This January, the Office of Housing, Residential Living, and Dining conducted its annual Winter Workshop training for the student staff. This year's training included a new Diversity Behind Closed Doors where student staff members were put through scenarios where their "residents" were working through difficult life issues related to diversity. The staff members had to help the "residents" work through them.
There was also a whole morning spent with the diversity peer educators from Pablo Mendoza's office. The morning was spent focusing on issues of ability, race, and sexual orientation.
A Winter Workshop staple was the featured movies dealing with an array of topics. Every year, the staff members watch movies and documentaries to engage in current issues and discuss the trends in higher education. This is always a time spent challenging the way students think and react to their surroundings.
Lastly, the Winter Workshop Committee always plans a service activity. This year's service activity was a trip to St. Andrew's Village, a continuing care facility. While at St. Andrew's Village, the staff were able to play BINGO with the residents, sing and play instruments, and deliver handmade paper flowers to the whole community. It was truly enriching to see the students' and residents' faces light up all afternoon.