Joint Provost/Academic Senate Retreat

2020 Joint Provost/Senate Retreat – Feb 7-8, 2020

Venue: Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Downtown, LA

This retreat will focus on student well-being and culture change. The sessions on Friday will focus on how we can develop a comprehensive approach to promoting student well-being, including rethinking our pedagogy and strategies to reduce student stress. On Saturday, we will focus on how USC can effectively implement culture change on a practical level, to embed our desired culture in everything that we do.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Welcome & Introductions

2:00 PM: Check-in and Registration (Catalina Foyer)

3:00 PM: Welcome by Academic Senate President Rebecca Lonergan (Avalon)

3:05 PM – 3:20 PM   Opening Remarks by Provost Chip Zukoski

Session 1: Student Wellbeing: A Comprehensive Approach to “De-Stressing” Our Students (Avalon) 
3:20 PM – 3:35 PM: Introduction by Aniko Imre, Professor of Cinematic Arts (Avalon)

3:35 PM – 4:00 PM: Presentation re: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy (Avalon)

Brenda K. Ingram, Director RSVP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Keck Department of Psychiatry

4:05 PM – 5:00 PM: Student Panel presentations & discussion: (Avalon)

      • Trenton Stone, USG President
      • Mahin Tahsin, USG Vice President
      • Randi Anderson, USG Senator
      • Ben Rosenthal, USG Senator
      • Sam Cwalina, GSG President
      • Alexis McDonald, GSG Director of Social Programming

5:00 PM – 5:30 PM:  Open Discussion with students & Professor Ingram (Avalon)

Moderated by Professor Imre

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Update and Q&A with President Carol Folt (Avalon)

6:00 PM: Cocktails (Catalina Foyer)

7:00 PM: Dinner (Emerald Bay)

Saturday, February 8, 2020

8:30 AM:  Continental Breakfast (Emerald Bay)

Session 2: Working Together Toward Culture Change (Avalon)
9:00 AM – 9:05 AM:  Introduction by Paul Adler, Co-Chair Culture Working Group (Avalon)

9:05 AM – 9:25 AM: Remarks by Provost Chip Zukoski (Avalon)

9:25 AM – 10:15 AM: Presentation re: Key Themes from the Culture Survey (Avalon)

Stacy Giwa, Co-Chair Culture Working Group

Nick Foster, 1-degree Inc, Executive Consultant

10:15 AM – 10:25 AM:  Break (room changes)

10:25 AM – 11:00 AM: Four breakout groups to discuss, through a faculty lens,how we can apply the desired cultural values and develop practical recommendations for changes

        • Group A: Accountability – facilitator Nick Foster (Santa Monica A)
        • Group B: Transparency – facilitator Sabrina Pasztor (Santa Monica B)
        • Group C: Collaboration – facilitator Stacy Giwa  (Santa Monica C)
        • Group D: Diversity – facilitator Mark Venner (Santa Monica D)

11:00 AM – 11:10 AM:  Break

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM:  Report back by group facilitators & discussion using PollEverywhere – moderated by Paul Adler (Avalon)

12:00 PM – 12:10 PM: Closing Remarks by Senate President Rebecca Lonergan (Avalon)

12:15 PM:  Lunch (Emerald Bay) and Departure

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