Professional Enrichment Day 2020 Part 2 – Nov 13, 2020

Professional Enrichment Day 2020

Part 2 - Friday, November 13, 2020

The overarching goal for Professional Enrichment Day 2020 is:
To explicitly engage with the principles of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Wellness to realize everyone's personal and professional potential, in service to the community and our common mission.

Systemic racism and social injustices exist in our community. We invite you to acknowledge and transform these injustices by broadening and deepening your own habits of the mind, heart, and hands. We must open our minds to understand each other’s perspectives. With our hearts, share empathy and compassion for one another. With our hands, engage in intentional practices to build the respectful, inclusive community in which everyone feels safe, welcome, and supported. Only by strengthening our solidarity as a community of staff and faculty can we most effectively deliver the transformative learning experiences to the students we serve.

Building on the foundations already in place at Samuel Merritt University and on the collective commitment we made in Professional Enrichment Day (PED) Part 1, PED Part 2 will facilitate a deeper exploration of systemic racism and its impact our university’s mission. To support our work, a keynote address and Q&A session will be delivered by Brooke Gregory, Vice President of Pacific Educational Group and an expert in the Courageous Conversation™ Framework for Systemic Racial Equity Transformation. In addition, SMU’s DEI Task Force will present the revised DEI Strategic Plan. You will have an opportunity to connect, reflect, and dialogue with other members of the SMU community in breakout sessions. A range of wellness practices will be introduced and infused throughout the event to support our work. 

Please join us for this important work. 

About the Keynote Speaker

Speaker Brooke GregoryBrooke Gregory is the Vice President of Pacific Educational Group (PEG), a consulting firm committed to forging racial equity through using the Courageous Conversation™ Protocol to understand and discuss race explicitly. Brooke has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, leader, and mentor. She recently retired from her position as the Chief of Strategic Initiatives for Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) in Colorado where her leadership helped to initiate, deepen, and sustain the systemic racial equity work that continues to be a cornerstone in CCSD today.  Since joining PEG in 2019, Brooke works primarily with the higher education and corporate teams.

Brooke completed undergraduate work in English Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and graduate studies in education at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Continuing Education Units

The PED Planning Committee is pleased to offer CEUs to nursing and occupational therapy professionals. If you wish to receive CEUs for attendance at PED Part 2, please complete the “sign in” and “sign out” surveys for your respective professions. Your certificates will be emailed to you within 4 weeks after the event.

  • The Nursing sign in and sign out links and evaluation have expired. Contact your program chair for assistance with this.
  • The OT sign in and sign out links have expired. Contact your program chair for assistance with this.

For your portfolio, please refer to the overarching goal statement provided above. Specific learning objectives are provided below:

  1. Articulate why DE&I and Wellness are important for realizing potential, both personally and within the SMU community 
  2. Identify strategies to initiate conversations about and the practice of DEI and Wellness
  3. Create two personal goals that embody DEI and/or Wellness principles in order to nurture a healthier SMU community

eBook Resource

Digital copies of Courageous Conversations About Race, Second Edition, are available to the SMU community courtesy of the SMU library. 

Recording of the Event

We realize that some of you have schedule conflicts that preclude you from attending. To make this professional enrichment day accessible to all, we will record the event except for selected breakout sessions. Recordings can be accessed post-event on this webpage. 


The following activities were recorded:  

  • Welcome Address
  • Wellness Practice, Update from BeWell SMU, SMU’s Revised DEI Strategic Plan
  • Keynote
  • Breakout Session "Integrating Culturally Responsive Design"
  • Breakout Session "Gender Inclusive Clinical Practices and Lessons Learned in the HSSC"
  • Closing and Wrap-up, Our Community’s Hopes, Dreams, and Aspirations, Closing Announcements, Wellness Practice 

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Time / Activity RecordingsActivity

09:00 -  09:10
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Welcome by President Ching-Hua Wang

09:10 - 09:15
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Wellness Practice by Paulina Van

09:15 - 10:15
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KeynoteRacial Equity in Higher Education 

Brooke GregoryBrooke Gregory,
Vice President
Pacific Educational Group

This keynote will offer guidance to apply and deepen intra and inter-racial dialogue, and to align personal, professional and organization racial equity priorities in safe and authentic ways. Brooke Gregory will share insights gained from her extensive experience as a leader and consultant addressing racial inequity in education. This session will include a Q&A with the speaker.

Download Resource
Digital copies of Courageous Conversations About Race are available through the SMU library

10:15 - 10:25


10:25 - 11:00
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11:00 - 11:10Break

11:10 - 11:55
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Introduction to Concurrent Breakout Sessions by all facilitators
Session Not Recorded

Unpacking Our Keynote: Racial Equity in Higher Education 
This session will provide space for PED participants to continue dialogue about the keynote speech by Brooke Gregory of Pacific Educational Group. Participants should expect a facilitated open and informal discussion format.  In addition, participants should plan to leave the session having identified one actionable item, personal or professional, that evolved from the content addressed during the keynote speech. 

Che Abram, Carmen Ward-Sullivan

Session Not Recorded

Restorative Practices 2.0:  Moving from Implementation to Integration
This session will provide participants the opportunity to explore tangible approaches to using Restorative Practices in their respective professional spheres of influence.  We will further 
incorporate the “RePAIR Model” highlighting the process of restoring professional accountability in relationships.

Facilitator: Marcus Penn
Chat Moderator: Cynthia Stacy

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Restorative Practices in the Workplace 

Session Not Recorded

Reflections through Creative Expression      
This breakout session will provide participants with the space to reflect on the current climate using arts-based interventions. This space will support the process of reflection and creativity using old and new technologies. You may bring whatever writing/art utensils you have access to (pen, paper, pencil, coloring tools, etc.). All levels are welcome. 

Facilitator: Uzo Nwankpa
Chat Moderator: Shawna Holbrook

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Integrating Culturally Responsive Design 
In this breakout session, we’ll discuss the importance of integrating DEI principles into curriculum and/or project design based on psychology and neuroscience research, and key conversations by visual artists.  We’ll explore strategies on how to integrate DEI principles and invite faculty and staff to share their own strategies, challenges and outcomes when taking these steps.

Facilitators: Rhea Kimpo, Elba Rios 

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References on Neuroscience 
Reference on Design

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Gender Inclusive Clinical Practices and Lessons Learned in the HSSC
During this breakout session we will share gender inclusive practices and resources you can begin using and sharing. We will also share lessons learned in the HSSC as we work towards promoting gender inclusive practices in our faculty, staff, standardized patients, and students.

Facilitators: Ajitha Nair, Lauren O’Niell, Anglyn Sasser, Rachel True

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Reference Links 
Breakout Session Slides

11:55 - 12:05Break

12:05 - 12:30
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Our Community’s Hopes, Dreams, and Aspirations
Closing Announcements
Wellness Practice by Richard MacIntyre