Leadership Development Conference

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23 JANUARY 2022 | Zoom



The fourth annual SHAPE Conference is a professional opportunity for all employees in and of the Lory Student Center, specifically the incredible student employees. Members of our CSU community are also welcome to attend!

This is a training opportunity which seeks to address the learning objectives for LSC student employees/managers/supervisors and for CSU professionals who serve as current or future supervisors.

NOTE: For accessibility considerations, please include in your registration or email Emily.Ambrose@colostate.edu; we are committed to providing accommodations! For vaccine reasons, quarantine, or transportation issues, a virtual track will be provided. 

SHAPE Conference General Agenda  | 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

9:15 a.m.Zoom Room Opens
9:30 a.m. Conference Openning 
10:00 a.m.Workshop Session Block
11:15 a.m.Keynote – Dr. Carcasson
11:45 a.m.Options for Afternoon – Discuss
 1 – Tackling the Tough Topics Together
 2 – Ever-Fi Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging Module
12:15 p.m.Afternoon Sessions
1:30 p.m.Keynote – VP Beavers/ Closing
2:15 p.m.Zoom Room Closes


Questions about the conference? Email emily.ambrose@colostate.edu 

Conference Workshops

Building Gender Affirming WorkplacesJoin staff from the Pride Resource Center to learn how we can all contribute to and create workplaces and team dynamics that affirm folx across gender diversity. This workshop is designed for all to learn skills such as utilizing gender inclusive language and supporting our trans and nonbinary community members. Supervisors are particularly encouraged to attend.Dr. Ashley Grice & Maggie Hendrickson, Pride Resource Center935 7929 8203
Fighting antisemitism on my campus: Understanding manifestations of Jew-hatred and develop tools to combat itThis workshop provides knowledge about what is antisemitism and about its changing forms, along with its manifestations in the current everyday life in the U.S. and specifically on campuses today. Participants learn to recognize antisemitism, gain awareness regarding Jew-hatred and discriminatory and harassing practices, and develop a set of actions relevant to participants’ place of work and growth at the university.Dr. Carolin Aronis, Ethnic Studies967 3783 5266
Lory Student Center: What’s Happening & What’s to Come – Reflection & DiscussionMemebers of the Lory Student Center Leadership Team will gather to share initiatives around the Council for Inclusive Excellence, the upcoming renovations, and offer a “State of the Student Center” update. The members will be looking for insights into how to share/communicate/seek feedback throughout the year, as well.Lory Student Center Leadership Team919 2443 9297
REAL: Building the Power TeamDiscover how to make your individual skills and traits shine when working with others during this interactive workshop! You will explore the role you tend to play within a group and learn more about what makes you a team player through a variety of interactive scenarios.Rachel Kiemele, SLiCE Office973 3296 0803
SHAPE MC: Intercultural CommunicationCommunication is not all the same, and understanding that there are differences and how to approach them from a culturally aware place is crucial in workplaces and leadership positions. Attend this workshop to understand how intercultural communication impacts the workplace.Emily Ambrose, Lory Student Center & SLiCE Office846 6917 1742
Supporting Survivors as a Responsible Employee As employees of the University you are considered a Responsible Employee, which means you are required to report incidents of Interpersonal Violence. This workshop will help you understand how meet the requirements of this role while practicing from a trauma-informed and survivor centered lens.Casey Malsam, Women & Gender Advocacy Center943 0571 1561  
Teach, Mentor & Empower: An Approach to Student Employee CoachingCoaching can be described as teaching, mentoring, and empowering student employees. This training will explore a three-component approach to student employee coaching and provide space for supervisors to apply the framework through scenario-based discussions.  This workshop will also feature a preview of the ELEVATE Student Supervision Program re-launch.Brayden Antonio, Career Center932 2487 9537
Transferring Your LSC Job Skills to Future EmploymentReframe how you think about your on campus job. Explore how the skills you’ve gained/perfected will make you more desirable to future employers.Cami Smith, Lory Student Center950 2576 9667
Understanding and Implementing CSU’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Training into Your Staff ExpectationsIn this session we will explore how to incorporate Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging training into staff expectations and training. Participants will have the opportunity to learn various strategies that can be applied to their group or organization to make diversity, inclusion and belonging foundational to the staff experience.Charlotte Salinas, Orientation & Transition Programs939 7679 5181
Understanding Generational Differences in the WorkplaceNavigating a Multigenerational Workforce
Having multiple generations in the workplace is not a new challenge, but it can still be challenging to address.  This session will share insights to understand the different generations and overcome the stereotypes to create a more positive and productive work environment.
Marsha Benedetti, Talent Development Office973 7506 4065

Conference Keynote Speakers


11:15 a.m. Dr. Martín Carcasson

Martín Carcasson, Ph.D., is a professor in the Communication Studies department of Colorado State University, and the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD). His interests are focused on rhetoric and contemporary public affairs, and the interdisciplinary theory and practice of deliberative democracy and collaborative governance. The CPD serves as an impartial resource for the community dedicated to enhancing local democracy in Northern Colorado through improved public communication, community problem solving, and collaborative decision-making. Dr. Carcasson trains students to serve as impartial facilitators, who then work with local governments, school boards, and community organizations to design, facilitate, and report on public forums on important issues. Dr. Carcasson’s research has been published in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, the International Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the Quarterly Journal of Speech.

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1:30 p.m. Vice President Jenelle Beavers

Jenelle Beavers serves as Vice President for Strategy at Colorado State University. In this role, she works with the Executive Leadership Team to formulate, refine, and deploy strategies for successful and timely implementation of the President’s strategic priorities and policies. She supports the President in the development of internal and external strategic visions; determines structure of, and manages, federal, state, county, city, corporate and association partnerships; and oversees all Presidential Advisory Councils, Task Forces and Working Groups.

She earned her J.D. and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and her B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou). She came to Colorado State after serving as Counsel at the University of Missouri System. Before joining the University of Missouri System, she was the Associate Director of the University of Missouri Honors College, a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice where she received a Special Commendation for Outstanding Service from the Assistant Attorney General of the United States.

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