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Employee Development


Remote Operations Employee Development Options

Clark College is currently operating remotely due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The following opportunities are approved as meaningful ways to stay engaged with the mission and vision of the College. 

If you have questions, please email Human Resources, hr@clark.edu

Tracking Your Progress

Many resources listed here will not track your progress. As an option, please write a comprehensive summary of learning and personal reflection, then share it with your team and/or supervisor. Here are some questions to answer as a way of personal reflection:

  1. What activity did I participate in and what prompted me/interested me to participate in the activity?
  2. What key points did I take away from this session?
  3. How does the activity relate to the College's mission/vision/social equity plan?
  4. How will I continue to apply what I learned?
  5. What do I still want to know?
  6. What did I learn about myself? 

Accessibility Training

As we continue our remote work, consider our virtual presence and the importance for the entire college and aim to implement accessibility into your work. 

  • Accessibility Made Easy, a Canvas resource to support staff in creating accessible content: https://clarkcollege.instructure.com/courses/1839992. The content is easy to follow accessibility steps and resources. Topics cover commonly used tools: Microsoft Outlook 2016, Microsoft Word 2016, Microsoft PPT 2016, and Adobe Acrobat DC for PDFs. Thank you to Tre Sandlin, Instructional Accessibility Specialist and Megan Jasurda, Director of Disability Support Services. 
  • Accessible Word Docs, a training that provides basic accessibility foundations practiced in Microsoft Word. The following are offered in virtual Zoom format:
  • SBCTC's Library of Accessibility Resources: https://sbctc.instructure.com/courses/1578604/
  • Accessibility Micro Courses via SBCTC (continuous self-paced): 

 

Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Resource Page

The reality of racism and white supremacy experienced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) is deeply embedded in this country, its institutions, and within individuals. Communities of color are strong and resilient, surviving and thriving despite the crushing impact of racism. Yet it’s also important to recognize that people of color often experience significant trauma as a result of past and present realities—from surviving a history of slavery, genocide, and internment to the present-day realities of disparate access and outcomes on most measures, facing daily microaggressions, and watching the ongoing horror of the murder of Black people caught on video. Racial and ethnic minorities are often more likely to experience psychological distress, but have less access to mental health services, are less likely to receive needed care, and are more likely to receive poor quality care when they do seek treatment. Added to this, cultural messages often include stigma about getting mental health support with cautions to save face and be tough.

Cultural Considerations for Mental Health

The only thing that will start to address the pain of racism is the end of white supremacy and the dismantling systems of oppression. But in the midst of this trauma, the wellbeing and mental health of Blacks, Indigenous, and People of Color matter. If you identify as BIPOC, it may help to consider the following:

  • Recognize trauma. It can be traumatic to hear about or watch the killing of people of color. Give yourself permission not to be okay. Take time and space to feel horror, fear, sadness, grief, rage. Whatever you are feeling is okay.
  • Intentionally seek community. Loneliness can cause physical harm to our bodies. Connect to a Business Resource Group (see links to state BRGs below), turn to family and friends, find an online community (especially when physical distancing is required for public health), or join an EAP webinar
  • Make a wellness plan. Make sure to include movement, a nourishing diet, and 7-9 hours of sleep. As Black poet and activist Audre Lorde wrote, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” (From A Burst of Light and Other Essays)
  • Separate what is in your control from what is not. Set boundaries around when and how often you consume media and which images may be too damaging to view. Choose which friends and coworkers are helpful to engage with right now.
  • Seek balance in the images and information you consume. While we can’t ignore the traumatic realities of injustice, make sure to find solace and joy in the beauty of BIPOC culture, art, music, food, and community. Find ways to daily celebrate your goodness and wholeness so that you can actively resist internalizing the subliminal messages from our racist culture. 
  • Affirm your resilience. You have likely developed powerful coping strategies for persisting through all kinds of pain and trauma. Remind yourself of these skills and return to them.
  • Decolonize healing. Learn about the history of resilience in your family and community. Explore what culturally-based practices have worked to sustain people in your cultural group for centuries.

EAP’s Commitment to Anti-Racism and Cultural Relevance

EAP is committed to and is actively working to dismantle oppression within our program and services. You deserve to have a safe space in counseling, and you are welcome and encouraged to ask for a counselor who identifies as a person of color—we will do our best to accommodate your request. If you have any concerns about the cultural relevance or competence of any EAP services you receive, we invite you to share feedback with us (by calling and asking to speak with the director) so we can address your concerns, find you better support, and do better in the future.

Culturally Specific Mental Health Resources for BIPOC

Washington Counselors of Color (counselor listing by ethnicity, language, and religion)
Washington Therapy Fund for Black People (please note that EAP provides 3 free counseling sessions)
Therapy for Black Girls Podcast (with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist in Atlanta) 
Coping with the Psychological Impact of Racism (PDF from WA State EAP)
Free Online Healing & Grieving Group Sessions (for Black people by Black healers – options available in June 2020) 
Minority Mental Health information (Mental Health America)
Encouraging Meaningful Conversations about Race and Trauma (Mindful) 
Strength Over Silence: Stories of Courage, Culture, and Community (Black and Latinx mental health from NAMI)
Self-Care Tips for Black People Who Are Struggling With This Very Painful Week (Vice)
Free eCourse on Racialized Trauma (from Cultural Somatics Training & Institute)

For People Wanting to Learn How to be Anti-Racist

Racism hurts White people too—not in the same way that it causes harm to BIPOC, but it serves to diminish our collective humanity. It is an appropriate use of counseling to explore issues related to white identity, white privilege, the implicit racism we carry, white fragility, and the larger racialized white supremacist society within which we live. There are also many online resources you can find to do your own anti-racism work. Here are a few places to start, and you can find many more resources on the DES Workforce Learning Online Resources site.

Before You Check-In on Your Black Friend, Read This (Refinery29)
Deconstructing White Privilege (22 minute video by Dr. Robin DiAngelo)
Systemic Racism Explained (2 minute video)
Everyday racism: what should we do? (4 minute video)
White Privilege: Racism, White Denial & the Cost of Inequality (1 hour lecture by Tim Wise)
The Difference Between Being Non-racist and Anti-Racist (2 minute video)
Understanding Microaggressions (4 minute video)
Getting Called Out: How to Apologize (9 minute video)
The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture (Showing Up for Racial Justice)

For Leaders

We Must Step up for Black People Right Now - Here’s How (Forbes)
Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They’re Okay — Chances are They’re Not (Refinery29)
U.S. Businesses Must Take Meaningful Action Against Racism (Harvard Business Review)
 

EAP is in full operation across the state, offering services via phone and telehealth platforms, and are gearing up to meet increased need. Clark College offers staff and benefits eligible faculty access to free, confidential program created to promote the health, safety and well-being of public employees. All services are  available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Subscribe to DES for updates: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WADES/subscriber/new 

Learn how EAP can assist you and your household members. Call EAP today, 360-407-9490 or toll-free at 877-313-4455.

Online Learning Resources for Workforce Development

Remote learning resources will be updated every Monday on the following site:https://des.wa.gov/services/training-and-development/online-learning-resources-workforce-development 

Learning Pathways and Opportunities Include:

  • Technical
  • Customer Service
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
  • Leadership
  • Self-leadership
  • Leadership During Crisis
  • HR Training

Please click on the link above to be directed to training opportunities. 

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Trainings

Clark College ODEI trainings

Impact of Microaggressions: Monday, April 6th, 2:00-4:00pm, Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-the-impact-of-microaggressions-tickets-99993096042

Red, White and Brown: A Timeline of Race in the U.S.: Wednesday, April 8th, 10am-12pm, Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-ppi-red-white-and-brown-a-timeline-of-race-in-the-us-tickets-100343090886

Power Privilege & Inequity 101: Tuesday, April 14th, 2pm-4pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-ppi-101-power-privilege-and-inequity-101-tickets-100342759896

Equity in Hiring: Thursday, April 16th, 10am-12pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-equity-in-hiring-tickets-73506111759

Best Practices to Support DREAMers: Wednesday, April 22, 10am-12pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-ppi-best-practices-to-support-dreamers-tickets-100343421876 

White Women in Power: Tuesday, April 28 2pm-4pm: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zoom-white-women-in-power-tickets-100343692686

 

Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS)

Getting Ready for Retirement webinars 

Saturday, April 4th at 9am, Sign up here

Saturday, April 18th at 9am, Sign up here

Other optional activities for Remote Work

Wellness during COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be stressful, overwhelming or even bring fear and anxiety. Taking care of yourself, your friends, your family, and others you care about can help you cope with stress. 

Here are things you can do to help support yourself (CDC, 2020):

1. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic can repeatedly can be upsettings. 

2. Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

3. Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. 

4. Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. 

5. Take care of your emotional health.

Other Resources:

Visit the  Upcoming Events Calendar for more information regarding trainings and events, or stay updated via email as we send out updates.

 

 

About

Human Resources, Employee Development supports the Strategic Vision of Clark College by offering a variety of professional development opportunities for staff and faculty through on campus training and in an online learning environment.

Through the generous support of the Clark College Foundation, Employee Development provides funding for off campus training for administrative, exempt, classified and temporary hourly employees.

Faculty have their own unique set of training needs relative to pedagogy. Visit the Faculty Development page for a list of trainings and resources.

Upcoming Events

Professional Development Funds

 

Contact

Andrea Sanchez-Turner
Employee Development, Mailstop BRD 133
(360) 992-2317