Leadership Workshops

LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM ON HIATUS WINTER OF 2021

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing shutdown of UC Santa Cruz main campus and satellite campuses but for essential employees and minimal in-person activities, the Graduate Division will offer several virtual leadership workshops winter 2021 that will be available to all graduate students. This will be in lieu of the leadership certificate program. Learn about the leadership workshops below.

Linda Scholz Teresa Maria Linda Scholz
Associate Vice Chancellor and
Chief Diversity Officer
Officer for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Using a Social Justice Lens to Hone Leadership and Interview Skills While Remote
Tuesday, January 12
3:30–5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Via Zoom

This interactive workshop will provide graduate students with an opportunity to discuss approaches to social justice and how these approaches can inform their leadership skills. Graduate students will also have the opportunity to discuss how to hone these skills during remote interviews.

Justin Cummings Justin Cummings
Environmental Sensor Technician, Drone Operator
UC Natural Reserve System California Heartbeat Initiative
City Council Member
City of Santa Cruz

Leadership Comes from Everywhere
Friday, January 22
2:00–3:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Via Zoom

Have an interactive conversation with former Santa Cruz Mayor Dr. Justin Cummings. A UC Santa Cruz graduate student alumnus in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with a designated emphasis in Environmental Studies (Ph.D. 2013), Dr. Cummings served as the founding director of the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, was one of two African American men elected to the Santa Cruz City Council for the first time in history in 2018, and served as the first African American male mayor of the City of Santa Cruz in 2020. Through the lens of his life experiences, we’ll discuss ways to foster leadership within ourselves and our community.

Nancy Heischman Nancy Heischman
Director
Campus Conflict Resolution Services

Navigating Conflict
Thursday, February 11
3:30–5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Via Zoom

Ideally, when faced with conflict, we are all able to adapt our response to fit the circumstances. In reality, many of us have a habitual, “one size fits all” response, based on personal history and temperament. Using the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, this workshop will help participants identify their own conflict management preferences relative to five common styles. We will also explore the most skillful applications of each approach. This workshop is useful for anyone who wishes to prevent and skillfully navigate conflicts in the workplace.

Nancy Heischman Nancy Heischman
Director
Campus Conflict Resolution Services

Speaking Up to Bias
Thursday, February 18
3:30–5:00 p.m. Pacific Time
Via Zoom

How do you respond when you hear a prejudicial statement in the workplace? Afterward, do you regret what you said, or the fact that you didn’t say anything at all? This workshop will explore ways of speaking up against bias as an ally, with the aim of inviting reflection and dialogue, rather than shaming, blaming, or alienating the speaker (who may be your close colleague). Examples of unintentionally biased statements, culled from campus conversations, will provide material for discussion and practice.

Jim Tamm Jim Tamm
Author, Radical Collaboration
Founder, Radical Collaboration

Want Better Collaboration? Deal with Your Defensiveness
Friday, February 26
9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

This 3-hour program will help individuals become more effective in difficult relationships by better managing their own defensiveness. Participants will become more aware of how their attitude can influence the culture of their relationships. They will learn what defensiveness is about and how to spot it at an earlier stage in the process by creating a personalized Early Warning System. They will then create a personalized Action Plan to moderate the damage their defensive reaction creates.