SEED Workshops

Spring 2018 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.

If you need accommodations to attend a SEED workshop, please contact us at seed@austin.utexas.edu.

Module 1: Career Development (choose at least 2)

Transferable Skills (PN 935)*
Presented by the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling
Dates:
Wednesday, February 28, 4 – 5 pm, SZB 278 or
Thursday, April 12, 12 – 1 pm, CLA 0.108
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

Students in the Lead: Managing Peers for Success (PN 990)*
Presented by the Division of Recreational Sports
Dates:
Monday, February 19, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in GRE 3.120 (Games Room)  or
Thursday, March 22,  5 – 6 in pm in GRE 3.120 (Games 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 the workshop, you will be able to:
– identify behaviors that exemplify key character traits that most employers desire
– evaluate and motivate student employees based on key character traits
– begin developing your own personal leadership philosophy

Getting Connected, Staying Connected: Networking & Social Media in Your Career  (PN 958)*
Presented by the Cockrell School of Engineering Career Assistance Center
Dates:
Monday, March 26, 5 – 6 pm in GEA 127 or
Thursday, March 29, 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

Straight Talk: Redefining Feedback (PN 928)
Presented by Information Technology Services
Dates:
Tuesday, March 6, 5 – 6 pm in FAC 328 or
Wednesday, April 4, 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 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

Module 2  – Communication Skills (choose at least 1)

Can We Talk the Talk? Becoming an Effective Communicator (PN 945)
Presented by the Office of the Student Ombuds
Dates:
Tuesday, February 6, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in SSB 3.406 or
Wednesday, March 7, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in SSB 4.212
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

Customer Care: Skills for Everyone You Meet  (PN 920)
Presented by Information Technology Services
Dates:
Wednesday, February 7, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in FAC 332 or
Tuesday, February 13, 5 – 6 pm in FAC 332
Course Description: This interactive workshop will teach you quality customer care skills that transcend customer interactions. Incorporating the We Care methodology, we will discuss who else will benefit and and how to put these skills into practice. We 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:
– discuss personal customer experience (as the customer and the agent)
– learn to understand customers from the We Care methodology perspective
– learn to incorporate customer care skills into everyday interactions

Managing Conflict as a Leader (PN 929)*
Presented by the Dean of Students’ Leadership and Ethics Institute
Dates:
Wednesday, March 28, 5 – 6 pm in SSB G1.312 or
Monday, April 2, 5 – 6 pm in SSB G1.312
Course Description: This workshop explores the participants’ personal approach to handling conflict and ways to resolve conflict productively. Following the workshop, students will better understand how conflict, when moved through effectively, can lead to personal and professional growth. Students will be exposed to various styles of handling conflicts as well as healthy ways to address and resolve conflict.
Course Objectives: Over the course of the workshop, you will:
– explore your own personal style of managing conflict
– identify productive ways to address and resolve conflict
– create the connection between conflict styles and leadership skills

Module 3: Work / Life Balance (choose at least 1)

Managing Stress (PN 955)*
Presented by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
Dates:
Monday, February 5, 3 – 4 pm, GAR 0.132 or
Wednesday, April 11, 4 – 5 pm, WAG 308
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:
Wednesday, February 21, 5 – 6 pm in JES A309 or
Tuesday, April 3, 5 – 6 pm in JES A309
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 14, 4 – 5 pm in WAG 308 or
Monday, March 5, 3 -4 pm in GAR 0.132
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, Compliance and Leadership (choose at least 1)

Workplace Ethics: What Would You Do? (CW 404)*
Presented by University Compliance Services
Dates:
Monday, February 26, 5 – 6 pm in POB 2.402 or
Tuesday, March 20, 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

Being a “Responsible Employee:” Creating a Culture of Support (PN 957)*
Presented by the Title IX Office
Dates:
Wednesday, March 21, 5 – 6 pm in POB 2.402 or
Thursday, April 5, 5 – 6 pm in POB 2.402
Course Description: As a student employee, you may be deemed a “responsible employee” and required to report specific incidents to Title IX. This workshop will explain what it means to be a mandatory reporter as it relates to sexual harassment, interpersonal violence, sexual misconduct, and stalking. Through case scenarios, we will discuss best practices to support students impacted by gender-based discrimination and violence.
Course Objectives: Over the course of the workshop, you will learn to:
– understand your mandatory reporting obligations per university policy and federal guidelines
– discuss campus and community resources and options available
– learn how to support an individual who has been impacted by a Title IX related incident
– lean how to navigate your roles as both a student and employee

True Colors: Build Your Leadership Skills (PN 947)*
Presented by the Dean of Students’ Leadership and Ethics Institute
Dates:
Monday, February 12, 5 – 6 pm in SSB 3.406 or
Tuesday, February 27, 1 – 2 pm in SSB G1.312
Course Description: In order to enhance your skills as a leader, you need to explore, identify, and communicate your way of moving through the world. In this workshop, student employees will complete the “True Colors” assessment. By participating in the workshop, students will gain insight into their leadership identity and learn how to work effectively alongside others.
Course Objectives: This workshop will:
– provide the structure and opportunity for reflection to learn about individual and personal leadership styles
– allow you to explore some common differences and traits of personal and leadership styles and enhance your ability to work with people with different personal styles

Module 5: Cultural Competency (choose at least 1)

disABILITY Advocate 101 (PN 995)*
Presented by Services for Students with Disabilities
Dates:
Thursday, February 15, 4 – 5 pm in SSB G1.106 or
Tuesday, March 27, 5 – 6 pm in SSB G1.106
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

Did That Just Happen? Tools for Bringing BeVocal into the Workplace (PN 978)*
Presented by University Unions
Dates:
Tuesday, February 20, 5 – 6 pm in UNB 4.118 or
Wednesday, April 18, 12 – 1 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, sexism, mental health distress, and microagressions. 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 how to recognize harmful situations in the workplace and add strategies to your toolbox for possible ways to respond
– apply the steps of bystander intervention as practiced by BeVocal and will receive take-home resources for future reference

Personal and Social Identity: Exploring Self and Difference (PN 959)*
Presented by University Housing and Dining
Dates:
Thursday, February 8, 4 – 5 pm in SJH 210 or
Monday, April 9, 4 – 5 pm in SJH 210
Course Description: In this workshop, we will use The Social Identity Wheel and Personal Identity Wheel worksheets to have students identify and reflect on the various ways they identify socially, how those identities become visible or more keenly felt at different times, and how those identities impact the ways others perceive or treat them. Students will consider various social identities (such as race, gender, sex, ability disability, sexual orientation, etc.) and categorize those identities based on which matter most in their self-perception and which matter most in others’ perception of them.
Course Objectives: This workshop will:
– encourage participants to consider their identities critically and consider how identities are more or less keenly felt in different social contexts
– understand policies governing workplace discrimination/harassment
– illuminate how privilege operates to normalize some identities over others
– sensitize participants to their shared identities as well as the diversity of identities in the university, building community and encouraging empathy