STUA Staff Professional Development

In the Division of Student Affairs, there are a number of professional development opportunities offered for staff each year. These include regular monthly lunch-and-learns, sessions specific to key initiatives, larger sessions and workshops on current topics and the semi-annual Student Affairs ProD Day. Staff in the division can also access the HR Learning Calendar. Use the links in the section below to find out more and register for upcoming sessions.

STUA Staff Day 2018

On Friday, June 1, 2018, STUA Staff Day is back for the second year. Session information is included below. Take a look through this year's many options and, when you are ready to register, click on any of the links to the online registration pages. If you have any questions about any of the sessions or about registration, please contact Lindsay (stuacom@uvic.ca). Note: Session locations will be included in your registration confirmation.

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8:30-9:15 am - Welcome and opening session

Perspectives from the Campus Community
Panel facilitated by Jim Dunsdon, Associate Vice-President Student Affairs

Join Jim Dunsdon in conversation with members of the campus community at this introductory session to the STUA ProD Day. Panellists will include faculty, staff and senior level administrators, each with a unique perspective on the ProD Day themes.
Location: Main event tent on the quad

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9:30 am sessions

Restore and Relax Yoga
Instructor: Charlotte Lafleur, Vikes Recreation

This session is nearing capacity.
To register for a spot, please email Lindsay (
stuacom@uvic.ca).

Move through a series of restorative postures sure to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. Restore your mind, body, and soul and get ready to rock the rest of STUA staff day and the weekend to come. The session will include a few moves that can be done at or near your desk to refresh during your workday. 

The Art of Public Speaking (also offered at 11:30 am)
Facilitator: Leslie Bland, Faculty of Fine Arts, Theatre

Whether you speak at staff meetings or give presentations to large groups, public speaking is likely part of your work life. The session will cover practical and theoretical tips on how to improve your public speaking with insights and steps to improve the quality of your presentations.

Experiential Learning: Student Experience Panel
Facilitator: Jim Dunsdon, Associate Vice-President Student Affairs

Join Jim Dunsdon in conversation with a panel of graduate and undergraduate students about experiential learning in post-secondary. Learn how experiential learning has impacted and shaped their education experiences at UVic and other post-secondary institutions. Come prepared to ask questions and find what we can do to further support experiential learning at UVic. 
Facilitator: Jim Dunsdon, Associate Vice-President, Student Affairs 

9:30 am - 11:15 am
Mindfulness skills for Work and Life
Facilitator: Emma Mason, Counsellor, Counselling Services

In this session, you will learn several practices to cultivate mindfulness. Through direct experience and discussion with colleagues, you will explore the application of mindfulness skills in reducing stress and anxiety, improving communication, and cultivating sustainability and work satisfaction in the STUA work environment.

9:30 am - 11:15 am
Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training
Facilitators: Robina Thomas and Rob Hancock, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement

This first module of the Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training (ICAT) session offers foundational information about the colonial context (historical and current) of Indigenous people in Canada. It is delivered as an 80-minute, face-to-face presentation and discussion, and it serves as the basis for future modules being developed in response to needs identified by participants.

9:30 am - 12:15 pm
Gender Diversity Workshop
Facilitator: Kingsley Strudwick, Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting

Diverse gender expression and exploration are valuable elements of our ever-evolving communities. It is important for communities (academic and beyond) to understand, embrace, and adapt to these cultural shifts and to keep up with human rights progress. Kingsley Strudwick will introduce a framework for understanding gender beyond the binary, offer examples of gender-affirming practices, and explore strategies for applying these learnings on a personal, relational, and systemic level.

CAMPUS TOUR: McPherson Library and Digital Commons (also offered at 11:30 am)
Tour Leader: Lisa Abrams, Communications Officer, University Libraries

Take a guided tour of the McPherson Library from special collections to the beautiful new grad lounge ending with a special tech petting zoo set up just for us in the Digital Commons. Learn about the suite of free courses and special tools available for staff including the green screen and 3D printer.

CAMPUS TOUR: First Peoples House (also offered at 10:30 am)
Facilitator: Lalita Kines, Manager, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement

Join a guided visit to First Peoples House including a look at the Indigenous student programs and services offered through the Office on Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement and the Indigenous Plan. 

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10:30 am sessions

Experience Cube 2.0
Facilitators: Sarah Hood and Karissa Sovdi, Human Resources

Building on using the Experience Cube, this session dives even deeper into using this tool for giving and receiving feedback. Learners will spend time in each quadrant of the Experience Cube to increase their awareness of how they interact and articulate their experience. By bringing attention to our experiences, we can communicate more mindfully and intentionally with others (prior work or training with the Experience Cube is not required)

UVic Students with Lived Experience in Care
Facilitator: Debra McIldoon, Financial Aid Officer, Student Awards and Financial Aid

This session will outline where we've been and the actions we've taken at UVic to identify and support youth/students with lived experience in care. It will also include a discussion of the next steps we need to take to situate UVic as a leader in engaging with and effectively supporting this student population. 

Equity and Diversity: What it means for staff
Facilitator: Cassbreea Dewis, Acting Director, Equity and Human Rights

Equity and diversity attitudes and skills are integral to effective Student Affairs work, both in building strong teams and in serving diverse students well. Participants in this workshop will work through a job description for equity-oriented Student Affairs professionals; explore ways that bias can derail attempts to provide fair, universal access to students; and gain some experience with strategies to promote equity and diversity in your work. 

10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Approaching Challenging Student Interactions with a Trauma-Informed Lens
Facilitators: Alex Sterling and Emily Waterman, Office of Student Life

This training will offer a framework for defining and conceptualizing trauma-informed practices, and applying them in challenging interactions with students.

CAMPUS TOUR: First Peoples House (also offered at 9:30 am)
Facilitator: Lalita Kines, Manager, Office of Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement

Join a guided visit to First Peoples House including a look at the Indigenous student programs and services offered through the Office on Indigenous Academic and Community Engagement and the Indigenous Plan. 

Click to register for STUA Staff Day ProD Sessions

11:30 am sessions

The Art of Public Speaking (also offered at 9:30 am)
Facilitator: Leslie Bland, Faculty of Fine Arts, Theatre

Whether you speak at staff meetings or give presentations to large groups, public speaking is likely part of your work life. The session will cover practical and theoretical tips on how to improve your public speaking with insights and steps to improve the quality of your presentations.

Dealing with Threatening Behaviour in the Workplace
Facilitators: Brea Moore and Courtnay Nolin, Personal Safety Coordinators, Campus Security

This session focuses on recognizing, diffusing and procedures for dealing with anger and threatening behaviour in the workplace. Participants will learn valuable skills to prevent and respond to emotionally charged situations while keeping themselves safe.

The Ideal Team Player
Facilitators: Karissa Sovdi and Sarah Hood. Human Resources

Based on The Ideal Team Player by Patrick Lencioni, this session will focus on developing the traits and virtues required to be a high-performing team member. Whether you’re a leader striving to create a culture of teamwork or an employee wanting to make yourself an invaluable team member, this session is for you.

Snapshots of the Journey: International Student Experience at UVic
Presenters: International Student Representatives from the Global Community Student Advisory Council
Facilitator: Anne Cirillo, Coordinator, International Student Programming

International students bring the world to UVic. Witness the honest, compelling and powerful stories of eight UVic international students as they share snapshots of their personal journey as UVic students.

CAMPUS TOUR: CanAssist

CanAssist is dedicated to helping people with disabilities improve their quality of life, with a focus on promoting independence and inclusion. The talented team develops innovative technologies and programs where there are gaps in existing services. This tour includes demonstrations of some innovative technologies that the CanAssist team has produced, a walk-through the workshop, and information on the TeenWork and Inclusive Programming efforts.

CAMPUS TOUR: McPherson Library and Digital Commons (also offered at 9:30 am)
Tour Leader: Lisa Abrams, Communications Officer, University Libraries

Take a guided tour of the McPherson Library from special collections to the beautiful new grad lounge ending with a special tech petting zoo set up just for us in the Digital Commons. Learn about the suite of free courses and special tools available for staff including the green screen and 3D printer.

Click to register for STUA Staff Day ProD Sessions

STUA staff social and BBQ

12:15-1:45 pm
STUA staff social & BBQ on the quad

Come out for an afternoon of delicious food, great company, games, activities and prizes. The summer social and BBQ is an open-house style event, drop in any time and stay as long as you like. Look for the big white tent on the quad, near McPherson Library.

* Registrations for the staff social and BBQ will be collected by your unit leader
**Food and other non-perishable donations will be collected for the UVSS Food Bank and Free Store

Other Pro-D Opportunities

STUA staff professional development series

Student Affairs staff lunch-and-learns began in September 2012 as a way to introduce staff to the work of other units in the division. Over time the lunch-and-learns transitioned into professional development opportunities and information sessions about current issues, key initiatives and campus activities.

In 2017, based on the success of the first STUA Staff Pro-D Day, longer, more in-depth workshops were added a few times a year for larger groups of staff. Together with the semi-annual STUA Staff Pro-D Day and the lunch-and-learns, these learning opportunities are now collectively known as the STUA staff professional development series.

Current offerings in the STUA staff Pro-D series are announced in The STUA Voice staff newsletter, on the Student Affairs ListServe and in the staff events listings on the Student Affairs website. If you are a staff member in the division and are not receiving the STUA Voice, please contact Lindsay (stuacom@uvic.ca) to be added to the list. Sign up for the STUA ListServe is self-managed here.

Key initiative resources

Student Affairs Performance and Development Program (PDC)

Learning Outcomes and Assessment

HR employee learning calendar

HR programs, courses and sessions are designed to support your personal and professional development. Courses are free for all permanent full-time and part-time staff but a FAST code is required at time of registration. 

Go to the Employee Learning Calendar