SEED Workshops

Spring 2017 Course Listing and Class Schedule

Here is a list of the SEED modules and workshops. Full details, and links to register, are listed below. 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 and on the SEED Calendar page.

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

Module 1: Employment Foundations (choose at least 2)

Transferable Skills (PN 935)*
Presented by the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling
Dates:
Wednesday, March 1, 5 – 6 pm in SZB 278 or
Tuesday, April 4, 5 – 6 pm in GAR 1.126 in
Course Description: 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.
Course Objectives: 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

Professionalism in the Workplace (PN 940)
Presented by University Unions
Dates:
Monday, February 6, 5 – 6 pm in UNB 4.118  or
Tuesday, February 28, 5 – 6 in SAC 3.114 pm
Course Description: This workshop will provide you with inside tips on creating and maintaining your professionalism and becoming a top performer as a student employee. Topics include professional communication (in person, on the phone, and via email) and workplace expectations.
Course Objectives: On completion of the workshop, you will:
– know how to present yourself professionally to others
– understand how to avoid common obstacles to success as a student employee

Getting Connected, Staying Connected: Networking & Social Media in Your Career  (PN 958)
Presented by the Cockrell School of Engineering Career Assistance Center
Dates:
Monday, February 27, 5:30 – 6:30 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Thursday, March 2, 5 – 6 pm in POB 2.402
Course Description: In this workshop, you will learn about the importance of networking in your career development. We will also discuss best practices in maintaining a professional social media presence.
Course Objectives: Over the course of the workshop, you will learn:
– how to establish networks that can help you achieve your career goals
– how prospective employers use social media in recruiting
– how to make your social media presence work for you

Students in the Lead: Managing Peers for Success (PN 990)*
Presented by the Division of Recreational Sports
Dates:
Wednesday, February 15, 3 – 4 pm in GRE 2.210 (Conference Room)  or
Tuesday, March 28, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in GRE 2.210 (Conference Room)
Course Description: Leading student employees requires competency and character. In this workshop, we will discuss how developing and evaluating key character traits in student workers enhances their motivation, productivity and quality of work. 
Course Objectives:
On completion of this workshop, you will be able to:
– identify behaviors that exemplify key character traits that most employers desire
– evaluate and motivate students based on key character traits
– begin developing your own personal leadership philosophy

Module 2  – Communication Skills (choose at least 1)

Straight Talk: Redefining Feedback (PN 928)
Presented by Information Technology Services
Dates:
Thursday, March 30, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in FAC 332 or
Wednesday, April 12, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in FAC 332
Course Description: Feedback is often thought of as a one way conversation. This interactive workshop will explore understanding on how you provide and receive feedback and how those you are interacting with receive and provide feedback as well. Understanding others’ points of view opens up a new level of communication and one that can be quite beneficial when utilized correctly in the workplace. We will put these skills into practice and learn best through real life application, so please bring your experiences and be ready to share.
Course Objectives: Over the course of the workshop, you will:
– learn how to realign your views around feedback
– learn how important communication is among your internal customers
– learn how to provide and receive feedback in a more comfortable manner

Can We Talk the Talk? (PN 945)
Presented by the Office of the Student Ombuds
Dates:
Thursday, February 9, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Wednesday, March 8, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in NOA 4.106A
Course Description: We all know that communication is important. Sometimes it is a struggle to express ourselves and say what we want. So how can we become better communicators? In this interactive workshop students will explore, practice, and develop communication skills that lead to effective communication.
Course Objectives: Over the course of the workshop, you will:
– learn communication styles
– learn active listening skills
– engage in assertive communication

Moving Through Conflict (PN 925)*
Presented by Human Resources
Dates:
Tuesday, February 7, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.016A or
Wednesday, April 5, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A
Course Description: 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.
Course Objectives: 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 1)

Stress Management (PN 955)*
Presented by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
Dates:
Thursday, February 23, 4 – 5 pm in POB 3.408 or
Wednesday, March 22, 5 – 6 pm in POB 2.402
Course Description: 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.
Course Objectives: 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

Time and Procrastination (PN 930)*
Presented by the Sanger Learning Center
Dates:
Thursday, February 16, 5 – 6 pm, JES A309 or
Monday, March 6, 5 – 6 pm, JES A307
Course Description: Achievement in academics and the workplace both begin 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 course is intended primarily for undergraduate student employees.)
Course Objectives: 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

Becoming Resilient Inside and Outside the Workplace  (PN 938)*
Presented by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
Dates:
Wednesday, February 22, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Monday, March 27, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A
Course Description: In this highly interactive workshop, staff from the Counseling and Mental Health Center present on a relevant topic for college students: how to cope with setbacks. This workshop helps to normalize the experience of failure and rejection, explains the Growth vs. Fixed mindset as a framework for understanding resilience and provides concrete coping strategies that students can use in and outside the workplace setting.
Course Objectives: Over the course of this workshop, you will:
– learn strategies to help get through setbacks you experience in and out of the workplace setting
– earn about resources available on campus to help you through setbacks

Module 4: Ethics and Leadership (choose at least 1)

Workplace Ethics: What Would You Do? (CW 404)*
Presented by University Compliance Services
Dates:
Wednesday, February 1, 5 – 6 pm in POB 2.402 or
Thursday, March 23, 5 – 6 pm in POB 2.402
Course Description: 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.
Course Objectives: 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 compliance and ethics can help you in your future career

Authentic Leadership: How to Discover Your Inner Leader  (PN 968)*
Presented by the Division of Housing and Food Service
Dates:
Wednesday, February 8, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Tuesday, March 7, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A
Course Description: In this workshop, students will learn about the four characteristics of an authentic leader: self-awareness, relational transparency, balanced processing and internalized moral perspective.
Course Objectives: Over the course of the workshop, you will learn to:
– learn what authentic leadership is
– learn why authentic leadership is effective
– learn how to apply authentic leadership skills in your own life

BeVocal: Bystander Intervention at UT Austin (PN 978)*
Presented by University Unions
Dates:
Wednesday, January 31, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in UNB 4.118 or
Monday, February 20, 5 – 6 pm in UNB 4.118
Course Description: BeVocal is a university-wide bystander intervention initiative that promotes the idea that individual Longhorns have the power to prevent high-risk behavior and harm. BeVocal is designed to address a variety of issues including racism, high risk drinking, street harassment, sexual assault, and mental health distress. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to learn about BeVocal and develop a skill set for to enhance their performance in the workplace and contribute to creating a caring work environment.
Course Objectives:  Over the course of the workshop, you will:
– gain a base understanding of bystander intervention theories
– learn the history of the BeVocal Bystander Intervention Initiative on the
UT campus
– learn and practice the steps to bystander intervention as practiced by
BeVocal and will receive take home resources for future reference
– learn how to get involved and become active in the BeVocal Bystander
Intervention Initiative

Module 5: Cultural Competency (choose at least 1)

disABILITY Advocate 101 (PN 995)*
Presented by Services for Students with Disabilities
Dates:
Monday, February 13, 4:30 – 5:30 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Thursday, April 13, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A
Course Description: 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.
Course Objectives: 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 (PN 985)*
Presented by the Dean of Students’ Leadership and Ethics Institute
Dates:
Tuesday, February 21, 5 – 6 pm in SSB G1.106 or
Wednesday, March 29, 5 – 6 pm in SSB G1.106
Course Description: 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.
Course Objectives: On completion 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
Dates:
Wednesday, February 1, 3:30 – 4:45 in POB 2.402 or
Thursday, March 23, 3:30 – 4:45 in POB 2.402
Course Description: 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. Faculty and staff should register on UTLearn.
Course Objectives: 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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