Professional Development Weekly Digest

Fall 2021

Week 4! National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Last week began National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to honor, reflect, learn, and celebrate the diversity of the Latinx community. More than 62 million Americans are Latinx which represents over 18% of the United States population. In 2019, 21.7% of undergraduates were Latinx, the second largest ethnic group enrolled at the undergraduate level. This week’s Professional Development Weekly Digest will feature resources and opportunities that focus on Latinx experiences in and out of our classrooms. Have an idea? A need? A question? Send me an email at or you can find me at

This first Hispanic Heritage resource is from PBS and uses a great collection of premieres, re-broadcasts, and streaming titles for you to watch that highlight the diversity of Hispanic and Latinx cultures and how it is woven into our American communities.

This resource lists 20 books to read for Hispanic Heritage Month, from memoirs to young adult fiction. One of my favorites on the list? Gloria Anzaldúa’s “Borderlands/Frontera: The New Mestiza,”a book I read in my graduate work that examines the multiplicity of the term “border.” Anzaldúa’s contribution to feminist and queer theory cannot be understated, and her work was foundational to the emergence of Latinx philosophy.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum present documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and more from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture.

Finally, please enjoy the poem “One Today” by Richard Blanco, one of my favorite contemporary poets who I had the good fortune of meeting a few years ago. At the time, he was the youngest, first Latinx, immigrant, and openly gay writer to serve as the inaugural poet, presenting his work at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. His most recent book of poetry, “How to Love a Country”, spans such topics as the Pulse Nightclub massacre, the forced exile of 8,500 Navajos in 1868, a lynching in Alabama, the incarceration of a gifted writer, and the poet’s abiding love for his partner (who he is finally allowed to wed as a gay man), and each poem is fundamentally struggling with the overwhelming question of how to love this country.


Upcoming Professional Development Workshops 9/23/2021-10/1/2021

Sit! Stay!: An Introduction to the Hyflex Course Structure

When: Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Where:  Online via Zoom to attend

Presented by: Dr. Stephanie Malmberg & Susan Woerner

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Just what is Hyflex? In a nutshell, it is student choice – come to class in-person, join in remotely, or participate asynchronously. For the instructor, this can mean augmenting the way learning takes place. This lunchshop presentation will focus on the key elements of Hyflex and an opportunity to ask questions about how it will work for particular types of courses.


Broome Zoom Discussion

When: Friday, September 24, 2021 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom to attend

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Please join Dr. Penny Haynes, Nicholas Brey, Fermin Romero and Martin Guzzi to discuss the vaccination requirements for students.


Re-Imagining Students Success Retention Professional Development 2021-2022

Convention 1: Institutional Commitment

Webinar: Designing Student-Centered Flexible Assignments While Still Meeting Curricular & Pedagogical Goals

When:  Friday, September 24, 2021 at 3:00 pm Viewing and Debrief

Where: Wales 203B

Hosted by: Erin Marulli

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Refreshments Provided


Putting Your Ensemble on a Diet

When: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Where: TRC Lab (LI 101)

Presented by: Carine Surdey

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Are you an Ensemble user? Did your video library gain the dreaded “Covid 20” during the pandemic? If your library of videos is looking bloated and you feel fatigued scrolling through pages of recordings, it’s time to get rid of old, unused and unusable videos. Class recordings may not be useful after the semester in which they are recorded and the cost of storing videos has risen dramatically over the last year and continues to climb. We can help you get your Ensemble slim, trim and full of vim!

This workshop is for those faculty using Ensemble and will be an overview of where to find files in Ensemble and how to delete them as well as open lab time to get help for your personal courses from Instructional Designers


Microsoft Powerpoint: Sliding Into Accessibility, Part 1 (Lunchshop)

When: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Where: Online via Zoom to attend

Presented by: Susan Woerner

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You may be someone who likes to share information by presentation because of the variety of visual elements you can use, but is your PowerPoint accessible to everyone? Improving the overall accessibility of your presentations will help you reach more of your audience. This 30-minute lunchshop will introduce you to using PowerPoints’ built-in Accessibility Checker that can help you track down and edit inaccessible elements in your slides. This lunchshop will be hands-on for 30 minutes. Don’t be late!

Participants should have a basic working knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint as well as access to one of these: Microsoft PowerPoint 2016, PowerPoint 2019, or PowerPoint in Office 365 during the workshop in order to participate in the hands-on activity.