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The Office of Graduate Student Life

Whole Person Education Workshop Series

sponsored by the office of graduate student life

Register for Whole Person Here

What does it mean to educate the whole person? Faculty often think of themselves as educators of the mind, but students come to the classroom as whole persons, with all of their social, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual experiences and concerns. Furthermore, decades of scholarship on learning and development suggest that the growth of the mind is inextricably linked to the growth of the heart and of the spirit.

This series of workshops, sponsored by The Office of Graduate Student Life, is aimed at graduate students in all disciplines who intend to teach in higher education. It is meant to complement discipline-based programs on teaching, as well as the teaching workshops offered by the Connors Family Learning Center.

The objective is to help our graduate students understand how the complex human beings they will soon encounter as teachers and mentors learn and develop through the undergraduate years. Lunch will be provided at all sessions.

This year our Whole Person Education Series will fall under six categories:

  • Undergraduate Culture
  • Financial Literacy
  • Research
  • Health & Wellness
  • Teaching
  • Professional Development

Questions about the Whole Person Education Series please email Tara Bartley at


Spring 2014 Calender

The Undergraduate Student Culture



Presented by Tim Mulvey, Assistant Director, Collaborative Initiatives

Center for Student Formation

Today’s college students are members of the millennial generation—they’ve lived very structured and busy lives, feel a great deal of pressure to succeed, and can be demanding of themselves and of others. This workshop will focus on what it’s like to teach and mentor millennials at Boston College and elsewhere.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop



Presented by Dom De Leo, Associate Director, Graduate School Advising

Where do you go from here?  Where do you begin to look?  How do you get there? Dom DeLeo will present effective ways to use the tools and resources available to you to conduct a successful job search.  He will review the process for building a network , writing Resumes and CVs, and preparing for interviews for your next job.

Cross-Cultural Communication



Presented by Adrienne Nussbaum, Director, Office of International Students and Scholars

Have you ever found it challenging to communicate with someone from another culture or country but didn’t know why? This interactive session will explore some of the common barriers to effective cross-cultural communication including idiomatic expressions, assumptions and stereotypes, differences in communication techniques and styles, and non-verbal behaviors.  Participants will leave with useful guidelines for understanding and improving communication across cultures.

Title IX and Caring for Students



Presented by Katie O'Dair, Executive Director, Office of the Vice President For Student Affairs

Sexual assault is a serious issue on college campuses. Faculty, staff, and instructors – graduate instructors included – are in a position to support students who may have experienced sexual assault. This session will overview the obligations that staff and instructors have when a student discloses a sexual assault, including how to care for the student and provide appropriate resources.


Previous Whole Person Education Series:

Working with Student's with Physical Disabilities with Paulette Durrett, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities

Evaluating a Job Offer with Louis Gaglini , Associate Director, Employer Relations, Career Center

Credit Management with Amber Fetzer, Graduate Assistant, $uccessful Start Peer Money Mentor Program.

Personal Fitness in Minutes with Gio Trilleras, Graduate Assistant of Personal Training for Boston College Campus Recreation

Living with Loans:Budgeting and Loan Management for the Professional Student by Financial Specialist Craig Noyes from Student Services

The Boston College Student- Insight When Working with Undergraduates with Mike Sacco, Director of Center of Student Formation

November 16, 2012: Boston College Superfan College with Cameron Smith, Assistant Director of Residence Life.