SEED Workshops

Fall 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: Career Development (choose at least 2)

Transferable Skills (PN 935)*
Presented by the Vick Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling
Dates:
Thursday, September 28, 4 – 5 pm in SZB 422 or
Monday, October 23, 12 – 1 pm in CLA 1.102
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, September 18, 5 – 6 pm in SAC 3.114  or
Tuesday, October 10, 5 – 6 in pm in UNB 4.118
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:
Tuesday, October 24, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Wednesday, November 1, 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, November 7, 5 – 6 pm in FAC 328 or
Wednesday, November 15, 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, October 3, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Wednesday, November 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

Customer Care: Skills for Everyone You Meet  (PN 920)
Presented by Information Technology Services
Dates:
Thursday, October 19, 5 – 6 pm in FAC 328 or
Wednesday, October 25, 4 – 5 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

Moving Through Conflict (PN 925)*
Presented by Human Resources
Dates:
Tuesday, September 19, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.016A or
Monday, September 25, 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)

Managing Stress (PN 955)*
Presented by the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
Dates:
Wednesday, September 27, 4 – 5 pm in POB 3.408 or
Thursday, November 9, 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:
Wednesday, September 13, 5 – 6 pm, POB 2.402 or
Thursday, October 12, 5 – 6 pm, POB 2.402
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:
Monday, October 2, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Thursday, November 16, 5:30 – 6:30 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, Compliance and Leadership (choose at least 1)

Workplace Ethics: What Would You Do? (CW 404)*
Presented by University Compliance Services
Dates:
Thursday, September 14, 5:30 – 6:30 pm in POB 2.402 or
Monday, October 30, 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:
Thursday, October 5, 5 – 6 pm in POB 2.402 or
Wednesday, October 18, 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:
Tuesday, September 26, 5 – 6 pm, CLA 0.106  or
Wednesday, October 4, 5 – 6 pm, CLA 1.102
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:
Monday, October 9, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Thursday, November 2, 4 – 5 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

Did That Just Happen? Tools for Bringing BeVocal into the Workplace (PN 978)*
Presented by University Unions
Dates:
Wednesday, October 11, 4:30 – 5:30 pm in UNB 4.118 or
Tuesday, November 14, 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, 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

The Inclusive Workplace: What Is It and Why Should I Care? (PN 987)*
Presented by the Office for Inclusion and Equity
Dates:
Tuesday, September 12, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A or
Monday, November 6, 5 – 6 pm in NOA 4.106A
Course Description: There are three common reasons that problems occur in the workplace: 1) people have different opinions about what constitutes appropriate workplace behavior, which can vary by gender, social, cultural and geographical conditions; 2) people often make incorrect assumptions about what others consider to be appropriate workplace behavior; and 3) employers fail to define appropriate standards, emphasize principles of mutual respect, and ensure equitable, uniform compliance with standards for staff at all levels. This workshop will outline the policies that govern workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, and also will discuss what your role is as a student employee and why you should care.
Course Objectives: Over the course of the workshop, you will:
– understand your role as a student employee as it relates to workplace discrimination/harassment issues
– understand policies governing workplace discrimination/harassment
– understand mandatory reporting obligations under university policy and federal guidelines
– discuss confidentiality and strategies for avoiding discrimination/harassment problems

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Calendar

October 2017

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  • Can We Talk the Talk?
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  • True Colors: Build Your Leadership Brand
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  • Being a "Responsible Employee"
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  • disABILITY Advocate 101
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  • Professionalism in the Workplace
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  • Did That Just Happen? BeVocal in the Workplace
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  • Time & Procrastination
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  • Being a "Responsible Employee"
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  • Customer Care: Skills for Everyone You Meet
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  • Transferable Skills
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  • Getting Connected, Staying Connected: Networking & Social Media in Your Career
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  • Customer Care: Skills for Everyone You Meet
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  • Workplace Ethics: What Would You Do?
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