2021 – 2022Special Topics

The Special Topics Series is an annually planned group of seminars. Topics are chosen collectively by KCPDC board members based on identified development needs from each member institution. Employees participating in the seminars can learn new skills, build relationships and share ideas with colleagues from other institutions, having some fun in the process. Effective July 1, 2011, Special Topics sessions may be used to satisfy the elective requirements for the Supervisory and Faculty Development Certificate Programs.


Advanced registration is required for all KCPDC events. Registration is FREE to employees of member institutions. Please contact your campus representative for registration.

Non-members are encouraged to enroll, on a space available basis. The cost for the attendance at KCPDC events is $150 for full day and $75 for half day session. For enrollment information, contact

Implicit Bias and Culturally Responsive Teaching
Presented by Jane Fishback

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Time: 10:00 am – Noon
Location: Online on Zoom

At this troubled time in our nation and world, many of us feel overwhelmed and powerless as we are confronted with our implicit bias and our ignorance of this bias. Many of us are only too aware of cultural and racial inequities as we have been subjected to those inequities in our lives and work and don't understand how others haven't seen this. It feels as if there are multiple worlds, multiple realities. In this presentation, we will examine implicit bias and how systems of privilege and racism occur in our society, hiding in plain sight. Most of us want to move through this confusion and make a contribution to creating a more inclusive world for those we lead and teach.

Objectives: After receiving this training, participants will be able to:

  • Understand implicit bias, how to recognize it in ourselves and others and ways to combat it.
  • Develop an awareness that we all experience the world differently and our culture powerfully influences our view of reality.
  • Examine systems of privilege and power that are often invisible to those who hold privilege and power.
  • Begin to understand how to create an equitable classroom where all learners have an opportunity to participate and share their view of the world.
  • Recognize that we must find ways to learn about those culturally different from ourselves which involves learning to listen.
  • Reaffirm our commitment to hold unconditional positive regard for all who teach and learn with us.
  • Create concrete practical techniques that we can use in our work and classrooms.

Being an Ally for Students with Mental Health Concerns in Campus Communities
Presented by Robyn Long

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom

With more than 60% of college students experiencing diagnosable psychiatric disorders, ever-greater demands are being placed on faculty and staff to serve students with compassion and boundaries. This workshop will provide an overview of several of the most common mental health conditions (mood disorders, substance use disorders, anxiety disorders and eating disorders) and discuss how they manifest themselves in the lives of students and co-workers. Even more critically we'll focus on how to manage these experiences in ways that are both appropriate and fair, and discuss community resources to support you as well as others. We'll have ample time for the application of what we've learned to vignettes and will work in groups on how to best address mental health situations as they arise.

This workshop provides participants the tools to:

  • Identify mental health issues as they arise
  • Understand boundaries in addressing mental health issues in the workplace
  • Identify resources in your university community for support
  • Collaborate with workshop participants to address fictional vignettes similar to those situations that might arise

Introduction to Strengths
Presented by Susan Hoffman

Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom
Registration deadline: January 28, 2021

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Chances are you don’t. All too often, our natural talents go untapped. From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to fixing our shortcomings than to developing our strengths.

This session is open to participants NEW to Strengths – those who have NOT YET taken the Strengths assessment. This interactive course will provide participants with clear knowledge and understanding of the strengths philosophy, concepts and mission. Using the Clifton StrengthsFinder (CSF), each participant will gain in-depth knowledge about his or her personal strengths. Each participant will also have the opportunity to interact with others as they discover more about each of the 34 strengths themes identified by the CSF. Guaranteed to change the way you look at yourself – and the world around you – forever.

Shortly after registering, participants will receive a code which will provide access to the Strengths assessment. Participants should take the assessment prior to the session, print their report and bring it to the session. Registration is required by Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, attendees will:

  • Obtain knowledge about strengths philosophy
  • Interact with others and discover strengths that maybe different that theirs
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to begin utilizing their strengths

Resilience – How to Keep Going When the Going Gets Tough
Presented by Loretta Summers

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom

We all face trauma, adversity and other stresses: marriage, divorce, loss of a job or a loved one, a new baby, relocation, etc. The worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a source of stress and adversity that none of us expected. In this session, you will learn healthy ways to move through adversity – a collection of skills that researchers call resilience.

You will increase your knowledge and ability to:

  • Build your self-esteem as a foundation of resilience
  • Make and maintain connections to build resilience
  • Accept and embrace change
  • Use flexible thinking to overcome obstacles

The Seven Transformations of Leadership
Presented by Kevin Sansberry

Date: Friday, April 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online on Zoom

Based on Rooke and Torbert's seminal work, we will investigate leadership through the lens of continuous improvement and progression. We will discuss the many facets of how each leader shows up and discover what a leader can do to progress to the next level.

Learning Objectives: After receiving this training, participants will be able to:

  • Learn and understand the different levels of leadership progression
  • Understand how your leadership approach Can falter and the Impact it can have on yourself and others
  • Overcome these challenges to help you progress

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