Free Tickets Now Available for Second City Works Keynote Event on April 9

Posted on 3/28/2019 1:36:53 PM

Free tickets for the Chicago’s Second City Works Keynote program, “Leading the Change by Being Others Focused” on Tuesday, April 9, are available now.

The keynote address is from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex Toretti Auditorium.

Tickets are available at the following locations (note: best times for most offices are 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.):

  • Office of the Provost, 205 Sutton Hall
  • Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement, Elkin Hall
  • College of Health and Human Services, 216 Zink Hall
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 305 Weyandt
  • Department of Theatre and Dance, 104 Waller Hall
  • Department of History, 304 Humanities and Social Sciences Building
  • Office of Social Equity and Title IX, B-17 Delaney Hall

All employees are encouraged to attend with supervisor approval. Employees will not be required to enter leave to attend the keynote event. Employees also are encouraged to share this information with students and encourage student attendance.

The keynote address has been specially developed for IUP and is designed to help attendees:

  • Gain a concrete understanding of actions you can take to create a more inclusive community
  • Listen and respond more empathetically (especially when you might not agree with the other person)
  • Use an improv approach to be nimble, flexible, and adaptable when you aren't sure how to respond (or when your emotions start to take over)
  • Gain tactics for stepping into difficult conversations around inclusion and for helping others to do so, too
  • Understand and communicate the difference between Intent and Impact

Tickets for this event are available for free because of the generous contributions made by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Women’s and Gender Studies, the IUP Free Speech Project, and Cook Honors College.

Second City Works is the professional services arm of the world-renowned Second City comedy theater (where Tina Fey, Jordan Peele, Steve Carell, and Keegan-Michael Key got their start).

In addition to the keynote, three-hour interactive workshops will be held April 9 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and April 10 from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., both in the great room of the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement (Elkin Hall).

All programs are free and open to the community, but preregistration is requested for the workshops, which are limited to 50 persons.

“This program is a very unique approach to the topics of diversity and inclusion,” Stephanie Taylor-Davis, director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and chair of the Second City Works planning committee, said.

Taylor-Davis noted that this program, while appropriate for all members of the university community, is also an important tool for helping to prepare students to work and live in a diverse world.

“Employers tell us that they want graduates who have those soft skills related to the ability to communicate and to work with all different types of people,” she said. “This program offers an opportunity to develop and to practice those skills through the improvisational nature of this program.”