Professional Development at SUNY Broome

Week 9 friends! We can make it! This week’s missive is a hodgepodge of interesting ideas, opportunities, tidbits that have been shared with me. Have an idea? Have something interesting to share with the academic community? Want me to highlight something you think is important? Let me know at or you can email Professional Development at!

A DEI roundtable discussion opportunity from our SUNY partners!

All SUNY staff (especially those who interact often with students) and faculty are invited to participate in the “SUNY Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Discussion Forum.”

The goal of the program is give SUNY staff an opportunity to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education in a supportive environment to help them create the inclusive mindset they need to learn the competencies necessary to serve a diverse population of students and others on their campus.

There will be a Zoom discussion Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. RSVP at SUNY Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Discussion Forum. While the Zoom discussions are not recorded, we have additional discussions in the spring of 2022 if you can’t make this one.

The asynchronous discussions will continue as well in our Workplace group which you can sign up for at SUNY on Workplace using your SUNY campus ID and password.

If you have any questions, contact Chris Price, Academic Programs Manager, SUNY Center for Professional Development (

Huge Growth in Online Enrollment

This article from Higher Ed Dive reports NC SARA data indicating that the pandemic fueled growth of online enrollments nearly doubled the number of students enrolled in fully online distance education programs from the previous year, with a total of 5.8 million students.  NC-SARA collected data from 2,201 institutions (one of them was Broome!) and predicts a continued increased growth of programs as a result of the democratization of online learning as the result of the pandemic.

Nudging Students Helps Students Access Critical Resources

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice reported this week on a study conducted with Amarillo College using nudging to encourage students to visit the college’s Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC). Researchers found that the nudges doubled the number of students visiting their ARC. In addition, connecting students to basic needs support services helped them to make academic progress. Staff found nudging, both via email and text, to be an affordable way to help students use critical campus resources.

BIPOC and Climate Change

Last week, protesters descended on Washington D.C. to urge President Biden to stop approving fossil fuel projects. While on the surface this may not seem like an equity issue, BIPOC populations are disproportionately affected by climate change and other environmental problems.

With that in mind, The Zinn Education Project created the Teach Climate Justice campaign, a collection of lessons, books, films, and articles for elementary through high school and beyond. The materials could work in many different subject areas and would be an interesting, authentic foundation for interdisciplinary study.

Submitted by: Professional Development