Employee Development Day – Filling our Communities with Support

Northwest Vista College’s annual Employee Development Day was one of the most impactful and entertaining in recent years. “Filling our Communities with Support,” was the theme this year. It focused on how to holistically support students.

Morning speakers were:

  • San Antonio Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales who provided that “Westside Connection.”
  • Dr. Haetham Abdul-Razaq, assistant professor of Sociology at NVC. His presentation was titled, “We Thrive by Giving: SES and Academic Achievement.” He challenged the audience to consider a student’s socioeconomic status when teaching them or providing services.
  • Dr. Michael Lee Gardin, assistant professor and NVC Faculty Senate president. Her topic, “Education and Social Transformation,” said community colleges should work for the community and encourage students to thrive beyond just getting jobs.
  • Molly Cox, CEO of SA 2020, spoke about “Community Visions: Aligning Toward Common Goals for Real Results.” She said San Antonio is the only large city that has community vision by people who live here. She added San Antonio is making a lot of improvements on several fronts, but encouraged NVC employees to stay motivated and do more to change San Antonio’s education trajectory.

Throughout the day, employees took part in a variety of other sessions that ranged from technology, stress reduction, hands-on sessions, games and a wrap-up roundtable discussion. Below are a few photos from the event. To see more, visit the NVC Employee Facebook page here.

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