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Professional Development

The office supports the professional development of administrators and support staff toward Vassar’s mission of providing an inclusive residential liberal arts education. The Senior Associate Dean of the College works with division personnel to foster affirming work-learning communities to enhance capacity building toward supporting diverse student communities, along with promoting inclusive leadership and well-being amongst employees.


Introduction to Gender Inclusivity and Pronouns

October 30 and November 2.

For Dean of the College division office support staff members.

A “no-question-too-small” introduction into the world of gender diversity and inclusivity. Participants will leave with the ability to understand the difference between particular identities and terminology, the ability to use and ask for diverse gender pronouns, and how to continue your own self-education on the topics discussed.  In our critical roles as the first faces in many offices, we have the opportunity to make all of our students feel supported and understood for who they are. For Dean of the College office support staff members.

Facilitated by Capria Berry, Director of Transitions and Michael Drucker, Associate Director of Residential Life.

Contact the office at brvasqueztavarez@vassar.edu for more information.  Advanced registration required.

The Power of You: Women Taking the Lead

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
(Coffee/Tea and Lunch included)

Participants will venture on a journey to maximize effectiveness---professionally and personally. This leadership retreat for women will help participants identify strengths and barriers, discover places of power, and vision a path to moving forward on specific goals. Participants will gain insights about the inherited and cultivated tendencies that can be roadblocks as well as solutions to moving beyond and excelling. This is an opportunity to create a model of success that is empowered by intentionality. Participants will develop action steps for mapping their paths and tapping into their power.

The retreat facilitator welcomes nonbinary, questioning, agender, and other gender-nonconforming participants; please note, the retreat will focus on how women-identifying individuals are socialized in our society, and their resulting relationship with power and taking the lead.

Retreat Facilitator: Wendy Maragh Taylor, Associate Dean of the College for Student Engagement and Growth.

Contact the office at brvasqueztavarez@vassar.edu for more information.  Advanced registration required.