Wellness Seminar Series for Faculty and Staff

Human Resources partners with Cascade Centers, our employee assistance provider, and campus departments to offer wellness seminars for faculty and staff.
Each seminar focuses on a different aspect of personal well-being or an important campus topic and is free of charge. Other important information about wellness seminars:

  • They will be broadcast live via a webinar to UO Portland and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston.
  • Following each seminar, a recording of the presentation will be posted to the HR website.

Previous wellness seminars are available for viewing on the Recorded Wellness Presentations webpage.


Preparing Your College Bound Student Series

Mother and son arriving at college

Empty Nest Syndrome: Tips to Manage your Feelings When Your Child/Children Leave Home

Empty Nest Syndrome occurs when parents experience feelings of loss or sadness when their child/children leave home. HR has partnered with UO's Counseling Center to help employees learn more about Empty Nest Syndrome and ways to cope with these feelings during this time of change.  A panel of parents who have managed to navigate this change will be on hand to answer questions.

Thursday, March 21st
Noon - 1:00 PM
Allen Hall Room 221

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Exploring Ways to Move Past Implicit Bias

In an emotionally charged political environment, it’s easy to make snap judgments, take the news that one agrees with at face value, assume the worst about the news we don’t like and fall back on stereotypical thinking. A key to achieving critical thinking and sound judgment is understanding biases, according to Erik Girvan, Associate Professor at the University of Oregon's School of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Conflict & Dispute Resolution Master's Program. People need to understand how those biases affect them and some of the ways they counter them.
In his campus presentations, Girvan asks a basic question: How can people's race, sex, age and other characteristics influence the way others see and treat them even when they are genuinely trying to be unbiased? By addressing the concept of implicit bias, he explores how the brain naturally perceives, categorizes and draws inferences about the world, including other people. From there, he provides guidance for how to reduce or eliminate those rumblings in the brain.
In this wellness seminar, Girvan will expand his talk with a broader set of issues, including partisan polarization and the assumptions that people tend to make about those that they disagree with.

Thursday, April 11th
Noon - 1:00 PM
Lawrence Hall, Room 115

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