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2015 Workshops

The Science of Climate Change, the Pope and Policy: A Panel Discussion 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Alan Green, Jason Evans, Jim Mallett, Phillip Lucas, Christopher de Bodisco
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 108 

This panel will explore Pope Francis' Encyclical on climate change in terms of moral responsibility, science, religion and environmental policy. How does the statement align with Stetson's value of "global citizenship?" Why are scientists cheering it? Why is it important for a religious leader to accept the mainstream scientific view on climate change? What are the political implications of a conservative religious leader pushing for action on climate change? Does it impact the domestic debate in the U.S.? What is the role of religion in a debate on global environmental policy anyway? If action is to be taken on climate change, what is the appropriate degree of participation to expect from poor countries? What trade-offs need to be considered between economic development / poverty reduction and environmental protection? 

Fostering Home Literacies: What Stetson Students Can Do in Our Community 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Mary Ellen Oslick, Nicole Clendenin, Liz Lizalde
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 122 

This workshop will explore how a university and public elementary school partnered to develop a learning experience that would include the application of preservice teachers’ primary literacy learning with a home-to-school connection. Additionally, Stetson students will receive training via the America Reads program to use as future tutors, mentors, and parents to promote literacy learning. A site visit to a Professional Development School in the community may also be included. 

Hatters Serve: Social Justice and Experiential Learning in Cusco, Peru 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Matt Kurz, Annie Roche, Emmie Wenzell
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 123 

This workshop will explore the value and impact of social justice in an international location through the lived experience of 8 students and one staff member that participated in Stetson’s first international service trip in Cusco, Peru. The presenters will give an overview of the experience from planning and fundraising through completion, discuss the service work in-depth, and provide specific examples of the learning and impact the trip had on the individuals and the group. 

Understanding Systems of Oppression and Intersectionality through Multi-Modal Narrative: Nurturing Global Consciousness to Advance Social Justice  

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Rajni Shankar-Brown
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 124 

This workshop offers opportunities to examine multiple social identities in the larger context of social power and privilege. Through global, multi-modal narrative, including storytelling, art, poetry, and music, participants are encouraged to gain a deeper understanding of diversity, intersectionality, and the complex dynamics of oppression. Reflect on and discuss inspiring movements in history that have empowered lives, promoted equity, and resulted in positive social change. Explore ways to individually and collectively advance social justice! 

NPHC 101: Their Importance on Stetson's Campus 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Patrice Perkins
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 220 

This workshop focuses on how Stetson University can and does benefit from having a NPHC organization on campus. It is important to understand how NPHC organizations differ from PanHellenic and IFC entities and how they all work toward the common goal of bettering individuals and the community. 

Could you join a cult or act violently? 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Frank Machovec
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 221 

Middle East extremist groups recruit followers on the Internet and social media but the phenomenon is not new. This workshop explains how everyone is susceptible to joining a cult or cult-like group and even acting out violently. 

Breaking the Binary: Intersex as Narrative and Theory 

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Melinda Hall, Bek Luke
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 222 

In this workshop, we will raise awareness of intersex issues by defining and discussing intersex and differentiating intersex issues from transgender issues.

This workshop will be divided into two parts: a lecture and an interactive portion. First, Bek Luke, student and activist at Stetson University, will share narrative experiences of intersex from a first-person point of view. Second, Dr. Melinda Hall will share a perspective drawn from the field of bioethics and queer theory. Finally, we will ask the students to participate in an activity meant to draw out the social and political construction of and impacts of intersex conditions. 

Dare to Switch Hats, a Beginner’s Journey to Becoming Significant 

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Jessica Szymczyk, Medorie Peterson-Woodburn
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 223 

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will hear from the perspective of a First Generation Student and a Stetson University Staff member. Key ideas discussed in this workshop include the value of thinking beyond “self”, fostering curiosity, identifying new interests, developing a support team, and utilizing Stetson resources to achieve identified action steps. This workshop encourages students, faculty and staff to utilize the Stetson Community as a “practice area” for creating social change. 

Social entrepreneurs: Providing innovative solutions to society's most pressing social problems 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Gary Oliphant
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 318 

Social entrepreneurship is an emerging field of study that is gaining increasing attention in universities around the world. Social entrepreneurs combine the knowledge and skills used in traditional business, with a passionate commitment to having a meaningful and sustainable social impact. In this workshop we will focus on using entrepreneurial competencies to craft innovative responses to social problems. Entrepreneurs are particular good at recognizing opportunities, exploring innovative approaches, mobilizing resources, managing risk, and building viable enterprises. 

Improving Wellness in Support of Resilience

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Rebecca Stone, Lynn Schoenberg, Resche Hines
  • Location: Sage 218 

Stetson students rate traumatic life events as more difficult to handle than other students; this reflects a need for improved student resilience. Background research around what resiliency is and why it is important, as well as how students, faculty, and staff can support student resilience will be discussed. Balance in the Six Dimensions of Wellness will be presented to support student resilience. A special focus will be placed on Stetson resources, efforts, and outcomes improvements. 

Rachel Dolezal and Race Performance 

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Kimberly Flint-Hamilton
  • Location: Sage 257 

Social scientists agree that race is a sociocultural construct rather than a real taxonomic category. So why has America become so outraged by Rachel Dolezal’s decision to “become” black? Is Rachel Dolezal truly transracial, or is her appropriation of blackness instead “a spectacular exercise in hubris, narcissism, and deflection,” in the words of New York Times journalist Charles Blow? 

Why Native Ecosystems Matter

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Cindy Bennington, Karen Cole
  • Location: Rinker Environmental Learning Center 

Opportunities for contact between people and the natural environment have declined with increasing habitat loss, removing the context within which people understand and value arguments for conservation of biodiversity and natural resources. In this workshop we will discuss the value of natural ecosystems to life on Earth, providing opportunities for participants to tour the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem, learning about current student/faculty projects, and engaging in hands-on activities related to the educational mission of the site.

Global Internships: Enhancing global citizenship through experiential learning

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Paula Hentz
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 108

Global citizenship is an important part of Stetson's mission to prepare students to be informed, active and engaged citizens. A panel of students will discuss their global internship experiences and offer advice for interning abroad.

Academic Integrity, Stetson's Core Values and Life Beyond

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): David Dr. Dysart, Honor Council Members
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 221

What is the Stetson Student Honor Council and why should I be interested? Come and learn the answer. In this session you will BE a member of the Council! Hear the various sides of a case of alleged academic dishonesty. Determine how it should be dealt with. How could it be avoided? What does academic integrity mean to my university and my future?

Screening and Discussion of "The Colors of Stetson”, A Documentary about the Experience of Students of Color on our Campus

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Grady Ballenger, Rajni Shankar-Brown
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 124

We held this session in fall 2014, and it generated important discussion. Alexandrina's film has recently been selected as one of nine films chosen for the Council on Social Work Education for their 2015 Virtual Film Festival. They anticipate what we know: it's a great way to start a conversation about campus culture that needs to happen but that is hard to begin. While we could argue this session fits all of the Core Values, we'll chose 'intellectual development' because it will seek to clarify how understandings of race and ethnicity are socially constructed, how everyone has "race," even those who think of themselves as "white," and finally how cultural understandings can shape our view of the world, for better if we are wise.

Beyond a Paycheck

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Nora Huth, Jennifer Grocke
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 222

This workshop/presentation will connect Stetson’s values with the student’s employment experience. Students will have the opportunity to assess what values they bring into their student employment position and what value their position will have in their future at Stetson and beyond. This workshop/presentation is focused at students who want to get the most out of their student employment experience.

"African and German? What an Interesting Mixture!"

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 223

The workshop focuses on the "other" Germany by moving beyond the association of the country and its culture with National Socialism and the subsequent division of the nation into two distinct states. We will use different visual images that address racism in reunified Germany, learn about the German poet and writer of African descent, Mary Ayim, and address questions of immigration and national identity.

Conscience: Best Friend or Bully?

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): William Andrews
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 123

"It takes up more room than all the rest of a person's insides, and yet ain't no good nohow." Huck Finn on Conscience in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Too often, ethical instruction seems to devolve into strategies for justifying our behavior. But when we put our head on our pillow at night, somehow this voice of conscience seems to prevail against our best arguments. What is this beast and where does it come from? Is it authoritative...and what happens if it isn't heeded? Can it be trained ... or just silenced, and what are the consequences of its demise?

Are there spaces between your thoughts?: Living a happy, fulfilled life

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Lua Hancock, Rob Walsh, Certified Yoga Instructor, Guruv Yoga
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 220

Do you live a crazy life full of jumbled thoughts, or do you have space between your thoughts to use your deep discernment to create your own destiny? Instead of living in stories of how you want the future to be or of how you remember the past was, you can live in the success and joy of the present moment. We will share our stories of how contemplative practice has changed our lives and spend time practicing breath and meditation together.

Helping Make A Difference In the World-One Country at a Time

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Rebecca Oliphant
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 318

Students who attended the international social justice experience under the direction of the Drs. Oliphant will discuss the impact of traveling to do volunteer work in Cambodia and exploring Vietnam for it's culture, religion, and historical importance.

The Law for Some or the Law for All?: The Moral Premise of the Law

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Greg Sapp, Josh Rust
  • Location: Sage 218

The law is supposed to work for the benefit of the entire community, but too often the law benefits only those in power, those who make the law. This workshop will consider the purpose of law for effecting justice in the community. We will look at the way the law is supposed to work ideally and compare that to how we think the law works actually. Comparing those two, we can discuss ways to bring the actual operation of the law in line with the ideal operation of the law.

We want YOU to run for political office!

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Kevin Winchell
  • Location: Sage 222

Have you ever thought about running for political office? Are you passionate about making change in your community? Whether you have whimsical thoughts about the prospect of running for office, or you have been seriously planning your campaign since fifth grade, you should attend this workshop. You'll learn about why it is important for ordinary citizens to run for political office, as well as the steps necessary to be successful candidates and, later, elected officials.

The Science of Happiness

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Dr. Leigh DeLorenzi, Dr. Leila Roach
  • Location: Sage 257

What does happiness look like in the brain? What is the relationship between our values and our wellbeing? How does suffering teach us about the potential for living a deeply meaningful life? In addition to the latest research findings on happiness, this session will present "anecdotes from the front lines of suffering" -- a trauma therapist’s lessons about living a joyful life through working with survivors of unspeakable hardship.