July 17, 2024

Staff and Faculty Professional Development Opportunities

Dear UMW Staff and Faculty,

This May, there will be several professional development opportunities focused on two areas of student need: mental health and inclusive environments. Each session is designed for faculty and staff to work together to better support our students. Staff from the Talley Center; Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Center for Teaching will facilitate discussions and activities. Session descriptions and registration information follow.

The registration deadline for all sessions is Wednesday, April 27th at 5 p.m. Registrations received after April 27th will be accepted on a “space available” basis.

This email is intended for new registrants only. If you have previously registered for sessions, we have already confirmed your attendance and you do not need to register a second time.


10 a.m. to noon: You Can Help – Recognizing and Responding to Student Mental Health Needs

Host:  The Talley Center for Counseling Services

Location: In-person in the HCC Digital Auditorium

Description: Join Talley Center staff for an overview of what staff and faculty should know in order to  identify a student who may be struggling with a mental health (or other) challenge and how to support them.

Registration Link: https://forms.office.com/r/WHNikezUuu



10 a.m. to noon: Inclusive Language in Academic Space

Host:  The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Sponsor:  The Provost’s Office

Location: Virtual; limited in-person viewing available at the HCC Digital Auditorium

Description: In this webinar, staff and faculty will learn about the importance of language in all academic spaces. Special emphasis will be placed on appropriate language across multiple intersections of identities.


Registration Link for In-Person Viewing: https://forms.office.com/r/WHNikezUuu

Registration Link for Virtual Viewing: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inclusive-language-in-academic-spaces-tickets-311183055897



3:30 to 5 p.m.: What Do I Do? High Risk Behaviors

Host:  The Talley Center for Counseling Services

Location: In-person in the HCC Digital Auditorium

Description: Students experiencing distress may show us through words or actions that they are escalating into crisis, including behaviors that may be harmful to themselves and/or others. These signals may evolve over time or happen “in the moment.” Join Talley Center staff to discuss appropriate actions and sources of support for students at-risk for or engaging in high-risk behaviors.

Registration Link: https://forms.office.com/r/WHNikezUuu

We hope to see you at these events!

Dr. Shavonne Shorter, Associate Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer
Dr. Victoria Russell, Director, Center for Teaching