Latest Webinars

Webinar Date Title Webinar Description

Adult Caregivers Affinity Group: Respite Care

This session discusses respite care and what it is, how it works, the typical associated costs, and also how it can help caregivers.

WNA: The Importance of Taking Time Off and the Benefits of Staycations

Taking time away from work is important, both for your work life and your personal life. But you don’t need to travel at all to take advantage of a vacation. Jaimie Hutchison will discuss the value of taking vacation time for both work wellness and personal wellness. Lori Lanspeary will discuss the importance of visitors to a region and the role the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau plays. She will also give tips and tricks on how to make the most of your own staycation. Special guests Nick Little, Director of Railway Education in the MSU Broad College of Business, and Ed Phillips, an MSU University Travel Manager, will also discuss Rail and Ale tours in Michigan and staying local, but not at home, respectively.

Photovoice Project Kickoff: Sharing International Voices at MSU

Julia Shine, a BASW intern at the MSU WorkLife Office, will be presenting a photovoice project that focuses on international faculty and staff sharing their transition experiences to the United States.

MSU faculty and staff members share their experiences of transitioning to the United States from their international home. Through a written story and a meaningful photograph, they describe their experience navigating new systems, embracing new traditions, the feeling of living in two different worlds, and finding a sense of belonging in their new home at Michigan State.

WNA: Assertiveness: The secret ingredient for self-care and unlocking your untapped power

Assertiveness is one of the most important skills women need for stepping into their power, reclaiming their lives, and establishing boundaries and self-care practices. Despite its importance, assertiveness is often misunderstood as aggression, acting like a man, being mean or being disrespectful. This talk will debunk the myths about what assertiveness is and is not. By the end of this session, participants will have the resources needed for growing their assertiveness skills so they can build self-care practices and unleash the full depths of their power.

IPF Home Improvement Series: Pest Services

Speakers:

Jacob Barlow, Pest Control Worker, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities 
Angela Zell, Service Manager III, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities 

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Girl/Dad Panel

Hear our Spartan Fathers discuss the challenges and rewards of being "girl dads!"

Seasonal Outdoor Maintenance: Gutter Cleaning

Join IPF expert, Eric Doolittle, to learn more about seasonal outdoor maintenance.

WNA: Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court

Celebrate Women’s History Month by joining Professor Renee Knake Jefferson for this special conversation about women shortlisted for the United States Supreme Court before Sandra Day O’Connor became the first female justice in 1981. Drawing from the research in her book Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court, Jefferson will introduce the audience to nine extraordinary women—a cohort large enough to seat the entire Supreme Court—who appeared on presidential lists dating back to the 1930s. These women include Florence Allen, the first female judge on the highest court in Ohio, was named repeatedly in those early years. Eight more followed, including Amalya Kearse, a federal appellate judge who was the first African American woman viewed as a potential Supreme Court nominee. In addition to filling a notable historical gap, Jefferson will discuss the harms of shortlisting― how adding qualified female candidates to a list but passing over them ultimately creates the appearance of diversity while preserving the status quo. This phenomenon often occurs with any pursuit of professional advancement, whether the judge in the courtroom, the CEO in the corner office, or the coach on the playing field. Women, and especially female minorities, while as qualified as others on the shortlist (if not more so), find themselves far less likely to be chosen. Jefferson will conclude a valuable set of strategies for upending the injustices that still endure, drawn from the personal and professional lives of the shortlisted sisters profiled in her book.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Boy/Dad Panel

Hear our Spartan Fathers discuss the challenges and rewards of being "boy dads!"

Family Affinity Group - Avoiding Power Struggles with Your Children

Do you ever find yourself asking, “How can I get my kid to do their homework without a huge fight?!”  Maybe you’ve wondered why you can’t have just one drama-free morning, where you don’t have to bribe your kid to brush their teeth. Are you just plain sick of the battle over how much they’re on their phones?  And while we’re at it, do you find that these battles with your kids while you’re trying to parent during the chaos of a global pandemic are just wearing you down even more than normal!?

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Finances for Fathers

We will discuss basic budgeting and the financial considerations involved when being a parent such as saving for their future and added expenses.

Adult Caregivers Affinity Group: A Caregivers Guide to Grieving

A place for Spartans to connect on adult caregiving/eldercare topics with the goal of connecting, building community and sharing best practices regarding adult/elder caregiving and the importance of caring for the caregivers.

Caring for someone who has a terminal illness or is in hospice can be a complicated experience.   While there is not one instruction manual that fits everyone’s unique experience of grieving while caring for a loved one, there are some common themes and frameworks that can be helpful to consider while you are on your personal caregiving journey.  Join us as we explore the landmark stages of grief and loss as well as explore the various ways people journey through these stages.   Explore how increasing your emotional resilience and psychological flexibility can ease the strain of caregiving and anticipatory grief regarding the pending loss of your loved one. Bring your questions and experiences. 

IPF Home Improvement Series: Remote Working Energy Tips for the Home

Speakers:

Jason Vallance, Building Service Manager - IPF Commissioning
Yuanji Li, Engineer/Architect - IPF Commissioning

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Positive Discipline

Discipline is a difficult topic for parents. How do you know what helps and what hurts? Learn about techniques that focus on positive discipline that can help you create an environment that is safe, fun, and focuses on learning while helping children develop self control and minimize behavior problems.

IPF Home Improvement Series: Homeowner HVAC : Operations and Tips

IPF Home Improvement Series: Homeowner HVAC : Operations and Tips
Speaker: Alan Vanderstelt

Women's Networking Association Presents: Clutter and the Mind

Learning Objectives:

What clutter is and how it affects our mental health and behaviors

How to shift your mindset away from overwhelmed 

Simple solutions to tackle clutter and get organized, along with the mental health benefits of being organized

Step-by-Step Guide to Stop Bullying Now

This session will build upon the work presented at the 2020 Annual WorkLife Conference and materials available at our "Toward a Respectful Workplace" website.

We will focus on our Workplace Conflict Resource Map (Navigation Guide) https://bit.ly/toxicguide

Panelists will share knowledge about certain options for MSU staff, faculty, and students when instances of bullying and toxic work environments exist on campus.

Series supported by: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Infrastructure, Planning, and Facilities; Graduate Student Life & Wellness; Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; Human Resources; Prevention, Outreach, and Education; and Office of the University Ombudsperson

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Fatherhood and Discipline

This presentation is aimed at exploring the role of Fatherhood as it relates to disciplining one’s child/ren. Is there a right and wrong way to discipline? What is discipline vs. punishment? What are thought to be common “mistakes” that Fathers make in relation to discipline? If I could go back and give my just becoming Father self some advice, what would it be? 

WNA/WOCC: Representing Women in the Arts

Learning Objectives:​

The arts as a vehicle for critical conversations ​

Building bridges across difference ​

Representing under-represented women

Supervisor Role Models: Outstanding Supervisor Award Winner Panel

The WorkLife Office is implementing a comprehensive effort to address bullying at Michigan State University. Some of the elements of our effort are preventive including this webinar intended to develop respectful behaviors in the workplace. Our panel of “Outstanding Supervisor Award” winners will give you practical advice how to build a positive work environment in your workplace. Our panelists are supervisors, so this webinar is the perfect place for any supervisor looking to start out.

IPF Home Improvement Series: How to Safely Use a Generator with Brian Powe

Join the WorkLife Office and Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) as we continue the Home Improvement Series with How to Safely Use a Generator to help Spartans who have been working from home for nearly a year!

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Overcoming the Pressures of Fatherhood

This session will highlight the challenges of fatherhood, and how to overcome them. Participants will leave with the motivation, and knowledge of how to handle and manage the complexities of fatherhood.

Resilient Fathers: Thriving in the Midst of a Pandemic: Overcoming the Pressures of Fatherhood

This session will highlight the challenges of fatherhood, and how to overcome them. Participants will leave with the motivation, and knowledge of how to handle and manage the complexities of fatherhood.

Approaches to Address Workplace Bullying

During the first session of this series, attendees learned and discussed the many terms and phrases that apply to workplace bullying. It is important to start with a solid understanding about what workplace bullying is and what it isn't. Now that you know what workplace bullying is, we will teach you some options to address it.

Kick Off! IPF Home Improvement Series: What's Changed on Campus?

IPF Home Improvement Series: What's Changed on Campus?
Join the WorkLife Office and Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF) as we kick off the Home Improvement Series with what improvements have been made on campus since many of us have been working from home for nearly a year!