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2017 Workshops

Below are the lists of workshops that took place during Values Day 2017.

Why Pollination Matters: Toward “A Better Nectar”

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Cynthia Bennington, Karen Cole, Jessica Rath
  • Location: Gillespie Museum

Pollinating insects are essential to our food crops and to the health of our environment. This workshop invites participants to the Volusia Sandhill Ecosystem at the Gillespie Museum to look at and listen to pollinators, with LA-based artist Jessica Rath. Activities include (1) practicing a deep listening exercise to experience the resonant frequencies of the landscape’s pollinators; (2) contributing to an ongoing pollinator survey; and (3) planting native wildflowers, as part of the habitat restoration.

Interacting with People Living with a Disability

  • Value: Intellectual Development, Global Citizenship and Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Kathy Searle Acevedo, Wendy Wilson
  • Location: Library 25L

When you meet someone who's in a wheelchair, or uses a white cane, or communicates using ASL, what do you think? How do you act? As you go through life, you’re likely to encounter people with some type of disability. Learn how to interact with them comfortably and respectfully; it could help you retain clients and avoid lawsuits. And you might get to know interesting, accomplished individuals who just happen to live with a disability! Explore daily realities faced by people with impaired sight, hearing, mobility, etc. Remember: no-one is immune to casualties and conditions which may result in a disability.

Panel Discussion: Peace Corps at Stetson and Beyond

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Facilitated Panel
  • Presenter(s): Chad Chernet, Robert McIntosh, Donna McIntosh, Roger Wangsness, Luisa DeGuzman, Erin Gibbs, Chip Wheeler
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 108

Join us for a panel discussion featuring Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RCPVs), including Stetson alumni, to learn about volunteer experiences, ask questions about service, and gain knowledge about the application processes to serve in the Peace Corps or become a student leader in the Stetson University Peace Corps Prep Program. The panel will be moderated by newly appointed Associate Director, Chip Wheeler, and former Acting Associate Director, Erin Gibbs, from the Peace Corps National Office.

Challenging the facts: fake news, misleading facts, and issues of credibility.

  • Value: Intellectual Development, Global Citizenship and Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Molly Brown, Leigh Ann Dunning, Vanessa Petion
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 122

This presentation aims to examine credible vs. non-credible sources that affect us all on a daily basis, in order to give participants the tools to make their own determination regarding sources, whether that be from websites, news stories or social media. The presentation will be given in three parts - 1. The history of fake news; 2. Determining credible sources for academic research; 3. Creating awareness when using Social Media. Participants will engage in group activities and discussions to practice the skills presented in this workshop.

How satisfied are you with your parents? Are they allies or enemies?

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Daisy Zhou, Payton Montague, Anzu Giri
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 123

Most people growing up experienced issues with their parents, and continue to question their relationship with their parents. This workshop will present the many different approaches to parenting including those that research has proven to be the most effective. The LGBTQIA community has recently been granted legal protection for marriage and for parenting children, and parenting issues from this community will be included. This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to pause for a bit and think about their bond with their own family, and the sacrifices their parents made to help them reach their goal of acquiring a higher education. Meanwhile, multicultural perspectives and scientific research findings about parenting will be included to facilitate self-reflection and communication. Participants will also share their experience, thoughts, feelings, concerns and future goals about parenting and family relationship.

Can You Solve the Tragedy of the Commons?

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Alan Green, Wendy Anderson, Melissa Gibbs, Ranjini Thaver, Chris de Bodisco
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 124

Can you escape the tragedy of the commons? This fundamental concept is taught in economics, political science, biology and environmental science at Stetson. In this workshop participants will consider the concept through a simulation that puts you in the dilemma at both local and global levels. Work with faculty from different disciplines and see who can best escape the tragedy!

Words of Wisdom for Your Financial Future

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Bonnie Holloway,
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 220

Do you worry about your financial future after Stetson? Do you have questions or concerns about how to manage your money responsibly, about how to buy a car or insurance or a house without someone taking advantage of you, or about how income taxes work? Do you wonder about when and how to start planning for retirement? Do you want to accumulate wealth in order to be able to give something back? If so, this is the Values Day session for you! Come and help choose the topics you’d like most to explore.

Keeping Your Promises: An Introduction to Assessment and Evaluation of Anti-Discrimination Training Programs

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Nathan Perry,
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 221

A CPR certification requires ~3 hours of in-person training. The vast majority of anti-discrimination "trainings" are an hour or less in length. The premise that remedying racism/sexism/etc is less-complicated than learning CPR is a faulty one and one that has had a continuing harmful impact on students and employees for over three decades. Workplace/campus training providers brought in ~160 BILLION dollars in 2015 (in the United States alone). While these trainings have been effective at meeting the needs administrators concerned with Legal Compliance, it is much less clear that these trainings are meeting the needs of individuals who are actually most impacted by the harmful behaviors these trainings are advertised to address. Training CAN be effective, but only if stakeholders are empowered to ask the right questions beforehand.

I'm Not a Refugee: I am a ...

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Facilitated Panel
  • Presenter(s): Elisabeth Poeter, Jelena Petrovic, Mirrett Saad
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 222

This workshop will highlight some of the most publicly debated immigration issues in the US, such as a temporary ban on refugees from Muslim countries, the securing of national borders, health care and work for refugees and undocumented immigrants, and the role of sanctuary cities. Workshop participants will consider how recent executive orders mandating changes to immigration enforcement affect local initiatives and reflect on what drives the current refugee crisis and the increase in xenophobic tendencies in the US and Europe.

Am I Significant?

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Facilitated Panel
  • Presenter(s): Barrett Hand, Anika Reichwald, Michelle Tepper
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 223

Time in college is a sacred season of tumult and searching, but even in our global community and our nation, we have seen virulent violence, anger, and unrest. Change starts here. How we view ourselves affects how we view the world. So, are you significant? What makes you valuable? In this session, you will consider a variety of worldviews in order to better approach these issues. Join the dialogue with current Stetson students, and Stetson alumnus and Oxford graduate Michelle Tepper. Come, and bring with you the questions you’ve yet to answer.

Disabling the Label of Disability: Unraveling what disability means in our society

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Tammi Hanzalik,
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 318

Like many other labels, the term "disability" comes with a negative connotation that gives those with that label a "less than" status in our society. This interactive workshop aims to debunk misconceptions concerning people with intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) as well as offering ways in which our community can build an atmosphere that is inclusive of all people, regardless of labels. Students will engage in a meaningful dialogue about the importance of truly including those with IDD in our community.

Naikan: The Japanese Art of Gratitude and Self Reflection

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Morris Sullivan
  • Location: Rinker Environmental Learning Center

Naikan is a little-known method of self-reflection that doesn't involve sitting quietly with one's eyes closed but gives the practitioner a direct view into their relationship to the world they live in and people they live with through the application of gratitude, grace, and self-reflection.

Weight ≠ Worth: Research-Driven Strategies for Developing a Better Body Image

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Danielle Lindner, Honor Woodward
  • Location: Sage 218

Everybody has a body, so everybody has a body image. The way we feel about our bodies is related to the eating and exercise choices we make, to our mood, to the way we feel about ourselves, and to our overall quality of life. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the topic of body image and discuss ways women and men alike can cultivate a healthy relationship with their bodies and contribute to a body-positive culture on campus.

How do we create a positive working and learning climate at Stetson? A deep dive into the 2016 Climate Study Report.

  • Value: Intellectual Development, Global Citizenship and Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Savannah-Jane Griffin, Julia Metzker
  • Location: Sage 222

Join us in an interactive session that delves into the results of the 2016 DeLand Campus Climate Survey and allows participants to devise personalized and actionable strategies that they can use for improving the climate in their student organizations, classrooms, offices, meetings and other venues that are within their locus of control.

“The Muslims Are Coming!”: An Introduction to Islamophobia in the American Imagination

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Sam Houston,
  • Location: Sage 257

Islamophobia and anti-Muslim prejudice are among the most pressing civil rights challenges in America today. As such, this workshop seeks to educate and equip participants with tools to confront Islamophobia in its many forms. Together we will learn about representations of Islam and Muslims in European history and American television and film, examine the roles that such images have played in constructing American Muslims as “Others” in ways reminiscent of past minority and immigrant groups, and discuss practical strategies that bystanders might use to confront anti-Muslim acts of bigotry carried out in their presence.

Plenary Workshop: Guts Before Glory

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Irshad Manji
  • Location: Rinker Welcome Center, Lynn Presentation Room

Judging from the showdown in Charlottesville, there's no hope for reconciliation in the United States today. Or is there?

Irshad Manji is the world's only professor of "moral courage" -- the one value that's needed for positive social change. In this dynamic workshop, Irshad will show how moral courage can turn polarization into a constructive conversation, and then into action.

Get ready to learn the secret of becoming a gutsy global citizen in 21st century America...

How Well Do You Know Your IX?

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Cathy Downes, Diane Everett, Cecil Chik, Scott Kern
  • Location: Library 25L

Do you enjoy a little healthy competition? Are you either a self-proclaimed expert on Title IX? Or do you think Title IX is the name of a best-seller on the NY Times top 10 list? Come and engage in a high energy game show and learn some important facts about Title IX. Title IX is making headlines across the country, improve your knowledge on this topic to help stop it from happening at Stetson. Whether you play, cheer or coach, you will learn!

What is DACA & How Can You Support Your Undocumented Peers?

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Chris Furino, Alejandra Salinas Garcia, Anallely Becerra Barajas
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 108 Rinker Auditorium

In this conversation facilitated by Hope CommUnity Center, students will learn about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and who are the recipients of it. We’ll discuss what may happen if DACA is taken away and ways students can advocate for pieces of legislation that will benefit DACA recipients, DREAMERs, and more. In the workshop, facilitators will share their personal experiences about how DACA has helped them in a means to help students better understand how complex the Immigration system is and break down some stereotypes about the undocumented community.

Eye to Eye Senior Sensitivity Training

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Cathy Coates,
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 122

The Eye to Eye Senior Sensitivity Workshop will dispel your misconceptions about aging and encourage you to treat the elderly with respect and understanding. Elders are present in every aspect of our lives and local statistics show that the senior population of Volusia County is on the rise at a rate that overshadows any other demographic segment. How we perceive and interact with our elders is key to creating a better community for all to live in. Each participant will be involved with hands-on exercises that demonstrate what it actually feels like to grow old.

TANSTAAFL

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presentation Type: Birds of a Feather
  • Presenter(s): Alan Green, Students from Omicron Delta Epsilon, the Economics Honors Society, David Suellau
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 123

Everyone values peace, love, freedom, and a free lunch, but, as we like to point out in economic, there ain’t no such thing. Everything comes with a cost, so Values Day is a perfect time to consider those hidden costs behind everything from food at university events to campus climate consultants to promises from politicians. Students from Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honors society, will lead a discussion of hidden costs, tradeoffs and smart decision making on campus and in their lives.

The Propaganda Experiment

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Michael Barnes,
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 124

Propaganda has an awful reputation, as it is associated with unethical manipulation; as opposed to rhetoric (the art of persuasion), propaganda often deliberately omits essential information and/or uses heighten pathos to gloss over logical deficiencies. Techniques associated with propaganda include using loaded words (i.e. name calling and/or ad hominem attacks), transfer (an illogical association between positive/negative terms), or snob appeal (linking luxury with an act or priority) (Jowett). However, the traditional definition of propaganda carries no pejorative meaning, since the strategies can be applied for either ethical or unethical goals. The term only garnered a negative connotation with its association with Nazi war posters and rallies in WWII. The Catholic Church, in fact, created the concept as a means to attract wayward followers during the reformation/counter-reformation. Given this informing context, it is understandable that propaganda is being reconsidered by pedagogues as a legitimate and ethical means to achieve positive civic action. Advertisements aggressively dissuading smokers from smoking and the iconic Uncle Sam posters are notable examples.

In this interactive workshop, participants engage in a student exercise from my ENGL 141 class, one that explores whether propaganda can be taught ethically. In general, the exercise foregrounds interdisciplinary writing, undergraduate research, civic engagement and ethics.

Find Your Voice: Prep for Class Presentations

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Haley Gaynor, Mitzi Dykes
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 220

Do you have Glossophobia?!?! Over 75% of people have this fear; some even fear this more than death. The symptoms include a rapid heartbeat, severe sweating, shaking, and dry mouth. Sound familiar? Glossophobia is the fear of public speaking. Whether you're a first-year student or a senior, the probabilities are that you still get anxious with class presentations. In this workshop, we will work together to help you conquer this fear and improve your public speaking skills. If you want to quiet those butterflies when you present or want to refine your already strong speaking skills, this is the workshop for you.

Academic Integrity, Stetson's Core Values and Life Beyond

  • Value: Intellectual Development
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Cynthia Bennington, The Honor System Council, led by President Kathryn Renae Metcalf
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 221

Not sure about unauthorized group collaboration? Witness a mock hearing for alleged unauthorized group collaboration and BE a member of the Council. As a council member, in addition to determining whether or not a violation of the Honor Code occurred, you will determine sanctions should a violation have occurred. Discuss how academic dishonesty can be avoided. Reflect on what academic integrity means to Stetson and your future.

It's About Service: Alternative Break Opportunities at Stetson University

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Clare Sullivan, David Bailey, Nicolette Alayon, Chloe Foster, Sydney Arrington, Courtney Converse, Cathryn Sandborn
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 222

A distant destination, a close-knit group of friends, a welcoming non-profit. These are all factors for an Alternative Break trip that students have the opportunity of participating in every year. Come to this workshop to learn about global citizenship opportunities through Alternative Breaks.

Examining Poverty and Homelessness in the Context of Values: A Call to Action

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Rajni Shankar-Brown,
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 223

Families with children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in the United States, and particularly in the state of Florida. Economic well-being of children in the sunshine state is consistently ranked as one of the lowest. Additionally, Florida continues to be identified as one of the most dangerous states for the homeless, with hate crimes increasing at alarming rates. Growing economic inequality in the U.S. requires communities to reflect on values and mindfully address multilayered issues, including dismantling systemic oppression. This interactive session will explore the complex dynamics of socioeconomic inequality within the context of values and highlight the myriad effects of homelessness on children and youth – putting forth a call to action to collectively rethink how we address poverty, to mobilize, and to mindfully advance equity and justice.

International Internships: How to Build your Resume Abroad

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Facilitated Panel
  • Presenter(s): Amy Barber, Paula Hentz and Student Panel
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 318

Every year, Stetson University students pursue challenging and exciting internships overseas. They work in Parisian fashion houses, learn more about Chinese business culture, and intern with environmental sustainability programs in Australia, all while increasing their cultural communication skills. Join us for a panel discussion with Stetson students to hear about these experiences directly from the source. Students will share their own experiences, from choosing an opportunity to financing their time abroad. Attendees will gain a better understanding of Stetson's various options, whether for themselves or for their students.

Meditation 101: How Scheduled Stillness Can Improve your GPA

  • Value: Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Kait Forsythe
  • Location: Rinker Environmental Learning Center

Meditation is the process by which we withdraw our attention from the outer world and concentrate it inwards. Physicians, psychologists, and various health professionals recommend meditation as a tool to manage the things that get in the way: stress, anxiety, depression, physical illness and more. Do you ever find when you go to work on an assignment, your mind is tempted by distractions? In this Jyoti meditation workshop, we will learn how to be still and narrow our focus despite our mind's resistance.

If we can cultivate a regular meditation practice, we will find ourselves operating from a place of calm clarity that will feed all areas of our lives: work, relationships, home, and especially school.

Beyond You

  • Value: Global Citizenship and Personal Growth
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Dr. James Hilton, John Sellers
  • Location: Sage 218

Every day we look around our world and communities to see injustice, pain, and oppression. There is a desire within us to take a stand and live a life that makes a difference in the world. But what gives you the ability to make a real impact and to bring needed change? How do you identify what it is that drives you past simply desiring for things to be better and moves you into a lifetime of influence? It starts with living for something beyond yourself.

What’s In A Word?—Defining Diversity and Creating Inclusivity

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Shawnrece Campbell, Drew Macan, Maria Francis, Elisabeth Poeter, Daniel Barber, Alyssa Morley, Luisa De Guzman, Jason Myree
  • Location: Sage 222 (Flipped Classroom)

Creating a culture of inclusivity begins on an individual basis. It is erroneous to think that you don’t need to contribute to inclusivity on an individual basis until you feel included. Rather the model of doing more to include individuals who are characteristically diverse from ourselves in our various cultural spheres should be adopted. If we all do more to include our neighbors, pretty soon we will feel included too.

Islam and You

  • Value: Global Citizenship
  • Presentation Type: Interactive Workshop
  • Presenter(s): Eman Abd EL Halim, Eman El Sayed El Taher
  • Location: Sage 257

Islam is oppressive, right? Wrong! Do feminists wear Hijab? Yes! In the workshop, “Islam and You”, we will discuss women's role in Islam, their contributions, as well as the misconceptions about women in Islam. In addition to this, participants will learn basic Islam principles, discover new sides to Islam, and understand how Islam integrates with other religions and thoughts to maintain a peaceful world. At the end, participants will gain new and surprising insight about the Prophet Muhammad; ”Peace Be Upon Him”.