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Coyote Learning Circle

The Coyote Learning Circle is intended to promote your professional and personal development at CSUSB through community learning and discussion that is relevant to areas of growth. You will be exposed to a variety of resources that emphasize opportunities for growth like communication, interpersonal relationships, diversity & inclusion, and leadership development.

Each month throughout the year we will launch a circle featuring a new topic for discussion.  Bring your lunch and come prepared to learn, grow, and discuss professional development topics with fellow colleagues.

If you are interested in participating in an upcoming Learning Circle, sign-up today!

Register for 2020!

2020 Schedule

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Spark Your Creativity: Break out of  your box and nurture your inner artist!

Thursday, October 29, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm) - Rescheduled

Description: Creativity, originality and initiative are projected to be part of the top ten in-demand skills of 2022 (Future of Jobs, 2018). Get a head start in exercising your creative muscle by participating in this month's Coyote Learning Circle! Attend this 60-minute session to learn about the creative techniques and practices that will help you think outside of the box when tackling your next project, task, or even what to make for dinner. This discussion will be based off of the online LinkedIn Learning course, Creativity Bootcamp.

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 Worth the Investment: A conversation on & celebration of professional development

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 (11:00am-12:00pm) - New Time!

Description: On September 12, 2017 the Staff Development Center (SDC) opened its doors and committed to promoting professional and personal development opportunities for CSUSB colleagues! In recognition of the Staff Development Center's three-year anniversary, this month's Coyote Learning Circle is all about professional and career development.

Attend this special session to:

  • Discover how the SDC can support your professional development needs
  • Understand current career and professional development trends
  • Gain tips and tools to building your own professional development plan

Download September Flyer


TED Talk Speaker

Confessions of a Recovering Micromanager

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 (12:30pm-1:00pm) - New Time!

TED Talk with Chieh Huang

Description: In August's Coyote Learning Circle, we will be viewing a TED Talk and discussing the "why" behind micromanagement. This month's learning circle will be 30-minutes, employees are encouraged stop by and engage in meaningful conversation and professional development.

TED Description: Think about the most tired you've ever been at work. It probably wasn't when you stayed late or came home from a road trip -- chances are it was when you had someone looking over your shoulder, watching your each and every move. "If we know that micromanagement isn't really effective, why do we do it?" asks entrepreneur Chieh Huang. In a funny talk packed with wisdom and humility, Huang shares the cure for micromanagement madness -- and how to foster innovation and happiness at work.

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Break the Ice! An interactive conversation on forming deeper connections in team meetings

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm)

Description: Cool down this summer and learn how to "break the ice"! July's session is all about tips and techniques on how to form deeper connections between your teammates and colleagues during virtual meetings. In this interactive 60-minute conversation, we will unpack the psychology behind the traditional "ice breaker" and learn why it works. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to learn the different types of ice breakers as well as how to facilitate activities for different formats. If you regularly facilitate meetings or are looking for ways to increase engagement, consider contributing to this month's learning circle by signing up to attend!

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CLC Presenter

Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm)

Guest Facilitator: Jacob Chacko, Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion (Santos Manuel Student Union)


May’s Coyote Learning Circle is paying tribute to the legacy of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to America's history and successes. In recognition of Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we are discussing the diverse cultures within the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community. What does it mean to be Asian-American/Pacific Islander? Attend this month’s learning circle and join us in an engaging conversation on the ways in which we can create a workplace that is respectful and honorable to all

Download May Flyer


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Personality and Its Link to Motivation

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm)

Description: Everyone has a core driver that motivates them to accomplish their goals. Let’s chat about how your core motivation is unique to your personality make-up. We invite you to join a lively conversation as we watch the TEDx Talk by Scott Schwefel entitled, "Your Personality & Your Brain."

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Susan Colantuano

Women's History Month: The Career Advice You Probably Didn't Get

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm) 

Staff Development Center (PL-1104)

TED Talk with Susan Colantuano

TED Talk Description: You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways -- for men and women, new grads and mid-career workers.

Download March Flyer

Black History Month

Black History Month: The African-American Experience

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm) 

Staff Development Center (PL-1104)

Guest Facilitator: Evelyn Knox, Undergraduate Studies

Description: In recognition of Black History Month, February's Coyote Learning Circle will focus on themes related to the African-American Experience. We invite you to join the conversation and participate in an engaging session of community learning and discussion.

Download February Flyer

April Flyer

Rory Vaden

How to Multiply Your Time

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 (12:00pm-1:00pm)

Staff Development Center (PL-1104)

TED Talk with Rory Vaden

Description: What better way to kick off the New Year than to engage in a discussion on time management? Join us as Self-Discipline Strategist and New York Times bestselling author, Rory Vaden, explains why yesterday's time management strategies may not be the best tools to solve today's time-management challenges.

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2019 Schedule

2019 Schedule
Topic Date Details
The Power of Habit (TED Talk) 1/15/2019 View "Habit" Flyer
Black History Month: The Danger of A Single Story (TED Talk) 2/19/2019 View "Single Story" Flyer
Women's History Month: So We Leaned In, Now What? (TED Talk) 3/12/2019 View "Lean In" Flyer
Difficult Conversations (TED Talk) 4/16/2019 View "Difficult Conversations" Flyer
Asian Pacific American Month: Understanding the Model Minority (Discussion & Presentation) 5/14/2019 View "Model Minority" Flyer
Pride Month: Gender Pronouns (TED Talk) 6/11/2019 View "Gender Pronouns" Flyer
How to Navigate Narcissism in the Workplace (CSU's Got Talent Webinar) 7/9/2019 Flyer Not Available
Sponsorship: How to Find the Person Who Can Help You Get Ahead at Work (TED Talk) 8/13/2019 View "Sponsorship" Flyer
LatinX Heritage Month (TED Talk) 9/10/2019 View "LatinX" Flyer
Advocating for Yourself in the Workplace (Discussion & Presentation) 10/8/2019 View "Self-Advocacy" Flyer
National Native American Heritage Month (Discussion & Presentation) 11/5/2019 View "Native American Heritage" Flyer
100 Days of Rejection (TED Talk) 12/10/19 Flyer Not Available