Published: May 6, 2022

Event is scheduled for Thursday, May 19, virtually and in person on Friday, May 20 

The state of higher education, personal and collective purpose, skill-building, and diversity and inclusion are all topics of conversation in the second annual College of Arts and Sciences staff summit.

The summit is scheduled for Thursday, May 19, from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. (virtual) and Friday, May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon (in-person) with an optional happy hour at 3:30 p.m.  

All members of the college’s staff are welcome to attend. Registration is required and is available at this link. Participation is optional, but we encourage all staff to attend relevant sessions, and we urge managers and chairs to support these professional-development and community-building activities.

Highlights include sessions on topics like the unique structures of higher education, DEI, wellness, professional development and networking. See a full agenda below.

The staff summit is an outgrowth of the college’s Be Heard initiative and its commitment to employee development and engagement. The Be SEEN: Staff Training and Mentoring working group is committed to providing staff more opportunities to connect and network by investing in professional-development opportunities such as this staff summit. 

How to attend:  

  • Please register for one or both days of the staff summit here.
  • Please be sure to include dietary restrictions for breakfast and indicate which one of the two breakout sessions (after breakfast) you would like to attend.

For questions, contact Erin Cunningham Ritter or Shelly Hammonds.



Thursday, May 19, from 8:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Location:  virtual via Zoom

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.    
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Bernadette Stewart, Assistant Dean of Culture & People 

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  
Keynote Presentation:  
Higher Ed: A Whole Different Animal
Merna Jacobsen, Associate Vice Chancellor and Interim Chief Human Resources Officer   

10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

Skill Building Breakout Sessions 

Session A
Monthly m-Fin Reports in CU-Data, Kristina Mendez, Learning Design Manager at the Office of University Controller (System)  

Session B
Student Reporting using CU-Data, Joey LaConte, Office of the Registrar  

Session C
Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness & Employee Tuition Benefit, Stacy Gomez, Julianna Smolka, Meredith Doherty, CU System - Employee Services

10:55 a.m.–11:05 a.m.  

11:05 a.m.–11:50 a.m
Leading in a Virtual Environment, Lauren Harris, Training & Development Manager  

11:50 –1:00 p.m.
Lunch Break

1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. 
Choosing Resilience: A Guide to Fortifying Emotional and Mental Wellness, Stanley Ly, MA, LPC, Director FSAP

1:45 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.

1:55 p.m – 2:40 p.m.
Why Students Persist and How You Can Help
, Erin Datteri & Daniel Easton, A&S Academic Advising and Coaching  

2:40 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

2:50 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.
Centering Liberation: Building a Foundation for critical DEI Engagement,
Ashley Grice, Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Friday, May 20 from 9 a.m. - noon

Locations:  Institute for Behavioral Science (IBS)
1440 15th St, Boulder, CO 80309
Grandview Cottage, 1320 Grandview Ave., Boulder, CO 80302  


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  
Location: IBS 

9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.   
Welcome and Opening Remarks – Bernadette Stewart, Assistant Dean of Culture & People  
Location:  IBS

9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.   
Updates: Renée Crown Wellness Institute & Mindful Campus Project

10:00 a.m. –  Noon
Concurrent Sessions:

Activity: Crafting Your Leadership Narrative, Dr. Patricia Gonzalez & Dr. Erin Cunningham Ritter, College of Arts & Sciences
Location: IBS Room 155  

Activity: Guided Campus Walk   
Host:  Bernadette Stewart, Kathy Noonan, Gavin Laing, College of Arts & Sciences CU Student Ambassador 
Location: Grandview Cottage

3:30 p.m.      
Happy Human Hour   
Host:  Bernadette Stewart  
Location: AVANTI F&B Boulder, 
1401 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO