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PD Corner—Implicit Bias Workshop & PRT First On-Campus Visit Recap

In September, the college hosted an Implicit Bias workshop with UCLA's Jerry Kang, and the Partnership Resource Team (PRT) met with 50 staff, faculty and students on campus to discuss professional development on campus. The PRT team will be back on October 29 to help us work on our integrated professional development plan, so stay tuned for more details. Classified staff are invited to a meet-and-greet with Jeanne Owens, our new professional development coordinator, on October 10.

PD Corner—Implicit Bias Workshop & PRT First On-Campus Visit Recap

It has been an exciting month for professional development on campus. The college hosted Jerry Kang, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCLA, for a workshop on Implicit Bias on September 14. It was a engaging presentation where we all learned alot about the meaning of implicit bias and how unconscious biases impact our everyday decisions and actions.

LAVC also hosted our first campus visit with our Partnership Resource Team (PRT) as part of our work with the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) on September 28. Over 50 staff, faculty, and students met with our PRT in interview groups to discuss professional development. Those interviews covered what has been done in the past, our challenges, and how we might begin creating a plan for Professional Development that meets the needs of all employee groups on our campus. 

The PRT summary at the end of the day was very positive about our interest and enthusiasm in an integrated Professional Development plan. In the near future, they will be sending us an official Summary of this Initial visit along with options we might choose to incorporate into our plan which will be shared with everyone. 

The PRT will return to LAVC for second visit on Monday, October 29 to work with our IEPI Steering Committee as we begin development of our plan. If you are interested in joining the IEPI Steering Committee and joining us in the important work, please call or email Jeanne Owens or Sally Raskoff in the Professional Development Center.

Coming up, the Classified Staff Development Committee is hosting a Meet-and-Greet for all classified staff to meet our Professional Development Coordinator, Jeanne Owens. This will be held at the PDC – which is in LARC 200 – on Wednesday, October 10 at 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-3 p.m. There will be a morning time (9:30-10:30 a.m.) and afternoon time (2-3 p.m.) to accommodate all working schedules. Drop by to meet Jeanne and take a coffee and donut/cookie break with all of us. The committee also wants to get some quick information from you regarding your thoughts on Professional Development opportunities. Please plan to come by!

For more information, stop by the Professional Development Center in Library & Academic Resource Center (LARC) 200, or visit the LAVC Professional Development Web page. Jeanne Owens can reached at (818) 947-2569 or, and Sally Raskoff can be reached at (818) 947-7256.



Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 10/1/2018 5:00:00 PM