Wow. These past couple of weeks have felt like a couple months. So much is happening in our world with a new president-elect, the pandemic worsening, and it feels like winter is arriving. There is a lot of things out of our control right now and it can feel overwhelming. One of my favorite sayings is “We can't control the situation we are in but we can control the way we respond to it.” There is a wonderful article I’ve found helpful, “Coping With What You Can’t Control” by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. from PsychCentral. One tip from Tartakovsky is to remind yourself it’s not permanent. To help center myself, I find something that is more permanent and in my control. Focusing on my own personal and professional development is within my control and it makes me feel like I’m taking care of my future self.
The UNOPA/UAAD program last week was a fantastic look at how the College of Engineering created a Staff Council. You can find the slides with a link to the recording in the U2 Teams channel (Files > 2020-2021 Meeting Information folder). They were tasked with creating a staff council that would develop the staff to become more proficient through professional development, wellness and mentoring. The Council is also developing an onboarding process for new hires that will help build the college community across two campuses. They have had great involvement and encouraging feedback that this will continue to enhance the staff and the college. Please check out the slides as there is a lot in information shared with their process and feedback.
Please add the upcoming events to your calendar to stay engaged with the campus community and learn something new. We have some interesting topics coming up that will involve everyone. See you online soon!
2020-21 UAAD President