4th Annual First People’s Conference

Posted on behalf of the Benjamin Lealofi, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

On behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Green River College, we would like to invite you to the 4th annual First People’s Conference on November 17, 2015!  This year’s theme is, “Out of the Shadows and Into the Sun.”  The event will take place in the Student Affairs & Success Center (SA) from 12:00 – 7:00 pm.  This is a great space for educators and attendees who wish to achieve: cultural exchange, community empowerment, pursuit of higher education, knowledge development and identity awareness.

First People's Conference

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Registration cost is for dinner only and are as follows: $15 GRC students, $20 Non-GRC students and $25 Non-students.  Payments can be made online at: http://goo.gl/uYYM9e.  For more information and to register, view the attached flyer and apply online at: https://goo.gl/HVdGRt.

***This year’s conference is unique because the next two days are an extension of the conference at the following locations: Wednesday, November 18 will be hosted by the Evergreen State College and Thursday, November 19 hosted at the Muckleshoot reservation!  Transportation will be available for GRC students, staff and faculty.***

Please help us by spreading the word to your networks; it’s greatly appreciated!  If you have any questions, please contact the ODEI Program Coordinator, Benjamin Lealofi at (253) 833-9111 x2659 or via email at: BLealofi@greenriver.edu.

First People’s Conference – Call for Proposals

Posted on behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

We would like to invite you to submit a workshop proposal for the 4th Annual First People’s Conference, November 19, 2015, in Auburn, WA! This year’s theme is, “Out of the Shadows and Into the Sun.” This is a great space for educators and attendees who wish to achieve: cultural exchange, community empowerment, pursuit of higher education, knowledge development and identity awareness.

First Peoples ConferenceLinked below you will find information on workshop requirements and the submission process. Submit your proposal via email to BLealofi@greenriver.edu. If you have any questions, please contact the ODEI Program Coordinator, Benjamin Lealofi at (253) 833-9111 x2659.

CALL FOR PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Click to download the complete Call for Proposals packet.

Building Bridges Technology Conference

Building Bridges Technology Conference

Building Bridges Technology Conference

One of the first professional development opportunities I became aware of, when starting at Green River this past November, was the Building Bridges Technology Conference. This conference was of particular interest to me because it combined the teaching and learning side of training with the technology of eLearning and encouragement to collaborate across the institution. It perfectly aligned with training initiatives at Green River (such as VAWA, Participatory Governance, SafeColleges, MSDSOnline, HR mandatory training, and onboarding of new employees. And so, I was off to Spokane.

Spokane

I’m off to Spokane! Only 3,972 miles to go!

The great news of a road trip across the State of Washington, is that I have family in Moses Lake. Granted, there were a few rest/candy/gas/coffee/bathroom breaks along the way, but getting a chance to surprise my own mother with a bag of goodies from her favorite store was priceless.

Moses Lake

Green River, meet my mother. Mom…Green River.

The great thing about conferences now-a-days is that they usually have a companion app, the ability to view profiles, and links to download presentations. This makes planning your personalized schedule an informed decision. Even better, I was able to do all my planning before I even arrived and had a mobile link to view complete details throughout the entire event.

Conference

At a technology conference all attendees must carry around 3.5 connected devices. It’s like the law or something.

A great thing about local, Pacific Northwest, conferences is that the connections you make are with people at other institutions that you will continue to engage with. In my case I had the chance to meet up with former colleagues and compare teaching and learning practices to gauge progress at my own institution. As it turns out, we’re just as far…or behind…as everyone else is.

Coworkers

Awesome former coworkers from Edmonds Community College. You rock Tim, Tina, and Eva!

The event overall was perfect for someone like me (interested in teaching and learning, eLearning, and training initiatives across campus). By the time next year’s conference rolls around, Green River will have at least two training initiatives worthy of presenting on. Stay tuned for that in future posts though. For now, feel free to check out all of my conference notes and key takeaways via the link below. If you’ve attended a conference yourself and have notes or great resources, holler at me to collaborate and share those across campus!

Vantage

The great wall of Washington…near Wild Horse Monument.

My last photos have nothing to do with the conference. I admit I got sidetracked by how beautiful our state is. Be sure to check out Wild Horses Monument for yourself! A special thank you also goes out to Jennifer Warden on campus for getting me hip to travel regulations within the state. Note to self…photo-op and other distractions do not count towards mileage claims.

Vantage

See how beautiful our state is!