Submit your questions for the RED Forum Town Hall
The fifth annual RED Forum will take place over two half-days on May 20-21, 2021.
On Friday, May 21, 2021 at 11:30am join RRC President and CEO Fred Meier for a Virtual Town Hall discussion.
Ask questions during the event or submit your questions in advance using the form here.
5th Annual RED Forum - Save the Dates!
RED Forum is an annual event focusing on Relationships, Education, and Direction and is geared towards greater engagement and more opportunities to network and to learn about on-going and new developments at our College.
Save the date for the 5th Annual Virtual RED Forum!
Two exciting half days full of keynote speakers, live and curated on-demand professional development sessions and a Virtual Town Hall with President and CEO, Fred Meier.
May 20, 2021 – 12:00pm – 5:00pm
May 21, 2021 – 8:30am – 1:00pm
Be sure to check Staff News regularly for updates over the coming weeks!
New Chair of Research in the School of Health Sciences and Community Services
The School of Health Sciences and Community Services is pleased to share that we have completed our competitive selection process for the position of Chair of Research. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Rob Santos as the new Chair of Research.
Rob has over two decades of leadership conducting applied research with a focus on knowledge mobilization. He has worked closely with Indigenous organizations and communities, immigrant and refugee community organizations, as well as with international partners. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology specializing in community psychology, early childhood development, mental health, population and public health, prevention science and policy, and program evaluation.
Rob is currently completing his professional certification and registration as a psychologist (C. Psych.) with the Psychological Association of Manitoba. We are very pleased and honoured to have Rob join the Research Department and School.
North Doors of the Roblin Centre are temporarily closed
The North doors of the Roblin Centre will be closed temporarily beginning Monday, May 10th. The doors will remain closed until the completion of the Elgin Plaza construction which is anticipated to be mid August. In the meantime, signage will be posted directing all visitors to the building to alternate exits on the West and East sides of the building.
Indigenous Celebration today at noon!
Our 21st annual Indigenous student celebration is moving online today at noon in lieu of Pow Wow! All are invited to tune into a Facebook live stream featuring special messages, stories and an array of performances on the Indigenous Education Facebook page to celebrate RRC’s Indigenous students. The event will feature messages from Elders, leadership, staff, students as well as special performances including Métis fiddling and jigging, chicken dancing, fancy shawl dancing, jingle dress dancing and more. No registration to watch is required.
RRC’s annual Pow Wow has been a point of pride for the College for over 20 years and has been a tremendous way to honour, celebrate, and make Indigenous culture more accessible for the College community. We are excited to create a place online that makes our students feel special, honours their achievements, and holds space for Indigenous culture and teachings.
RRC selected to join CICan Skills Compass program supporting Indigenous youth
We are proud to share with you that Red River College has been selected to become one of the five participating institutions to co-design and deliver the CICan Skills Compass program focusing on meeting the needs of Indigenous NEET youth. RRC’s experience delivering programs and services to Indigenous youth, as well as our strong connections with community-based organizations, were a determining factor in the selection process.
We would like to acknowledge and thank Marilyn Dykstra and Dennis Fournier from the School of Indigenous Education (SIE) for stepping up to be RRC’s representatives on the working group.
The Skills Compass program is a three-year program designed to help engage Indigenous and newcomer youth between the ages 18 to 30 years who are currently not in employment, education or training (NEET) to develop the essential life skills and career readiness they need to go back to school and prepare for a career.
Up to 150 young Canadians will directly benefit from the program by receiving the education and training tailored to their needs at one of the project’s partnering colleges and institutes. This includes work placements that allow participants to gain on-the-job training and work experience. Throughout the project, colleges and institutes will also work with community-based youth-serving agencies to provide mentorship, cultural supports and wraparound services to support retention and program completion for participating youth.
Communication Strategies: Repairing
This is the second in a series of posts covering the eleven communication strategies in the C-Skills Framework courses.
"Oops, my bad! Let's try that again ..."
We all make errors and missteps when we communicate. Sometimes our message isn’t very clear or concise, so we repair it to make ourselves understood and from that we learn to prevent the misstep in the future.
MSC invites you to read about the ways this strategy improves communication in our latest Staff Forum post: Communication Strategies: Repairing.
May LEARN Training Sessions
These training sessions will be held online via WebEx. Register for the training using the links below and you will be emailed a link to join the webinar.
- LEARN Training - Linking to content within your course - May 7th 2021, 12 pm -12:30 pm
- LEARN Training - Intro to LEARN pt. 1 - May 11 2021, 12 pm - 12:45pm
- LEARN Training - Intro to LEARN pt. 2 - May 13 2021, 12 pm – 1pm
- LEARN Training - Developing a course with the FODM course introductory package - May 14 2021, 12 pm – 1 pm
- LEARN Training - Quiz - Common Issues - May 26 2021, 12 pm - 12:30 pm
Spring 2021 LEARN training sessions offered through the Centre for Learning and Program Excellence. You can sign up for this session and more on the Faculty Development registration page or view a list of upcoming CLPE faculty development sessions.
Mediasite Skills Refresher
Join Murray Toews and eTV staff for a live presentation and Q & A via WebEx. This is a refresher of the MediaSite Desktop Recorder and we will answer specific questions to improve your online video presentations.
A “one on one” session can also be scheduled on either Tuesdays or Thursdays at the time of the refresher presentation.
- Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 1:50 to 2:50 PM - Sign Up Here
- Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 1:50 to 2:50 PM - Sign Up Here
- Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 1:50 to 2:50 PM - Sign Up Here
Other Learning Technologies Training sessions are also available.
Equal Learning Opportunities - CLPE News
CLPE published our latest CLPE News post this morning about Universal Design for Learning. We included some tips and ideas to make course materials and learning opportunities more accessible for all students.
"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides faculty and students with greater choice and multiple options for making learning more accessible, inclusive and fun! UDL is a set of principles for designing curriculum that provides all students with equal opportunities to learn, regardless of ability, disability, age, gender, cultural and linguistic background.
Universal Design for Learning seeks to remove the “one-size fits all curriculum” that creates unintentional barriers for many students. UDL improves accessibility for students with visible and hidden disabilities."
If you have a story to share and innovative work to highlight, contact Kristi in CLPE.
SUBSCRIBE to receive future issues of our CLPE News.
The Working Mind Virtual Employee Training
The Working Mind (TWM) Virtual is an evidence-based program designed to promote mental health and reduce the stigma around mental illness in the workplace.
The Working Mind is designed to:
- Increase your awareness of mental health;
- Reduce stigma and other barriers to care in the workplace;
- Encourage mental health conversations;
- Strengthen your resilience in order to maintain wellness;
- Help you support yourself and others
Note: In order to be eligible to attend a session, your manager must first attend the manager session.
Each TWM Virtual course is delivered by a team of certified facilitators and offers easily applied scenario-based lessons, videos that feature people with lived experience of mental illness, reference guides, and practical handouts. Training is completed over two mornings.
Our next session is May 13 (9:00-1:00) & May 20 (9:00-11:30). Click here to register.
If you have any questions, please contact Taryn Presley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for the 2021-22 ENVISION Leadership Program are opening soon!
The Organizational Development Department and the Leadership Development Steering Committee are pleased to invite all interested RRC employees to an upcoming information session about the ENVISION program.
ENVISION is a one-year leadership exploration program for RRC employees who are not presently employed in a formal management role and are interested in developing their leadership skills through a mix of classroom and applied on-the-job learning activities.
This is your opportunity to become versed in the core competencies for effective leadership in a collaborative, supportive environment of your peers. ENVISION is a significant and rewarding investment of your time that will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and ability to lead effectively with emotional intelligence and social awareness.
Please join us on Wednesday, May 12 to discover why the ENVISION Leadership Program may be the right choice for you at this point in your career at the College. Come to learn key information about the program, find out what to expect over the next year, and discover how to put together a successful application package that reflects your unique personality and skills.
The orientation session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend it live. A link to the recording will be available on the ENVISION page on the Staff Forum site after the session.
Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time: 12 (noon) – 1 pm
For more information about the goals, timeline, or process for applying to the program, please visit the ENVISION page.
If you or your supervising manager have any questions about ENVISION, please contact Melissa Goulbourne or Carrie Schaepe.
Join Today's Yoga Class at Noon
Join us for another live, online yoga class with Holly as your instructor.
As usual, participants will be able to see the instructor, however participants themselves will not be visible to others. So feel free to practice in your pyjamas or however you're comfortable.
Yoga With Holly
Time: Noon - 12:30pm
Location: WebEx, register here for today's May 7 session
If this time doesn't work for you, access recorded classes here.
Questions or comments regarding any of these sessions can be directed to Breanna Sawatzky, Mental Health Coordinator.