Breakout Session 2

Below you find information for the sessions that were held during Breakout Session 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 4-5:15 p.m.


Active Office Workshop            

TJ Hall

If you work in an office setting, it can be hard to get in enough movement during the day. Learn about the importance of physical activity and how you can combat the aches and pains of a desk job with this interactive session. We’ll start by discussing ideas to get active, the physiology behind common injuries, and how to set up your workstation ergonomically. Then we will complete a desk-stretching routine that you can take back to your office and perform anytime you need to get up and move.   

Presentation Slides

Desk Setup and Stretches


Coaching...its Not Just for Sports

Kristi Evans                

Have you ever been a coach? Chances are that you have, and you don’t even know it. Most of us use coaching all the time in our classrooms, in our offices, at home and with our communities. In this session we will explore aspects of coaching and how to coach participants and partners to make changes. If you have taken this training before, it will be re-vamped with some new activities to create practice and dialogues.      


A Conversation with the MSU Extension Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist and Learn about Relationship Building for Sustained/Authentic Work with Michigan Diverse Populations - Part 2

Imelda Galdamez; Dionardo Pizana

Relationships can be complex, joyful, and rewarding.  Creating and sustaining relationships across differences is a part of everyone’s work and supports us with our DEI commitment statement of “We work together to ensure that programming is delivered to diverse audiences, produces equitable impacts for all participants, and demonstrates partnership and inclusion for all groups.”  During this session, you will get the opportunity to hear from our new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist Imelda Galdamez with the goal of building a relationship with her as a resource person in this important work followed by  a brief Q&A. Participants will also get a chance to engage in an interactive process to better understand the skills and competencies that can lead to more trust based, connected and authentic relationships across differences.
Those attending this session must register for Part 1 and Part 2.


Getting the Most Out of Advisory Boards              

Darren Bagley; Roxanne Turner; Janelle Stewart

Many Extension staff work with Advisory Groups in the form of councils, boards, and committees (commodity groups, human service collaboratives, district councils, 4-H advisory groups, etc.).  This session will teach you how to work with these groups effectively and troubleshoot common problems.     


Identify and Maximize Your Strengths – Part 2

Danielle Hook

Living your best life begins when you tap into your unique talents, and it starts by completing the CliftonStrengths Assessment. The assessment identifies your natural patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, so that you can discover what makes you exceptional and maximize your potential. After completing the online assessment prior to the course, you will attend this program to receive your results and explore what you naturally do best, identify the impacts of those talents on your work and relationships, and determine how to further develop these areas to be most successful. With new self-awareness, and a new language for understanding and expressing what you do best, research has shown that you will be more likely to feel confident, achieve goals, and feel energetic and engaged. Who doesn’t want that?

Those attending this session must register for Part 1 and Part 2. This session will run until 5:30 p.m. Attendees must also complete an assessment prior to the session during FEC.


Inclusive Practices in Planning, Delivering, and Debriefing an Educational Program                   

Anne Baker

Reflect on how instructors, trainers and educators can apply concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion in the development and facilitation of educational program. Using discussion, dialogue, and videos developed with MSU’s Transforming Theatre Ensemble, this session will equip you with practical DEI strategies for developing and delivering more inclusive educational programming.  


Listening Across Differences  

Jonathon Novello

Session description coming soon.


Self Care: Please Attach Your Own Mask Before Helping Others           

Sandra Westover

At MSU Extension, we are in the business of helping others. Because of this, it’s important that we also help ourselves.  Are you taking care of you?  In this session, we will examine what self-care is and how it can help you personally and professionally.  Self-care may not look the same for everyone, and to count as self-care, the behavior should promote health and happiness for you.