University Life Professional Staff Development and Engagement remains committed to the staff experience during the COVID 19 response and our work in a virtual environment.  The professional development and engagement committees have developed initiatives to allow staff to choose to engage in a variety of initiatives from home and is providing resources for use as needed in various aspects of work and personal life.  Your health, safety and well-being are the top priority and we hope the initiatives and resources provided will create more positive experiences for you during this challenging time.


NEW LEAD Ted Talk Library: Check us out!

On behalf of the LEAD Office, we are excited to share our new LEAD Ted Talk Library with you all.  With the help of many amazing colleagues, students, and educators, the LEAD Office is happy to share a virtual library of leadership related Ted Talks that focus on the following student learning domains for University Life:

  • Practical Skills
  • Global and Multicultural Inclusion
  • Interpersonal Competence
  • Social Responsibility
  • Identity Development
  • Well-Being

LEAD’s Ted Talk Library is designed to share incredible Ted Talks from across the world focused around these student learning domains. We have also included a few reflection questions for each video category focused on the specific domains. You can use these videos and discussion questions to spark great discussions with your students, professional staff, or just for yourself. We are continuing to develop and enhance our digital library and we will have some cool new ideas to share over the next few weeks.

Feel free to share any of your Ted Talk recommendations with us. Leadership is a broad field so please consider a wide array of themes, not just the student learning domains listed above.

Link to LEAD’s Ted Talk Library: https://lead.gmu.edu/tedtalklibrary/

Resources for Supervisors

You can access the PDF version of the flyer here

Top Ten COVID-19 List of Anxiety Reduction Strategies

Dr. Rachel Wernicke recommended this link with resources to help us deal with anxiety during this difficult time

Upcoming Virtual Events

On behalf of the Community Building and Service Committee (as part of UL Professional Development), we are working together to provide ways to stay connected virtually and engaged as a community.

Mason’s Burnalong Program

Join your colleagues in Mason’s BurnAlong program. The Burnalong platform offers on-demand well-being classes and programs on many topics, from physical fitness to mindfulness meditation. Join anytime at: https://fit.burnalong.com/gmu/

Online Mindulness Sessions

Experience relaxation, mindfulness and community
Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays: 12:00 – 12:45pm
Webex meeting number: 643 418 425
Password: Gmi4YX2pF5s