Professional Development Day

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Professional Development Day

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Professional Development Day is dedicated to providing relevant training's for faculty and staff to promote professional growth and development. Below is the program from Professional Development Day 2019. The 2020 program is being planned. If you have an idea for a session or would like to submit a proposal to present, please use the following links:  Session idea   Proposal to present





 7:45 - 8:15 am

Registration and Refreshments SSC Foyer

8:15 - 10:00 am

Morning Session
President's Address
Judy Hoover Award for Excellence
An Equity Project Conversation: Finding a Common Value of Place

SSC Auditorium


10:00 - 10:15 am



10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Concurrent Workshop Session 1

Locations Vary


12:00- 1:00 pm

Lunch Hosted by the Combined Fund Drive

SSC Auditorium

Afternoon Sessions

Concurrent workshops encompass a variety of topics relevant to all employee groups
Workshops include option of 2 hour sessions (session 2) or 1 hour sessions (sessions 2a & 2b)


1:15- 3:15 pm

Concurrent Workshop Session 2

Locations Vary

1:15- 2:15 pm

Concurrent Workshop Session 2a

Locations Vary

2:30- 3:30 pm

 Concurrent Workshop Session 2b 

Locations Vary

3:45- 4:30 pm

Close of Program: Sundae Social, Raffle Prizes

SSC Auditorium

Finding a Common Value of Place

An Equity Project Conversation

Exemplifying strength and connection across communities, Lummi Elder Tahwee Thlot (Juanita Jefferson) and her longtime friend Beth Brownfield share stories of the past and present, and their vision for the future. Together, Juanita and Beth provide educational opportunities to deepen understanding, increase awareness of local indigenous culture, and create shared knowledge of our local lands.

Tahwee Thlot (Juanita Jefferson), a Lummi Elder, activist, and WWU alumnae (’84), dedicated her life to the betterment of her community. She has spent the past 50 years in over 40 leadership roles for Lummi, the Lummi Indian Business Council (1991-94), and the Bellingham community. Juanita continually strives to find ways to make the community safer and create opportunities for the younger generation. She treasures her roles as mother and grandmother most.

Working with indigenous peoples’ issues, Beth Brownfield has been an activist for the past 40+ years, serving Whatcom County and elsewhere. She demonstrates commitment to building bridges between original nations peoples and their neighbors.


The Equity Project (TEP) at Whatcom Community College unifies campus diversity programs and efforts under one theme and entity, promoting cross-divisional reach, participation, and solidarity. Utilizing the strengths of existing programs and people, and with a focus on student success, TEP works towards challenging systemic norms, building community, advancing equity, and enhancing effectiveness among faculty and staff.

Combined Fund Drive Fiesta Luncheon

Join the combined fund drive for their professional development day fiesta luncheon. Relax and enjoy good food, time with your friends and colleagues, while helping to raise money for WCC student scholarships! Tickets are available in the morning and during lunch.

What is the Combined Fund Drive (CFD)? The Washington State CFD is administered by the Office of the Secretary of State and is the State’s approved workplace giving program for public employees. Employee contributions may be made through payroll deduction (one-time or ongoing), cash, check, or credit card. Since its creation in 1984, Washington State employees have donated over $110 million to charity through the CFD! The mission of the Washington State CFD is “To empower Washington public employees and retirees to strengthen their communities through the funding and support of charities.”

If you are interested in learning more about WCC’s CFD, please contact Jennie Sabine at , 360-383-3367, or Laurie Starr at , 360-383-3225.

Close of Program: Sundae Social, Raffle Prizes

Join colleagues in the Syre Student Center to close the day with a sundae social and raffle prizes provided by the Sustainability Club and WCC Foundation. Networking to immediately follow. Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) - show off your mug in the morning to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free drink coupon on behalf of the Sustainability Committee. Recycle your name tag at 3:45 pm in SSC for your chance to win a raffle prize sponsored by the WCC Foundation. 

Thank you for your participation in today’s program!

The Professional Development Committee would like to extend a special “THANK YOU” to all of today’s presenters, the Equity Project Team, the Sustainability Committee, the WCC Foundation, and the Combined Fund Drive.

If you participated in Sustainability Committee’s “Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM)” initiative, THANK YOU!

Did you know that if 300 attendees at today’s event all brought their own mugs, we could prevent approximately 20 lbs of waste and 72 lbs of CO2 emissions? Just think what we could accomplish in a year of bringing our own mugs (source link)!  

"Try to leave the Earth a better place than when you arrived." Sidney Sheldon

Close of Program: Sundae Social, Raffle Prizes
Drawing for raffle prizes, the sustainability’s Bring Your Own Mug (BYOM) raffle, sundae social, and networking will immediately follow. Must be present to win!