December 4, 2017
Our campus theme for December is Gratitude.
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ~ Maya Angelou
There are three things highlighted in these email:
- Celebration of students
- Celebration of our work to support students and the learning process
- Next steps in planning for our shared conversation on Equity during Opening Week in January
- Upcoming events at CETL
Celebration of students
As the semester comes to a close, numerous opportunities abound to celebrate our students, their persistence, and their academic and personal successes. I believe that students’ determination and grit which leads to success cannot be captured by words. It is the look in their eyes of accomplishment, the grin on their faces, the relief in their body language that proclaims “I did this!” It is also the pride that family and friends radiate. We see it when students walk across the stage for their degree and in myriad ways across campus this time of the semester.
In the next two weeks, our campus community will celebrate students in senior year experiences, from poster, paper, and portfolio presentations to musical recitals to final art shows. (Many of these are on the campus calendar.) The CETL team has chosen to highlight student accomplishments linked to the senior year experiences in our weekly emails. Del Wright will be attending events to take photos (which will also be shared with the specific department), and we have requested narratives for these from department chairs. Please feel free to email CETL with information or to notify us of additional events that you’d like to highlight. We want to showcase the many bright spots on our campus!
Celebration of our work
We as UW –S Yellowjackets (faculty and staff) also have many things to celebrate, even while it has been a very difficult semester for our campus. Our campus colleagues – YOU! – are implementing thoughtful and challenging strategies to help students grow. We invite you to share these on our CETL blog at https://uwscetl.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/share-your-strategies/#comments. You might share an activity that you found particularly impactful in helping students learn a difficult concept or a strategy that fostered students in their self-confidence. We’ll draw from these posts and add them to our CETL emails both this December and next semester.
Conversation on Equity for January planning meeting
We are now in the planning stage for our Equity conversation during Opening Week. Jerel Benton, Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity and I are co-facilitating the design team.
This team is open to ALL members on campus. We meet this Friday, December 8 from 2 – 3:30 in the CETL conference room (Swenson 2074). We are aware that concerns exist regarding trust, rapport, and communication on our campus. This is our opportunity to vision our own actions as we move forward, and how we engage with one another. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jerel or I.
- Global Awareness and Inclusivity Community of Practice meets on Wednesday, December 13 from noon – 12:50 p.m. in the CETL conference room. Please contact the co-facilitators Lynn Goerdt and Jerel Benton for questions or more information.
- The December meeting of the URSCA Peer Network is Thursday, December 14th from 12 – 12:50 p.m. in the CETL conference room. The topic is focused on mentoring students in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Experienced mentors and those interested in learning more about the program are all welcome. Bring your lunch and join the conversation! For more information, contact co-facilitators Cheong Soon Gan firstname.lastname@example.org and Julie O’Leary email@example.com.
- HUNKER with us during finals week! Beginning Tuesday, December 19 and ending Thursday afternoon, December 21, we’ll open the CETL conference room beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. This is a quiet time/space for you to spread out at a table and work on grading assignments, working on reports or grants, etc. We will have treats from A Dozen Excuses, coffee, and tea available. If you would like to consult with CETL staff or colleagues, separate space is available to meet.