Professional Development

A series of workshops, developed with input from the entire division of Student Affairs.


September 9     

8:30-9:30              Kickoff Event
R-01                       Dr. Naima Brown and Professional Development Committee

September 18  

2:45-3:45              Low-Cost, Small Interventions with a Big Impact on Student Retention    
WA-108                and Success
Dr. Omid Fotuhi
Fotuhi is a researcher and project manager of the Interventions Lab at Stanford University where he is also a Postdoctoral Fellow in Social and Heath Psychology. Fotuhi's current work focuses on developing social psychological interventions to boost student achievement and well-being and to narrow group disparities among college students.  Collaborating with Carol Dweck, Geoffrey Cohen, Greg Walton, David Yeager, and others, Fotuhi oversees a multi-institution project designed to scale up interventions to foster adaptive mindsets.   

September 24  

2:00-3:30              Entitlement on Campus: Managing Student Wants vs. Student Rights
S 29-30                  Webinar


October 14         

8:30-9:30              Character Strengths
S 29-30                  Dr. Tracey Reeves
Good character is often described as the ability to thrive even when facing hardship and the personal traits that make up good character produce positive effects when expressed. According to the Virtues in Action (VIA) Classification of Character Strengths there are 24 character strengths that fall under six broad virtue categories: wisdom and knowledge, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence. Find out more about your strengths and how you can exercise them to feel happier and more engaged. Before attending this session, you will need to complete the “Brief Strengths Test” at . The questionnaire is free but you will have to register and create an account.   

November 4      

9:00-10:00           African American Male Experience at SF
S 29/30                 Aminah Nichols and Jermaine Dunn
Join us for an overview of the “state of affairs” for our African American male students at Santa Fe. The first part of the session will cover the basics: enrollment, persistence rates, and special programmatic efforts to recruit and retain students. The last part of the session will allow a panel of students to share their experiences and take questions from the audience.

November 18   

3:00-4:00              Practical Ways to Increase Student Persistence
S 29/30                 Dr. Rhonda Morris and Dr. Kim Fugate-Roberts
Join us for an opportunity to pull together all we have learned this semester about student persistence. You will leave with practical suggestions for what you can do to help.

December 4      

12-1                       Holiday Social
R 01                        Professional Development Committee
We will see YOU for FOOD, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN before we all go our separate ways for the holidays. Please bring a snack to share if you are able (not required for attendance!).

Campus Connections

Campus Conversations in Student Affairs will center on the book “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Dr. Carol S. Dweck. In this book, Dr. Dweck draws on 20 years of research on achievement and success to show that the mindset that a person adopts profoundly affects the way that he or she experiences life.
To ensure that every staff member has a chance to participate, we will host four different Campus Conversations in the Fall and three in the Spring.
Look over the dates for Fall listed below and choose the one that best suits your schedule. All will meet in S-141.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015             2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.                    (Books for this date are available now)
Friday, October 16, 2015                               3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.                    (Books available September 24)
Tuesday, October 20, 2015                           10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.                (Books available September 24)
Thursday, November 19, 2015                    9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.                    (Books available October 21)


Canvas Cross Training
Learn more about Student Affairs at Santa Fe! This on-line training provides an overview of the Division and relevant procedures. By completing the five modules 1) Getting Students Started at Santa Fe; 2) Financial Aid; 3) Supporting Students in College and Beyond; 4) Serving a Diverse Student Body and 5) Student Life and Activities, you will be better prepared to help our students get the answers that they need, access the resources that are available and navigate the college experience with success.


Webinars Available Through Go2Knowledge
Go2Knowledge offers on-demand & live professional development opportunities. There are over 100 webinars and training categories including At-Risk Populations, Campus Safety, Organizational Development, Student Success, Teaching & Learning, Technology and Open Educational Resources. Users may print an individualized certificate of completion for each webinar. To access this resource, follow this link: 
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