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Professional Development Day 2022: Endurance and Excellence

Friday, April 8th, 2022

9am - 12pm

Professional Development Day 2022 (PDD) is a 3 hour long, hybrid learning opportunity for CCRI faculty and staff with the opportunity to attend the training either in person (at Knight Campus) or remotely. This year’s theme, Endurance and Excellence at CCRI, is a designed to acknowledge the hard work and accomplishments of faculty and staff in light of the Covid pandemic. The workshops are designed to help build hard skills and tactics to intentionally address the challenges presented by remote/hybrid work for all CCRI employees.


  • 8am - 9am: Pastries and coffee
  • 9am - 10am: Welcoming
  • 10am - 10:15 am: Transition
  • 10:15am - 11am: Workshop 1
  • 11am - 11:15 am: Transition
  • 11:15am - 12pm: Workshop 2
  • 12pm - 2pm: Lunch
  • 12:30pm- 2:30pm: Professional Headshots Offered


PDD will offer six concurrent workshops over the course of two 45 minute sessions. Participants will have the option to attend their two chosen sessions using the link below to register. All sessions will be recorded so attendees will be able to see all of the offered training following PDD. All registered attendees will receive CCRI swag when they check in at the registration table. Following PDD, free professional photos will be offered in the Great Hall for attendees.

Register here!

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Click on the links below to join us at the appropriate session! If you would like a more detailed description of the events and what the content entails, scroll down to find details on the presentations.

Workshop Options:

  1. Guided Meditation: Self Care and Easing the Mind
    • Description: In the last 2 years COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. Meditation and being mindful of yourself and others around you can help create a sense of peace and calm that can be helpful during the workday. A regular meditation practice has amazing benefits. Some of those benefits include reducing stress, controlling anxiety, expanding attention span, and helping with sleep. In this workshop, you will learn about peer reviewed research on these benefits of meditation. Different types of meditation will be introduced, as well as resources to guide you through those meditations. At the end of the workshop a 10-minute meditation session will be offered.
    • Presented by: Kristen Swithers, Assistant Professor of Biology
  2. Fostering a Culture of Disability Awareness and Acceptance w/ DSS
    • Description: Spend time in an interactive session led by the DSS team. Topics will include learning about ADA law, person first language when working with students with disabilities, and creating an inclusive environment. There will be an interactive breakout session to deepen understanding of what students with a disability at CCRI experience when navigating the process of working with various departments on campus, getting accommodations and implementation of their accommodations in the classroom.
    • Presented by: Michelle Lussier + Allison Robinson, Coordinators of Disability Services for Students
  3. Understanding Your Impact: The Leadership Compass
    • Description: HigherEd is one of the most collaborative work force industries, and one of the keys to being successful in a highly collaborative work environment is assessing and understanding what you bring to the table when you work with a team. The Leadership Compass helps identify and understand your impact, and how this impact might look different when working with different people. This session will help identify the common strengths and weaknesses of individuals in collaborative spaces, and how to channel them to create a high performing and trusting team.
    • Presented by: Raekwon Grace, Facilitator of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Organizational Development
  4. Networking and Building Your Brand
    • Description: Whether a professional is looking for resources or connections within the workplace, it is critical to have a strong network. The way networking looks and is practiced continues to evolve over time as tools like LinkedIn continue to be adopted by more employers and virtual interactions are becoming more of the social norm. Investing in creating time, space, and structure for internal networking, builds a stronger team and organization. Join the Career Services team at this session to hear about best practices for internal networking that can make the best out of your connections cross-departmentally.
    • Presented by: David LePage + Tifany Sanders, Assistant Directors of Career Placement
  5. Caring Campus
    • Description: College students’ interactions with faculty, fellow students, and staff shape their perceptions of the college experience. These perceptions can influence whether students will develop a sense of belonging and connectedness to the college leading to student success, or feeling isolated and disconnected which can hinder their chances of academic success. Caring Campus focuses on student success and provides engaging opportunities beyond ‘good customer service’. By using an interpersonal approach designed to create institutional change, colleges can achieve positive student outcomes. This session will cover common practices that contribute to poor student success/retention, along with various strategies that can foster the necessary change to help students succeed.
    • Presented by: Wendy Parr, Assistant Administrative Officer of Advising and Counseling; Jacqueline Manè, Associate Director of Access to Opportunity; Tanekar Alexander, Manger of Impact Initiatives; Monica Ferris, College Advisor
  6. Understanding Burnout and How to Prevent It
    • Description: COVID has affected our lives in innumerable ways. It has multiplied stress in our work and home lives, in some cases, making simple tasks overwhelming. Managing multiple life/work stressors at once may lead to headaches, fatigue, and an increasingly cynical outlook on life and work. Burnout is a condition in which you develop depression-like symptoms which may manifest as signs of physical, mental and/or emotional exhaustion as a result of stress. It effects your quality of life and health. In this workshop. we will learn the signs and stages of workplace burnout and strategies to mitigate some of the effects.
    • Presented by: Mish McIntyre, Learning Designer