Professional Development

Student Affairs

Student Affairs

Professional Development Committee (SAPDC)



In alignment with our division mission the professional development committee for the Division of Student Affairs is devoted to finding avenues to empower our staff. The committee seeks to strengthen engagement by attending to wellness, community and skill development, career advancement and mentoring. 


Brie Escobedo, Student Services Senior Professional (Interim Committee Chair)

Alana Moran, Bookstore

Heatherlyn Hoffman, Health and Wellness 

J.B. Belzer, Intercollegiate Athletics 

Katie Engler, Family Development Center

Whitely Hadley, MOSAIC and LGBTQA+ Center 

Yvonne Weeres, Academic Advising 

Corinne Butler, Ent Center for the Arts

Please send any questions, comments and/or concerns to


SAPDC Diversity Training Program

The Division of Student Affairs is rolling out a new Diversity Training Program. The Diversity Training Program is aimed at broadening awareness of topics related to Diversity Equity and Inclusion across our division. The program will require that each UCCS university staff or classified staff employee in the Division of Student Affairs attend one training per academic semester totaling two trainings per calendar year per employee. The Professional Development Committee for the Division of Student Affairs will be gathering and sharing information about available events using the Student Affairs Website throughout the year.  

It will be each employee’s responsibility to attend two different events and record the events using a form on the VCSA website. An order for an event/training/program to qualify as a DEI training it must focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and have an interactive discussion component. Each employee will have a meeting with their supervisor to discuss the event(s) so that the event may be considered at the end of the employees evaluation cycle.

The form below is a guide for those supervisor meetings.  

Below you will find resources and questions to help guide your conversation with your employee. Please reach out to the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee for any questions or additional resources.  

 Tips for supervisors for Creating a Safe and Collaborative Conversation.  

·         Always keep your personal bias in check, your employee’s experience may be different from yours.  

·         Remember this is a learning experience, it is a process and a long-term conversation.  

·         This is also an on-going conversation; the goal is for this experience to be the start of a conversation. Communicate that you are open to more conversations.  

·         Be aware of your own limitations and refer your employees to campus and community resources.  

·         A great resource to start with is the MOSAIC office and Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion.


DEI Professional Development Training Form

DEI Event Suggestions


Questions, Feedback, and Resources for the PDC – email



Upcoming Fall 2023 DEI Training Events 


Please use this link to register -

The Veteran Educators Training and Support program (V.E.T.S.) is an interactive training session designed to provide faculty and staff with applicable information about the student veteran transition experience and strategies for understanding and helping veterans succeed academically.  Virtual or in person (In-person is capped at 15) 

Tuesday, September 26th 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Tuesday, October 24th 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Thursday, November 16th 11:00 am - 12:00 pm   


This link can be used to register for the following events.

The Inclusive Belonging Spotlight Series

The Division of DEI Presents: The Inclusive Belonging Spotlight Series. This series explores the impactful DEI efforts of UCCS departments, individuals, and organizations in Colorado Springs. Learn more about the DEI work that is happening and engage in insightful conversations on creating a deeper sense of inclusive belonging at UCCS.

 First Generation to Provost with Dr. Nancy Marchand-Martella
Friday September 15th 8:30am-10:00am - Dwire 204

UndocuPeer Workshop 

Wednesday, September 20th 10:00 am - MOSAIC and LGBTQ+ Resource Center (UC 110)

Being a Bilingual Professional (Career Panel) 

Wednesday, September 27th 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - T. Rowe Price Career Center

The Office of Sustainability with Konrad Schlarbaum - Inclusive Belonging 
Friday October 13th 8:30am-10:00am - UC122

Lydia Hill Institute for Human Resilience with Nicole Weis & Lisa Decker - Inclusive Belonging
Friday November 3rd 8:30am-10:00am - UC 122

Native American & Indigenous People's Heritage Month
Thursday November 2nd  9:00am-10:30am - Dwire 204
*Spring Dates coming later this fall

Faculty Spotlight- Dr. Jennifer Kling - Inclusive Belonging
Friday December 8th 8:30am-10:00am - UC 122

DEI Munch & Learn

The Office of DEI Education is launching a new interactive educational experience. The DEI Munch and Learn Series is focused around learning about monthly heritage and identity centric months. Participants will hear from a speaker, have the opportunity to engage in discussion, and enjoy themed food around the month.

Please register for the DEI Munch and Learn

DEI Munch & Learn Monthly Topics:

Dwire 204

Latinx Heritage Month 
September 22nd 11:00am-12:30pm

LGBTQ+ Identity Month 
Thursday October 12th 2:00-3:30pm

Disability Identity Month 
Friday October 20th 9:00am-10:30am


Upcoming Spring 2024 DEI Training Events 

You can register here for these events.

Knapsack Institute with Dr. Abby Ferber - Inclusiive Belonging
Friday February 9th 8:30am-10:00am

Center for Religious Diversity & Public Life with Dr. Jeff Scholes - Inclusive Belonging
Friday March 8th 8:30am-10:00am

Project Crest with Dr. Emily Skop - Inclusive Belonging

Friday April 12th 8:30am-10:00am

The Department of Social Work with Dr. Shannon Johnson - Inclusive Belonging
Friday May 3rd 8:30am-10:00am