original member of the executive board that designed and initiated the PhD program in African American and African Studies" (Dodson, 2017).  The webinar will honor the legacies of many Black Women Scholars at MSU.

Why COVID-19 Creates Worldwide Stir and Predict Long Term Social Norm Changes

7/16/20 Thursday: Why COVID-19 Creates Worldwide Stir and Predict Long Term Social Norm Changes
Presented by: John Clements, Master of Public Health Program, MSU College of Human Medicine

This presentation will focus on differences in response to COVID-19 in various locations across the world and provide some discussion points about possible changes from the context of social and behavioral issues. These include the seemingly mundane issues of how we greet each other and shop for food, to the much more complex issues of changes in education, religious practice, and mental health, among others.

Through the Looking Glass: And What Anti-Racist’s Find There. Part 2

7/14/20 Tuesday:  Through the Looking Glass: And What Anti-Racist’s Find There. Part 2
Presented by: Stratton Lee III, Office Of Academic And Student Affairs Canr & President of Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association

Co-presenters: Tiana Carter, Office Manager w/ MSU WorkLife Office and Ron Fink, MSU Aerospace Studies

Join us for part 2 of the anti-racist session with Stratton Lee III. This session will involve story sharing for experienced racism in the work place as well as tangible actions to be better advocates. 

We all look intently in the mirror to observe ourselves, yet some of us, upon turning away, forget what we saw.  As we persevere in our pursuit of justice and liberty, we move from being hearers who forget to doers who act. This conversation will help those who are questioning, starting, or already on the journey to understanding the impacts of racism on our personal lives, that of our loved ones and peers, and across our society. We will address the good/bad binary as we seek to understand that “racism is a systemic, societal, institutional, omnipresent, and epistemology embedded phenomenon that pervades every vestige of our reality,” as explained by Omowale Akintunde. Lastly, we will explore how to get started and continue addressing the ills of racism, past, and present.

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” ― Angela Y. Davis

UPDATES: Revisiting Protocols for Returning to Work with EHS 

7/9/20 Thursday: UPDATES: Revisiting Protocols for Returning to Work with EHS 
Presented by: Genevieve Cottrell, Amber Bitters, Jamie Willard, Lindsey Brownlee, and Phil Weinstein w/ Environmental Health & Safety 

Team Leadership Practices

7/7/20 Tuesday: Team Leadership Practices
Presented by: Mark Saine, TIAA

The role of leaders and managers during unsettling times
Research related to why leadership matters – especially now
What followers are looking for from their leaders
Practical suggestions on how to lead in this environment and specific actions to take to lead and manage remotely