Concurrent Sessions

Day and Time
Monday, October 8 at 1:45 - 2:45 p.m.

Organizational and Professional Development

Building Self and Others


Building Capacity and Community, One Book at a Time

If you've ever been in a book club, you may have heard the facilitator ask, “So, what did everyone think of the book?” In some sessions, people rant; in others, they cry; and in many, they organize themselves for action. At the end, we often find ourselves asking, “Wait, did we even talk about the book?” Learn how The University of Arizona replaced its traditional professional development approach with a book club model that builds social capital, strengthens community, brings issues of institutional concern to the surface, and brings people together to address pressing challenges.

Thomas McDonald, Director of Strategic Initiatives; Helena Rodrigues, Associate Vice President for Human Resources; Allison Vaillancourt, Vice President for Business Affairs and Human Resources, all of the University of Arizona