Welcome to CSUCI's Training and Professional Development page.  We look forward to spending time with you.

CSUCI's Professional Development and Personal Enrichment (PDPE) Office supports CSUCI's academic mission by transforming the delivery of services through continuous improvements, providing a foundation that is knowledge driven, flexible in approach, and entrepreneurial in spirit. We are here to serve all staff with their professional development and personal enrichment needs.

Campus learning encompasses a variety of subjects that address employee’s professional and personal growth and provides management training of both professional and supervisory skills.  CSUCI is committed to offering educational support and training that provide opportunities for professional and personal growth, employee retention, development and succession. 

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Professional Development & Personal Enrichment (PDPE) Programs 

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Please RSVP for the April Workshops and the May Workshops listed below. (Remember to communicate attendance with your Supervisor)


Ability, not Disability | Tuesday, April 25, 9a.m. to 11a.m., Sage 2030

HR Basics - Why, Oh Why? Understanding Position Descriptions & Requisitions | Thursday, April 27, 10a.m. to Noon, Sage 2030

Mindfulness Monday | Monday, May 1, 4p.m. to 4:55p.m., Lindero 1776 (No RSVP required)

Managing Stress for Success | Thursday, May 4, 10a.m. to 11:30a.m., Sage 2030

Tech Talks Series: Phishing with Fisch | Tuesday, May 9, 10:30a.m. to noon, Sage 2030

Organizing Your Office Using Feng Shui | Thursday, May 11, 10a.m. to 11:30a.m., Sage 2030


 Please RSVP for the April Workshops and the May Workshops.

Ability, not Disability

Tuesday, April 25, 9a.m. to 11a.m., Sage 2030

Presented by Brittany Grice, Title IX and Inclusion Officer, and Robert Dennis, Graduate Student Assistant

As part of the ongoing Diversity & Inclusion Series, this training will discuss what it means to be a student, staff, faculty or administrator who identifies as having a disability on a college campus. As a means of connecting student development theory, university policy, school procedures and best practices, participants will discuss the four types of disability (physical, social, cognitive, emotional) and common misconceptions, microaggressions, and social stigmas which affect a diverse population commonly underrepresented on most college campuses.  This student-led presentation creates the opportunity for open discussion, Q & A, and features a takeaway activity for all attendees.


 HR Basics - Why, Oh Why? Understanding Position Descriptions & Requisitions

Thursday, April 27, 10a.m. to Noon, Sage 2030

Presented by Laurie Nichols, Senior Director Human Resources

Position descriptions and requisitions are a part of our everyday life on campus and often require multiple iterations by the preparer. This seminar will clarify the "whys" and provide the attendee with the knowledge and confidence to complete both forms successfully the first time and reduce the processing time, turning our "whys" into "wins"!


 Mindfulness Monday

Monday, May 1, 4p.m. to 4:55p.m., Lindero 1776

Facilitated by Holly Sacks, Mindfulness Facilitator

Mindfulness is awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.  Mindulness of thoughts, feelings, and phyical sensations, combined with cognitive interventions such as making changes to ineffective patterns of thinking, are useful tools for managing distress.  Participants will learn mindfulness practices designed to calm the mind and relax the body.  Whether you are a true beginner to meditation or are willing to have a beginner's mind, all faculty and staff are welcome. (No RSVP necessary.)


Managing Stress for Success 

Thursday, May 4, 10a.m. to 11:30a.m., Sage 2030

Presented by Ellen Contante, Optum, Inc. 

In this program, participants are provided with a brief overview of stress basics as well as practical suggestions for coping with stressful situations, especially as they occur in the workplace.  The concept of stress hardiness is addressed as a focus for healthy stress management.  The program provides tools that help reduce levels of employee stress and help better understand personal and organizational aspects of stress.  


Tech Talks Series: Phishing with Fisch

Tuesday, May 9, 10:30a.m. to noon, Sage 2030

Facilitated by Neal Fisch, Information Security Officer

Join Neal Fisch, CSUCI's Information Security Officer, in an informative series of cybersecurity tech talks.  Don't get reeled in by those shiny linking lures; you need to be aware of the multiple security issues that can arise when using technology. These presentations are group discussions focused on email phishing, social engineering and what you can do to help safeguard getting hooked! Employees who work with sstaff and/or student data are highly encouraged to attend. 


Organizing Your Office Using Feng Shui

Thursday, May 11, 10a.m. to 11:30a.m., Sage 2030

Presented by Pamela Abbott-Mouchou, Owner of Serendipity Consulting

Heard about the art of Feng Shui but didn't quite understand what it meant or how to use it? Well, in this workshop session you will receive an overview of Feng Shui and apply the principles of Feng Shui to your work space and other spaces and learn how to achieve your goals using these principles.

Please remember to RSVP for the April Workshops and the May Workshops.


Don't forget to Join our campus partners for upcoming events:

CI Food Pantry Donation Drive: From April 3 to May 1, donate non-perishable food and toiletries to the CSUCI Food Pantry.  For each item donated, receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing to win a CSUCI Swag Bag with a $25 Target Gift Card, CSUCI T-shirt, water bottle, snacks and other CSUCI goodies!  To receive raffle tickets, please donate all items directly to the CSUCI Food Pantry, located in Ojai Hall #1978 during operating hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. and Wednesday 1p.m. to 4p.m.).  For more information please contact Kaitlyn Cotton, Community Partner Coordinator at kaitlyn.cotton@csuci.edu.


 STIMULATE YOUR MIND AND BODY WITH  WEEKLY WELLNESS ACTIVITIES:

Yoga Fridays:  Located in El Dorado Hall.  Start your Friday mornings from 7:15 -8:30a.m. improving your cardiovascular fitness, balancing the nervous system and improving brain function with Himalayan yogic techniques.  Bring a yoga mat and water bottle.  Taught by Dr. Christina Pabers in sponsorship with CSUCI Wellness and Athletics. No RSVP necessary. 

Staff Zumba:  Zumba sessions will resume in April!  Dance along with great tunes and wonderful colleagues.  Zumba meets every Tuesday and Thursday in the Recreation Center Gym from 5:15 to 6:15p.m.  Taught by licensed instructor Lousie Siefert, in sponsorchip with CSUCI Wellness and Athletics.  No RSVP necessary.  


For questions, suggestions or collaborations regarding staff professional development, please contact:

Rachel Linares, Professional Development Trainer/Coordinator
Lindero Hall 2810 
Email: rachel.linares@csuci.edu
Phone: 805-437-8442