Learning is part of our DNA.

Our programs incorporate real-world challenges that student affairs professionals face on a daily basis. Staff interested in participating in the Division's programs can register at OrgSync.

2018 Divisional Programs

2018 programs are under development. Contact Edel Jesse (ejesse1@udayton.edu) for more details. 

Runway Training

Visit the Runway Training website to see the training calendar and register for courses. 

Leadership is Everyone's Business
June 21, 2018 - Start Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Units Per Program: 1
Learning Objectives:  

1) Recognize how leadership is key to your ability to succeed in challenging situations. 

2) Identify your leadership strengths and areas for improvement.

3) Understand and implement the five practices of exemplary leadership

Program Description

Today’s — and tomorrow’s — most successful companies are creatively adapting to unceasing change and uncertainty by encouraging leadership at every level of the organization. The new competitive requirements — quality, innovation, customer responsiveness and flexibility — demand an organization filled with people taking the lead in improving processes, collaborating on products and responding appropriately to ever-changing markets. Managers, while struggling to get better results with fewer people and resources, are realizing that full participation is not "good"; it is critical. In this program participants discover how they have shown leadership in the past to meet business and personal challenges, allowing them to gain the confidence and skill to increase their use of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leaders on the job.

Advanced Problem Solving for Team Leaders: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
June 27-28, 2018 - Start Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Units Per Program: 2
Learning Objectives

1) Provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to lead effective Problem Solving teams.

2) Understand the five-step Lean Six Sigma problem-solving process called DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control). 

3) Understand when and how to use some of the most commonly used Problem-Solving tools and techniques.

Program Description

This two-day workshop was designed for supervisors and managers. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to lead Lean Six Sigma problem-solving teams that will help your organization’s bottom line. In addition, you will learn how to lead a team through the five-step Lean Six Sigma Problem Solving process called DMAIC in conjunction with some more advanced Lean Six Sigma tools. The one day Yellow Belt workshop is a prerequisite for this program.

Time Management and Personal Productivity
July 10, 2018 - Start Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Units Per Program: 1
Learning Objectives

1) Establish and schedule priorities.

2) Navigate common productivity obstacles.

3) Learning Objective 3: Engage others productively.

Program Description

As leaders advance in the organization, one of the things they quickly realize is the way they manage their time is in direct correlation with how successful they, along with their team, will perform. While this is easier said than done, many times individuals that have performed at a high-level struggle in transitioning to an advanced position in which they must delegate tasks, prioritize critical initiatives and effectively manage relationships. Learning how to invest your time wisely is a critical skill in the workplace, but it is one in which we do not spend a great deal of time trying to learn or master. How you do it, when you do it and why you do it can play a big role in how effective you are as a leader. This program will answer those questions and give you tactics that can be applied when you return to your organization. Participants will be exposed to some valuable tools that will help create an immediate impact on time management and personal productivity.

Negotiating for Postive Results
July 25, 2018 - Start Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Units Per Program: 1
Learning Objectives

1) Understand the ubiquity of negotiating in our daily lives, and the differences between distributive and integrative negotiations. 

2) Understand how our cognitive biases shape the way that we negotiate.

3) Understand the complexities of negotiating in a team or multiparty setting. 

Program Description

People negotiate every day. It may be with customers, vendors, colleagues, a boss, or employees. Whether it’s allocating resources for a project, funding a new initiative, or agreeing on who will take on specific tasks, negotiation is at the heart of the process. This hands-on session offers a step-by-step guide to effective negotiation. Now, you can begin to master the skills needed to become a win-win negotiator.

Effective Decision Making
August 16, 2018 - Start Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Units Per Program: 1
Learning Objectives

1) Learn four distinct styles of decision making and when to apply them. 

2) Learn to apply a proven six-step decision-making model.

3) Understand various tools that will aid in decision-making.

Program Description

When was the last time you or your team sat down and evaluated the lessons learned from either a great decision or a bad decision? Managers, employees, and teams are constantly making and implementing decisions, but few examine the process and assess the quality of their decisions. In today’s business environment, the impact of a poorly made decision can be costly. On the other hand, a great decision can produce results that will move an organization forward. This one-day program gives participants a process and tools for making effective decisions. This program utilizes group exercises, movie clips, real-world examples and a team case study to help participants analyze and improve their decision-making skills.

Going from Peer to Supervisor
August 28, 2018 - Start Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Units Per Program: 1
Learning Objectives

1) Understand the issues and challenges of transitioning into a supervisory role. 

2) Address how to handle some of the common challenges presented to new supervisors. 

3) Become equipped to manage self and team through transition.

Program Description

This high-energy, interactive workshop guides participants through the transformation from individual contributor to leader. Through small group exercises, group discussion, and role-playing, we will explore the strategies, behaviors and critical interactions that help assure an easier transition through this essential rite of passage for those who want to advance into management.

Leading Change at the First Level
September 19, 2018 - Start Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Units Per Program: 1
Learning Objectives

1) Differentiate between change and transition. 

2) Employ Bridges Transition Model and the Change Curve to anticipate personal responses to change. 

3) Apply the 4-Step Change Process and Gilbert’s Behavioral Engineering Model to proactively manage change and transition.

Program Description

 It is common knowledge that dealing with change while remaining productive is difficult. Now you not only have to deal effectively with change yourself -- you are now in a leadership position, and others are looking to you to help them with change. Leading major change is not the same as leading day-to-day operations. In this program, we will explore the patterns that differentiate great change leaders, focusing on the complicated role of the front-line leader who must follow and lead simultaneously.

Leading the New Workforce: The Millenials
September 21, 2018 - Start Time: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Units Per Program: 1
Learning Objectives

1) Gain an understanding of the cultural shifts in this generation.

2) Learn how to engage employees and build organizational culture.

3) Equip those who manage millennials with ways to effectively lead and empower a team.

Program Description

By the year 2020, the millennial generation will comprise nearly half of the workforce. This generation brings a new set of values, attitudes and work styles to the office, which can be unfamiliar with a traditional work environment. Managers struggle to find ways to effectively communicate and motivate this fast-paced and tech-savvy generation of employees. Participants will learn strategies to lead, motivate and retain the millennial workforce. This program will also provide participants with an understanding of this generation’s cultural dynamics and gain insight on how to engage and communicate with millennial employees.

Additional Programs for Leaders and Supervisors

Student Development leaders and supervisors are encouraged to consider attending programs through the Center for Leadership. To register, contact HR Learning & Development at 229-2541 or visit the site


Circle of Learning: Administrative Support Staff

The purpose of the Circle of Learning is for administrative staff to share interests, create new knowledge, collaborate, enhance skill sets, network, and build community. To register for programs, visit the Student Development Staff page on OrgSync. All Circle of Learning programs includes lunch.

Fall 2018 circle of learning sessions are coming soon.


Contact April Graham if you have any questions. 

First Year Ongoing Orientation Programs

First session: Welcome and tour of the division, within 2 weeks of hire. Facilitated by department or office.
Focus: Developing awareness of the different departments and resources within the division.

Second session: Overview of Division of Student Development, held in the spring and fall semesters (attend one).
Focus: Increasing involvement within the division and short evaluation.

The Division of Student Development offers a 1.5-hour new staff orientation program twice per year to welcome new staff and offer important information to help them be successful in their new roles. The dates will be coming soon. The orientation program includes:
  • Networking with other staff members and student development leaders
  • Information on the departments and offices that comprise the Division and the students we serve
  • An introduction to the Diversity Strategic Plan and how the multicultural framework is used within the Division
  • An introduction to the assessment tools and resources available, budget planning, administrative resources, OrgSync platform, and news digest to help staff be successful
  • An opportunity to learn about the University's Catholic, Marianist values and the values and mission of the Division as well as how the Commitment to Community is an important component of the Division's work
Third session: Overview of campus community initiatives, staff spring and fall forums (email from human resources).

Focus: Expanding knowledge of University and strategic initiatives, including evaluation of acclimation and engagement.