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April 2019 Newsletter

Since July 2018, the Professional Development Office has worked with employees in the Dean of the College division to create professional development resources and build employee learning communities to increase our capacity for supporting the success of students.

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Early Career Administrators Gather for Lunch and Dialogue

The first of three spring semester Lunch and Dialogue events for early career administrators in the Dean of the College division took place on March 27 in the College Center Multipurpose Room. Eleven administrators representing the areas of Access and Educational Opportunity, Campus Activities, Career Development, Residential Life, Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention (SAVP), Health Promotion and Education, and Student Growth and Engagement (ALANA Center and Transitions) reflected on their early career experiences and aspirations as administrators.  Setting the context for the 90-minute session were Stacy Bingham, Assistant Dean of Studies/Director of Career Development and Luis Inoa, Associate Dean of the College for Residential Life and Wellness. Highlights of the dialogue included observations about work-life balance, graduate education, friendships, gaining credibility and respect as new administrators, networking, family and significant others as supports, and how to locate one’s “compass” in such a fast-paced and high impact profession.  On April 17, Dean of the College Carlos Alamo-Pastrana, joined the group to talk about his career path from faculty to senior administrator and engaged participants in thoughtful and lively dialogue about navigating cultures of administration, self-care, staying intellectually stimulated, and preparing for the future.

Office Launches Diversity and Inclusion Training

In September 2018, President Bradley announced commitments to launch anti-bias training, beginning with student facing administrators and eventually for all Vassar employees.  In January, the Professional Development Office initiated a series of bias awareness and education workshops for division employees, facilitated by consultants Diane Goodman and Tanya Williams. More than 160 division administrators and support staff from administrative offices, Campus Dining, and Safety and Security participated in the half-day workshops between January 8 and January 17.  The long-term goal is to train a team of administrators to sustain diversity, inclusion and equity training for the division.