Latest Webinars

Webinar Date Title Webinar Description

Anti-racism: The Heart and Mind of the Matter

7/2/20 Thursday:  Anti-racism: The Heart and Mind of the Matter
Presented by: Tina Alonzo, DEI Administrator with Infrastructure Planning and Facilities 

A time of dissonance, disagreement between beliefs and one’s own actions, offer each of us an opportunity to take a step back and look at the larger, deeper picture to engage in transformation. Following the viewing of a TED Talk, I welcome you to increase your knowledge, understanding and awareness of racial literacy. Learn how each of us can take action to be allies and affect change in support of anti-racism in our workplace and personal lives.

How to decide who returns to work: who vs what - Part 2

7/1/20 Wednesday: How to decide on return to work: who vs. what - Part 2
Presented by: Barbara Roberts, Director of WorkLife Office

This follow-up session will apply strategy to real-life workplace scenarios. Join Dr. Barbara Roberts as she follows up on the June 24 webinar, available here. This Part 2 will apply the questions previously proposed to real case scenarios. Suggestions may be submitted in advance to blr@msu.edu.

Bias, Understanding, and Realization Among Team Members

6/30/20 Tuesday: Bias, Understanding, and Realization Among Team Members
Presented by: Shedra Rakestraw, MPPA and Ayodele Dare, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Ag and Natural Resources

Quality conversations amongst team members are necessary when interacting with different faculty, staff, and students. Whether it is yourself cultural knowledge or understanding the perspective, background, and differences that those around you bring to work. There is never a time in life when you aren’t on a team. In this webinar, you will observe actions to be a successful organization by understanding the uniqueness that you bring and the diversity and culture of the organization and that those that you work with will bring as well.

Team Cohesiveness During Unprecedented Times

6/26/20 Friday: Team Cohesiveness During Unprecedented Times
Presented by: Todd Bradley, Senior Learning and Development Specialist with MSU HR Organizational and Professional Development

Participants will explore contemporary methods to increase team cohesiveness and establish positive day to day interaction expectations that will enhance communication, team morale and foster a highly effective work culture.

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

6/25/20 Thursday: Through the Looking Glass: And What Anti-Racist’s Find There.
Presented by: Stratton Lee III, Office Of Academic And Student Affairs Canr & President of Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association

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

How to decide on return to work: who vs. what

6/24/20 Wednesday: How to decide on return to work: who vs. what
Presented by: Barbara Roberts, Director of WorkLife Office

The WLO is working in concert with return to campus committees to help us figure out how to know what work must be done on campus, and what work might be done remotely, which will help identify who needs to return, how much and why. Dr. Barbara Roberts will present a decision-making protocol used in other settings, inviting discussion and input on how we might apply this idea to returning to campus in the time of COVID-19.

TV news content as a mirror of racism in society

6/23/20 Tuesday: TV news content as a mirror of racism in society
Presented by: Dr. Geri Alumit Zeldes, Professor in Journalism

Join us as we watch “The Death of an Imam,” a short film Zeldes directed in 2010, followed by a discussion of influences on news media content.

About the film: On October 28, 2009, FBI agents shot and killed Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah in a warehouse in Dearborn. It was the first killing of a Muslim religious leader in the U.S. by government agents. This 16-minute documentary examines the news reporting associated with the shooting. It explores the issues at the core of the incident: The allegations of a terrorism conspiracy, the use of FBI informants, and Muslims in the mainstream media.

Engaging with LGBTQA+ Communities

Presented by: Oprah Revish and Jesse Beal w/ LGBT Resource Center, MSU Student Affairs and Services 

Join the LBGT Resource Center as we discuss how to get involved with us, our new LGBTQA+ competency building curriculum (Quest), and things to consider as we all continue to learn more effective ways to intentionally engage with each other. Allyship is about doing and sometimes we don’t know where to start. The thing that matters is that you do start! From right where you are with what you can control. LGBTQA+ inclusion is work that belongs to all of us. Bring questions and let’s learn together!

Grounding Strategies: Tools for Coping with Stress

6/17/20 Wednesday: Grounding Strategies: Tools for Coping with Stress
Presented by: Jaimie Hutchison, MSU WorkLife Office

Grounding strategies help you cope with stressful situations and help you strengthen your resilience. The strategies that will be covered in this session include: Gratitude, progressive muscle relaxation, optimism, visualization, guided imagery, mindfulness, focused breathing, meditation, and affirmations, mantras, and mottos. Grounding strategies are things you can do to bring yourself into contact with the present moment. They can be quick strategies or longer more formal exercises. Different strategies work for different people. By learning about them, you can find one that works for you!

Resistance to Change: A Leadership Opportunity

6/16/20 Tuesday: Resistance to Change: A Leadership Opportunity
Presented by: Mark Saine, TIAA

In most change initiatives, in is not uncommon for people to dig-in and not get on board with a new direction. In this session, we will explore both the reason people resist and the road to renewal.

What Makes a Supervisor Outstanding? 

6/12/20 Friday:  What Makes a Supervisor Outstanding? 
Panelists: 

Erin Gorman, Research Administration Manager/S in the Health Colleges Research Services at the MSU College of Human Medicine (2019 award winner)
Bryce Henderson, Senior Admin. Business Professional/S with VPAE Finance and Business Office (2019 award winner)
Nicholas Drew, Administrative Associate I/S with Psychology Social Science (2019 award winner)
William Wetzel, Assistant Professor-Tenure System with Entomology Agriculture and Natural Resources (2019 award winner)

Caring for Mental Health While Working from Home

6/11/20 Thursday: Caring for Mental Health While Working from Home
Presented by: Dr. Angela Hall, Associate Professor and Associate Director for Graduate Programs in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

Angela Hall, a professor in Michigan State University’s School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, has been tracking workplace dynamics and changes since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and has said that employment will forever be changed as a result of how employers will need to view remote work. When an employee spends hours on a video call, isn’t physically comfortable and doesn’t leave the “office” at the end of the day, it can take a toll on mental health.

EHS: Practices and Protocols for Returning to Work

6/10/20 Wednesday: EHS: Practices and Protocols for Returning to Work

Join us to discuss expectations, protocols, tips and practices for returning to work, including:

Safety practices for different types of environments (research, teaching vs. office areas, etc.)
Policies/protocols that apply to all job types
Proper use of PPE
Sanitizing spaces, etc.

Leadership that Inspires

6/9/20 Tuesday: Leadership that Inspires
Presented by: Mark Saine, TIAA 

This session explores the meaning of “inspiration,” the case for becoming more inspiring, the effect of inspiration, and how to operationalize inspiration.

Virtual Settings and Unconscious Bias

6/8/20 Monday: Virtual Settings and Unconscious Bias
Presented by: Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH, Nelia Viveiros, EdD, LLB

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. 

Gardening Tips w/ MSU Horticulture ANR

6/5/20 Friday: Gardening Tips w/ MSU Horticulture ANR
Presented by: Sarah Geurkink, Manager at MSU Student Organic Farms

Navigating the “Next Normal”

6/3/20 Wednesday: Navigating the “Next Normal”
Presented by: Sharri Margraves, Associate Director, MSU Human Resources

There is a natural tendency to want to “get back to normal” but let’s face it, we have been changed. Let’s chat about the next normal and what it means for our work and personal lives as we look toward the future.

Leading in Transition

6/2/20 Tuesday: Leading in Transition
Presented by: Mark Saine, TIAA 

This session investigates how leaders help their teams navigate change and will include a discussion of how to foster the behaviors that result in successful transformations.

Culture of Care

6/1/20 Monday: Culture of Care 
Presented by: Melissa Staub, College of Arts and Letters

A Culture of Care: How the power of putting people first builds a culture of trust and inclusion.

Gardening: From Pots to Plots

5/29/20 Friday: Gardening: From Pots to Plots 
​​​​​​​Presented by: Liz Tylander, Michigan Horticulture Therapy Association

How to Keep DEI Practices in Place While Working Online

5/28/20 Thursday: How to Keep DEI Practices in Place While Working Online
Presented by: Paulette Granberry Russell, Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

How to financially prepare for a possible furlough or layoff

5/27/20 Wednesday: How to financially prepare for a possible furlough or layoff
Presented by: Jeff Hollenbeck, Chief Investment Officer at ACE Financial Advisors

Digital Well-being and Mental Health During a Pandemic and Beyond

5/26/20 Tuesday:  Digital Well-being and Mental Health During a Pandemic and Beyond
Presented by: Brian Martinez, MSU Information Technology Services

Join us for a conversation about the article on digital well-being and mental health during a pandemic and beyond. Brian will talk briefly about how the blog post came to be, what went into it, and lessons learned. We’d also like to engage you all on things that have or have not worked for you with regards to your own well-being during these trying times.

Taking Care of Yourself in Times of Uncertainty

5/26/20 Tuesday: Taking Care of Yourself in Times of Uncertainty
Presented by: Jaimie Hutchison, MSU WorkLife Office
Self-care webinar outlining tools and tips for self-care during the Pandemic.

Cooking through the Pandemic: Meal Planning, Inspiration and How Food Bonds Us

5/21/20 Thursday: Cooking through the Pandemic: Meal Planning, Inspiration and How Food Bonds Us

Presented by: Lauren G. McKenzie, Director | Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, College of Communication Arts & Sciences