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Workshop Block 1

Worshop Block 1 will take place from 2 to 3:15 p.m. In order for students to receive Cultural Credit they will have to go to the front of the Carlton Union Building between 3:15 to 5 p.m. to scan for cultural credit.

Finding Communities in College

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: duPont Ball Library 25L
  • Presenters: Christopher Bell, Belle Briatico, Nathan Bodger, Kaitlyn McEvoy, Morgan Hambleton

This student-led, faculty-facilitated workshop will provide students an opportunity to discuss how and where they have found a sense of community while attending Stetson University. Five student panelists will spend five minutes each explaining how they became involved in student organizations, Greek life, community projects, and study abroad programs. The goal of this workshop is to provide students an opportunity to learn and share methods for finding community and lasting friendships at Stetson, whether they are freshmen struggling in the first months of college or seniors interested in discovering new opportunities and social outlets.

Kognito At-Risk Suicide Prevention Training

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 317
  • Presenters: Leigh Baker, Kristine Proctor, Nicole Currie

Join Student Counseling Services for an interactive exploration of Kognito, an evidence-based, brief suicide prevention training program for university communities. Participants will learn how to: Identify signs of distress, Approach a conversation to determine need, and Refer to appropriate resources on campus, including counseling services. Any student, faculty, or staff member who is committed to supporting the mental health of the Hatter community is encouraged to attend.

Immigration Project: Language Rugs

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Hand Art Center
  • Presenters: Tonya Curran, Anni Holm

This project provides participants the opportunity to reflect about the different languages spoken in their household/community. The survey will provide a platform to initiate a discussion of language and cultural similarities and differences. During the rug making workshops, there will be rich opportunity to continue these conversations about language, culture and art and further learn about how they affect a community. Ideally, teachers will also partake in these workshops, offering a casual way to interact with and getting to know their student communities better. 

Tools for Efficient Studying and Learning

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 124
  • Presenters: Jordan Ruybal, Holley Lynch

Spending too much time studying, not getting the grades that you wanted, or looking for tools to get through your next round of exams? Come to our Tools for Efficient Studying and Learning Workshop to learn how to maximize your study time in order to retain more information and improve your course performance. After attending this workshop, you will be able to recognize the different levels of understanding (Bloom's taxonomy), identify and use best practices for studying and learning, and evaluate your own studying/learning habits and develop strategies for improvement.

Andrew Carnegie & Henry Flagler: Industrialists Who Helped Build Stetson University

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 213
  • Presenters: Debbi Dinkins, Susan Ryan

Stetson University partnered with two wealthy industrialists in the early part of the 20th century. These partnerships with Andrew Carnegie and Henry Flagler helped construct Stetson's physical landscape and the buildings they financed still stand and are used today. Andrew Carnegie built Sampson Hall, which began life as the Sampson Library. Henry Flagler financed and designed Flagler Hall, which was then known as the Science Hall. The stories of Stetson's partnerships with both Carnegie and Flagler and the stories of the men themselves provide a fascinating insight into Stetson University and Volusia County in the early 1900s.

Serving and Growing Through VITA

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 136
  • Presenters: Bonnie Holloway

Do you want to grow as a person and as a professional? Do you want to learn how to prepare your own tax return and to learn how the new tax law has changed things? Do you want to earn Experiential Learning Credit while serving your local community? If so, this is your Values Day session!

From Muslim Mystics to Muslim Superheroes: Storytelling as Ethics in Islam

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 223
  • Presenters: Sam Houston

In this interactive workshop, we will explore the power and purpose of storytelling in the Islamic tradition as a means of ethical formation and mystical insight. We will accomplish this by learning about profound stories in early and medieval Islam as well as how this tradition continues in today's Muslim superheroes such as Ms. Marvel. By attending this workshop, participants will not only gain a better sense of how Islam recognizes that we are‚ essentially story-telling animals, but they will also come away with a better understanding of the role of Muslim superheroes in shaping American Muslim identity today.

Community Standards and Honor Council: By the Numbers

  • Track: Building Community
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 122
  • Presenters: Barbs Hawkins, Lynn Schoenberg, John Banks

Join us for a discussion on community standards and honor council at Stetson! Community Standards staff and the student-led Honor Council will discuss and share data related to standards and academic integrity on the Deland campus. The program will provide an opportunity for community members to become aware of where we are currently at with community standards at Stetson and what future work can be done to help enhance our community to better align with the Stetson values. Participants will be able to gain an understanding of actions they can take to enhance the Stetson community through a community standards/honor council lens.

You Voted for Who?: Tools and Techniques for Political Themed Dialogue

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 318
  • Presenters: Christina Chamberlin, Daisy Zhou

This workshop will discuss the issues surrounding politically-fueled dialogue and possible techniques for discussing political issues with others. Participants will learn about the sources of political values and potential biases among themselves and others. After a brief period of lecture presenting empirical research, participants will have the chance to practice suggested techniques for holding a politically-fueled conversation with empathy and productivity. While the subject of political issues can induce strong reactions, this workshop is meant to provide a safe space to those who wish to explore their own values and connect with others who may have differing political values.

Naikan: Gratitude as a Method of Self-Discovery

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 222
  • Presenters: Morris Sullivan

Naikan is a Japanese method of self-reflection that, while still relatively unknown in the West, is highly transformative. Unlike meditation, it doesn't involve sitting quietly with one's eyes closed; however, Naikan gives the practitioner a direct view into their relationship to the world in which they live and their relationships with others through the application of gratitude, grace, and self-reflection.

Harnessing the Power of Extended Metaphor in Contemplative Reflection

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Sage Hall 222
  • Presenters: Michele Randall, Tya Saunders

Contemplative writing has been described as circling back at something, like a bird, over and over, to explore it from every angle. Sometimes, even when we want to write about something, we find we can't. Sometimes we're just stuck. How do we move forward? When approaching a topic that is difficult or an issue the writer doesn't want to name on the page, creating extended metaphors can be highly effective. We will look at a few examples from literature then put our knowledge to practice. You will leave with a few beginnings or drafts and prompts to take home.

Arguing Both Sides Equally Well: Ethical Sophism in the Classroom

  • Track: Tools and Techniques for Dialogue
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 319
  • Presenters: Michael Barnes

The sophist Protagoras taught students to "argue both sides equally well," a practice that Socrates criticized as making the lesser argument appear the stronger. Socrates' criticism stuck, and we have since viewed sophism as synonymous with lying. This writing workshop will consider whether an ethical approach to the practice of sophism is possible in the classroom.

Open Forum: Drafting Stetson’s Statement on the Principles of Free Expression

Make your voice heard! The principle of free expression is at the heart of many of the most contested and challenging issues facing our society today. University campuses, by virtue of their academic and civic missions, have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the often difficult and necessary discourse. We should aim to build our capacity for intellectual honesty and effective decision-making.

Last year, a committee of faculty and staff produced the Stetson’s Statement on the Principles of Free Expression, a document that aims to articulate Stetson’s position on the topic. This document is based on extensive research drawn from similar statements and policies elsewhere and has already been reviewed by many campus constituencies. Nonetheless, we are creating this forum for our entire campus community to learn about the work of the committee, process through some case studies regarding speech on campuses, and possibly provide some additional feedback before submitting the final draft to the President and Trustees.

 

Values, Identities, and Stories: Promoting Healing, Understanding, and Justice

  • Track: Storytelling
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 220
  • Presenters: Rajni Shankar-Brown

In this interactive session, storytelling will be examined and engaged as a vehicle for healing, understanding, and promoting justice. Dr. Shankar-Brown will highlight connections between values and identities, and speak on the power of stories across disciplines. Examples of how storytelling can build community and diminish injustice in a world full of disparities will be shared. This workshop will weave together insights and narrative research, as well as discuss social inequalities in global, national, and local contexts. Participants will have opportunities to explore values, learn about intersectionality, and participate in individual and collective storytelling activities using diverse formats from reflective poetry to collaborative, impromptu oral expression.

Beyond Significance: What Happened in Africa

  • Track: Contemplative Practices
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 221
  • Presenters: William Andrews, Nicholas (Cole) Reeves

Fresh back from their Stetson-sponsored service-learning trip to Malawi (Africa), student Cole Reeves and professor William Andrews will lead a discussion that challenges us to expand our notions of both "significance" and "community". To whom does my significance matter? How does it matter? Is it conferred by others or does it spring from within? Do different cultures view significance and community differently? Along the way, they will share stories and videos of local heroes, people they met, tales they heard, culinary surprises, wild elephants, and roadway adventures.

Study and Intern Abroad with IES Abroad

  • Track: Community Building
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Location: Lynn Business Center 135
  • Presenters: IES Abroad – Robin Pipkin

Join Robin Pipkin from IES Abroad to learn all about the various study and intern abroad programs offered by IES Abroad. As an affiliate program provider, Stetson students can study or intern abroad on over 140 programs around the world. Come hear how your college career can be [redefined].