You Don't Have to Cancel Class

Workshops provided by Student Affairs Professionals

The Division of Student Affairs seeks to be your partner in the education of our students. If a situation were to occur in which you needed to cancel class, know that our professional staff is available to provide workshops on an array of topics. Please see below for workshop descriptions and contact information.

Workshop Titles

Covering the Campus
A look at issues and current practices within college student media with particular emphasis on the current structure and opportunities within SMU Student Media at The Daily Campus and the Rotunda yearbook. Students will be asked to compose a Letter To the Editor suitable for publication in The Daily Campus as part of their class assignment.

Contact: Jay Miller, 214-768-4549, jamiller@smu.edu, SMU Box 456, Student Media Company

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Availability:
All week long

Advance Notice: 1 day

Limitations: None

AV Tech Needs:
Internet Access with some sort of projection desired, but not necessary

Discovering Who You Are and Living Up to It
This workshop is an interactive dialogue discussing how you can seek to discover your core values, and how you stick to those values throughout your life.

Contact: Jennifer M. Jones, 214-768-4407, jmjones@smu.edu, SMU Box 397, Student Development and Programs

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Availability:
After 2:00pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

Advance Notice: 2 days

Limitations: None

AV Tech Needs:
Flip Chart Paper and Markers


"Is it really cheating if I ____?"
This workshop will discuss the Honor Code and the implications of Academic Dishonesty in the university setting. Topics we will cover are the Honor Code provisions including Academic Sabotage, Cheating, Fabrication, Facilitating Academic Dishonesty, and Plagiarism, with a special emphasis on real life examples. We will also cover the Honor Council, referrals to the Honor Council, and Faculty Dispositions. The presentation ranges from 20-30 minutes and there is time allowed at the end for questions from students. To schedule this class please have a copy of the class syllabus available for the presenter beforehand.

Contact: Evelyn Ashley, 214-768-4585, eashley@smu.edu, SMU Box 355, Student Council and Community Standards

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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
At least One Week, prefer Two weeks notice

Limitations:
Not available Mondays before Noon or Thursdays after 3PM.

AV Tech Needs:
Projector for PowerPoint presentation preferred

The Language of Gender
Through an interactive class activity, students will examine the variety of words used to describe women and men in our contemporary society. The activity will help students process themes of sexualization, power, racism, classism, and marginalization that can be experienced through language choice. Binary concepts of gender will be explored with emphasis on how our language can broaden our appreciation of gender. Resources available in the Women's Center will also be shared.

Contact: Karen Click, 214-768-4796, kclick@smu.edu, Women's Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives, SMU Box 172 Hughes Trigg Suite 313

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Availability:
All week except Tuesdays

Advance Notice:
One Week

Limitations: None

AV Tech Needs: None

LGBT Communities of Dallas
This workshop aims to broaden an understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) identity by way of the local LGBT communities in Dallas. Through the use of a commu-nity newspaper, students will research various aspects of the community including: symbols, history, faith, and activism. Discussion will address the impact of hate on this community, as well as share SMU-specific resources.

Contact: Karen Click, 214-768-4796, kclick@smu.edu, Women's Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives, SMU Box 172 Hughes Trigg Suite 313

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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
One Day

Limitations: None

AV Tech Needs: None

 


Picture This! Discover the Power in Stereotypes

In Picture This, students will be introduced to basic issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, and other areas of identity including cultural competency.  They will engage with their peers to broaden their lens of understanding. 

In Picture This, students will enter your classroom and face a photo collection that focuses on current issues in the visual media.  The pictures on the wall will be symbols of human diversity and social justice issues.  Your students will be asked to react to the photos and express their opinions in silence by writing on post-it notes and leaving them with individual photos. 

We go through life with these images and tend to get desensitized to them.  They are not hard to find.  However, putting so many pictures together at once, we lose our desensitization and are much more affected by the pictures.  The purpose of this exercise is to help the group explore those feelings and better understand how we respond to images and how to process those images through words.  After reflection time as an individual, the class is brought together for group dialogue and debrief.  

This workshop is flexible to different room sizes and configurations as well as length of class session.  It works well for a variety of group sizes from 4 – 50.

Contact: Karen Click, 214-768-4796, kclick@smu.edu, Women's Center for Gender and Pride Initiatives (SMU Box 172) .

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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
One Day

Limitations: None

AV Tech Needs: None
Resume: Your Marketing Tool
The resume is usually the first impression you leave with an employer. It's the deciding factor as to whether or not you will get an interview and, ultimately, the job or internship. So it is important to make sure your resume is an effective marketing tool. Whether you are starting from scratch or want to enhance your current resume, learn tips for making sure you get the employer's attention.

Contact: Elise Perea, 214-768-7477, eperea@smu.edu, SMU Box 256, Hegi Family Career Development Center.

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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
Two Weeks

Limitations:
Presentation lasts 40 minutes

AV Tech Needs:
Laptop & Projector

Selling Yourself in the Interview
To receive a job offer candidates must be able to clearly communicate their strengths, skills, and qualifications during an interview. To prepare for a competitive job market, learn what to expect during an interview process and how to leave the interviewer with a great impression of your qualifications. This presentation will help students realize the importance of a well prepared interview and provide them with steps on researching the company, preparing an opening statement, answering common and tricky interview questions using the STAR technique. There will also be discussion of professional and business casual clothing, interviews over a meal, the use of portfolios, and preparing questions to ask the employer. There will be a power point presentation, class discussion and interactive projects.

Contact: Elise Perea, 214-768-7477, eperea@smu.edu, SMU Box 355, Hegi Family Career Development Center

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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
Two Weeks

Limitations: None

AV Tech Needs:
PowerPoint, Laptop & Projector

Why Use Career Services
This 40-minute interactive workshop is designed to give students an overview of the services offered by the Career Center. The areas of discussion and interaction will be career counseling, career planning, resources and services, resume and cover letter development, job/internship search and upcoming events to help students as they prepare for the world of work. Students will learn about the MustangTrak database and the process to get registered to search for jobs, internships and to sign up for on-campus interviews. Students will be provided with a brief overview of employers that recruit at SMU.

Contact: Elise Perea, 214-768-7477, eperea@smu.edu, SMU Box 256, Hegi Family Career Development Center


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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
One Week

Limitations:
None

AV Tech Needs:
Laptop & Projector

Diversity Education - The Cultural Lens
The Cultural Lens experience focuses on how the intersections of our personal and group identities impact our experiences and, thus, shape our perceptions and perspectives of our environment. Through personal reflection and interactive dialogue, participants will deconstruct their identities and understand how they affect their experiences.

Contact: Creston C. Lynch, 214-768-4434, cclynch@smu.edu, SMU Box 436, Multicultural Student Affairs


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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
Two Weeks

Limitations:
None

AV Tech Needs:
Laptop & Projector

Multicultural Leadership & Building Coalitions
Personal Identities and experience shape our perception of leadership. This interactive experience will equip leaders with tools that enable them to recognize how culture affects leadership practices as well as member participation. Participants will develop skills that will allow them to create more inclusive organizational environments as well as manage conflict and differences based on identities.

Contact: Creston C. Lynch, 214-768-4434, cclynch@smu.edu, SMU Box 436, Multicultural Student Affairs


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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
Two Weeks

Limitations:
None

AV Tech Needs:
Laptop & Projector

Power, Privilege and Social Justice
This experience explores the relationships between identities, privilege and its relation to class in the United States and beyond. Participants will engage in meaningful dialogue surrounding the complexities of social group identity, power, privilege and challenges regarding Social Justice in the United States.

Contact: Creston C. Lynch, 214-768-4434, cclynch@smu.edu, SMU Box 436, Multicultural Student Affairs


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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
Two Weeks

Limitations:
None

AV Tech Needs:
Laptop & Projector

Breaking Bias
This experience seeks to examine implicit and explicit bias as it occurs in intergroup and "intra"-group dynamics. Through multimedia presentations, dialogue and personal reflection, participants will learn to better their own bias as well as those of others with which they interact.

Contact: Creston C. Lynch, 214-768-4434, cclynch@smu.edu, SMU Box 436, Multicultural Student Affairs


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Availability:
All week

Advance Notice:
Two Weeks

Limitations:
None

AV Tech Needs:
Laptop & Projector

 

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