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Discover the Difference

Discover the Difference

Spring 2017 Staff Conference

Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center

You will be able to receive a one-time incentive payment by attending workshops and submitting an action plan. You will be able to count the workshop hours toward your respective training certificate.

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Action Plan Deadline: Monday, June 5, 2017

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  Thursday, May 18 Friday, May 19
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Beyond Diversity Beyond Diversity
12:40-2:10 p.m. Managing Up Bystander Intervention Managing Up Safe Zone 
(180 min.)
2:20-3:50 p.m. Thriving in the Midst of Change Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in Higher Education Thriving in the Midst of Change
4-4:30 p.m. Diversity Discussion/Wrap-up Diversity Discussion/Wrap-up


Session Descriptions

Thursday and Friday
Lunch/Keynote (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) - HRC Atrium

Beyond Diversity

Keynote presenter: LaShanya Aikerson from Training Evolution

Team Collaboration for All

  • Increase awareness of cultural diversity and define discrimination.
  • Encourage multi-modal communication.
  • Explore the benefits and address the challenges of cultural diversity.
  • Receive tools to de-escalate conflict.
  • Learn tolerance skills to work around others with differing political view.
  • Receive breathing exercises to create internal calm

Lunch provided by Jimmy John's. Registration for lunch is required.

By registering for Keynote/Lunch, you have registered for lunch. Doors will open at 11 a.m. Please be sitting and ready for the keynote at 11:30 a.m. in the HRC Atrium.

Thursday and Friday
Breakout Session 1 - Option A (12:40-2:10 p.m.) - HRC 157

Managing Up

More than ever it is essential to break through the traditional barriers and boundaries that exist within every organization. By partnering more continuously with your immediate manager, you strengthen this very integral relationship and create the workplace you want.

  • Evaluate your connection.
  • Strategically approach forward thing conversation with your manager.
  • Take control of your development by starting the conversation.
  • Highlight your strength.
  • Eliminate miscommunications.
  • Manage expectations.

 Presenter: LaShanya Aikerson from Training Evolution

Thursday ONLY
Breakout Session 1 - Option B (12:40-2:10 p.m.) - HRC 157

You Don't Have to be Cruel to be Kind - Bystander Intervention

You don’t have to be cruel to be kind and intervene! Stop incidents before they occur, and talk to your friends about it so they will intervene as well. Our goal is to change the culture on the OSU campus by creating a community of leaders and active bystanders. This session covers specific examples to train you to become an active bystander.

Tina Tappana, Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator
Nekki Reagan-Neeley, Director for OSU-Tulsa Student Services, Chief Conduct Officer & Title IX Deputy Coordinator 
JJ Smith, Assistant Director for OSU-Tulsa Student Services, Conduct Officer & Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Melvin Murdock, Chief of Police, OSU-Tulsa

Friday ONLY
Breakout Session 1 - Option B (12:40-3:50 p.m.) - HRC 153

Safe Zone

This training session provides the campus community with an understanding of the issues relevant to GLBT individuals in order to foster an ally program of support and knowledge.

Presenter: Joseph Dunnigan, Ph.D., Senior Clinical Counselor, Student Counseling Center for Oklahoma State University

Thursday and Friday
Breakout Session 2 - Option A (2:20-3:50 p.m.) - HRC 157

Thriving in the Midst of Change

It is important now more than ever to take a new and refreshing look at change. We can reframe the way change is viewed. This event goes beyond entertainment and offers a step-by-step model for growing inside of change. Learn to leverage new opportunities. Take charge of change by transforming the stages of change into the goals and principles of change. Experience change responses – motivating, inspiring, and encouraging. Learn to guide others positively through change. 
What we must know about leading through change:

  • Understanding the impetus behind change, and learning the tools to transition through change is invaluable. Now, we will go to the next step and learn to communicate through change.
  • Understand how to keep resistance and defenses low. 
  • Develop the tools to categorize and understand the value of information. 
  • Learn to communicate changing priorities. Make the move to find out what you need and then the process to communicate them.
  • Understand the drivers of morale and focus on them.

 Presenter: LaShanya Aikerson from Training Evolution

Thursday ONLY
Breakout Session 2 - Option B (2:20-3:50 p.m.) - HRC 153

“One head does not exchange ideas.” (A Ghanaian Proverb)
Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in Higher Education

In our global economy, our survival depends on being innovative and on the cutting edge of technology. Research has demonstrated that diverse groups are smarter and stronger than homogenous group. Scholars found that students who are in more diverse classes and interact informally with diverse groups reported: (1) growth in the active thought process (2) enhanced intellectual stimulation (3) increased motivated and (4) improved academic skills. Structural diversity within organizations provides opportunities for people to work in groups that are composed of people who are different (National Academy Press, 2011). This workshop will included research based information, interactive activities, engaging dialogue and best practices. Please bring your smile and a willingness to have fun!

Presenter: Libby Adjei Ed.D, Director of Diversity Outreach Programs, Tulsa Community College

Thursday and Friday
Closing Session (4-4:30 p.m.) - HRC Atrium

Diversity Discussion / Making it Work / Action Plans Discover the Difference Makingitwork2017

Presenter: Debbie Butler, HR Coordinator, OSU in Tulsa

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To register search “Discover the Difference” in the search bar from the LMS homepage. Registration deadline is Monday, May 15, 2017. You must register for each individual session.

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Attendees will be able to apply workshops toward their currently enrolled certificate program in conjunction with obtaining credit for this workshop day. The lunch/keynote speaker session counts as a workshop.

  • Attend one workshop + Action Plan (does not include the closing workshop) = $25
  • Attend two workshops + Action Plan (does not include the closing workshop) = $35
  • Attend three workshops + Action Plan (does not include the closing workshop) = $50
  • Attend all day (three workshops and closing) + Action Plan = $100

All action plans are due to Human Resources by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017. If an employee is unable to obtain their manager’s signature on the action plan, they should submit their plan to HR with at least the employee’s signature. A training representative will follow up with the manager to obtain final signatures if needed.

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Download and fill out the Action Plan forms and return to Human Resources by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017 to receive credit for your participation in the conference and your incentive.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I enroll?

Enrollment for the conference and/or a workshop is done online using the Learning Management System (LMS).

  • Do Not use Internet Explorer. Use Google Chrome or Firefox.
  • Type into the address bar and Click “Enter” and use your O-key login to reach Campus landing page.
  • Search in top right search bar for "Staff conference" and Select "Discover the Difference.”
  • Select “Request.” And choose the sessions you wish to attend.
  • Get your manager approval before you register.

Do I have to enroll in the Conference to attend a workshop?

Enrolling in any workshop automatically enrolls you in the Conference. 

Do I have to attend all day? Can I attend both days?

Some workshops will be repeated both days of the conference, while others will only occur once. Participants are not required to attend all day, nor are they expected to attend both days.

To receive the $100 incentive, a participant must attend the opening, two workshops and the closing session. While participants may attend as many workshops as they choose, only one incentive payment will be given for this conference and workshops only count toward one training program.

Do I have to sign up for lunch?

If you plan on attending lunch, yes.  You are automatically signed up for lunch when you register for the keynote. This way we have an accurate count to order food.

How do I write an Action Plan?

Each incentive option requires an Action Plan.  The template for the Action Plan can be found online.

What are the incentives for attending the Conference?

View all incentive options here.