current prompts: challenges and how you have added value as a supervisor during the pandemic?
doing 1 on 1s and check in twice week with the team
Woohoo! Welcome to the NIRSA family as an associate member, Marc/Bonobo! :)
00:43:00Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
Thanks Kelly! Proud to be back on board officially
We had a deaf black artist in Lincoln make t-shirts that said in words and sign language "Black Lives Matter" and he had so many requests for them that they had to stop producing them. What a great idea. Thanks for the reminder, Marc.
00:44:07Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
Excellent point Johanna! How to deal with the constant changes.. planning for the unknown. Should we putting so much energy into planning for things that could change at a moments notice. Many challenges indeed!
00:45:01Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
That's awesome Vicki! That's a great reminder that their are amazing people in our communities that we can learn from and collaborate with
I've made it a point to check-in on a personal level, not bringing up anything "work" related. Virtual burnout is REAL and has hit me HARD!
00:47:32Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
Justin - meeting staff when they need at their frequency is important. Some might need more or less time. It's okay that staff have different needs and that we facilitate those needs differently with each staff is okay.
00:47:36Victoria Lopez-Herrera (she/her)
Thank you for being authentic and real, Chelsea!
00:49:33Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
Jerrod - I once worked in an office space where regular meetings weren't really necessary because we all worked together in the same space and would do most meetings as pop ins and impromptu, sometimes as we wheeled our chairs into the hallway. Almost impossible to do that virtually and a great reminder of what is missed when we aren't doing casual interactions.
00:50:41Erin Patchett (she/her)
Introverts are amazing… :-)
00:50:48Erin Patchett (she/her)
but not in a large group!
00:51:20Victoria Lopez-Herrera (she/her)
I know it's hard to believe, I'm an introvert too!
Thanks, Ann! Great reminder.
00:51:58Ann Storey (she/her) Sheridan College
glad to hear there are some other introverts out there!
00:52:18Erin Patchett (she/her)
thanks Ann! We are asking all of our staff where they are at in terms of desire to come back and letting them take the lead .
Introvert, but miss people
We are asking everyone to commit to 20 hours/week in the office BUT we are flexible based on needs/personal concerns
Introvert here. Doing fine with staying in place and reducing meetings as much as possible.
00:54:40MC Martinez - Innosoft
I've been working from home for over 5 years, and WFH during a pandemic is not the same - even as an introvert. I can't sit by myself at a restaurant or shop for long/fun to be somewhere outside of my regular 4 walls at home. Normally it's awesome to WFH and socialize over the weekend :)
Lack of Transparency/Assumptions will be the end of us!
I spend check in meetings with staff (no work if possible) on phone calls in walking meetings - it's been a great break from Zoom. It's been helpful to get staff outside too
Extrovert here :)
00:57:55Ann Storey (she/her) Sheridan College
Love for all "verts" :) we need all of us to make things happen
00:58:17Erin Patchett (she/her)
new prompt: what have you learned about yourself as a leader during the pandemic? new skills, etc?
I learned I am really efficient working from home…
00:59:01Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
I learned I can snack anytime of day.
00:59:20Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
2nd, 3rd breakfast...
Marc unfortunately I already knew that
I have been able to eat healthier and exercise more at home... Have to be more intentional someday when we are back in the gym.
I've learned I am more flexible than I thought I was... recovering Type A personality :)
Karina, yes! same! who is included and who is left out? its tough.
Seeing it already. Thanks, Karina.
@Chelsea Holcombe I feel ya!
01:02:30Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
Great point Vicki - the cool thing is that our current work due to pandemic is just highlighting needs of communication, staff needs, etc that are also needed at regular times. Like you said - transparency, assumptions, check ins - always important - our situation just might change how, when and frequency of need.
01:02:37Victoria Lopez-Herrera (she/her)
Nice, Brooke! virtual high five
Great point Ryan, that is a huge struggle with all of the information coming down for us too
Vicki - have you read "Blink"? Validates your point of needing to see faces and reading microexpressions
Nice fur-baby, Hailey!
Aspen the wonder dog
Vicki - Great point. I have learned I listen more to body language than I thought initially thought.
01:06:11Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
How intentional are we in asking these needs of our staff and facilitating those needs - how we meet, communicate, conflict and feedback giving/receiving, time for reflection - is extremely important.
I agree, I prefer faces too, however, I am working on campus and do not have a camera on my desktop.
Some of us are multitasking and holding fidgety babies :)
True, Marc. And not just saying, "How are you?" as a greeting, but actually using it as a genuine question.
01:07:40Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
Yes Lance! Authentic listening
01:08:49Bob Gough W&M
Bob @ W&M to Vkki's comments... Many of us have the privilege of sight and hearing. Not being able to see a persons face is something many of our students deal with everyday. Many states will have face-covering requirements for indoor spaces when we reopen. It may be something to which we have to attempt.
01:09:32Bob Gough W&M
01:09:47Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
Excellent point, Bob.
Thank you Sophia!!!!! I'm not OK is important to say! Thank you!
01:10:25Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
Thanks for sharing Sophia
Thanks for sharing, Sophia!
Yes, Sophia! My heart is heavy too!
Thank you, Sophia!
Sophia, I wish that more of our staff and students had the courage to stand up and speak up as you did.
Sure @Michael Thomas
I've started wellness checkin calls to student staff just to say hello, see how life is going at this time, and remind them that I am here for them and hopeful to see them in the fall. I know universities are tasking calling recent freshman to make sure they stay in school, but the staff appreciate it too.
Our OASIS department has a regular activity called "Dish It Up" that meets to talk about issues that are affecting our students of color. This has been going on for about a year and a half. They usually get around 25-30 people each week, but this last one (on zoom) had 300 plus people interacting.
Wow Vicki that's awesome!
Great idea, Ben! Use our resources.
01:15:15Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
the EDI guide is an incredible resource: https://nirsa.net/nirsa/wp-content/uploads/nirsa-equity-diversity-inclusion-resource-guide-for-campus-recreation.pdf
Love you Jerrod!
01:16:34Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
It's okay to get emotional Jerrod!! Feel how you feel! Love ya!
Amen Jerrod. Love you buddy.
Thank you, Jerrod
love you Jerrod! Here for you buddy!
Love ya, Jerrod…
Thanks for sharing Jerrod. Love hearing your thoughts.
Jerrod thank you!
A lot of resources shared on the NIRSA Connect area for resources to educate yourself.
Racism is a white people's problem. We are responsible for doing the work.
YES, Tim ^^^
Telling people that you are not okay is really an act of bravery. We need to honor that.
Good point Jerrod. I appreciate you sharing that thought.
Here’s the email I sent out to our student staff…
Well it won’t let me copy and paste. Sorry, but I can send it to you all after the meeting
Thank you Erin, Lance and Victoria for opening this dialogue! I didn't realize some of the things I needed to get out. It felt great. Create space for people to be themselves!
Don't be afraid to check in on your former staff, and GAs as well. Some of our schools, programs and departments are not yet ready to address these topics or have stayed disturbingly silent.
01:25:51Erin Patchett (she/her)
Thank you for sharing Jerrod.
01:26:05Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
great point Greg
Thanks for bringing it today, Jerrod!
Also, think on this. as you are there for your staff, keep work and personally checking on folks separate! Anytime I've checked on the well being of staff, I try to do it through text and not through any outlet we normally use for work. It's helped!
01:29:23Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
That separation of communication method can help staff know what is work and what is personal so they can choose to address it in the way meaningful to them. Great point Jerrod.
Also keep in mind that your staff might not want to be your friend. They might not have any interest in your texting them - or sharing their personal feelings. But may feel an obligation to when their boss asks.
Got another call! Loved seeing you all. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
01:32:04Bob Gough W&M
Hello NIRSA! I'd like to have more of these sessions!
01:32:16Marc Iturriaga (he/him)
Thanks everyone for the sharing, wonderful facilitation and inspiring moments. #NIRSAfamily
Another call in a month or so would be great!
Truth to power, Erin. Jerrod and Sophia thank you for sharing.