Upcoming Classes

This page displays current Learning & Development class and workshop offerings designed to serve the needs of UC Santa Cruz employees. We also collaborate with the campus community to advertise and support professional development and training opportunities offered by other Departments.

The upcoming classes listed below provide only abbreviated descriptions, and are arranged in chronological order. Please note that some classes may have multiple sessions, as noted in the class description. Be sure to register for each class in the series!


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  • Intro to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides

    June 20, 2024 10:00am-12:00pm

    This workshop is designed to help new Google users come up to speed on the featured “Google Workspace” applications. Topics covered in this course include how to log into a Google account, navigate its interface, and use its component apps to complete common productivity tasks.

    Specific applications we will cover in Part 2 are Google Drive, Docs, Sheets and Slides.

  • Navigating Emotions in the Workplace, Understanding Emotional Intelligence

    June 25, 2024 10:00am-12:00pm

    In today’s fast-paced work environments, achieving success requires more than technical expertise—it demands emotional intelligence, the capacity to perceive, comprehend, and manage emotions effectively. Strengthening emotional intelligence not only minimizes burnout and conflict, but can also empower individuals to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues and leadership challenges constructively. Through interactive exercises and discussions, participants will enhance the ability to raise self-awareness, communicate mindfully, navigate conflict and build authentic connections with colleagues, while promoting a culture of inclusivity, respect and collaboration.

  • Professional Writing

    July 10, 2024 10:00am-12:00pm

    What is professional writing and should our language be affected when writing for the workplace? This workshop will focus on how to write clearly, concisely, correctly, and courteously. We will discuss differences when writing in our personal and professional lives, with particular attention to audience and context. The workshop aims to establish best practices for email writing, provide the opportunity for hands-on editing and explore questions on etiquette, approach, and effective communication.

  • Navigating the UCLC (University of California Learning Management System)

    July 23, 2024 1:00pm-2:00pm​​

    Please join us for a tutorial on how to use the UCLC (University of California Learning Center). The UCLC is UCSC’s Learning Management System for employee training. In this tutorial, we will go through an interactive run-through as well as leave time for questions and answ​​ervs at the end of this training. Below are the topics that will be covered during the training: 1. Logging In 2. Finding a Class 3. How Classes are structured 4. Compliance and Assigned training 5. Express Interest 6. View Completed Training 7. Affiliate Accounts 8. Where to go for additional help.

  • Growing Season Classes:

  • Reprogramming Self-Talk for Success

    June 21, 2024 3:00pm-4:00pm​​

    This workshop presents the practice of reprogramming your self-talk through a growth-mindset lens, to succeed in achieving your goals. Gain a comprehensive understanding of how internal dialogue impacts individual and collective outcomes; and explore practical strategies for cultivating constructive self-talk.

  • Listening Our Way to Success : Applied Active Listening

    July 12, 2024 3:00pm-4:00pm​​

    In order to make our best decisions, we want to be as informed as we possibly can be. In order to get things accomplished, we want to be able to understand how all the pieces fit together and where the needs and strengths of everything align. To do this most effectively, we start by collecting information. In this workshop, we’ll discuss active listening skills, practice those skills and then apply the knowledge gained to create productive, clear collaborations and smoother supervisory relationships while increasing overall workplace efficiency.

  • Fostering Creativity: Growing from Mistakes in Collaborative Spaces

    July 26, 2024 3:00pm-4:00pm​​

    The purpose of this workshop is to equip participants with practical strategies for reframing failures as learning opportunities, cultivating a growth mindset, and fostering creativity within collaborative spaces. Unpack the diverse reasons behind organizational failures, hone your skills in conducting debriefs for team accountability and growth, and elevate your team’s learning curve and resilience.

  • Perspective Shifting: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

    August 9, 2024 3:00pm-4:00pm​​

    In this workshop we approach solving problems and thinking critically as a shift in our habitual perspective. We will practice skills to cultivate curiosity and explore question framing to gather insights and information prior to moving into solving. We’ll discuss problem origin sleuthing and address our expectations and biases to gain understanding and create more effective solutions in our work environment and our work lives.

  • The Dignity Factor: Creating a Positive Work Environment

    August 23, 2024 3:00pm-4:00pm​​

    This workshop will provide an introduction to the vital role of dignity in the workplace for strengthening relationships, resolving conflict, and making organizations healthier. Participants will learn practical guidelines for identifying elements of dignity, and behaviors that may compromise dignity; and discuss actionable steps to navigate challenging situations, and foster an inclusive workplace culture that values the dignity of every individual.