SEED Workshops

Fall 2018 Course Listing and Class Schedule

Here is a list of the SEED modules and workshops. Full details, along with links to register, are provided below. Student employees should register for SEED workshops on the UT Learn system. First, click on the name of the workshop you wish to attend and enter your UT EID and password to access UT Learn. Click on Session Details for the session you wish to attend and register using the Request button.

If you are not a UT Austin student employee but want to attend a SEED workshop, please email with your name, EID, and the name and date of the workshop you want to attend.

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

Module 1: Career Development (choose at least 2)

Transferable Skills *
Presented by the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling
Monday, March 11, 5 – 6 pm in SZB 422 or
Tuesday, April 9, 5 – 6 pm in PAR 103
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. Over the course of the workshop, you will:
– learn about transferable skills;
– identify the skills you are currently gaining in your employment; and
– learn how to highlight your skills to future employers.

Using Character to Guide Your Professional Path*
Presented by Recreational Sports
Monday, February 11, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in GRE 3.120 (Games Room)  or
Tuesday, February 26,  5 – 6 in pm in GRE 3.120 (Games Room)
Course Description: In this workshop, we will discuss how identifying and developing character traits can strengthen and guide your personal and professional journey. On completion of the workshop, you will be able to:
– identify personal character traits that you value;
– translate these values into strengths for future employers; and
– utilize this knowledge to identify personal and cultural fit in your professional path.

Getting Connected: Networking & Social Media in Your Career *
Presented by the Cockrell School of Engineering Career Assistance Center
Tuesday, March 26, 5 – 6 pm in POB 2.402 or
Wednesday, March 27, 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. 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; and
– how to make your social media presence work for you.

Customer Care: Skills for Everyone You Meet
Presented by Information Technology Services
Wednesday, February 6, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in FAC 332 or
Tuesday, April 16, 5 – 6 pm in FAC 332
Course Description: This interactive workshop will teach you quality customer care skills that transcend beyond customer interactions. Incorporating the We Care methodology, we will discuss the benefit of these skills and how to put them into practice. We learn best through real world interactions, so please bring your experiences and be ready to share. Over the course of this workshop, you will:
– discuss personal customer experience (as the customer and the employee)
– learn to understand customers from the We Care methodology perspective, and
– learn to incorporate customer care skills into everyday interactions.

Module 2  – Communication Skills (choose at least 1)

Can We Talk the Talk? Becoming an Effective Communicator *
Presented by the Office of the Student Ombuds
Tuesday, January 29, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in SSB G1.106 or
Wednesday, February 13, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in SSB G1.106
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. Over the course of the workshop, you will:
– learn communication styles;
– learn active listening skills; and
– engage in assertive communication.

Straight Talk: Redefining Feedback
Presented by Information Technology Services
Tuesday, April 2, 5 – 6 pm in FAC 332 or
Wednesday, April 10, 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. 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; and
– learn how to provide and receive feedback in a more comfortable manner.

Moving Through Conflict*
Presented by the Office of the Student Ombuds
Wednesday, February 27, 5 – 6 pm in SSB G1.106 or
Thursday, March 7, 5 – 6 pm in SSB G1.106
Course Description: In this workshop, you will explore your personal approach to handling conflict and learn how different approaches to conflict can have different outcomes. Over the course of the workshop, you will:
– explore your own personal style of handling conflicts; and
– explore healthy ways to address and resolve conflict.

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

Managing Stress*
Presented by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
Monday, March 4, 5 – 6 pm in POB 3.408 or
Wednesday, April 17, 5 – 6 pm in POB 3.408
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.: 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,” and
– put into practice proven techniques for managing stress.

Time and Procrastination*
Presented by the Sanger Learning Center
Wednesday, March 6, 5 – 6 pm in JES A309 or
Thursday, March 14, 4 – 5 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. 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; and
– identify sources of procrastination and ways to overcome it.

Becoming Resilient Inside and Outside the Workplace
Presented by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
Tuesday, February 12, 5 – 6 pm in POB 3.408 or
Wednesday, April 3, 5 – 6 pm in POB 3.408
Course Description: In this 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. Over the course of this workshop, you will:
– learn strategies to help get through setbacks you experience in and out of the workplace setting; and
– learn about resources available on campus to help you through setbacks.

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

Ethics Unwrapped*
Presented by the McCombs School of Business
Tuesday, February 19, 5 – 6 pm in UTC 1.104 or
Wednesday, March 13, 5 – 6 pm in GSB 2.122
Course Description: While there are bad people who consciously choose to do bad things, in the white collar world most wrongdoing occurs when “good people” non-deliberately fail to live up to their own moral standards.  Although most of us don’t realize it fully, we often act unethically due to various social and organizational pressures, cognitive biases, and even seemingly innocuous situational factors.  This workshop explains how your brain fools you into thinking that you are a better person than you actually are, and what you can do to minimize your wrongdoing.

Being a “Responsible Employee:” Creating a Culture of Support*
Presented by the Title IX Office
Thursday, February 7, 4 – 5 pm in FAC 330 or
Monday, April 1, 5 – 6 pm in FAC 330
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. 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; and
– lean how to navigate your roles as both a student and employee.

True Colors: Develop Your Leadership Style
Presented by the Dean of Students’ Leadership and Ethics Institute
Monday, February 18, 4 – 5 pm in SZB 284 or
Monday, April 8, 5 – 6 pm in SZB 284
Course Description: In order to enhance your skills as a leader, you need to develop your own leadership style. In this workshop, you will complete the “True Colors” assessment, gain insight into your leadership identity, and learn how to work effectively alongside others. This workshop will:
– provide an opportunity for reflection to learn about individual and personal leadership styles;
– allow you to explore some common dimensions 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*
Presented by Services for Students with Disabilities
Wednesday, February 20, 4- 5 pm in SSB 4.212 or
Tuesday, March 12, 5 – 6 pm in SSB 4.212
Course Description: The disABILITY Advocate Program provides knowledge and skills to be ABLE to work more effectively and confidently with people with disabilities. This workshop uses discussion and activities to learn about disabilities and accessibility at UT and to prepare student employees to work toward a more accessible and inclusive campus. During the course of the workshop, you will learn:
the prevalence of disability in the US and at UT Austin (visible and invisible);
– respectful and empowering language to use to talk about disability;
– how to recognize and reduce barriers for people with disabilities; and
– how to work effectively with people with disabilities.

Did That Just Happen? Tools for Bringing BeVocal into the Workplace*
Presented by BeVocal: The Bystander Intervention Initiative of UT Austin
Thursday, January 31,  5- 6 pm in POB 3.408 or
Monday, March 25, 5 – 6 pm in POB 3.408
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 microaggressions. This workshop will give you the opportunity to learn about BeVocal and develop a skill set to enhance your performance in the workplace and contribute to creating a caring work environment. 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; and
– apply the steps of bystander intervention as practiced by BeVocal and receive take-home resources for future reference.

Inclusive Leadership
Presented by the Dean of Students’ Leadership and Ethics Institute
Monday, February 4, 4 – 5 pm in SZB 284 or Thursday, April 11, 2:30 – 3:30 pm in RLP 0.106

Course Description: This training is designed to help participants begin to develop inclusive leadership skills and equip students to work with a diverse group of people. Participants will be introduced to important concepts, such as social identity 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; and
– explore social identities that are different from your own and learn ways to be inclusive and practice cross-cultural communication.

Affirming LGBQA+ Students & Colleagues: 360 Degree Strategies*
Presented by the Gender and Sexuality Center
Tuesday, February 5, 5 – 6 pm in MEZ 1.216 or March 5, 5 – 6 pm in MEZ 1.216
Course Description: In this workshop, we will work through a 360 degree series of strategies for creating gender and sexuality affirming offices, classrooms, and conversations. This workshop describes why it is important that we all do this work, and how affirming all LGBTQA+ people also means affirming people of color, people with disabilities, undocumented people, and people of more than one marginalized identity. We will share how-to practices for doing our homework; practicing assumption-free language; hearing, affirming and using the language folks ask us to use for them; representing as well as intervening; and learning from mistakes, then beginning the cycle again. This is a workshop for LGBQA+ people and straight people, transgender people, nonbinary people, cisgender people, and people of more than one of these identities.