Be The Change by Kimberly Barrett, Ph.D.
A well known quote by Gandhi, "Be the
change that you wish to see in the world", serves as the inspiration for
this session. Using activities that promote discussion and interaction,
participants will explore how they can be leaders within their departments in
creating an environment that is welcoming to all and values the unique
contributions that each of us makes to our shared work. The session will
help participants; 1) explore multiple dimensions of their own identity
that serve as expressions of diversity, 2) develop strategies to
help in perspective taking and empathizing with those whom they
perceive to be different, and 3) create a "tool box" of
techniques they can use in their offices to enhance the climate as it
relates to respect and inclusion.
Dr. Kimberly Barrett currently serves as Vice President for
Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Wright State University.
Barrett has more than 20 years experience providing services to college
students as well as working with faculty, governing boards, community members
and others to promote learning, student development, social justice and
diversity. Prior to joining Wright State, Dr. Barrett served as Vice President
for Student Affairs at the University of Montevallo (Alabama).
also served as Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Development and Diversity
at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Vice Provost at Lakehead University
in Thunder Bay, Canada; Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Southeast
Missouri State University; and Director of Multicultural Affairs at SUNY
Potsdam (N.Y.) College. In addition she was the founding director of the
Women’s Center at Murray State University in Kentucky. Dr. Barrett has presented at regional,
national and international conferences, taught at the undergraduate and
graduate levels, published articles in newspapers and professional journals and
served as a diversity consultant.
She holds graduate degrees in Psychology and Higher Education.
her career she has been active in a variety of community organizations in a
number of states (and Canada) whose goals relate to achieving social and
economic justice, including the Port Arthur Rotary Club in Thunder, Bay
to Mindful Eating by Daniela Burnworth, Ph.D.
This program will introduce participants to the general practice of
mindful eating. Participants will learn about mindful breathing and its
benefits to overall health and well-being. Participants will learn how to
apply mindfulness principles to the process of eating – being aware of
hunger and satiety signals, role of emotions in eating, and the judgments made
about food (I.e,. "good foods" and "bad foods").
Participants will explore ways of fully experiencing food without the
guilt and judgment that many of us often experience before, during and/or after
a meal. By being more aware of our bodies and the foods we eat, we can
expand our enjoyment of food and make choices that promote personal wellness.
Dr. Daniela Burnworth is the Associate Director for
Clinical Training at Counseling and Wellness Services. Prior to starting
at Wright State in 2005, she worked in a group practice in Columbus. She
earned her Ph.D. In Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University and
completed her doctoral internship at Ball State University. Her
professional interests include promoting positive body image and the treatment
of eating disorders. She received training during her graduate program
from Susan Albers, author of Eating Mindfully, introducing Dr. Burnworth to the
intersection between eating and mindfulness practice. Since her time at
WSU, she has integrated mindfulness skills into her therapeutic work and has
offered a Mindful Eating group to students to promote awareness of the body and
enjoyment of food again.
Your Time...Reduce Your Stress by Brenda Kraner, M.A.
Too much to do, too little time...can you
relate? Maximizing your potential
means knowing how to manage projects, tasks and technology, prioritizing what
is most important, and taking care of yourself. Sometimes, it can seem like an
impossible task. This interactive
workshop will introduce to you a new mindset toward managing your time as well
as a variety of techniques and strategies you can begin applying immediately.
Brenda Kraner has over 20 years experience working
as a learning and performance consultant with small to large size organizations
across a variety of industries. She is a Lecturer and the Director of
Internships in the Organizational Leadership undergraduate program at Wright
State University and the assistant chair to the Leadership Studies in Education
and Organizations department in the College of Education and Human
Services. Brenda holds an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor
in business, a Master's degree in Applied Behavioral Sciences with a
concentration in Training and Development. She is currently working
toward her PhD in the Workforce Development and Education program at The Ohio
Brenda's expertise lies in designing and facilitating customized training and
coaching programs for front link employees to executive level management
teams. She has designed and delivered a myriad of leadership,
supervisory, and employee development programs in areas such as: employee
engagement, emotional intelligence, coaching for development, change
management, motivation, time management, customer service, teamwork, conflict
management, communication, stress management, problem solving/decision making,
and strategic planning.
LUNCH KEYNOTE: Building
Healthy Relationships @ Work by Scott Graham, Ph.D.
What does a healthy relationship look like? What does this even mean? Where are you now? How do you get to where you want to be
in your relationships with others?
We’ll focus in a fun and engaging way, specific strategies to be the
best YOU can be at work. What do
you control? How do you influence
others? Come ready to learn, share
ideas, be totally engaged, and have a little fun while you eat a yummy meal.
Dr. Scott Graham is a retired Lt Col,
from the United States Air Force.
He is the former Director of Management Innovation Office for
80,000-person global organization, as well as director of Quality Improvement
for two separate global organizations. He is currently an Associate Professor in
the department of Leadership Studies at Wright State University where he also
serves as Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Leadership programs. He started
the Organizational Leadership program at WSU in 2000, which has grown to be the
largest undergrad program at WSU.
Dr. Graham has been a leadership trainer, consultant, coach, and speaker for
over 20 years...working with diverse organizations such as Disney, Kodak,
Bahama Breeze, OhioHealth, Goodrich Corp, US Navy and Ohio State University. He
also directs and consults for OSU’s Leadership Academy for Peak Performance, a
new leadership institute focusing partnering with the American Nurses
Association on health care leadership development.
Office Yoga by Alex Keller
Yoga can help with
conditions typically associated with office work such as eyestrain, carpal
tunnel syndrome and back pain. 1 . Join us for Office Yoga: On
and Off the Mat and learn how a basic yoga practice involving breathing
exercises, asanas (poses) and meditation can help you manage work-day
stress. We'll explore exercises that can be done in a traditional yoga class
format as well as exercises and stretches that can be done right at your desk
in the middle of a hectic workday! Please wear comfortable clothing that will
allow you to move and flow.
(1. Shepherd, Leah C.
"Yoga can help employees stretch away stress, anxiety and burnout." Employee
Benefit News., 25 March. 2009. Web. 18 June. 2013).
Alex Keller is a
senior at Wright State University majoring in Bioinformatics and French. She
teaches Yoga, Pilates and a variety of other group fitness formats and works as
a personal trainer for the Campus Recreation Rec Fit program. Alex is
enthusiastic about being active, and enjoys working with others to help them
reach their fitness goals. She holds certifications through the Aerobics and
Fitness Association of America and Power Pilates. She has also completed
Level 1 yoga training through Yoga Fit International. In her free time,
Alex participates in triathlons and other distance events.
Exploring the Campus Woods by James Runkle, Ph.D.
woods is one of the best and most unique aspects of our main campus. We will
begin this session with a talk inside to learn about its natural and human
history. It is an important regional natural area with many species of plants
and animals documented. We will then walk one of the trails that is readily
accessible from campus, even on a lunch hour, to see some of the plants and
other objects present there. Normal casual footwear and clothing are suitable.
If the weather is hot, dress appropriately. If it rains we will still meet to
learn more about the woods with a possible shorter walk depending on the
weather and the group. I also would be happy to take a group out on a lunch
hour later in the summer or fall.
is currently a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wright
State University. He joined WSU in 1979 as a professor with the specialty of
plant ecology. Dr. Runkle has led many classes in botany and ecology to the
woods for labs and supervised several student research projects in the woods.
His students have studied pawpaw, tree-of-heaven, changes in both herbaceous
and tree composition between different parts of the woods, and patterns of
fruit dispersal, among others. Dr. Runkle enjoys taking campus and community
groups on walks through the woods in all seasons and continues to find new
things of interest to see in the woods and regard it as one of his most
favorite places on Earth.
Low Ropes Course
The WSU Low Ropes Course contains 13 elements built specifically to help
explore the inner dynamics of your group. The elements are diverse and vary
greatly in the degree of physical and mental involvement required for a group
to succeed. This allows the facilitators to sequence the elements to fit the
specific needs and wants of your group. Many of the low ropes elements are
designed to get participants a few feet off the ground, creating an atmosphere
of elevated perceived risk, which fosters an environment for groups to focus on
communication and trust.
Relationships are built and expanded on the course through strategic
planning and problem solving. Learning takes place through open communication
and allows group members to form greater self-awareness about their own role
within the group, and also the individual strengths and weaknesses of their
Alyson Usserman is a senior at WSU majoring in Sociology.
She has worked for the Outdoor Resource Center for three years and has been
facilitating challenge course programs for six years. Outside of work and
school she devotes her time to her four-month old son, Samuel.
Amanda is a senior at Wright State majoring in nursing. She
has worked at the ORC for 2 years and enjoys rock climbing. Her favorite place
to climb is the Red River Gorge in Kentucky.
Kimberly is a Spanish major at Wright State and
has worked with the ORC for over a year. She enjoys hiking, international
travel, and exploring vegetarian cuisine.