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Life Skills

A Whole New Mind: The Importance of Diversity in the 21st Century

Mr. Bryon K. Williams,Assistant Director of K-State Admissions

As the world continues to change and adapt, it is critical that students have a knowledge and appreciation of diversity on a global scale. This workshop encourages students to think about diversity with a new mind, and teaches the importance of acceptance and inclusion in relation to a diverse society.

Conflict Management Training

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Instructor, Department of Management

All organizations, regardless of size and mission, experience conflict.  Whether the conflict is personal, or system-wide, it can get in the way of positive progress and productivity.  In this training we will define the nature of conflict, discuss its causes, and examine various ways of handling conflict.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the initial step of resolution: embracing the issue(s).  We’ll explore some of the causes and the consequences that it can have for both the individual and the organization.  Ultimately this training is designed to help participants see conflict as something to be managed in order to have beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders.

Energy Management

Dr. Stephanie Bannister, Assistant Vice President of Student Life

The good news, we were made to thrive!  The bad news, our current world of work and demanding pace will not slow.  To address this divide we will explore a mindset of energy management and unpack how to thrive in a fast-paced world.

Sensitivity Training for Cultural Diversity: Who Are You Seeing?

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Instructor, Department of Management

Living in a global society, where every day we interact with individuals different than ourselves, it has become necessary for everyone to understand how to effectively carry out personal and professional interactions.  The lack of knowledge, skills, and practices surrounding diversity can result in the loss of friends, diminished profits/market shares, poor customer service, employee turnover, low job satisfaction, and unnecessary legal battles.  Recent demographic trends indicate the demand for well informed and trained employees.  This workshop provides a framework of how diversity interfaces with all aspects of our lives including the roles of language, culture, social psychology, and personality to determine how these work together to create the magnification and maintenance of stereotypical differences between and among groups.  The main goal of the workshop is to enable the participants to understand how to effectively and efficiently manage themselves and their role in a diverse environment to establish a positive climate for all stakeholders.  Come learn how you can be a P.O.P. (Proponent of People) and live more meaningfully in a diverse world.

Stress Management: Have I Lost All My Marbles

Dr. Donita Whitney-Bammerlin, Instructor, Department of Management

In this training we will examine the sources of stress, discuss causes, and examine various ways of managing stress.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the initial step of resolution: embracing the issue(s).  We’ll explore some of the causes and consequences that it can have for both the individual and the organization.  Ultimately this training is designed to help participants see stress as something to be managed for beneficial outcomes to everyone in the workplace.

Creating Your Brand

Blue Key Senior Honorary Society

This workshop works to help participants recognize the importance of branding for organizations and individuals, and facilitates a discussion about what makes a good brand.

Networking

Blue Key Senior Honorary Society

Networking can be a scary bubble of topics. This workshop is meant to ease the nerves by building basic, foundational skills in networking with others in a professional setting.

Self-Awareness: Making the Most of Your Journey

Ms. Shanna Legleiter, Director of Learning and Development

No matter how old someone is, we should all strive to be life-long learners. After all, we are all works in progress. In this session, participants will reflect on their own personal journey and identify some key learning moments that have contributed to personal and/or professional growth. The facilitator will share stories pertaining to the importance of role models and mentors, making mistakes and functioning outside of a comfort zone, and the impact of personal self-awareness that helps shape who we are and who we want to become. After completion, participants will be able to bridge the importance of self-awareness and how to make the most of feedback for success.

Dealing with Disagreement

Dr. Amelia Hicks, Assistant Professor of Philosophy 

We inevitably have to talk to other people—including people we disagree with—about topics that make us uncomfortable. This interactive presentation provides students with some basic skills and philosophical concepts that will help them have productive conversations, even when those conversations are difficult.  The goal of this presentation is to encourage students to see difficult conversations not as battles, but as opportunities for growth. Along the way, we learn about some common logical fallacies (and how they make difficult conversations even more difficult!), and think through practical strategies for talking to people with whom we disagree.