Worth a Second (Or a First) Look


Student Panel Discussion

Presenter: Erin Walter, Francine Sweet, Zamora Brinkley, Katrina Beyah

I was blown away this student panel discussion! Zamora and Francine were articulate, authentic and oozed care for their fellow students. They had wonderful tips and tricks for managing “when life happens”, and advocated some of the specific University resources that have helped in their academic success. Although I have not had them in my specific classes, I was extremely proud of them for their willingness to be of service and support to their fellow classmates.

I would love to have a video snippet of their presentation to share with my students who are facing similar challenges. What a powerful and positive tool that would be, created by students for students!

The Art of Burnout and low productivity: Finding solutions within ourselves to better support others

Presenter: Yvonne Lozano

I always enjoy hearing Dr. Lozano’s presentations. She has years of exceptional experience both in academia and within her discipline as a gerontologist. In today’s presentation she honed in on not only some of the causes of possible burnout and low productivity, but also addressed solutions to help avoid many of the conditions that can lead to these issues as well.

One of the many useful “take aways” that I can immediately put into practice in my work and teaching life, is to remain cognizant of what others perception may be. That is a key point, and one we often don’t take the time to meaningfully reflect upon or incorporate into our processes. There are many more, but I don’t want to give to many spoilers to this interesting and engaging presentation.

Disturbing Discourse: Supporting Dialogue in the Global Classroom

Presenters: Kim Cowan, Christina Jaquez, Mathew Galloway

As a core faculty member aligned with POL 201 American Federal Government, there have been times where I have seen emotion overcome reason and evidence in discussions. I have seen that increase over the past few years, and it can indeed sometimes be challenging to help guide and direct students appropriately. Regardless of the class or discipline, this may be something that many instructors are seeing and experiencing as well. In this session the presenters tackled some of the different types of scenarios, and provided meaningful discourse on different approaches to overcome many of these.

Just a few of the many useful points I was left with are as follows:

  1. We are not attempting to teach students what to think, but we are attempting to teach students how to think.

  2. It is okay to respectfully agree to disagree.

  3. Knowing and acknowledging our own triggers and possible bias, can help us put those into the proper place and focus on guiding and supporting students appropriately.

  4. We need to meet and assist the students where they currently are, not where we want or think they should be.

If you were not able to attend sessions live, I would strongly encourage you to take the time to review it when the recording link comes out after the TLC has concluded!

Stacy Manning

Core Faculty- Division of General Education

Ashford University


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