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Previous Talking Series Events

Each semester, the Dean of Students Office (DOS) hosts a series of events, The Talking Series, where we discuss difficult topics and current events issues such as Civil Discourse, Conflict Resolution, Healthy Relationships, and more. The main goal of our Talking Series is to provide the University of North Florida community with opportunities to learn more about student conduct issues that our office sees on a weekly basis.

We enjoy partnering with other departments around campus, to get everyone involved in these important discussions. We need to be open with each other and have conversations focused on topics that could be viewed as "more difficult" and The Talking Series is here to help implement that onto the UNF campus

The presentation portion of these Talking Series are recorded for educational/discussion purposes only. A copy of the video is available upon request.

  • Spring 2023

    Healthy Relationships and Conflict Resolution


    Join the Dean of Students Office and The Resolution Center as we discuss healthy relationships and how to navigate though conversations within those relationships. 

  • Fall 2022

    Trauma in my Pocket: A Red Zone Event

    TH SEP 8 | 2PM 

    An interactive virtual event to learn about the Red Zone and also engage with all participants and gain a deeper understanding of our collective campus outlook about sexual violence prevention. Learn more about our  Red Zone events.

    Lift Your Spirits

    TH OCT 20 | 2PM

    Lift Your Spirits! In this case, we mean your adult beverages because we’re chatting about National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. It’s never a bad time to brush up on your alcohol and safety knowledge, especially with Florida/Georgia and Halloween happening soon!

    Self-Care Stations

    WED NOV 30 | 10AM- 2PM

    Join us during Market Days for an intereactive Talking Series event, where you can learn about the power of smell, breathing techniques and meditation as ways to take care of yourself during Finals Week!

  • Spring 2022

    March 10 at 2pm:  The Power of Letting Go

     “When you let go, you live intuitively with a great deal more ease and flow because you are no longer attached to things begin a certain way, to being a certain person or always being right.” In this month’s talking series we will be discussing the key concepts presented by John Purkiss, author of “The Power of Letting Go”:
    Be Present and Enjoy Each Moment

    • Let Go of the thoughts that keep you Stuck
    • Let Go of the Pain that Runs your Life
    • Surrender and Tune into Something Far More Intelligent than your Brain

    Join us as we chat through each topic and share different tips and resources to support your “letting go” process.

    March 30 at 7pm: From Sorority to Success: Womxn in Leadership

     Come learn about the history of womxn in higher education and sorority life and see how these leaders represent their values in this partnership between the Office of the Dean of Students and the Panhellenic Council. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

    April 21 at 1pm: Men on a Mission: Busting Myths About Gender Roles & Breaking the Cycle of Toxic Masculinity

     April is Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Month and often programming is geared toward women, but that is only part of it. Join our Talking Series Event "Men on a Mission" to explore gender role myths and how we can all work together to prevent sexual assault.

    The presentation portion of these Talking Series are recorded for educational/discussion purposes only. A copy of the video is available upon request.

  • Fall 2021

    August 31 at 2pm: kNOw MORE: The Sexual Geography of Campus

    “Sexual Geographies encompass the spatial context through which people move, and the peer networks that can regulate access to those spaces” (Hirsch & Khan, 2020).
    Join us for a Red Zone Series conversation where we will be discussing what the Red Zone is, how our environment can influence certain behaviors, and learn more about how we can keep ourselves and others safe on and off campus. We will be joined by two great campus partners; Housing and Residence Life and University Police Department.

    Presented by Jocelyn Posos, Assistant Director. 

    Sept 30 at 10 am: Know Your E.Q.

    Join our September Talking Series Event with Rachel Winter, University Conduct Officer, where we talk will through the idea of emotional intelligence, empathy, and answer some interesting questions like: What does that EQ actually mean? How do we practice empathy? Is this a useful life skill?

    Presented by Rachel Winter, University Conduct Officer.

    Oct 22 at 1pm: Candy & Kickoffs: Tricks for Staying Safe While Socializing

    With the Florida-Georgia Game and Halloween happening the same weekend this year, that weekend may be your first time going to a major social event since COVID started or maybe even your first social event as a college student! Either way, it is important to know how to stay safe while having fun. Join our October Talking Series event featuring Student Health Services, where we'll talk a little about the history of Halloween and the Florida-Georgia Game as well as safety tips regarding ride shares, alcohol and other substances, safe sex & consent and more!

    Presented by Rebecca Weiner, Office Manager and Amy Howell, Nurse Practitioner with Student Health Services

    Nov 17 at 1pm: American Education Week: A Conversation

    Educators come in all varieties, and sometimes we don't have a moment to take the time to appreciate them. Join OSAR for our November Talking Series event to celebrate American Education Week as we talk about the history of education and how education can have many definitions!

    Presented by Carly Bengry, Hearing Coordinator, and Brittany Robbins, MSW Intern and Student Support Specialist

  • Summer 2021

    June 24 at 1pm: Post Traumatic Stress

    June is PTSD Awareness month! Join us this month for our Talking Series where we will be raising awareness for PTSD, also known as posttraumatic stress disorder. We'll be talking about Post Traumatic Stress and Post Traumatic Growth with individuals sharing their first hand experience.  Join us via Zoom for the discussion.

    Presented by Francesca Brant, Program Coordinator in collaboration with the Military Veterans Resource Center.

  • Spring 2021

    January 22 at 1pm: Adulting 101

    To get this Spring Semester started off on the right foot, join us for our January Talking Series to discuss "Adulting 101" and integrating into UNF, where we will cover all the basics of growing up and becoming an adult. 

    Our two MSW interns/Support Specialists, Lori Ferguson and Hope Rendell, will be hosting this month's Talking Series and will help guide us all on where to start, when you're starting out!

    Resources from this presentation: DoSomething.Org | UNF Career Success Center

    February 12 at 11am: Treat Yo' Self

    Celebrate love in the sweetest way, by taking care of you! Join us for our January Talking series where we will be discussing self-care, mindfulness, our biopsychosocial, and being comfortable with yourself!

    Presented by Jocelyn Posos, Assistant Director and Francesca Brant, Program Coordinator.

    Resources from this presentation: Headspace | Calm

    March 12 at 1 PM: Be Bold. Be Heard. Bystander Intervention

    Discuss safety measures & learn how to be a proactive bystander with the Victim Advocate, Whitney Washington and the University Conduct Officer, Rachel Winter.

    Resources from this presentation: | Crime Junkie

    April 9 at 1 PM: Creativity, Quarantine, and Summertime Sadness

    April is National Poetry Month. Join OSAR as we take a look at our creative side and how this has been influenced by quarantine.

    Presented by Carly Bengry, Hearing Coordinator and Rebecca Weiner, Office Manager

    Resources from this presentation:  A History Of Quarantines Your Brain on Quarantine 

  • Fall 2020

    September 30 at 1pm: Your Voice, Your Choice

    In partnership with the Department of Diversity Initiatives, our Assistant Director will be co-discussing civil discourse, protesting, counter-protesting, and how to act with agency while still honoring the Student Code of Conduct. While DDI is our main partner in this event, we have also reached out to other organizations around campus to give their input as well.

    Resources from Presentation:

    October 15 at 1pm: Conflict Resolution Day

    It's Conflict Resolution Day! The Association for Conflict Resolution celebrates Conflict Resolution Day each year on the third Thursday of October, and so do we! Today the OSAR Program Coordinator will be having an open discussion on Conflict Resolution. This conversation will be focused on promoting awareness of our new Alternative Dispute Resolution Process and its potential resolution methods of Conflict Coaching, Facilitated Dialogue, and Mediation, while verbalizing that conflict can be a positive thing if dealt with in a peaceful and productive manner.

    Resources from Presentation

    Dale Eilerman, 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students:

    November 18 at 3pm: Healthy Relationships

    In November, we will be discussing healthy relationships. There are many different types of relationships, such as friendly, familial, or even working relationships. As we head into the holiday season our University Conduct Officer will be discussing how to deal with these types of relationships and why they are important.

    Resources from Presentation

Coffee & Conduct 

The Beans

The "Coffee & Conduct" series started with the former University Conduct Officer after a busy semester answering questions from students, parents, faculty and staff about the Office and conduct at UNF. Instead of responding to questions or situations after an incident occurred, she decided to address concerns and hopefully deter some questionable decision-making. Think of it as "what not to do" while being a student at UNF!

Coffee & Conduct will be held via Zoom and share information and follow a question & answer format. Participants can decide if they would like to interact and ask questions as well! No specific cases or real examples will be reviewed, but hypothetical situations may be reviewed. ALL student conduct cases are protected by FERPA.

The Brew

All Coffee & Conduct events are recorded for educational/discussion purposes only. A copy of any video is available upon request.

  • MAR 1 2022| Joined by Event Hosts of UNF 'Sprey Break
    This virtual Coffee and Conduct Q&A discussion will focus on healthy spring break alternatives and UNF's 'Sprey Break with event hosts.
  • FEB 15 2022 | Joined by Whitney Washington, Victim Advocate to discuss healthy relationships
    This virtual Coffee and Conduct Q&A discussion will focus on what healthy relationships look like with Whitney Washington, Victim Advocate. 
  • FEB 10 2022 | Joined by Nancy Miller, Associate Director of Compliance within UNF Athletics


    Nancy Miller, Associate Director of Athletic Compliance 

    WHAT'S IN YOUR MUG      

    Trader Joe'sWinter blend tea | "Pour myself a cup of Ambition" Tea tumbler


    Athletic compliance | Fall team successes  |  Winter/Spring athletic events


    Missed the live event? Email DOS to request a copy of the recording. 

  • Sept 14 2021| Joined by Thomas Van Schoor, Assistant Dean of Students & Ombuds to discuss the role of the Student Ombudsman


    Tom Van Schoor, Assistant Dean of Students and University Ombuds 


    Coffee with creamer | New York Yankees Mug


    Role of the Ombuds | Student Affairs career  |  Institutional experience

  • AUG 31 2021 | Joined by the OSAR team to discuss the new conduct process


    The Office of Student Accountability & Resolution team includes Assistant Director, Jocelyn Posos; Program Coordinator, Francesca Brant; Hearing Coordinator, Carly Bengry; and Office Manager, Rebecca Weiner. All members of the team work together to provide the UNF Community with disciplinary procedures, learning opportunities, programming, alternative dispute resolution, and connect with University partners. 


    Jocelyn: Lemon Zest Tea | Assistant to the Regional Manager, The Office mug
    Francesca: Black Lavender Tea | Red mug
    Carly: Honey/Carmel Coffee | National Parks, Get Your Stamp mug
    Rebecca: Pomegranate Tea | Cat Life is Hard mug


    Rebranding from "Student Conduct" to OSAR | New FL State law (HB233)  |  Due process procedures
    Anonymous reporting | Alternative Dispute Resolution | Updated conduct process
  • JUN 23 2021 | Joined by Dr. Andrea Adams-Manning to discuss the Dean of Students Office


    Dr. Andrea Adams-Manning is the Dean of Students at the University of North Florida, providing general consultation to the University in matters specifically related to student life/behaviors/needs/etc. 


    Coffee with French Vanilla creamer | Personalized UNF Mug


    Role of the Dean of Students | Leadership experience  |  University partnerships
    Interactions with student engagement |  Offices reporting to the Dean of Students   
  • JUN 8 2021 | Featuring the entire OSAR team to discuss University Conduct with Rachel Winter


     Rachel is the University Conduct Officer in the Office of Student Accountability & Resolution, serving as the main point of contact for all things related to University conduct. 


    Lemon Water | Yellow sunflower water mug


    Common violations | OSAR response to incident reporting  |  Conduct records
    Sanctions/Outcomes | Various forms of misconduct  |  Programs & initiatives of the Office
  • MAY 26 2021| Joined by David Stout, Asst. Dean of Students to discuss the Supporting Our Students (SOS) Program


    David is the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of SOS in the Dean of Students Office, who leads and directs the Supporting Our Students (SOS) Team and program. 


      Smart Water bottle   


    Reporting process | Purpose and intent behind SOS  |  Behavioral Intervention v. Threat Assessment  
    Campus-wide response | Campus resources and support  |  Challenges  
  • APR 28 2021 | Joined by Francesca Brant and current volunteers to discuss the Student Conduct Board


    Francesca is the Program Director in the Office of Student Accountability & Resolution, serving as the manager and main point of contact for the Student Conduct Board. Also joining us was Caitlin, Dwan and Andy who are current Student Conduct Board members, and spoke about their personal experiences as a student, staff, and faculty member 


    Coffee with whole milk | Travel mug
    Black coffee | Teal "Believe in Yourself" mug
    Iced Coffee with Almond Joy creamer | Yellow cup
    Dunkin' Donuts coffee with sugar | Black & White geometric pattern mug


    Student Conduct Board membership | Training  |  Memorable moments
    Roles of the SCB | Important Areas of Interest  |  Professional Development & Campus Service  
  • MAR 3 2021| Joined by Jocelyn Posos to review common student violations


    Jocelyn is the Assistant Director in the Office of Student Accountability & Resolution, serving as a liaison to Housing & Residence Life and handling mid-range cases


    Lemon zest tea | Rose Apothecary mug


    Common violations | Sanctions  |  Incident Report routing (Housing or Conduct)
    Decision-making   |   Bystander Participation | Parental Notifications   
  • FEB 16 | Joined by Francesca Brant to review conflict resolution


    Francesca is the Program Coordinator in the Office of Student Accountability & Resolution, specializing in alternative dispute resolution and auxiliary processes.


    Coffee with milk & honey | "Troy & Abed: In the Morning" mug


    What is conflict resolution? | Alternative Dispute Resolution program in OSAR
    Communication Styles  |  Mediation | Conduct Records   |   Resources
  • FEB 3 2021 | Joined by Carly Bengry to review organizational misconduct


    Carly is the Hearing Coordinator in the Office of Student Accountability & Resolution, specializing in organizational misconduct. 


    Honey & caramel coffee | "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" mug


    What is organizational misconduct? | Sanctions  |  Individual vs. Organizational Misconduct
    Social Media | COVID-19 Regulations | Public Records | Forgiveness