Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance – focus of biannual Professional Development Day

November 17, 2015

By Brandman University

Professional Development Day at Ontario campus.

The Ontario campus of Brandman University hosted a Professional Development Day and adjunct faculty meeting on Nov. 14.

The keynote speaker for the day was Dr. Loren O’Connor who talked about Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and the services offered by the department he leads, the Office of Accessible Education and Counseling Services.

The day also included updates from each of the colleges presented by full-time faculty members, as well as system-wide and campus updates presented by Patrick Pierson, campus director in Ontario.

“All in all it was an energy-filled day of recognition, shared best practices and networking for the full-time faculty, adjuncts, academic advisors, senior administration from Irvine, School of Education teacher supervisors and Outreach team members from Ontario, RiversideMenifeeSan DiegoIrvine and Online campuses,” said Dr. Jalin Johnson, who helped coordinate the event.

Additional resources were sent virtually to those unable to attend.

Curriculum Development: Ethics & J.E.D.I. – Higher education & within the workplace

  • J.E.D.I. Competent Curriculum Review & Support Process
  • Diversity Cognizant Curriculum Development; a view through the Experience, Context and Perspective (ECP) Framework
  • Diversity & Representation in Course Development
  • Diversity, Politics & Leadership: Why Cognizant Leaders know Diversity Counts Keynote / Seminar
  • Ethics in Leadership – Employee, Management & Leadership Development
  • Ethics 101: The Significance of Maintaining High Ethical Standards in the Workplace’
  • Equity and Intersectionality: Considering Student Identities and Experiences

Guided Trainings 

  • Conflict Management – Employee, Management & Leadership Development
  • ‘College readiness and collegiate expectations’
  • Equity & Representation in Curriculum development
  • Professional Development (PD) Adjunct Faculty – Workshops

Consulting & Facilitation

  • ‘Diversity, Politics and Leadership: Why Cognizant Leaders Know Diversity Counts’ – Keynote / Seminar
  • “Effective and Efficient Engagement Best Practices for Online Teaching and Learning’ 
  • Emotional Intelligence (EI): Strategies for Employees, Management and Administrators – EI review / Assessment based workshop
  • Ethical Decision making for leadership: Empirical Inquiry and Review – Government employees / Corporate governance

Presentations & Facilitations

Brandman University Offers Organizational Development Sessions for Menifee Employees –

Brandman University Offers Organizational Development Sessions for Menifee Employees
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 23:15

Brandman University has reached out to local governmental officials to support the professionalism and management qualities of the city’s officials. Currently, the university’s Menifee Campus has formulated a program designed to uplift the officials’ experience via a group of leadership and management sessions, reportedly expected to be 90 minutes in length each.

The program serves to benefit both parties, offering classes to city leaders, which ultimately benefit the community and raise awareness in the area about the types of courses the university is offering.

Brandman University steadily works on developing business courses that many in the immediate area may not be aware of. The new program opens up a flow of networking between menifee residents and officials promoting the university’s course.

According to Miguel Aranda, the Menifee Campus Site Director, the city has also agreed to implement Brandman University’s advertising campaign into their “Menifee Matters” magazine, a monthly issue of menifee activities delivered to residents and business owners of the city.

The program was devised by both the campus site director and the senior aide to the city manager, Gina Gonzalez, after she had expressed interest in possibly providing growth and development opportunities to the city’s employees.

Brandman University’s program is already in progress with Aranda having presented the first two courses geared towards customer service and enhancing the customers experience. The second session revolved around situational leadership. As of February 1st, he is expected to present the third session next week on the 10th, which will encompass organizational communication, effective listening and strategies for communication.

Aranda’s past experience in public speaking and engaging with small companies trying to upscale their customer service and internal motivation efforts, makes him a grand candidate to lead this section of the series. According to him, the series has been well received by Menifee employees (40), with between 20 and 30 of them participating in the sessions.

Aranda currently has plans to possibly expand the series offerings to nearby towns such as Temecula.

The calendar’s fourth event is scheduled for April 7; Dr. Jalin Brooks Johnson and Laura Galloway will be leading the session providing a look into the history of organization development, via the university’s OLCU 615 course.

This session will also provide an overview of basic concepts relating to organization development and principles.

Dr. Tamerin Cappelino will be leading the final session which will focus on self-learning. Dr. Cappelino is the Assistant Professor of Education at Brandman University.