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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

December 14, 2020


While you are preparing for the upcoming break, we are also wrapping up the year 2020. And oh, what a year it has been?! It goes without saying that most of this year’s experiences have been shaped by the pandemic. Our lives have all been rearranged in some way, and work life seemed to literally change in the blink of an eye. Taking a new approach to work has gifted us the opportunity to learn, stretch and grow in unimaginable ways. As you reflect on 2020, what new thing have you learned that you’d like to continue doing in your work life?

Whatever it may be, remember going into the new year that learning is the gift that keeps on giving.


Employee Appreciation

Turkey Toss

Turkey Toss week has finally arrived! As a reminder, the event looks different this year. Friday, December 18thyou can pick up your turkey or Tofurky from 7am – 7pm in Lot 5A at the corner of 21st Avenue South and Terrace Place across from the Baker Building and adjacent to the University Counseling Center. Please read our important event reminders.  Watch the video for a sneak peek and a special guest.


A Show of Gratitude

Join the Office of the Chancellor for a show of gratitude! This virtual event takes place Thursday, December 17th, 6:30pm – 8pm. Learn more and RSVP here.


Employee Learning & Engagement Virtual Workshops


Moving into the new year we have more ELE workshops to look forward to. Last week we held refresher workshops on The Four Frames of Leadership and Managing Difficult Conversations. Stay tuned for more offerings in the upcoming year. In the meantime, here’s what’s in store for this week:


Campus Partner Learning Opportunities

Disrupting Everyday Bias – Tuesday, December 15th


The “Disrupting Everyday Bias” workshops, hosted by Human Resources in collaboration with the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence, have been extended through December due to strong interest and increased registrations within the university community.

To mitigate the negative impact of bias, participants are introduced to tools and strategies to disrupt everyday bias and create situations to make decisions in a more conscious manner. This workshop supports the university’s ongoing efforts to address unconscious bias, and all staff are invited to participate in the final session of 2020 on Tuesday, December 15th from 8am – 10am.


To register for this week’s session, please visit Oracle Learning and search for “Disrupting Everyday Bias.” For more information, email Yasmine Mukahal at yasmine.mukahal@vanderbilt.edu.


Continuing Education

Master of Liberal Arts and Science (MLAS) at Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt’s Master of Liberal Arts and Science (MLAS) Program is a graduate degree program for adult students who want to pursue their love of learning. Offered through Vanderbilt’s College of Arts and Science, the program offers:

  • A master’s degree from one of the nation’s leading universities
  • Access to world-class faculty and learning facilities
  • An opportunity to broaden your knowledge base across a range of subjects
  • Connection to a community of curious-minded adults engaged in the pursuit of knowledge
  • A flexible, part-time schedule designed for working professionals

Classes are offered on weekday evenings throughout the year, including the summer. Students take ten courses to earn the degree. Most students complete the program in three and a half years.*

The Master of Liberal Arts and Science program at Vanderbilt will hold a Virtual Open House on January 6, 2021.  During this event, the professors of the Spring MLAS courses will provide information about course content and expectations. Open enrollment begins on December 17 and closes on February 4. The MLAS program has proven to be a very popular option for Vanderbilt University employees. Read here for testimonials. For more information about the Open House and the program, please visit the MLAS.


Additional Learning Resources

LinkedIn Learning


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  • Earn a certificate when you complete a course
  • Receive course recommendations tailored to you
  • Use project files and quizzes to practice while you learn
  • View courses anytime on your computer or phone

*Please take note of any guidelines and/or fine print concerning the free subscription.



The Top 10 Workforce Trends for 2021

(LinkedIn, by Dan Schawbel)

A People Manager’s Guide to Holiday Reading

(Society for Human Resource Management, by Matt Davis) 

Dynamic Leadership: 3 Useful Tips to Boost Your Flexibility

(Psychology Today, by Derek Lusk, PhD.)

How to Have a Restorative Holiday Break During a Pandemic

(The Chronicle of Higher Education, by Aisha S. Ahmad)



About WorkLife

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant takes you inside the minds of some of the world’s most unusual professionals to explore the science of making work not suck. From learning how to love criticism to harnessing the power of frustration, one thing’s for sure: You’ll never see your job the same way again.

As one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018, WorkLife spent two weeks as the #1 show on the entire podcast chart.

Check out an episode of season 3 on How Science Can Fix Remote Work. Additional seasons and episodes are available here.


Communication Reminders


Don’t forget—you can send all your ELE questions, concerns, thoughts, ideas, and compliments to ele@vanderbilt.edu.

Emails regarding the following items can also be sent to this new email:

·      Rooted in Learning distribution list

·      Vanderbilt Learning Enrichment and Vanderbilt Leadership Academy

·      Employee Appreciation Events including Turkey Toss and Service Awards

·      Inquiries about ELE offerings


As we keep it a bit shorter and sweeter this week, we hope you’ve taken some time to reflect on all that 2020 has ushered into your life. Just in case, here’s the reflection resource provided in last week’s newsletter to aid in your review as you envision the new year.

The Employee Learning & Engagement team is here to invest in you. Your daily efforts in an unprecedented year such as 2020 are highly valued and appreciated. Please share and encourage your teams and colleagues across campus to opt-in to Rooted in Learning by sending an email to us at ele@vanderbilt.edu. It’s onward and upward as “One Vanderbilt” in the new year!

Happy Learning,

Employee Learning & Engagement Team


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