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.

2017 Divisional Programs

2017-18 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. 

Additional Programs for Leaders and Supervisors

The sessions below are from the Center for Leadership Professional Development Programs. Register online and contact HR about program funds.

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.

September 21, 2017 | Maximizing Employee Engagement Through Recognition | 2 - 3 p.m.

Program Description

Recognizing employees is an important part of engaging, motivating and retaining employees in the workforce. In this session we will discuss different ways to recognize employees as well as how to recognize and why it is so important to employee engagement. "People work for money, but go the extra mile for rewards." - Dale Carnegie

September 21, 2017 | Communicating for Leadership Success

Program Description

Organizations need leaders who can do more and be more in order to succeed in today's complex environment. They need frontline leaders with strong interpersonal skills who can get things done by mobilizing and engaging others. This foundation course for most Interaction Management courses helps leaders communicate effectively so they can spark action in others.

The course teaches leaders the Interaction Essentials they need to handle the variety of challenges and opportunities they encounter every day in the workplace and beyond.

  1. Performance Objectives Helps leaders:
  2. - Achieve results through others by building strong interpersonal relationships.
  3. - Plan for successful interactions with team members─in person and virtually.
  4. - Provide meaningful, supportive feedback that motivates team members and helps individuals improve their performance.
  5. - Impact business outcomes by consistently meeting the personal and practical needs of others.
  6. Primary Competencies Developed - Building Partnerships - Communication - Emotional Intelligence Essentials - Managing Relationships Secondary Competency Developed - Influencing

September 28, 2017 | Strength Based Leadership | 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Program Description

Self-awareness is one of the most critical attributes of effective leaders. Most of us have been taught that success comes from being well-rounded. However, this is an unrealistic goal and one that leads to mediocre leadership. According to research conducted by Gallup, the most effective leaders invest in their own strengths, as well as those of their team, resulting in a 64 percent increase in employee engagement. As a part of this course, participants will complete the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment and begin to explore how they can leverage their personal strengths to become an effective leader.

October 11, 2017 | Navigating Difficult Conversations | 8:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Program Description

The cost of unresolved conflict is enormous. Productivity loss, employee turnover, an erosion of trust, lost time due to physical symptoms and communication breakdowns are just a few of the many consequences of managing conflict and communication challenges poorly. This interactive workshop helps participants build strong communication and conflict resolution skills. Participants will be introduced to tools such as the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument as well as techniques to increase their personal effectiveness.


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 skillsets, network, and build community. To register for programs, visit the Student Development Staff page on OrgSync. All Circle of Learning programs include lunch.


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. Register for the upcoming breakfast orientation sessions on September 21, 2017 and April 18, 2018 on OrgSync. 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.