Faculty and staff members from all IUP divisions completed a two-part professional development workshop series, with its overarching theme of “Innovative Approaches for the Holistic Learning and Development of Our Gen Z Students.”
on consecutive Fridays this semester (February 23 and March 2), both workshops provided
insight into the characteristics, perspectives, and experiences that define current
college students, nationally and at IUP. Additionally, innovative approaches to help address student concerns and issues, as well as nurture their learning and success, were also discussed.
Approximately 115 members of the IUP community attended the February 23 workshop, which was titled “Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT) at IUP: Applying the ACT Matrix across Generations of Students.” The event featured guest
speaker Stuart Libman, MD, a psychiatrist who explained how the ACT model can be utilized to build “psychological flexibility” among college students.
Presentations also included an “Overview of Our Students and Their Stressors, Generation Z,” by Zach Clark, as well as a panel discussion comprised of IUP faculty and staff, titled “Supporting and Responding to Students and Their Stressors at IUP.”
Approximately 80 individuals attended a follow-up workshop on March 2 titled “Student Success at IUP: Engage, Embrace, Elevate.” The day-long event began with a presentation titled “Our Generations of Students: Millennial, Z, and Alpha,” by Zach Clark.
Also included in the morning program was a panel discussion comprised of IUP staff and students titled “Who Are Our Student at IUP, and Who Will They Be?” The featured speaker was Jason Laker, professor at San Jose State University, who delivered
presentations on “Students in 2017 and Beyond: Teaching and Learning for High Impact and Engagement, and Diversity and Dissonance.”
The content for each workshop was intentionally designed to align with various strategies and tactics of IUP’s Strategic Plan, as well as to support the work of TOUR and the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, including the preliminary
Diversity Action Plan.
Additional information is available for both workshops:
Acceptance and Commitment Training ACT at
IUP: Applying the ACT Matrix Across Generations of Students
Student Success at IUP: Engage, Embrace,
The workshop series was sponsored by the Divisions of Student
Affairs and Academic Affairs, and the Center for Teaching Excellence.