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2020 Student Affairs Symposium RSVP

Truth and Honest Communication

Thank you for RSVPing for the 2020 Student Affairs Symposium: Truth and Honest Communication. This year staff members will have two options for symposium attendance, morning (8:30 am - 12:00 pm) or afternoon (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm) with a lunch available to all who sign up in between. The sessions will cover the same topics and have the same speakers. Our hope is that offering two options increases participation, as co-workers can alternate times so more people can participate.

During lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 pm Dr. Smith will be delivering a keynote speech.

Please select which timing of educational sessions you will attend. (Session content is identical.)
Will you be attending lunch/Dr. Smith keynote from 12:00 -1:00 pm? *

9:00 am and 1:30 pm Sessions

Title Description
Mental Health - Truth Will End the Stigma

Although efforts to reduce mental health stigma have contributed to an increase in demand for counseling services in recent years, the mystery of what happens in counseling and misconceptions about who may benefit from it remain prevalent. This session will explore the barriers we face when seeking mental health care (both internal and external), how to benefit the most from a counseling experience, and how the power of "telling your story" can help reconnect you with yourself and other.

Finding Commonalities: Communicating Despite Cultural and Language Differences

This talk aims to help members of our Texas State community engage with others in the workplace and in their personal lives whose culture and language differ from their own. An interactive cultural competency exercise will be part of the presentation. 

Giving and Receiving Feedback Honestly

This session will explore the skill set necessary to both give and receive honest feedback. We will identify skills that will help participants learn the impact feedback can have on others. We will identify why a healthy feedback culture is important, the advantages of giving and receiving good feedback, and take a look at some case study problems. Whether you are an employee receiving feedback or a supervisor giving it this session is for you. 
Which session do you plan to attend?

10:00 am and 2:30 pm Sessions

Title Description
How Mental and Physical Health Are Connected The physical dimension of wellness includes a variety of areas such as exercise, nutrition, sleep, alcohol use, and more. This presentation aims to explain how our physical health is connected to and thus impacts our mental health. It will also offer different guidelines and tools for cultivating both physical and mental wellness. 
Exploring Mindfulness as a Leadership Practice As a leader, you spend your time pouring into others. But how often do you stop and connect to yourself? Quiet-time, reflection, and mindfulness contribute to our overall wellness as humans and allow us to lead from a place of strength and centeredness. This session will not only explore the necessity of these practices but will leave you with tangible tools and exercises to become a more mindful leader.
[micro]AGGRESSIONS: A Discussion on Power & Privilege Language matters when we think about inclusivity, especially when our language comes across as a microagression. This interactive session focuses on understanding the dynamics of power and privilege through the lens of language and how word can influence group dynamics. Through powerful activities and discussion participants will better understand how to foster inclusivity and challenge themselves to lead authentically. 
Which session do you plan to attend?

11:00 am and 3:30 pm Sessions

Title Description
Communicating Truth: The Common Experience at Texas State Texas State University presents an academic these each year with events for everyone. This is our Common Experience. Our theme for 2019-2020 is Truth: it's a quest for truth, a search for truth, and an examination of authenticity. From an understanding of university truth - in scholarship and research - to a definition of Universal Truth, from one's own personal truth to a sense of honesty, accuracy, validity, and truthfulness. In this session the Director of the Common Experience will discuss the theme-first approach that makes it #1 in the nation, looking at the ways the theme of Truth is essential to our everyday lives, on campus and everywhere beyond. 
Cross-Generational Communication This session will explore several best practices associated with communicating effectively in today's multi-generational workplace. In an engaging manner, Dr. Konopaske will encourage attendees to develop and practice the following habits in order to achieve higher levels of success when working with others from different generations: listen proactively, empathize and relate, manage personal biases and perceptual filters, package messages carefully, choose appropriate communication channels, deliver messages with tact, and seek feedback to ensure understanding.  
Building a Successful Career Path Envisioning and building a career can feel complicated and overwhelming, especially if we aren't sure exactly where we want our career paths to lead. With some forethought, goal setting, and basic understanding of career development, you can develop a solid and practical plan that will help you achieve a brilliant future. During this session you will learn key elements anyone can use, whether accelerating an existing career plan or charting a course for a completely new trajectory. 
Which session do you plan to attend?

Please note that the entire symposium will take place in LBJ Student Center. Specific session location information will be available day of conference.

If you require accommodations please emails glv18@txstate.edu or rossw@txstate.edu at least 72 hours before the event.