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2014-19 Strategic Planning - Cafe Conversation
Student Affairs Educators are invited to provide feedback on updating our 2014-2019 DIVISIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN. A café conversation has been scheduled for November 4th. Participation is limited to 60 individuals. Additional participation information and the Division’s strategic plan draft will be sent to each participant for review in advance of the Café Conversation. Please note that a Qualtrics feedback link will be sent to all Student Affairs Educators between November 4-7 if you are unable to participate in the café conversations or wish to provide additional feedback on the draft strategic plan.
These important conversations and the resulting synthesis will contribute to the Division submitting its updated draft strategic plan due on Friday, November 14. Our Divisional plan will be closely aligned to ECU’s plan per the three commitments and our selected action themes:
1) Maximize Student Success (Add Value, Improve Retention & Graduation, Safety);
2) Serve the Public (Engaged Citizens & Leaders, Leadership University, Engagement)
3) Lead Regional Transformation (Economic Development, The Arts/Quality of Life, Health & Wellness)
Schedule: (register for Café Conversations on
CORNERSTONE – www.ecu.edu/itcs/cornerstone
- look under the events calendar)
Questions/Additional Information: Contact Kathy Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Division of Student Affairs Working Group Membership:
Points of Pride - Student Success
Here is an actual letter from an ECU alum to Liz Johnston with Disability Support Services and Michael Thompson with SA Technology Services.
Please share these Points of Pride with your SA Executive Council member or SA Leadership Team member for inclusion in future On Deck with Student Affairs editions. If you want to provide a screen shot of the social media post/tweet or a picture or the email, please do so.
Student Health Service Receives "Best Academic and Practitioner Poster" Award - Service
ECU Student Health Service was the recipient of the “Best Academic and Practitioner Poster” award at the 2014 Business of Healthcare Symposium. The purpose of the symposium to create a forum where health care students, researchers, and practitioners across North Carolina can exchange opinions, ideas, and research findings.
Among the thirteen poster entries, the following universities and institutes were represented: UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, University of Virginia, Valparaiso University, East Carolina University, Vidant Medical Center, and Duke Translational Medical Institute.
The award was given in recognition of SHS assessing the effectiveness of a mock disaster drill on employee preparedness. After the drill was conducted, 97% of employees claimed in self reports that they were better prepared in the event of a disaster situation. This drill also affected the internal procedures of SHS. Specifically, the following actions were taken to improve efficiency:
Pirate Read - Submit 2015 Recommendations - Student Success
Prior to the start of their first semester at East Carolina University, incoming students are expected to read a common book. The purposes of the Pirate Read are to:
A committee of faculty, staff and students selectsthe book and coordinates activities with departments within academic and student affairs. The committee is asking that faculty, staff, and students submit book recommendations for consideration. The recommended book must meet all of the criteria listed below. The committee will thoroughly review the five books (or more if there is a tie) that receive the greatest number of recommendations and select a Pirate Read book from among them. A notification of the final selection will be unveiled to the campus community in February 2015. Book recommendations are due by November 15, 2014. We look forward to receiving your recommendations.
Please use the following link to submit your recommendation: http://www.ecu.edu/studenttransitions/pirateread/recommendations.cfm.
Safe Zone Training - Nov. & Dec. - Student Success
The LGBT Resource Office is pleased to announce a Safe Zone training on Wednesday, November 5 from 9 am to Noon. The training will take place in the Office of Faculty Excellence classroom in Joyner Library. Space is limited.
An additional training will take place on Monday, December 8 from 1 pm to 4 pm in the same location. Registration is open for both trainings.
Follow this link to register: https://collab.ecu.edu/sites/cferegistration/default.aspx?CalendarDate=12%2F28%2F2014
The purpose of Safe Zone is to create a network of allies who are willing to talk to students about sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Safe Zone training is an opportunity for people to talk, learn, and ask questions about sexuality and gender in a non-judgemental, safe, educational environment. Trainings are offered throughout the year on both campuses.
Each session is three hours in length and includes a panel of students who share their experiences as members of the LGBT community on campus. Once you have completed the training, you will receive a Safe Zone logo to display in your office. The Safe Zone program is a symbol of this University's commitment to diversity and inclusiveness and your participation in the Safe Zone training helps to create an ever-expanding network within the ECU community to support our students.
National Coming Out Day and Gay? Fine by Me - Student Success
During the month of October, the LGBT Resource Office celebrated the return of “Gay? Fine by Me” to campus. Over the course of three weeks, 800 people signed an Ally pledge of support for social justice and equality for the LGBT community and received a free t-shirt. The Resource Office partnered with the Office of Diversity Affairs at Brody School of Medicine to host a table at Brody on Monday, October 6.
On October 8, from 11:30 am to 2 pm, more than 25 student volunteers from the LGBT Resource Office hosted tables on the Mendenhall Student Center Brickyard to commemorate National Coming Out Day and the return of the “Gay? Fine by Me” campaign. Throughout the day, students, faculty, and staff signed the Ally pledge of support, as well as a large Pirate Pride poster.
Pride bracelets and pins were also available, as well as resource materials and the opportunity to register for a chance to meet Laverne Cox in person on November 12. That evening, in Cynthia’s Lounge, students gathered to share Coming Out Stories. Hosted by Jessica Melowksi, graduate assistant in the LGBT Resource Office, and Lauren Smith, a first-year undergraduate, the evening featured personal stories of LGBT pride and was attended by 50 people.
The October 8th event on the Brickyard received front page coverage in the Daily Reflector, as well as evening news coverage on WNCT.
Finally, on Monday, October 27, the Resource Office partnered with Student Services at the College of Nursing to host a “Gay? Fine by Me” table.
The LGBT Resource Office gratefully acknowledges the support of our campus partners in making “Gay? Fine by Me” 2014 possible: Campus Recreation and Wellness, the Center for Student Leadership and Engagement, the Diversity Education Team in Campus Living and Dining, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Off-Campus Student Services, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Residence Hall Association, and Student Health Services.
Laverne Cox Visits ECU Nov. 12
East Carolina University will host actress Laverne Cox, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12 in Wright Auditorium.
Her speech is entitled “Aint I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood.”
Cox,a 2014 Emmy Nominee from the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black, will focus on how race, class, and gender have played a role in her world as a transgender woman of color. Cox will also touch on how her role as Sophia Burset, an incarcerated African American transgender woman in the Orange is the New Black series, has helped shape her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance and love.
Time Magazine named Cox’s portrayal of Sophia Burset as the 4th most influential television character of 2013.
This is a Wellness Passport Event sponsored by the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Office (ECU LGBT), Campus Living, the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Student Activities Board, the Department of Sociology, and Student Involvement and Leadership.
This event is sold out.
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