RISE Calendar of Events

Below are the combined calendar of events for all the parts of the RISE Learning Institute, including the RISE faculty and staff programming, the Center for Career Connections, the Neurodiversity Navigators, the RISE MakerSpace, STEM to Stern, and the RISE civic and voting events.


Winter Quarter 2021

January 2021

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm, January 13 2021

Join us for an interactive workshop on interview techniques. Learn how to properly prepare and develop a strategy to expertly navigate a virtual interview for jobs and/or internships. In this workshop you will learn interviewing techniques, have a chance to practice interview questions and receive immediate feedback from career specialists at the Center for Career Connections! Co-sponsored with Multicultural Services (MCS).

This workshop is leading up to the 3-day virtual internship fair.

Moderated by Kimberly Martin, Coordinator – Center for Career Connections.

Register here.

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm, January 14 2021

Join us for an interactive workshop on how to modernize your resume to get the attention of a recruiter taught by a former recruiter and career strategist. Learn to streamline and customize your resume so it gets read and truly highlights your unique skills and core competencies. In this workshop you will be able to ask questions and get specific tangible answers. Co-sponsored with Multicultural Services (MCS).

This workshop is leading up to the 3-day virtual internship fair.

Moderated by Margaret Nichols, Employment Coach – Center for Career Connections.

Register here.

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm, January 15 2021

Do you feel lost at a virtual career fair? Get tips on how to prepare for the upcoming internship fair and learn how to make meaningful connections with recruiters at the fair. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to learn and enhance your networking skills. There will be mock practices where you will get a chance to practice introducing yourself to recruiters at the internships fair. Co-sponsored with Multicultural Services (MCS).

This workshop is leading up to the 3-day virtual internship fair.

Moderated by Chiew Jones, Associate Director – Center for Career Connections.

Register here.

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm, January 15 2021

Explore what it means to stay on purpose, practice gratitude, reframe your thoughts, and inculcate mindfulness through our six Art of Savoring Life workshops.

The purpose of these interactive workshops is to uplift one other and stay positive during this fluctuating time in our country. Relax and explore ways to stay grounded and positive during this season of lockdown/pandemic. These classes are designed to refresh your soul in a time of change.

This Zoom Conversation Café meets on the 3rd Friday of the month, and is being offered in partnership with Human Resources.

Moderator: Margaret Nichols, MA – Center for Career Connections

Learn more and register.

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm, January 19 2021

COVID has closed our labs and studio classrooms and made “hands-on” learning challenging. But our students can still engage in discovery and engage in authentic research. This cross-disciplinary panel will illuminate way that BC faculty are bringing discovery-based and undergraduate research approaches into online environments.

Panelists: Jackie Miller, Molecular Biosciences; Kathy Hunt, Anthropology; Sonya Doucette, Chemistry; Madhura Sohani, Psychology; and Stacy Alvares, Biology.

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm, January 20 2021

Looking for internships? Register to attend a 3-day virtual internship fair. Employers from private, public and non-profit sectors will be recruiting for their internship programs for 2021. This event is free. Open to all students and the community.

Organizations: Amazon | BECU | T-Mobile, Clifton Larson Allen | Exsilio Solutions | XGym | USA Archive and Imaging Services

Contact the Center for Career Connection’s Internships Program for more information.

Register Now!

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm, January 21 2021

Looking for internships? Register to attend a 3-day virtual internship fair. Employers from private, public and non-profit sectors will be recruiting for their internship programs for 2021. This event is free. Open to all students and the community.

Organizations: City of Seattle | Interim Healthcare | Kaiser Permanente | Stryker | COPE Health Scholars | Asia Pacific Language School | Girls on the Run | Boys & Girls Club | DESC

Contact the Center for Career Connection’s Internships Program for more information.

Register Now!

Time: 2:30pm-3:00pm, January 21 2021

Reflections often have a bad reputation; they are seen either as overly touchy-feely or as objective observations, neither of which create opportunities for meaningful student learning. In this session, participants will learn a few simple structures to move from reflection to critical reflection, and thus deepen the impact of the reflective practice.

The ability to reflect on experience is the key to transformational and enduring learning. Reflection can be particularly powerful in experiential learning courses, though it is a useful skill for all students to develop, no matter their field of interest. This series of six micro-workshops will help faculty learn techniques and develop skills to strengthen the impact reflection can have on student learning.

1 PD Hour per workshop (6 total).

$75 stipends for attending 5 workshops.

Moderator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director – Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Time: 12:30pm-1:20pm, January 22 2021

Looking to add some project-based learning to your course but don’t have space for a multi-week project?  Mini-projects can help with that.  Kurt Friedrich, Associate Professor of Information Systems & Technology, will demonstrate how he uses two-week mini-projects to help students master content, build teamwork skills, and prepare for multi-week team projects in future courses.  Tech employers use Agile project management techniques and often have coders work in pairs, so mini-projects work especially well in technical courses . . . but they can be used effectively in any discipline.  If you use mini-projects in your courses, please come prepared to say a few words about your approach.

Teaching talk by Kurt Friedrich.  Discussion facilitated by Michael Reese & Miranda Kato.

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm, January 22 2021

Looking for internships? Register to attend a 3-day virtual internship fair. Employers from private, public and non-profit sectors will be recruiting for their internship programs for 2021. This event is free. Open to all students and the community.

Organizations: Costco IT |  Symetra  |  Sound Transit | iSoftStone | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Contact the Center for Career Connection’s Internships Program for more information.

Register Now!

Time: 11:30am-12:00pm, January 25 2021

When designing questions that prompt reflection, we often leave them broad. However, to deepen learning and guide students to essential learning, it is important to allow them to build connections between coursework, experiences, and the world around them. In this session, we will explore how RISE’s 8Cs of Reflective Connection can strengthen the questions you ask.

The ability to reflect on experience is the key to transformational and enduring learning. Reflection can be particularly powerful in experiential learning courses, though it is a useful skill for all students to develop, no matter their field of interest. This series of six micro-workshops will help faculty learn techniques and develop skills to strengthen the impact reflection can have on student learning.

1 PD Hour per workshop (6 total).

$75 stipends for attending 5 workshops.

Moderator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director – Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm, January 25 2021

With the protests around police use-of-force, discussions and actions about anti-racism, political changes due to the elections, and the current and future effects of the pandemic, there has never been a better time to integrate real-world community issues and actions into a course. However, how do you develop a community-engaged course when COVID-19 is making it hard to actually work in and with the community? Come explore approaches, collaborations, and tools BC faculty can use to teach course content through community connections. 2 PD Hours.

“This workshop helped me flesh out assignments and gather helpful resources to get my students engaged in their CEC projects.” Jeremiah Allen, English

“The course…on community-engaged learning is invaluable. I was able to take simple and specific tools to use in my classroom.” Komal Ram, Business Management 2 PD Hours

Moderator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director – Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm, January 26 2021

With the protests around police use-of-force, discussions and actions about anti-racism, political changes due to the elections, and the current and future effects of the pandemic, there has never been a better time to integrate real-world community issues and actions into a course. However, how do you develop a community-engaged course when COVID-19 is making it hard to actually work in and with the community? Come explore approaches, collaborations, and tools BC faculty can use to teach course content through community connections. 2 PD Hours.

“This workshop helped me flesh out assignments and gather helpful resources to get my students engaged in their CEC projects.” Jeremiah Allen, English

“The course…on community-engaged learning is invaluable. I was able to take simple and specific tools to use in my classroom.” Komal Ram, Business Management 2 PD Hours

Moderator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director – Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Time: 2:30pm-3:00pm, January 28 2021

The most common form of reflection is the journal. It can be easy to pose a few questions on Canvas for student response. However, journals can also encourage students to think from different perspectives, build connections to their community, and plan actions. In this session, you will learn how journals can be designed to draw out new meaning for students.

The ability to reflect on experience is the key to transformational and enduring learning. Reflection can be particularly powerful in experiential learning courses, though it is a useful skill for all students to develop, no matter their field of interest. This series of six micro-workshops will help faculty learn techniques and develop skills to strengthen the impact reflection can have on student learning.

1 PD Hour per workshop (6 total).

$75 stipends for attending 5 workshops.

Moderator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director – Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Time: Starting 5:00pm, January 29, through January 31

Come build a game in a weekend at Bellevue College’s Global Game Jam site!  You do not need previous game development experience to participate.  At 1:30pm on Friday, Jan. 29, we will get warmed up with some open gaming.  From 3pm to 5pm, we’ll have some optional pre-workshops (Intro to Unity, Intro to Unreal, Maya Crash Course, Intro to VR Dev)!  At 5pm, the jamming begins: we will form teams and start to make games.  If you don’t have a team, that’s okay!  We’ll help you find a group to work with.

There are no restrictions on what kind of game you can make. 

Attendees must be at least 18 years of age, although BC students of any age may participate.

If you have any questions or wish to know more about this event, please email michael.reese@bellevuecollege.edu

The event will occur via Discord. Go to the Game Jam site for more details about signing up.

February 2021

Time: 11:30am-12:00pm, February 1 2021

Written formats – journals, online discussion posts, exit slips – are the most popular ways to build reflection into courses. However, these tend to cater to those for whom writing is a strength. Class discussions, movement, and team activities can help reflections reach more students while making the practice more enjoyable. This session will introduce a few of these formats and techniques.

The ability to reflect on experience is the key to transformational and enduring learning. Reflection can be particularly powerful in experiential learning courses, though it is a useful skill for all students to develop, no matter their field of interest. This series of six micro-workshops will help faculty learn techniques and develop skills to strengthen the impact reflection can have on student learning.

1 PD Hour per workshop (6 total).

$75 stipends for attending 5 workshops.

Facilitator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director – Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm, February 4 2021

Faculty know that students engage with course content in a different way when they see the relevance of what they are studying and its connection to their lives.  But it is not always easy to make those connections clear to students who are struggling with “Zoom overload” and with real-world challenges.  And there is no single recipe for making an assignment or project feel authentic to students.  This two-part workshop will start by giving you a chance to explore many different ways that faculty from across campus have built real-world applications, student choice and voice, or community connections into their projects.  Then you’ll have time to work collaboratively to add impact to a project that you’re already doing in one of your courses—or a project that you’d like to start doing.

Participants must be available both for this session and for Part 2 on November 11, 1:00pm-2:30pm.

Facilitators: Miranda Kato & Michael Reese

6 PD hours | $75 stipend

Time: 2:30pm-3:00pm, February 4 2021

You have decided to build multiple reflections into a course, but you are uncertain how to distinguish them in meaningful ways for you and your students. This workshop will cover Reflection Mapping, a simple technique for organizing topics, formats, and contexts into your different reflections. This technique can be applied to discussion or other activities, as well. Attendance at any of the previous workshops would be beneficial, though not required.

The ability to reflect on experience is the key to transformational and enduring learning. Reflection can be particularly powerful in experiential learning courses, though it is a useful skill for all students to develop, no matter their field of interest. This series of six micro-workshops will help faculty learn techniques and develop skills to strengthen the impact reflection can have on student learning.

1 PD Hour per workshop (6 total).

$75 stipends for attending 5 workshops.

Facilitator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director – Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Time: 2:30pm-3:00pm, February 4 2021

While not all reflections need be graded, it is likely that you will want to assess student learning and expression through assigned reflections. This final micro-workshop will introduce participants to grading rubrics and to the ABC method for assessing reflections.

The ability to reflect on experience is the key to transformational and enduring learning. Reflection can be particularly powerful in experiential learning courses, though it is a useful skill for all students to develop, no matter their field of interest. This series of six micro-workshops will help faculty learn techniques and develop skills to strengthen the impact reflection can have on student learning.

1 PD Hour per workshop (6 total).

$75 stipends for attending 5 workshops.

Facilitator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director – Service-Learning & Community Engagement

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm, February 11 2021

Faculty know that students engage with course content in a different way when they see the relevance of what they are studying and its connection to their lives.  But it is not always easy to make those connections clear to students who are struggling with “Zoom overload” and with real-world challenges.  And there is no single recipe for making an assignment or project feel authentic to students.  This two-part workshop will start by giving you a chance to explore many different ways that faculty from across campus have built real-world applications, student choice and voice, or community connections into their projects.  Then you’ll have time to work collaboratively to add impact to a project that you’re already doing in one of your courses—or a project that you’d like to start doing.

Participants must be available both for this session and for Part 1 on November 4, 1:00pm-2:30pm.

Facilitators: Miranda Kato & Michael Reese

6 PD hours | $75 stipend

Time: 1:30pm-2:00pm, February 18 2021

Canvas has a lot of tools to facilitate team-based projects, but they’re not always easy to find.  This quick workshop will cover the basics from team formation to team pages, but it will also demo more advanced features, such as group-to-group peer critique and ways to do individual grades for team projects.

Facilitator: Miranda Kato, Project-Based Learning Lead

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm, February 19 2021

Explore what it means to stay on purpose, practice gratitude, reframe your thoughts, and inculcate mindfulness through our six Art of Savoring Life workshops.

The purpose of these interactive workshops is to uplift one other and stay positive during this fluctuating time in our country. Relax and explore ways to stay grounded and positive during this season of lockdown/pandemic. These classes are designed to refresh your soul in a time of change.

This Zoom Conversation Café meets on the 3rd Friday of the month, and is being offered in partnership with Human Resources.

Moderator: Margaret Nichols, MA – Center for Career Connections

Learn more and register.

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm, February 25 2021

Are you feeling stuck when it comes to assessment in your virtual classes? Are you looking for innovative ways to make your assessments more equitable and relevant to students’ lives, particularly in this uncertain time? In this 2-hour session, we will share creative assessment strategies and tools that can be adapted to any discipline, going beyond the assessments you give in your on-ground classes. Faculty Commons, eLearning, and RISE are combining forces to bring you this offering! Grab your coffee/tea and join us! 2 PD hours.

Workshop and conversation facilitated by Jen Anderson, Faculty Commons, and Michael Reese

March 2021

Time: 1:30pm-2:00pm, March 4 2021

When you assign team projects, do your students complain about slacker teammates or poor communication? Documenting roles and responsibilities in a visual fashion reduces confusion, improves communication, and facilitates more equitable teamwork.  Trello is a simple web-based tool that allows you to create and move cards just as easily as you place sticky notes on a white board.  It’s used by many tech companies in our region, but it’s a student-friendly tool that’s very easy to use.

Facilitator: Michael Reese, Director of Programs

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm, March 10 2021

To celebrate and honor Women’s History Month, the Center for Career Connections, STEM to Stern, and the BC Library are bringing to you a panel of women of color who have truly superhero quality skills! Join us on March 10th from 2:30pm to 3:30pm to hear the journey towards becoming a STEM professional from different women of color. These women are truly amazing in the work they have done and the areas they have studied. Learn about fire engineering, computer security, and more! You will also learn how librarians support those in STEM when they are in school and out doing amazing things in their careers! Co-Sponsored with the Library Media Center.

Moderators: Elena Maans-Lorincz, Maria Cervantes, & Christina Sciabarra

Contact Elena Maans-Lorincz and Maria Cervantes for more information.

Register Here.

Poster for Superheroes in STEM event. All written details are in the description above.

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm, March 19 2021

Explore what it means to stay on purpose, practice gratitude, reframe your thoughts, and inculcate mindfulness through our six Art of Savoring Life workshops.

The purpose of these interactive workshops is to uplift one other and stay positive during this fluctuating time in our country. Relax and explore ways to stay grounded and positive during this season of lockdown/pandemic. These classes are designed to refresh your soul in a time of change.

This Zoom Conversation Café meets on the 3rd Friday of the month, and is being offered in partnership with Human Resources.

Moderator: Margaret Nichols, MA – Center for Career Connections

Learn more and register.

Fall Quarter 2020

September 2020

Time: 2:30pm-4:00pm, September 15 2020

Do you have your students work in groups? In on-ground courses, small groups build community, engage students, and facilitate learning. They can do that in the online world too. Explore how collaborative tools integrated into Canvas, Teams, and Zoom can help set up and facilitate engaging small groups. Faculty will have a chance to learn from one another and share tools and approaches that have worked well in their courses.

Facilitators: Ron Austin, Miranda Kato, Keith Rowley, Jackie Miller, and Kanthimathi Radhakrishnan

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE’s “Faculty Workshops for the Time of COVID-19.” Check out the full list of events at the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops website.

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, September 16 2020

Students often assume that segregation and racial injustice are Southern phenomena, something that happened elsewhere but not here. Historian Brian Casserly will provide a tour of multimedia collections that document the lasting impact of segregation and inequality in King County and Western Washington, as well as collections of video interviews with the multiracial network of activists who challenged—and continue to challenge—these systems. These engaging resources can be used in many disciplines. Faculty will have an opportunity to explore these resources and strategize about they might use them.

Facilitators: Brian Casserly and Michael Reese

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE’s “Faculty Workshops for the Time of COVID-19.” Check out the full list of events at the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops website.

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm, September 16 2020

Not sure how you’re going to replace all those lab or hands-on sessions? Journal clubs can help with that. Journal clubs create a community of practice within the classroom where student groups read primary scholarly sources and present them to their classmates. Students gain literacy skills like breaking down jargon, and they build confidence by going “behind the curtain” of knowledge creation and eavesdropping on—and engaging with—conversations between experts. Journal clubs are easy to set up and manage, and librarians can support your students looking for journal articles.

Facilitators: Jackie Miller, Gita Bangera, Lisa Lapointe, and Irene Shaver

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE’s “Faculty Workshops for the Time of COVID-19.” Check out the full list of events at the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops website.

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm, September 17 2020

Creating online surveys allows students to engage with the wider world, build skills, and generate new knowledge . . . even when they are cooped up in their own homes. With a little bit of training, students can use simple tools like Google Forms to investigate a wide range of topics. Real-time analyses of the changing public attitudes about racial injustice, anyone?

Facilitators: Kathy Hunt, Jackie Miller, and Irene Shaver

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE’s “Faculty Workshops for the Time of COVID-19.” Check out the full list of events at the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops website.

October 2020

Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm, October 5 2020

A discussion with Black political consultants, analysts, and activists about the importance of activism, representation, and advocacy in Washington State. Across America, people are marching for racial justice, our panelists will tell their stories about working for racial justice here in Washington State within the state-house and out in the streets by helping to build campaigns to hold police accountable and change Washington’s history of disinvesting in Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.The panel will feature professionals from Black-owned consulting firms, activists, and local leaders. This virtual event is completely free to the public! Organized by BC Political Science, with support from the RISE Learning Institute.

Moderator: Cliff Cawthon, Bellevue College’s Political Science Department
Click to join Zoom. Or call in using 1-253-215-8782 and enter 85112013825 as the meeting ID.

This is one of many events happening from now until November 3 to bring voting and civic engagement more to conversations at the college. Check out the full list, along with social media, a survey, important dates, FAQs, and more, at the My Power. My Impact. My Vote 2020 website.

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, October 6 2020

“The Dependable Strengths Articulation Process (DSAP) is based on the premise that everyone has excellence deep within them.  This excellence – in the form of a unique pattern of Dependable Strengths – can be identified and brought to awareness, enabling you to do your best work and experience your greatest satisfaction and fulfillment in life.  The DSAP uncovers strengths and unlocks potential” – Center for Dependable Strengths website. 

The DSAP workshop will equip you to:  

  • Identify your unique pattern of core strengths, talents and abilities that you can apply to your work and everyday life; 
  • Apply these strengths more intentionally to your role at work and help motivate you to give your best; 
  • Take action to grow and express your strengths to help you pivot towards the next step in your career 

Note: To get the most out of this experience, pre-work of approximately 30 minutes is highly recommended before attending the workshop. 

Facilitator: Lindi Mujugira, Associate Director, Center for Career Connections

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, October 6 2020

“The Dependable Strengths Articulation Process (DSAP) is based on the premise that everyone has excellence deep within them.  This excellence – in the form of a unique pattern of Dependable Strengths – can be identified and brought to awareness, enabling you to do your best work and experience your greatest satisfaction and fulfillment in life.  The DSAP uncovers strengths and unlocks potential” – Center for Dependable Strengths website. 

The DSAP workshop will equip you to:  

  • Identify your unique pattern of core strengths, talents and abilities that you can apply to your work and everyday life; 
  • Apply these strengths more intentionally to your role at work and help motivate you to give your best; 
  • Take action to grow and express your strengths to help you pivot towards the next step in your career 

Note: To get the most out of this experience, pre-work of approximately 30 minutes is highly recommended before attending the workshop. 

Facilitator: Lindi Mujugira, Associate Director, Center for Career Connections

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm, October 8 2020

Want to make your own mask that actually looks cool? The MakerSpace crew will share the most recent guidance about DIY masks and face coverings from the CDC and other public health agencies. They’ll offer a few tips and tricks about making masks. Don’t know how to sew? No problem. Sewing masks is easy, and this workshop will cover a no-sew technique too.

Join Meeting (Zoom)

About RISE MakerSpace

RISE MakerSpace is where students get hands-on experience with the technology that help create and design a better future. Free and open to all students, MakerSpace hosts workshops and information sessions to help you build, design, and create.

Please note: Rise MakerSpace is currently operating remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Virtual workshops are being held throughout the quarter

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, October 13 2020

Learn how to best prepare for your interview, including interview etiquette and how to navigate the diversity question.

Facilitator: Kimberly Martin, Coordinator, Center for Career Connections

Time: 2:30pm–3:30pm, October 14 2020

A live interview with Bellevue College President Gary Locke. Former Washington State Governor discusses his career journey. This and all Breaking Barriers events are free and open to all BC students. This event is also open to BC faculty and staff.

Register Now! Breaking Barriers Fall 2020 Eventbrite Registration

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE and the Center for Career Connection’s Breaking Barriers series. Check out the full list of events at the Breaking Barriers website.

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, October 15 2020

Learn how to best prepare for your interview, including interview etiquette and how to navigate the diversity question.

Facilitator: Kimberly Martin, Coordinator, Center for Career Connections

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm, October 15, 2020

Come join us for an interactive workshop on internship. Learn about internships, the importance of internships to your career development and the processes of acquiring an internship. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2017, 2/3s of college students who did an internship while in school were offered full-time job positions upon graduation!

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Chiew Jones.

Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm, October 15 2020

Local efforts to reform policing, the November elections, and the 2020 Census offer an excellent entry points for community-engaged learning. However, how do you develop a community-engaged course when COVID-19 is making it hard to actually work in and with the community? Come explore approaches, collaborations, and tools BC faculty can use to connect their students to the community and the democratic process.

Facilitator: Sapan Parekh
2 PD hours | Register now.

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE’s “Faculty Workshops for the Time of COVID-19.” Check out the full list of events at the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops website.

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, October 20 2020

Transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews. Learn strategies to customize your resume to match job description and how to articulate your strengths, skills and accomplishments that an employer understands.

Facilitators: Chiew Jones, Associate Director, Center for Career Connections; and Becca McCullough, Senior HR Business Partner, Office of Human Resources

Time: 8:30am-3:15pm, October 20 2020 

Schedule

  • 8:30–8:35am: Opening & Welcome
  • 8:35–8:45am: Introduction of Keynote
  • 8:45–9:25am: Keynote, Rick Vaz, “What Are Colleges for?”
  • 9:35–10:50am: Breakouts: More Equitable Team Dynamics OR PBL in First-Year Courses
  • 11:00am–12:15pm: Breakouts: PBL in Online Environments OR Making Space for Projects in Courses
  • 2:25–3:25pm: Breakouts: PBL Encore – Breaking Barriers OR PBL in Mathematics

A full schedule for Faculty PD Day can be found here.


Session Details

Rick Vaz, What Are Colleges for? Project-Based Learning and the Future of Higher Education  

The value of a college degree has never been higher, yet colleges and universities now confront forces that jeopardize the very survival of our institutions. We simultaneously face assaults from policymakers and critics who question the value of college, declining revenues and state support, and the COVID pandemic. In addition, a renewed focus on racial justice has led to soul-searching about the extent to which higher education is delivering on its promises to build a more just society and fuel mobility for all students. We need strategies that simultaneously close equity gaps and prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Project-based learning can deliver on these ambitious objectives.  

Lisa Stoddard, Working Towards More Equitable Team Dynamics: Mapping Student Assets to Minimize Stereotyping and Task Assignment Bias 

Studies show that diverse teams are better at solving problems and innovating. Research also shows that bias and stereotyping on teams can eliminate these benefits and reduce student learning. This workshop will demonstrate several tools to help students and faculty identify, manage, and mitigate these issues. These tools can improve equitable and effective teamwork by overcoming stereotypes, building student confidence, and minimizing task assignment bias. Workshop participates will engage with these tools on teams as their own students would. They will fill out asset maps and discuss their assets (backgrounds, experiences, interests) with their team members. Team members will then determine who will take on what parts of a sample project based on each member’s assets and areas they want to develop. Participants will also see how we use a mid-project team processing sheet to help student teams assess their teamwork and trouble shoot problem areas. After testing the tools, participants will work to adapt them to their own classes, assignments, and projects. 

Kris Wobbe, Project-Based Learning in FirstYear Courses 

This workshop will share some of the approaches used in WPI’s interdisciplinary Great Problems Seminars courses for first-year students. We will talk about what it is like to work with first-year students in a project-based environment (both benefits and challenges), and tools we have developed for scaffolding project work so students gain the skills necessary to work on complex open-ended problems even in their first year.  

Caitlin Keller, Project-Based Learning in Online Environments 

This session will address considerations in the design and delivery of project-based learning in online environments. Although many of the strategies presented here can be used in synchronous courses, the primary focus of this workshop is on PBL in asynchronous environments.  We will explore strategies for team formation, setting expectations for collaboration, and facilitation of project work. Participants will come away with a set of tools and techniques that they can modify for their own implementation of PBL in online settings. 

Kris Wobbe, Making Space for Projects in Courses 

“How can I possibly add a project to my course! It’s already packed!” This is a common concern for faculty considering adding projects to their courses. In this session we will discuss several strategies for creating space for projects, and the value in doing so. Participants will identify an approach to use in their own courses and do some preliminary planning on how to gain the benefits of project-based learning without compromising the content of the course. 

Kris Wobbe and team, PBL Encore: Breaking Barriers 

So you’ve just heard some enthusiastic talks about the value of project-based learning.  But the presenters don’t seem to be aware of all the reasons it isn’t so easy for you to do.  We will start the hour identifying impediments to implementation in your context – you all know best what those are.  Then you and your colleagues will brainstorm solutions through, over, or around the identified barriers.  Leave with the realization that PBL in your courses just might be possible after all. 

Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm, October 20 2020

Gain tips to help you stand out in a virtual job market! This and all Breaking Barriers events are free and open to all BC students.

Register Now! Breaking Barriers Fall 2020 Eventbrite Registration

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE and the Center for Career Connection’s Breaking Barriers series. Check out the full list of events at the Breaking Barriers website.

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm, October 20 2020

More and more people who identify as queer or LGBTQ+ are running for public office. District 43, Position 1 in Seattle has the distinction of being the elected seat longest held in the world by someone who is openly queer (1987 to today). So, what does it mean to be an elected official and openly LGBTQ+? How does this identity, among many others, engage with the work of representing a diverse constituency? Join us as we talk with openly out officials – State Senator Claire Wilson & Seattle School Board President Zachary DeWolf – engaged in public life about what queerness and other identities mean to them in their roles. This event is sponsored by the Bellevue College LGBTQ+ Task Force, and is supported by the RISE Learning Institute.

Moderator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director, RISE Learning Institute
Click to join Zoom. Pswd: 130665. Or call in using 1-253-215-8782 and enter 88275491077 as the meeting ID.

This is one of many events happening from now until November 3 to bring voting and civic engagement more to conversations at the college. Check out the full list, along with social media, a survey, important dates, FAQs, and more, at the My Power. My Impact. My Vote 2020 website.

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, October 20 2020

Transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews. Learn strategies to customize your resume to match job description and how to articulate your strengths, skills and accomplishments that an employer understands.

Facilitators: Chiew Jones, Associate Director, Center for Career Connections; and Becca McCullough, Senior HR Business Partner, Office of Human Resources

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm, October 21 2020′

Make Your Own PPE @ Home

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About RISE MakerSpace

RISE MakerSpace is where students get hands-on experience with the technology that help create and design a better future. Free and open to all students, MakerSpace hosts workshops and information sessions to help you build, design, and create.

Please note: Rise MakerSpace is currently operating remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Virtual workshops are being held throughout the quarter

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm, October 21 2020

Why does someone choose to run for office? What do they hope to achieve? How do they represent the variety of constituents once they are elected? Why does voting matter? What are their greatest challenges, and how do they stay positive and focused in a world of partisanship? Join current or former officials – Governor Gary Locke, Bellevue City Councilmember Jeremy Barksdale, and Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu – in discussing the importance of elected office and the power of the vote. This event is co-sponsored by the Bellevue College Foundation and the BC RISE Learning Institute.

Moderators: Rebecca Chawgo, Executive Director, Bellevue College Foundation; Sapan Parekh, Associate Director, RISE Learning Institute
Click to join Zoom. Or call in using 1-253-215-8782 and enter 88005079809 as the meeting ID.

This is one of many events happening from now until November 3 to bring voting and civic engagement more to conversations at the college. Check out the full list, along with social media, a survey, important dates, FAQs, and more, at the My Power. My Impact. My Vote 2020 website.

Time: 12:30pm-1:20pm, October 22 2020

Hear about initiatives to support and recruit Neurodivergent job seekers. This and all Breaking Barriers events are free and open to all BC students.

Register for Neurodiversity at Work Panel Here!

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE and the Center for Career Connection’s Breaking Barriers series, and is organized by Neurodiversity Navigators. Check out the full list of events at the Breaking Barriers website.

Time: 1:30pm-2:20pm, October 22 2020

Hear from Corporate Diversity & Inclusion HR professionals. This and all Breaking Barriers events are free and open to all BC students.

Register Now! Breaking Barriers Fall 2020 Eventbrite Registration

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE and the Center for Career Connection’s Breaking Barriers series. Check out the full list of events at the Breaking Barriers website.

Time: 2:30pm-4:30pm, October 22 2020

Meet employers from local companies. This and all Breaking Barriers events are free and open to all BC students.

Register for Job Fair Here!

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE and the Center for Career Connection’s Breaking Barriers series. Check out the full list of events at the Breaking Barriers website.

Time: 10:00am-11:30am, October 23 2020

In this interactive workshop we will help you come up with your own storyboard so that you can tell your brand story more effectively to others. Story boarding is the structured framework to tell your story. It helps conceptualize and envision your thoughts on what the final story would look like. The proper framework will make you more confident in engaging your audience, or to make something clearer by your stories. Structured story telling can help you develop your own personal brand to others which would reflect who you are or what your goals are and create an image about your own professional self. This can help in your career growth and development.

This is Part I of II; Part II is on October 30, 10:00am-11:30am.

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Chiew Jones.

Time: 10:30am-11:20am, October 27 2020

While we can recognize that women fought and won the right to vote 100 years ago, this panel focuses on the continued actions of women activists working to bring about change.  This discussion with local activists and professionals working in the fields of health equity, climate justice, and art as resistance will leave participants motivated to take action! Organized by BC Political Science, with support from the RISE Learning Institute.

Moderator: Dr. Christina Sciabarra, Bellevue College’s Political Science Department
Click to join Zoom. Pswd: 277821. Or call in using 1-253-215-8782 and enter 89764776059 as the meeting ID.

This is one of many events happening from now until November 3 to bring voting and civic engagement more to conversations at the college. Check out the full list, along with social media, a survey, important dates, FAQs, and more, at the My Power. My Impact. My Vote 2020 website.

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, October 27 2020

Do you feel stuck in your job? Do you want your work to be meaningful? How can you build your skills in your current role and look for opportunities for growth. This course aims to give you answers to those questions. In this workshop, you will identify transferrable skills and interests. Learn strategies to redesign your job. Explore ways to apply your transferrable skills to pursue your interests that can take you to the next stage of career growth.

Facilitators: Chiew Jones, Associate Director, Center for Career Connections; and Becca McCullough, Senior HR Business Partner, Office of Human Resources

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm, October 27 2020

Many faculty want to include projects that incorporate the rapidly changing world in which we live. Projects related to racial equity and social justice can be powerfully engaging for students, but figuring out how to get started isn’t always easy. How do you incorporate material that seems to change by the minute? How do you get students to grapple with a glut of information and mis-information? How do you find and engage with community-based organizations focused on racial equity and social justice? We’ll help you get started. The goal of this workshop is for every participant to walk away with an idea for a project they could use in a class in Winter 2021.

Participants must be available both for this session and for Part 2 on November 3, 1:30pm-3:00pm.

Facilitators: Miranda Kato, Sapan Parekh, and Michael Reese
6 PD hours | $75 stipend | Register now.

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE’s “Faculty Workshops for the Time of COVID-19.” Check out the full list of events at the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops website.

Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm, October 27 2020

Learn to build an effective profile and connect with Employers. This and all Breaking Barriers events are free and open to all BC students.

Register Now! Breaking Barriers Fall 2020 Eventbrite Registration

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE and the Center for Career Connection’s Breaking Barriers series. Check out the full list of events at the Breaking Barriers website.

Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm, October 28 2020

Many Americans are worried about security in voting. Many others lack confidence in the fairness of election processes. What should the country to do to strengthen our elections? How do we prioritize our limited time and resources – protecting the integrity of our votes or removing barriers to voting, or some combination of both? As we enter the final week of the 2020 Election, join others at BC for a deep dialogue focused on solutions and beyond the walls of party lines. You will be an active participant, so be prepared to talk with other students, faculty, and staff, share opinions and information that matter to you, and listen to the viewpoints of others who might think differently from you. Do not expect to resolve this question; but do expect to better understand different perspectives on this important issue. This virtual dialogue will be “face-to-face” over Zoom. For a less audiovisual format, register for the “With the People” event on October 15. 

Seats are limited, and registration ends October 25. Make sure that you have access to audio and video capabilities.

Facilitator: Sapan Parekh, Bellevue College’s RISE Learning Institute
Register here.

This is one of many events happening from now until November 3 to bring voting and civic engagement more to conversations at the college. Check out the full list, along with social media, a survey, important dates, FAQs, and more, at the My Power. My Impact. My Vote 2020 website.

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm, October 29 2020

Do you feel stuck in your job? Do you want your work to be meaningful? How can you build your skills in your current role and look for opportunities for growth. This course aims to give you answers to those questions. In this workshop, you will identify transferrable skills and interests. Learn strategies to redesign your job. Explore ways to apply your transferrable skills to pursue your interests that can take you to the next stage of career growth.

Facilitators: Chiew Jones, Associate Director, Center for Career Connections; and Becca McCullough, Senior HR Business Partner, Office of Human Resources

Electrified Pumkins Contest – Details to Come

About RISE MakerSpace

RISE MakerSpace is where students get hands-on experience with the technology that help create and design a better future. Free and open to all students, MakerSpace hosts workshops and information sessions to help you build, design, and create.

Please note: Rise MakerSpace is currently operating remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Virtual workshops are being held throughout the quarter

Time: 10:00am-11:30am, October 30 2020

In this interactive workshop we will help you come up with your own storyboard so that you can tell your brand story more effectively to others. Story boarding is the structured framework to tell your story. It helps conceptualize and envision your thoughts on what the final story would look like. The proper framework will make you more confident in engaging your audience, or to make something clearer by your stories. Structured story telling can help you develop your own personal brand to others which would reflect who you are or what your goals are and create an image about your own professional self. This can help in your career growth and development.

This is Part II. You will need to have attended Part I to join this session.

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Chiew Jones.

November 2020

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm, November 2 2020

Is it time to update your CV? How do other college instructors structure their CV? Join Career Connections staff and your colleagues in this workshop designed to support your newest CV updates, whether you’re applying for a new position or for promotion.

Facilitator: Lindi Mujugira
Register now.

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm, November 3 2020

Transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews. Learn strategies to customize your resume to match job description and how to articulate your strengths, skills and accomplishments that an employer understands.

Facilitators: Chiew Jones, Associate Director, Center for Career Connections; and Becca McCullough, Senior HR Business Partner, Office of Human Resources

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm, November 3 2020

Many faculty want to include projects that incorporate the rapidly changing world in which we live. Projects related to racial equity and social justice can be powerfully engaging for students, but figuring out how to get started isn’t always easy. How do you incorporate material that seems to change by the minute? How do you get students to grapple with a glut of information and mis-information? How do you find and engage with community-based organizations focused on racial equity and social justice? We’ll help you get started. The goal of this workshop is for every participant to walk away with an idea for a project they could use in a class in Winter 2021.

Participants must have completed Part 1 on October 27 in order to join this session.

Facilitators: Miranda Kato, Sapan Parekh, and Michael Reese

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE’s “Faculty Workshops for the Time of COVID-19.” Check out the full list of events at the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops website.

Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm, November 4 2020

Transform your resume into a powerful tool that will get you interviews. Learn strategies to customize your resume to match job description and how to articulate your strengths, skills and accomplishments that an employer understands.

Facilitators: Chiew Jones, Associate Director, Center for Career Connections; and Becca McCullough, Senior HR Business Partner, Office of Human Resources

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm, November 4 2020

You are invited to join us for an engaging panel discussion from employers and student interns who have successfully completed their internships. They will touch on the future of work, transferrable skills, their career story and the awesome STEM internship opportunities available.

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Chiew Jones or Lindi Mujugira.

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm, November 5 2020

Gain knowledge and confidence to ace your interview. This and all Breaking Barriers events are free and open to all BC students.

Register Now! Breaking Barriers Fall 2020 Eventbrite Registration

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE and the Center for Career Connection’s Breaking Barriers series. Check out the full list of events at the Breaking Barriers website.

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm, November 10 2020

How do you teach soft skills like teamwork and collaborative learning? When you have students work on projects, should you have students pick their own teammates or should you place them into groups? How do you design and implement to team assignments to ensure that tasks are divided equitably and that voices aren’t marginalized?

Participants must be available both for this session and for Part 2 on November 17, 1:30pm-3:00pm.

Facilitator: Miranda Kato
6 PD hours | $75 stipend | Register now.

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE’s “Faculty Workshops for the Time of COVID-19.” Check out the full list of events at the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops website.

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Deploy Your Own Game Server – Details to Come

About RISE MakerSpace

RISE MakerSpace is where students get hands-on experience with the technology that help create and design a better future. Free and open to all students, MakerSpace hosts workshops and information sessions to help you build, design, and create.

Please note: Rise MakerSpace is currently operating remotely during the COVID-19 crisis. Virtual workshops are being held throughout the quarter

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm, November 16 2020

Voting. Volunteering. Protesting. Donating.
Ideas around community and civic engagement vary across the world, and depend on cultural, social, political, and economic norms and systems. And yet, the belief that we should give to our communities is a universal one. Join us for a discussion about what community and civic engagement looks like in your own country, and how you can be involved with communities in the United States. Come prepared to share with and learn from others. This discussion is jointly brought to you by the Office of International Education and the RISE Learning Institute.


This is part of International Education Week. Check out all the events!

Moderator: Sapan Parekh, Associate Director, RISE Learning Institute
Join the conversation. (Meeting ID 899 7970 3641)

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm, November 16 2020

Are you looking for ways to increase student engagement and hands-on learning in your online classroom?  The remote setting has certainly changed the way we do many things, including undergraduate research.  If you have considered integrating a research experience into your course, please join us for a faculty panel on Monday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.   Faculty from the social sciences (Kathy Hunt and Madhura Sohani) and physical/life sciences (Sonya Doucette and Stacy Alvares) will share their experiences and strategies for getting students involved in research projects that engage them and build critical skills.

Facilitator: Jackie Miller, Molecular Biosciences
Please register hereAn email confirmation with the Zoom link will be sent to you upon registration.

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm, November 17 2020

How do you teach soft skills like teamwork and collaborative learning? When you have students work on projects, should you have students pick their own teammates or should you place them into groups? How do you design and implement to team assignments to ensure that tasks are divided equitably and that voices aren’t marginalized?

Participants must have completed Part 1 on November 10 in order to join this session.

Facilitator: Miranda Kato

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE’s “Faculty Workshops for the Time of COVID-19.” Check out the full list of events at the Fall 2020 Faculty Workshops website.

Time: 12:30pm-2:00pm, November 18 2020

Join us for an interactive workshop to learn how to apply for CPT (Curriculum Practical Training) which allows international students to have internships off campus. Find out strategies you can use to search for internships. All are invited.  This event is brought you by the Office of International Education, Center for Career Connections and RISE Institute.

For questions regarding the workshop, please contact Chiew Jones.

Time: 1:30pm-2:30pm, November 19 2020

Learn tips and strategies that can help you negotiate a solid salary and benefits package. This and all Breaking Barriers events are free and open to all BC students.

Register Now! Breaking Barriers Fall 2020 Eventbrite Registration

This is one of many offerings as a part of RISE and the Center for Career Connection’s Breaking Barriers series. Check out the full list of events at the Breaking Barriers website.

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm, November 16 2020

Join us for a lively conversation with our panel speakers from the Center for Career Connections & RISE who had experience working or studying in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. They will share about the value of their international experience and how they were able to translate those experiences to further their career. Learn how you can translate your international experience to transferrable skills that will bring value to employers.  This panel is jointly brought to you by the Office of International Education, Center for Career Connections and RISE Learning Institute.

Panel speakers: 

  • Maria Cervantes, Program Assistant, STEM to STERN
  • Lindi Mujugira, Associate Director & STEM Liaison
  • Sapan Parekh, Associate Director, Service Learning & Community Engagement
  • Chiew Jones, Associate Director, Experiential Learning

This is part of International Education Week. Check out all the events!

Join the conversation. (Meeting ID 879 5179 4173)

Community Members

December 2020

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm, December 1 2020

This 2-session workshop focuses on preparing for a college faculty interview. You’ve made the first cut, and maybe even the second! Now you are called in for the interview. An interview for a full-time faculty position may include a variety of components: a (virtual?) campus tour, a meet and greet of potential colleagues, a timed question/answer session, a writing prompt, or a teaching demonstration. Learn more about interviews and practice with colleagues so you are prepared to impress!

Participants must be available both for this session and for Part 2 on December 3, 2:30pm-3:30pm.

Facilitators: Lindi Mujugira and Archana Alwar
Register now.

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm, December 2 2020

John, a BC alumnus was trained in business, finance and accounting. He did his business transfer degree at BC.  John will share his journey from college to career. He will share his success & failures. Students will get a chance to ask questions on career growth and leadership development.

For questions regarding the event, please contact Chiew Jones.

Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm, December 3 2020

This 2-session workshop focuses on preparing for a college faculty interview. You’ve made the first cut, and maybe even the second! Now you are called in for the interview. An interview for a full-time faculty position may include a variety of components: a (virtual?) campus tour, a meet and greet of potential colleagues, a timed question/answer session, a writing prompt, or a teaching demonstration. Learn more about interviews and practice with colleagues so you are prepared to impress!

Participants must have completed Part 1 on October 27 in order to join this session.

Facilitators: Lindi Mujugira and Archana Alwar
Register now.

Time: Visit the website for details

Making Learning Visible is the quarterly showcase of student learning. Normally in-person, it will be held virtually for the entirety of this academic year. Through the website below, Bellevue College faculty, staff, and students can see which courses and sections are participating this quarter. For some classes, the final presentations are open to members of the BC community to attend. For others, the students are posting their research posters, artwork, designs, media, projects, etc. for view. We at RISE encourage faculty, staff, and students to visit the site and participate in recognizing student learning.

Visit the RISE Making Learning Visible website.

Last Updated March 4, 2021