Avoiding Conflict? Tips for Managers

20 07 2015

conflictI liked this article, as the author admits to being part of a “secret society” of people who like to avoid conflict.  The majority of people I know are the same way, which can be pleasant, but in the workplace it can also lead to simmering tensions and diminished engagement.  This article suggests some ways to address that, both as an individual contributor and as a leader.

Interesting and worth trying!  If you have any success trying these (or if you tried and they didn’t work at all!) please comment.  Your experience and insights bring such theory to life.

To read the whole article, click here.

Image courtesy truecolorworkshops.com


Guy Kawasaki on Campus July 23

17 07 2015

Guy KGuy Kawasaki is the “Chief evangelist” of Canva, an online, graphics-design service.  He is also a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation and Executive Fellow at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.  He is the author of “The Art of the Start, 2.0;” “The Art of Social Media;” “Enchantment;” and ten other books.

He will be speaking on “The Art of the Start: Turning Ideas into High-Growth Businesses” on Thursday, July 23 from 6-7PM in the Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library on campus.

Open to the public; free admission!


Image courtesy buzzquotes.com

Workplace Coaching: August 8

16 07 2015

coachingDo you need a half-unit class?  Alicia Santamaria will be offering Workplace Coaching on Saturday, August 8.  As a half-unit class, it meets just for one day, from 9-5.

Alicia is a wonderful instructor and you are sure to learn a lot while enjoying an interesting day.

If interested, see your adviser!

image courtesy:  rainmentoring.net.au

Welcome to Summer Term II!

6 07 2015

doorWelcome to the second term of summer classes!  We hope that you had a safe and fun July 4 weekend.

Our Wednesday Mission College class will meet in the same location – the President’s conference room.  Your instructor is new to that classroom, so please show him around.  You’ll welcome two new students to the class, too.  Have fun!

The Tuesday Human Services class with Ralph Barsi will be in Cuvilly 7.  Cuvilly is freshly remodeled; enjoy!

The Thursday Managing EAPs class with Ralph Barsi will be in Cuvilly 1.

For other classes that begin this week, check your course schedule on The Portal or check in with us in Tabard.  We’re glad to show you where to go and it is always nice to see you.


Mental Health Policy Blog: Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness

22 06 2015

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Below is a link to San Mateo County’s Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Blog, which is a forum for discussing policies and issues related to mental health and substance use in our area. See also their current campaign, “Be the One,” for individuals committing to fight the stigma around mental illness. Good resources for those interested in the field of mental health!

Courtesy of Jessica DiVento, NDNU Counseling Services 
Images courtesy smchealth.org and smcbhrsblog.org

Latino Board Leadership Academy Announcement

10 06 2015

Hispanic FoundationHave you ever considered serving on the Board of Directors for a nonprofit?  If yes, you need to apply for the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA).  In May, 2015, the Hispanic Foundation graduated the fifth academy and over four years has graduated over 200 fellows, 75% of whom have been appointed to various boards.

In partnership with the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits; CompassPoint; Notre Dame de Namur University ; and the  University of Phoenix; our Foundation is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for our first Latino Board Leadership Academy to be held in San Mateo County.

The LBLA is a comprehensive program designed to recruit, train, and assist in placing Latinos on nonprofit boards whose missions best match their personal interests.

Please click here for an application and full description of the LBLA.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. (PST) Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested in applying for the San Mateo County LBLA program.



TONIGHT: Art Show and Dessert Reception

9 06 2015

Bette-Maisel14-200x300“We The People,” a multimedia exploration of homelessness in the Bay Area was created and will be presented by NDNU graduate Bette Maisel.  She will be speaking, as will Monique Hunter, one of our Human Services students.  This is free; the art will be for sale and donations are welcome; they will go to the artist’s year of service in Africa and to support the women of St. Vincent de Paul’s Catherine Center.

Tonight, Tuesday, June 9.  7PM, at the Gellert Library.

Find the flyer here

And a more detailed description from event sponsor Jim McGarry:

We want to invite you to a special event coming up at 7pm on Tuesday evening, the 9th of June, in our Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Library on the NDNU Campus.
Bette Maisel ’15, a Bonner AmeriCorps participant, Associated Student Body Vice President and well-known leader and creative presence around our campus, will be talking about her art on display in the library, which is based on her field work in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Her work will also be on sale to help support her post-grad year of international community engagement in Tanzania.
Speaking as well that night will be Monique Hunter, ’16. She will be representing our community partner, St. Vincent de Paul’s Catherine Center. This is also an opportunity for you to support our Sr. Dorothy Scholarship Fund, which helps graduates of this spiritually-based Restorative Justice program attend NDNU and finish their studies efficiently as they rebuild their lives.
If you prefer to make donations online, you can support Bette’s work at the “Go Fund Me” site here: http://www.gofundme.com/uwb2v8 You can also contribute to the Sr. Dorothy Scholarship Fund for graduates of Catherine Center online through the NDNU website here (you will see “Sr. Dot Scholarship” under the “Scholarship” Drop down menu.) https://campusportal.ndnu.edu/ics/Alumni_and_Friends/Welcome_Alumni_and_Friends.jnz?portlet=Online_Giving
We are hoping to see you on June 9th. Thanks in advance for your generosity.
Jim McGarry
Director, The Sr. Dorothy Stang Center
for Social Justice and Community Engagement


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