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2016 Workshops

Workshop Block 1 is taking place between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. This new event will engage participants in dialogue around current events affecting our community, country, and world. The topics that will be discussed include the following:

Zika Virus and Global Health Crisis

  • Presenter(s): Rosalie Richards, Asal Johnson
  • Location: Stetson Room

#Lives: Black, Blue, All: where we are and how we move towards unity and justice

  • Presenter(s): Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, Sven Smith, Sharmaine Jackson, Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ranjini Thaver
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 108

Global Economy: Venezuela in Crisis

  • Presenter(s): Alan Green, Chris de Bodisco, Luis Paris, Ana Servigna
  • Location: Sage 222

America's Political Climate

  • Presenter(s): David Hill, Steven Smallpage, Bill Nylen
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 122, 123, 124 (Each classroom will have the same facilitated questions, this allows for smaller discussion groups)

Workshop Block 2-3 Descriptions

Many Cultures, One Family Cross the Line (Diversity and Inclusion Edition)

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Luis Paredes, Natasha Ramnauth
  • Location: Allen Hall

Students will engage in interactive activities and discussions to identify personal similarities and differences that make them unique individuals as well as part of a collective family at Stetson University.

Dream Garden

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Tonya Cribb Curran, Matt Roberts, Terri Witek, Michael Branton
  • Location: Hand Art Center Seminar Room

This phone project invites you to plant a floating garden of dreams on Stetson University’s historic campus. Use your phones to text in 7-word dreams and watch these appear via your phones to fill and cross and layer the air on the quad. As a political space, Dream Garden offers greening without colonization or displacement.

Leaders: Men and Women who Make a Difference

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Peter Anyang' Nyong'o
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 108

The address focuses on leadership and what it means in various sectors of endeavor and roles in society. It gives cross-cultural examples that the students may or may not be familiar with. What are the values that a good leader should uphold and live by? When leaders make mistakes, need they give up?

Developing global citizenship through study abroad: Population, Society, and Environment in Shanghai (SOCI 290)

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Rachel Core, Jessica Chamberlin, Katie Hansen, Mia Hudd, and Sara Nelmes
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 122

This interactive workshop will highlight activities and learning from the 2016 Spring Break study abroad seminar, “Population, Environment, and Society in Shanghai (SOCI 290).” The workshop will feature four students who participated in the seminar, who will talk about their experience and answer questions.

Interfaith Panel

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Riselle Bain, Bassem Chaaban, Surinder Panesar
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 123

The United States is the most religiously diverse nation in the world. Such diversity can produce opportunities for conflict, or cooperation. This workshop seeks to increase our awareness of three religious communities in the United States: Judaism, Islam, and Sikhism. The discussion will focus on the promotion of peace and understanding in U.S. society through dialogue. Panelists will share their perspectives on living in ways that foster greater understanding and compassion. A question and answer session will follow the discussion.

Panelists Include: -Riselle Bain, Stetson Alumna and Cantor, Temple Israel, Sebring, Florida -Bassem Chaaban, Director of Outreach, Islamic Society of Central Florida -Surinder Panesar, Sikh Society of Central Florida

Service Dogs: the real, the fake and the training

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Sarah Townsend, Marilyn Kudlets
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 124

It can be challenging knowing the difference between a service dog and a pet dog. This workshop will go into detail explaining the training of a service dog and what a true service dog behaves like out in public. Service dogs will be included in the presentation. There will be time for discussion and questions.

Managing Your Social Media Presence

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Debbie Dinkins, Ashley Krenelka Chase, Molly Brown
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 220

What is the best way to manage your social media presence? A post in Facebook seems to last forever even if it is deleted. Many employers look at social media sites when considering an applicant, so how do you express yourself and still remain employable? This will be a discussion-based workshop that will include interactive role-playing opportunities.

Why Community in a Company is Important

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Nathan Wagner, Katrina Palmieri, Ambar Gonzalez, Maria Rodriguez
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 221

Why should businesses be engaged in their communities, and how can they align their business model with community needs? Representatives from DaVita, a Fortune 500 health care provider, will highlight the connection between local businesses and their communities, including discussion of DaVita’s business plan, health care model, and community impact.

Why Native Ecosystems Matter

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

This workshop will focus on ecosystem conservation, using the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem Teaching Landscape, the ongoing restoration of a longleaf pine habitat on the grounds of the RELC, as an example of one way in which environmental values can be translated to the public.

First Degree: The Value of Higher Education in Prison

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Pamela Cappas-Toro, Andy Eisen, Melinda Hall, Jelena Petrovic, Madeline Welsh
  • Location: Sage 222

Participants in this workshop will watch a 25-minute documentary "First Degree" that follows the story of three incarcerated men at Sing Sing Prison in New York as they pursue college degrees. Following the screening, members of the Community Education Project, a college-in-prison program initiated by Stetson professors, will lead a discussion on the value of providing a liberal arts education in carceral spaces.

Treat Yourself: Transform Your Life, Relationships, and Work with One Change

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Andy Dehnart, Stacy Collins
  • Location: Sage 257

You've been holding yourself back from reaching your full potential. In this workshop, discover how to change that. Messages from media and our society, about others and ourselves, cause damage—but it's reparable. Analyzing memes, stereotypes, and self-judgement, we'll help you see yourself in an entirely new way. Come prepared to change your life.

A Collective Call to Action: Understanding the Multilayered Dynamics and Effects of Poverty on Children

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Rajni Shankar-Brown
  • Location: Stetson Room

Severe poverty continues to impact millions of lives in the United States and around the globe. Families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population, and the number of school-aged children living in poverty and experiencing homelessness in Florida continues to rise at alarming rates. Furthermore, hate crimes against those in homeless situations have seen a disturbing rise in the past decade particularly in Florida. Pervasive inequalities, systemic oppression, growing opportunity gaps, deficient policies, advances in technology, and an ever-changing economy require us to rethink how we address poverty and homelessness in our communities, as well as in our global landscape. This interactive session will explore the complex dynamics of socioeconomic inequality and deeply entrenched oppression through multidimensional narratives and numeric data, with a particular focus on the impact of poverty on children. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in discussion on ways to help remove systemically oppressive barriers for families and children living in poverty and experiencing homelessness.

The Myths and Realities of the US Criminal Justice System in International Context

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Ranjini Thaver, students from ECON141J
  • Location: duPont Ball Library 25L

The objective of this presentation is multifold: To discuss the myths and realities of the criminal justice system; to contrast the US retributive justice system with other countries’ restorative justice system; to analyze the high recidivism rates in the US; and to analyze the role of Stetson University in contributing to a restorative justice system at Tomoka through education. This presentation, led by students, will highlight our values commitments, in particular, our contribution to social justice within prisons, and in society overall.

My Name Is Not Refugee. A look at the complexities of global migrations.

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter, Pamela Capas-Torro
  • Location: duPont Ball Library 25L

How do Germany’s socio-political and cultural infrastructures respond to the influx of asylum seekers? What are the implications of framing Puerto Ricans’ arriving in the Orlando area as “refugees?” Join in this dialogue with three of our faculty panelists.

Fiscally Fit Hatters

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Rebecca Thomas, Elsa Guevara, Tevin Williams, Ally Topliff
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 122

Sponsored by Green, White & YOU, this Values Day workshop will teach its' participants about the importance of being financially conscious along with educating students about the impact donor dollars have at Stetson University.

Meditation: What Science is Telling Us

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Mark Young
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 123

Meditation may be an ancient spiritual tradition found in most of the world’s faiths, but fifty years of western scientific research shows that a regular meditation practice has many other potential benefits. In this session, Dr. Mark Young, professor of Counseling at UCF, will review his own research and that of many others' states about the value of meditation for achieving mental, physical, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual outcomes.

What's the Value of Your Education? A Choose Your Own Adventure Workshop

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Alan Green
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 124

Are you in college to get a good job or become a better person? What will your parents say about you majoring in Art instead of Accounting? You're in control in this interactive workshop. Choose what you think is most important and explore the arguments for and against different views of education and ways to get the most out of your college experience.

Your Vote, Your Future

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presenter(s): Christina Borg
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 220

Stetson Votes will be presenting a workshop to encourage voter participation among Stetson students. We will host a fun, interactive workshop focused on empowering students to use their right to vote to better themselves and their futures.

Humor Therapy, The Art of Smiling for Others

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): David Mann
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 221

David Mann, MA, CTRS, author of the book "Humor Therapy, The Art of Smiling for Others" shares his perspectives of how everyone can use conversational humor to uplift and heal those in need of a smile.

Stories, examples, and techniques of humor in action will be presented with opportunities to share your own humor experiences.

Utilize Your Well Team

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Erin Kelly, Melissa Mesman
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 222

This workshop is an introduction to Stetson University's WELL Team. We will share strategies that students can use to be well during and after their time at Stetson. Learn about the programs that that WELL Team will hold throughout the year and the changes we will be implementing in response to the Campus Climate report. Title IX policies and processes will be discussed, as this is an important resource on campus. Suggestions, concerns, and questions about improving the wellbeing of Stetson students will be welcomed from participants and addressed accordingly. Help us help you.

Values Based Leadership

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Valerie Drebsky, Andrew Wertheim, Arden Tilghman
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 223

Stetson values the development of the whole person and is committed to helping students engage and build lifelong connections with the larger world through Personal Growth, Intellectual Development, and Global Citizenship. Join recent Stetson Executive MBA alumni in this interactive workshop that will take participants through different activities that will help them explore their personal values and strengths.

Academic Integrity, Stetson's Core Values and Life Beyond

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Cindy Bennington, Victoria Garcia
  • Location: Rinker Environmental Learning Center

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 in a case of alleged academic dishonesty. Determine how it should be dealt with. How can it be avoided? What does academic integrity mean to my university and my future?

Ready, Set, Interview

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Joyce Mundy, Fran Duvall
  • Location: Sage 218

Finishing your degree in education is exciting, but equally important is a fantastic job offer. Tips in this session are presented by two former school administrators who recruited many new teachers. Learn what to do before, during, and after the interview to bring your best to the table!

Safe Zone Training: The Road to Advocacy

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presenter(s): Cecil Chik
  • Location: Sage 222

This 60-minute interactive workshop will give participants an opportunity to learn and practice ways that they can advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.

Imagining (Dis)Ability: Representations of Disability in Popular Culture

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presenter(s): Emily Mieras, Stacy Collins, Melinda Hall
  • Location: Sage 257

This interactive workshop explores representations of disability in popular culture, such as television and film. We will discuss concepts for understanding disability, reflect on key examples, and come away with a sense of how popular culture—and all of us, as its consumers—share responsibility for mainstream perceptions of disability