SEED Workshops

Spring 2015 Course Listing and Class Schedule

Here is a list of the SEED modules and workshops. To register for a SEED workshop, click on the date and time you wish to attend. You will need to enter your UT EID and password to access the TX Class system. Then click on “Enroll/Withdraw” under the “Class Enrollment” heading to register.

The class listings also are available in a Google calendar or on the SEED calendar.

Workshops that are especially suitable for graduate student employees and more experienced student employees are marked with an asterisk.

Module 1: Student Employment Foundations (choose at least two)

Employment Basics: Students as Top Performers (PN 915)
Ethical Leadership / Ethical Decision Making (PN 910) *
Transferable Skills (PN 935)
Students in the Lead: Managing Peers for Success (PN 990)*

Module 2: Communication Skills (choose at least one)

Professionalism in the Workplace (PN 940)
Can You Hear Me? Becoming an Effective Communicator (PN 945)
Moving Through Conflict (PN 925)*

Module 3: Work / Life Balance (choose at least one)

Time Management and Procrastination (PN 930)
Stress Management (PN 955)*
Real Talk: Helping Friends in Distress (PN 905)*

Module 4: Compliance, Ethics and Safety (choose at least one)

Compliance and Ethics in the Workplace: What Would You Do? (CW 404)*
The Respectful Workplace: Rights, Responsibilities and Best Practices  (PN 980)*
Ready to Respond: Being a Student Leader in Emergencies (PN 975)*

Module 5: Cultural Competency (choose at least one)

disABILITY Advocate 101 (PN 995)*Inclusive Leadership (PN 995)*
Inclusive Leadership: Understanding Social Identities (PN 985)*
Moving Beyond Generational Differences (PN 965)*

Module 1: Student Employment Foundations (choose at least two)

Workshop Name

Dates

Description

Objectives

Employment Basics: Students as Top Performers (PN 915)

Presented by Human Resources

Thurs., Feb. 5, 4-5 p.m., NOA 4.106A

or

Wed., Mar. 4, 5-6 p.m., NOA 4.106A

This workshop is intended both for student employees who have not had prior employment in an environment similar to the university and for experienced student employees who want pointers on good job performance. We’ll cover many of the behavioral attributes that supervisors value in employees and discuss work habits that you will want to develop and put on your mental “to do” list. On completion of the workshop, you will:

  • understand the behavioral components of good job performance
  • have a better understanding of your supervisors’ expectations

 

Ethical Leadership / Ethical Decision Making (PN 910)*

Presented by the Office of the Dean of Students – Leadership and Ethics Institute

Tues., Feb. 24, 5-6 p.m., NOA 1.126

or

Wed., Mar. 11, 5-6 p.m., SSB 4.212

This training is designed to provide a comprehensive and interactive perspective on ethics and integrity based leadership. Participants will reflect on personal values and how they influence ethical leadership and decision-making. Participants will also be introduced to an approach for evaluating and making ethical decisions. Over the course of the workshop, you will:

  • identify personal values that influence decision-making
  • learn an approach for evaluating and making ethical decisions

 

Transferable Skills (PN 935)

Presented by the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling

Tues., Mar. 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m., JES A309

or

Wed., April 1, 5-6 p.m., JES A 309

Being a student employee at the University of Texas at Austin has implications for your future career, no matter what field you choose to pursue. In this workshop, you will learn how to identify the transferable skills you currently are gaining in your position, and how to best market these experiences to future employers on your resume and in the job interview. Over the course of the workshop, you will:

  • learn about transferable skills
  • identify the skills you are currently gaining in your employment
  • learn how to highlight your skills to future employers

 

Students in the Lead: Managing Peers for Success (PN 990)*

Presented by the Division of Recreational Sports

Wed., Feb. 25, 5-6 p.m., GRE 1.104

or

Tues., April 14, 6-7 p.m., GRE 1.104

Leading student employees requires competency and character. In this workshop, we will discuss how developing four key character traits in student workers enhances their productivity and quality of work. Through an investigation of Chickering’s “Vectors of Student Development,” student managers will gain an understanding of the emotional, interpersonal, and ethical aspects of personal development to build competency in their management of peers. On completion of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • identify behaviors that exemplify the four key character traits that most employers desire
  • identify which vector a student employee currently is in and how to shift your leadership to fit that vector of development
  • evaluate and motivate students based on the four key character traits

 

Module 2: Communication Skills (choose at least one)

Workshop Name

Dates

Description

Objectives

Professionalism in the Workplace (PN 940)

Presented by University Unions

Thurs., Mar. 5, 6-7 p.m., UNB 4.118

or

Wed., April 8, 5-6 p.m., SAC 3.116

This workshop will provide you with inside tips on creating and maintaining your professionalism, spanning topics on a variety of communication types with staff, faculty, and peers, and your digital identity. On completion of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • communicate via email, phone, and face to face with professionalism
  • understand how to remain professional during difficult situations
  • explore ways to professionally present yourself to others

 

Can You Hear Me? Becoming an Effective Communicator (PN 945)

Presented by the Office of the Student Ombuds

Tues., Mar. 10, 5-6 p.m., NOA 4.106A

or

Mon., Mar. 30, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., NOA 4.106A

Clear communication can be a struggle for many of us. Learn how you can improve your communication through both speaking and listening. Build up skills and adopt tools that will better prepare you for interacting with a wide range of people, from customers to supervisors. This interactive workshop will give you tips on improving assertive communication, negotiating strategies, and the art of active listening to become an effective communicator. Over the course of the workshop, you will:

  • learn more about your preferred communication style
  • learn how to incorporate three key communication skills
  • gain insight on communicating well with others and navigating their
    communication styles

 

Moving Through Conflict (PN 925)*

Presented by Human Resources

Tues., Feb. 3, 3:30-4:30 p.m., NOA 4.106A

or

Mon., Mar. 2. 5-6, NOA 4.106A

Conflict is a fact of life and can cause a lot of anxiety. How you choose to respond to conflict can affect the resolution of conflict as well as how the other person will want to work with you. Explore your personal approach to handling conflict and better understand how conflict, when moved through different approaches, can have different outcomes. Over the course of the workshop, you will:

  • explore your own personal style of handling conflicts
  • explore healthy ways to address and resolve conflict

 

Module 3: Work / Life Balance (choose at least one)

Workshop Name

Dates

Description

Objectives

Time and Procrastination (PN 930)

Presented by the Sanger Learning Center

Mon., Feb. 9, 3-4 p.m., JES A309

or

Tues., April 7, 5-6 p.m., JES A309

Academic achievement begins with the basics: plenty of sleep, nutritious meals, a balance of work and play, and useful stress-reducing strategies. Having a hard time with any of those? Come learn how to practice time management skills, prioritization, and other techniques for fitting it all in.Note: This workshop is intended primarily for undergraduate student employees. Over the course of the workshop, you will:

  • learn how to reflect on your priorities and create a systematic approach to managing time
  • discover a process for taking action and getting things done
  • identify sources of procrastination and ways to overcome it

 

Stress Management (PN 955)*

Presented by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center

Tues., Mar. 10, 4-5 p.m., NOA 4.106A

or

Wednesday, April 15, 5-6 pm, NOA 4.106A

Stress is a part of our daily lives, but when we start to feel overwhelmed we may need to rethink the strategies we are using to cope. Using cognitive techniques and guided relaxation, this interactive workshop will help you learn to recognize how stress affects you and teach you new ways to relax. On completion of the workshop, you will be able to:

  • identify the impact of stress on your body, thoughts, feelings, and behavior
  • recognize the difference between “good stress” and “bad stress”
  • put into practice proven techniques for managing stress

 

Real Talk: Helping Friends in Distress (PN 905)*

Presented by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center

Thurs., Feb. 26, 5-6 p.m., NOA 4.106A

or

Wed., Mar. 25 5-6 p.m., NOA 4.106A

The Be That One. Suicide Prevention Program (BT1) presents a new workshop that is focused on helping a friend in distress. This workshop is a highly interactive program that provides an overview of the signs of stress, distress, and suicidality and explores how to support friends in distress. Facilitators engage audience members through group activities, conversation, and role plays, allowing facilitators and audience members to learn from one another. Over the course of the workshop, you will:

  • explore the continuum of stress, distress, and suicidality and be able to define each component
  • identify warning signs of distress
  • learn how to support a friend in distress

 

Module 4: Compliance, Ethics and Safety (choose at least one)

Workshop Name

Dates

Description

Objectives

Compliance and Ethics in the Workplace: What Would You Do? (CW 404)*

Presented by University Compliance Services

Wed., Feb. 11, 5-6 p.m., POB 2.402

or

Tues., Mar. 24, 5-6 p.m., POB 2.402

In this workshop we will look at some examples of compliance and ethics in the workplace. Through a series of “what would you do” exercises, you and your team will discuss common ethical dilemmas. Knowing key concepts of compliance and ethics will not only help you in your current position, it will also give you an advantage in launching in your professional career. On completion of the workshop, you will:

  • understand the importance of compliance and ethics in the workplace
  • know the key compliance issues as a student employee at UT Austin
  • understand how knowledge of compliance and ethics will help you in your professional career

 

The Respectful Workplace:  Rights, Responsibilities and Best Practices (PN 980)*

Presented by the Office of Institutional Equity

Wed., Feb. 18, 5-6 p.m., NOA 4.106A

or

Thurs., Mar. 26, 5-6 p.m., NOA 4.106A

 

This workshop explains how UT policies support diversity and inclusiveness at the university. We will review policies in the areas of nondiscrimination, sex discrimination and sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, consensual relationships, and disability accommodations, along with mechanisms on how to report issues of concern and university resources available. We also will discuss how professionalism, civility, and respect play a key role in acceptable behaviors in the workplace. On completion of the workshop, you will:

  • know how to be a partner in building the inclusive workplace
  •  better understand expectations and behavioral norms that are acceptable
    in the workplace
  •  know how to recognize when behavior-related issues arise that do not meet
    expectations, and what resources are available to you to report the issues
    for resolution
  •  know about applicable State and Federal laws that govern university
    policy

 

Ready to Respond: Being a Student Leader in Emergencies (PN 975)*

Presented by the Office of Emergency Preparedness

Mon., Mar. 30, 4-5 p.m., NOA 4.106A

or

Thurs., April 9, 5-6 p.m., NOA 4.106A

This workshop will provide you with the tools necessary to be a leader in campus emergency preparedness. We will address preparedness and response actions to natural and man-made incidents. Mitigation strategies and societal restoration, as well as campus programs and available resources, will be discussed. The workshop will be presented via multimedia, and discussion will be encouraged. On completion of the workshop, you will:

  • have the instruction needed to make proactive decisions should an emergency incident occur
  • know available resources on campus, as well as the basic necessities for personal preparedness

 

Module 5: Cultural Competency (choose at least one)

Workshop Name

Dates

Description

Objectives

disABILITY Advocate 101 (PN 995)*

Presented by Services for Students with Disabilities

Mon., Mar. 9, 5-6 p.m., NOA 4.106A

or

Tues., April 7, 3-4 p.m., NOA 4.106A

This workshop provides student employees an introduction to working with people with disabilities through discussion and activities. The training will cover different types of disabilities, language relating to disabilities, relevant laws and resources to support people with disabilities and help participants understand how they can be an advocate and support for people with disabilities. Over the course of the workshop, you will learn:

  • the prevalence of disability in the US and at UT Austin (visible and invisible)
  • appropriate and empowering language to use to talk about disability
  • how to recognize and reduce barriers for people with disabilities
  • how to work effectively with people with disabilities

 

Inclusive Leadership: Understanding Social Identities (PN 985)*

Presented by the Office of the Dean of Students – Leadership and Ethics Institute

Mon., Feb. 16, 5-6 p.m., SSB 4.212

or

Thurs., April 2, 5-6 p.m., SSB 4.212

This training is designed to help participants begin to develop inclusive leadership skills and equip them to work with a diverse group of people. Participants will be introduced to important concepts such as social
identities and inclusion, have an opportunity to identify their own social identity groups, and learn to create a culture that is inclusive of people from all social identities and backgrounds.
Over the course of the workshop, you will:

  • explore your own social identities and how these impact your professional and academic environments
  • explore social identities that are different from your own and learn ways to be inclusive and practice
    cross-cultural communication

 

Moving Beyond Generational Differences (PN 965)*

Presented by University Compliance Services

Wed., Feb. 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m., POB 2.402

or

Tues., Mar. 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m., POB 2.402

 

Generational differences can affect every aspect of the employment relationship. If you don’t understand how people communicate or value different things, it can cause misunderstandings within your team. In this class we will discuss the values of each generation and discuss ways of working through conflict.Note: This workshop is open to student employees and to staff and faculty who work with student employees. Over the course of the workshop, you will:

  • increase your knowledge and appreciation of each generation in the workforce
  • gain some perspective on how other generations perceive themselves and others
  • gain additional tools to decrease friction and problem-solve

Support for the SEED Program

The Student Employee Excellence Development Program at UT Austin is supported by donations to the University Operations Student Employee Recognition Program fund.

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Upcoming Workshops

  1. Moving Through Conflict

    February 3, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  2. Employment Basics: Students as Top Performers

    February 5, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. Time and Procrastination

    February 9, 2015 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  4. Moving Beyond Generational Differences

    February 11, 2015 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Compliance and Ethics in the Workplace: What Would You Do?

    February 11, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  6. Inclusive Leadership: Understanding Social Identities

    February 16, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  7. The Respectful Workplace: Rights, Responsiblities and Best Practices

    February 18, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm