Important Dates and Meeting Calendar

Attention: COVID-19 Announcement

Due to COVID-19, until further notice, all Staff Forum Meetings will occur virtually via Zoom starting in August 2021.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Staff Forum Meetings

Meeting times and places are set when the academic year begins. Meetings are called by the co-chairs at these designated times. Additional meetings may be called by the co-chairs as necessary. The agendas for the meetings are set by the co-chairs in consultation with the advisory group. Attendance at Staff Forum meetings, although voluntary, is encouraged and considered work time. While essential services need to be considered, supervisors should notify employees of Staff Forum meetings and encourage participation.

Save the Dates!: Staff Forum Meeting Calendar for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021
  • Friday, September 24, 2021
  • Wednesday, October 27, 2021
  • Friday, November 19, 2021
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021
  • Friday, January 28, 2022
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  • Friday, March 25, 2022
  • Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Friday May 27, 2022

Location of these dates will be taking place via Zoom until further notice.

Join us at a staff forum advisory committee meeting!

All meetings of the Staff Forum Advisory Committee are open to all Berea College employees! To join us at one of these meetings, click here to see our lists of upcoming meeting dates.

Other Events, Services, Benefits, and More Open to All Employees of the Berea Community

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Events

Check out upcoming events for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion here: https://calendar.berea.edu/events/category/diversity-equity-inclusion/list. For more information, contact Beth Taylor (taylors2@berea.edu).

Berea College Calendar

Want information about lectures, events, Convocations, and activities across campus? If so, please visit the Berea College calendar, available here: https://calendar.berea.edu.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP benefit provides up to 6 free counseling sessions for eligible employees and their dependents. These sessions are with certified counselors from The Lexington Group and are completely confidential (they do not inform Berea College of who is using this benefit). Traditionally, employees could get counseling face-to-face or by phone. However, the Lexington Group now offers the option for online counseling (video and messaging). For more information about video counseling and the EAP benefit, please see the documents linked below (you will be asked to provide your Berea College credentials to access them).

EAP Brochure

Video Counseling Letter

TIAA Monthly Webinars

TIAA has monthly webinars covering a variety of topics related to preparing for retirement and they are completely free to Berea College employees. If interested, please sign up by going to TIAA.org/webinars.

Smoking Cessation

Sometimes you start to believe you just might be better off as a non-smoker. If you fit into that category, send Jill Gurtatowski an email (gurtatowskij@berea.edu) to discuss if this is the right program for you.

Weight Watchers

WW is back! Berea College has partnered with WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) to help employees meet their health and wellness goals. This new offering involves a monthly digital membership (formerly called eTools) for only $9.00/month. This Program is open to all employees. Spouses/partners on a College medical plan are also eligible.

Here is how myWW+ works:

  • Take the new personal assessment for a holistic view of what impacts weight loss for you—from food to sleep to how you think.
  • You will be scientifically matched with a food plan (GreenBlue, or Purple) that guides you toward food choices geared to your preferences.
  • Your WW app will be personalized with trackers, FitPoints®, tips & tricks, recipes, and tools designed to help make losing weight easier.

Take a look at the new program here: https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/blog/weight-loss/myww

To sign up for WW for $9.00/month, visit: https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/wwhs  click on see discounted rates,  enter Access ID: 15891332

Employees enter your BNumber – please include “B” and leading zeros. Spouses will enter employees’ BNumber with an “S” in front. Ex. SB000111. If you have an active eTools account, cancel  your existing account by calling WW Customer Service at 1-866-204-2885. For more information, please email Jill Gurtatowski (gurtatowskij@berea.edu).

Coffee and Cream Chats

Besides a great way to get your morning cup of coffee, Coffee & Cream Chat is a monthly meeting designed for supervisors to be able to hear about the Labor Program’s new initiatives and any updates, as well as ask any questions they may have for the Labor Program team. Topics that will be covered are usually  included in the reminder email we send out to all supervisors. Always feel free to come ready with any questions you may have.

Fall 2021 term coffee and cream chats will be held in-person with a virtual option. A meeting link will be sent to you in a reminder email. Dates for this event will be:

  • Tuesday, Sept 14th @ 9:15am
  • Wednesday, Oct 6th @ 9:15am
  • Thursday, Nov. 11th @ 9:15am
  • Friday, Dec. 3rd @ 9:15am

For more information, please email Rosanna Napoleon (napoleonr2@berea.edu).

Green Dot Training

Green Dot is a Bystander Intervention Program designed to help reduce power-based violence, including: sexual violence, domestic abuse, child abuse, stalking, and bullying in our community. Find out more about Green Dot.

The next scheduled Green Dot training for employees will be in-person on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 from 10 AM-Noon in Stephenson Hall, room 226.

For questions, concerns, or more information visit the Title IX webpage, email Joslyn Glover, or Beth Taylor, or call 859-985-3606.

Safe Zone Training

Berea College is one of hundreds of colleges and universities that provide training to promote inclusive spaces for LGBTQ students. More specifically, this Safe Zone Training Program provides participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge and awareness about gender and sexual identity development. Participants will be engaged in experiential activities that promote a space for dialogue and questions related to gender and sexual identity. Upon completion of the training, participants will leave with educational materials and an optional window cling or sticker to place in your office/workspace. Should you choose to take the Safe Zone sticker you will be communicating that your office is a safe, friendly, respectful, and non-judgmental space for our LGBTQ students. Each training is limited to 25 people per session.

For more information about this training opportunity, please contact Joslyn Glover, Berea’s Title VII/IX Coordinator, at gloverj@berea.edu.

Title IX Training

Covers Berea College’s policies and procedures on Sexual Misconduct, how to identify and prevent sexual violence, How to report and incident, and the impact of trauma on victims. All new employees are required to attend one of these sessions. For more information about upcoming sessions, please contact Joslyn Glover via email or phone. These trainings typically cover important information about Berea College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures and Nondiscrimination Policy, how to prevent and identify sexual violence, appropriate methods for responding to reports of sexual misconduct, and how and to whom such misconduct must be reported.

Employee trainings for the Fall 2021 term will be held via Zoom on:

  • October 28, 2021 from 11 AM-Noon
  • November 9, 2021 from 2-3 PM
  • December 15, 2021 from 11 AM-Noon

Please contact Beth Taylor for Zoom links to join these meetings.

In-person trainings will take place on:

  • October 26, 2021 from 11 AM-Noon in Stephenson Hall, Room 226
  • November 17, 2021 from 4-5 PM in Stephenson Hall, room 226

For questions, concerns, or more information email Joslyn Glover, or Beth Taylor, or call 859-985-3606.

Programming at the Forestry Outreach Center

View a full listing of upcoming events at the Forestry Outreach Center.

First Thursday Club

First Thursday Club is a monthly gathering where we build community around discussions and deeper reflection about race, racism, understanding and rooting out white supremacy, and lifting up racial justice. Bring either an appetizer of a main dish to share if you can (dessert is provided). On-site child care will be available.

  • 6 PM on the first Thursday of every month at the Berea Friends Meeting House (300 Harrison Road). 

Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) 

Participation in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). More information about the IDI can be found here. To take the IDI as an individual, area, or office, please contact Dr. Dwayne Mack (mackd@berea.edu) or Dr. Scott Steele (scott_steele@berea.edu).

Run/Walk with the Presidential Trio

The Appalachian Seminar & Tour

Graduation & Commencement

Berea College Convocations

General Faculty Assembly Meetings

Berea Music Program Events

The Gender Talk Luncheon Series

2021-22 Gender Talk Calendar

Wednesday, September 22, 2021: Beverly Guy-Sheftall of Spelman College

Wednesday, October 20, 2021: Shay Akil-McLean of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, co-sponsored by the Yahng Center

Wednesday, November 10, 2021: Joseph Pierce of Stony Brook University

Wednesday, February 23, 2022: Katy Pyle of Ballez, co-sponsored by the Dance Program

Wednesday, March 30, 2022: Ashon Crawley of the University of Virginia, co-sponsored by the Religion Department and the African & African American Studies Department

Wednesday, April 13, 2022: Jina Kim of Smith College, co-sponsored by the Office of Disability & Accessibility Services

All events will take place in the bell hooks center in Draper, 106 from 11:45 AM-1:00 PM. Lunch is provided.

Please contact Kat Moses (mosesk2@berea.edu) with questions.

Center for International Education Events

The Celebration of Traditional Music

Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education Programs and Events

Programming at the Willis D. Weatherford Campus Christian Center

Events at the bell hooks Institute

Loyal Jones Appalachian Center Events

Participation in Dean’s Reading Groups

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to announce the continuation of Dean’s Reading Groups for the 2021-2022 academic year. Both staff and faculty are invited to participate. Books are below.

Reading GroupsDate, Location, and Discussion Leaders
Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education by Bryan Alexander The outlook for the future of colleges and universities is uncertain. Financial stresses, changing student populations, and rapidly developing technologies all pose significant challenges to the nation's colleges and universities. In Academia Next, futurist and higher education expert Bryan Alexander addresses these evolving trends to better understand higher education's next generation.Sept. 27 & Oct. 4, 2021; 3:00-4:00pm
Knapp Hall Library

Lead by Nicholas Hartlep & Matt Saderholm
Shelter from the Machine by Jason Strange Jason shares: “Shelter From the Machine speaks directly to the backgrounds of many of our students, as well as the "blue vs red" political and cultural divisions that are currently roiling the United States. I'd like folks to know that it's not just a book about ‘back to the landers’ – if it was, I'd be way less inclined to propose it as something for faculty to read!”Oct. 29 and Nov 12, 2021; 3:00-4:00pm
Faber Library in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Lead by Chris Green & Jason Strange
Data Feminism (Strong Ideas)
by Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein

Today, data science is a form of power. It has been used to expose injustice, improve health outcomes, and topple governments. But it has also been used to discriminate, police, and surveil. This potential for good, on the one hand, and harm, on the other, makes it essential to ask: Data science by whom? Data science for whom? Data science with whose interests in mind? The narratives around big data and data science are overwhelmingly white, male, and techno-heroic. In Data Feminism, Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein present a new way of thinking about data science and data ethics—one that is informed by intersectional feminist thought.
Early spring 2022, dates and location will be announced later

Lead by Chris Miller & Jan Pearce
Caste: The Origin of Our Discontents In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings.Mid spring 2022, dates and location will be announced later

Lead by Nashwa Cahill & Dwayne Mack

For more information, please email Sarah Broomfield at broomfields@berea.edu or call her at 859-985-3487. If you have suggestions for future groups, please contact Dean Matthew Saderholm at saderholmm@berea.edu.

The Doris Ulmann Galleries

Let Sam Cole know about any events that should be added to this list!