MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - Sally Susnowitz

Bite-sized Professional Development

Sally Susnowitz, Director, DSLx Life Learning

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/08
Limited to 30 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Professional development is great– but where to find the time?  We’re offering an array of short, practical workshops to enable you to learn and apply important professional and life skills in as little as an hour. Designed with busy staff, graduate students, post-docs in mind, each session will include a concise presentation, brief Q&A, and hands-on practice. 

Sign up for one or more than one -- but sign up soon since space is limited!

Sponsored by the Division of Student Life (DSL) Professional Development group and DSLx Life Learning



Contact: Sally Susnowitz, W32-119, 617 258-7344, SUSNOWIT@MIT.EDU

How to Stand Out in a Job Interview

Add to Calendar Jan/09 Tue 02:00PM-04:00PM 4-145

Preparation and practice are key to standing out in a job interview. This workshop emphasizes tips, resources and practice to help you prepare. You will become familiar with common types of interview questions, how to identify areas for growth and focus to ensure success during the interview, and how to participate effectively in the interview process with greater confidence.

Michelle King Harrington - Career Development Specialist, MIT Human Resources

Active Listening Hands-on

Add to Calendar Jan/10 Wed 05:00PM-07:00PM tba, Prerequisite: watch the video noted below

Watch a live demo of the active listening triangle method & Positions-Interests-Options-Solutions (PIOS) process, then get to practice your skills and this process yourself!  We'll serve a light dinner to keep your energy level active.

Come prepared by first watching this short video presentation on active listening, since the session will build on this information:


Monika Avello - iREFS

Under Your Skin: Working with Students

Add to Calendar Jan/11 Thu 02:00PM-03:30PM 4-145, for staff, post-docs, GRT, GRAs, etc.

Full title: Under Your Skin: Working with Students Who Challenge your Values

Working with students whose values differ from our own can significantly impact staff when the differing values transgress on identity and/or lived experience. We'll explore the intersection of serving students and self-preservation, and identify strategies for finding balance.

Intended audience: Staff, including post-docs, GRTs, and GRAs

Kristen Covino - Associate Head of House, Joseph Zimakas - Student Support Services Staff Associate

From Stressed Out to Stress Hardy

Add to Calendar Jan/16 Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM W20-407

Do you often feel stressed in your personal and/or professional life?  Most people do.  Are the techniques you use to deal with stress effective? Dr. Brooks will describe specific, realistic strategies to develop resilience in ourselves and assist others to do the same.  He will also examine the importance of empathy and empathic communication in relationships even when faced with ¿difficult¿ people or situations.

Dr. Robert Brooks - Psychologist

Under Your Skin: Working with Colleagues

Add to Calendar Jan/16 Tue 02:00PM-03:30PM 4-145

Full title: Under Your Skin: Working with Colleagues Who Don't Share Your Principles

Diverse skills and viewpoints often makes a team stronger. However, sometimes there's pressure for members of the team to compromise their values and principles. This session will focus on improving team dynamics and working relationships through constructive confrontation and role modeling.

Kristen Covino - Associate Head of House, Joseph Zimakas - Student Support Services Staff Associate

Coaching Others to Use Active Listening

Add to Calendar Jan/17 Wed 05:00PM-07:00PM tba, Please prepare by watching the short video linked

Active listening is a key step in conflict resolution, and you can help others to learn how to resolve their own conflicts using this approach.  Come join us for a light supper and a great session about how to coach others to use the active listening method and the Positions-Interests-Options-Solutions (PIOS) process.  Prepare by watching this short video:

Monika Avello - iREFS

Strategies for Supervisors

Add to Calendar Jan/18 Thu 02:00PM-03:00PM 4-145

Come learn from two seasoned supervisors about some essential ways to manage employees.  We will talk about things to do and things to avoid, and we'll think through some scenarios.  You don't need to be a supervisor -- just someone who is interested in managing people.

Claudette Palmer - Manager, Campus Activities Complex, Jennifer Smith - Assistant Director, Campus Activities Complex

Positive Mentoring Relationships

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 02:00PM-03:00PM 4-145

Whether you are interested in finding a mentor, improving upon your mentoring skills, or being a good mentee, come learn more about making mentoring a successful part of your 2018!

Don Camelio - Associate Dean, Residential Education, Leah Flynn Gallant - Asst. Dean and Director, Student Leadership and Engagement

Active Listening in Complex Situations

Add to Calendar Jan/24 Wed 05:00PM-07:00PM tba, Please watch video mentioned below

Join us for a light supper and some strategic thinking about how to use active listening and conflict resoluion in challenging situations that are thorny and complicated.  To prepare, please watch this short video:

Monika Avello - iREFS

The SCARF Management Model

Add to Calendar Jan/30 Tue 02:00PM-03:30PM 4-145

Want to be your best self at work?  Interested in learning neuroscience-based management practices? The SCARF model highlights five key social domain areas that the brain is hardwired to respond to, and since these areas dramatically impact motivation levels and performance, you should know more about them.


Sonja Dagbjartsdottir - DSL Human Resources Administrator

Considering Your Own Path

Add to Calendar Feb/01 Thu 02:00PM-03:00PM 4-145, For DSL Staff only

What is your next career move going to be? Whether you're just starting a position or have been in your role for years, taking some time to map out your career plan can benefit you personally and professionally. We'll do some career vision mapping and then have an open discussion about career goals. This session is intended to lift up your spirits and get you excited about where you are going. Take a moment to dream big!

Tessa McLean - Associate Dean of Student Conduct