Workshops for Staff

We encourage all staff to participate in meaningful learning activities to help you in your role, build on your strengths and contribute to your professional growth.  Here are Spring 2023 workshops, but please also visit our list of online resources on foundational and transferable skills.

Live virtual and in-person workshops are included below. 

Building and Maintaining Resiliency
With all that occurs in our workplaces and homes, the one constant we encounter is stress. Stress can manifest in reactions ranging from trepidation to full-blown anxiety to defensiveness. This course focuses on building resiliency to combat the impacts of stress on the brain and body.
Monday, February 13th | 9:00am-12:00pm | Halpern Centre 126

Discover Your Strengths (a CliftonStrengths Workshop)
Join us in this interactive workshop to grow awareness of your strengths and how to apply these at work and in your career. Drawing from your CliftonStrengths Assessment results, you will build your understanding of your unique strengths and talents and how to do more of “what works” at work. This session is suitable for individuals who feel they are on the "right" path, as well as those who wish to progress or shift in their careers. 
Wednesday, March 8th | 10:00am-12:00pm | Zoom

Foundations for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
This 3 hour virtual learning opportunity will grow your knowledge of foundational concepts of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) that you can apply to both your personal and professional roles. In this session, you will explore and deepen your individual awareness of bias, understand authenticity and build capacity for inclusion using an equity and anti-racist lens. This session will prepare you to continue developing your skills in anti-racism practices and provide opportunities to practice building safe professional spaces. You will leave equipped and empowered with the tools you need to take actionable and accountable steps toward a more inclusive workplace.
Tuesday, April 4th | 9:30am-12:30pm | Zoom

Climate Action 101
As we face the impacts of the global climate emergency, the world is up against a ticking clock to keep global warming below 1.5ᵒC. In the wake of much needed systemic change, the question arises for many: ‘What can I do about it’? As a staff member at SFU, no matter your role, you are in a unique position to engage and champion climate action at our institution. This course focuses on providing foundational knowledge about climate change, climate justice and action. The course will help SFU staff improve climate literacy, build capacity and skills for collaborating on climate solutions, and empower staff to take on advocacy and leadership roles needed to take on the climate crisis.  
Wednesday, April 19th | 10:00am to 12:00pm | Zoom

Introduction to SFU Timesheets (for Current Timekeepers)
SFU's Payroll and Human Resources departments are pleased to jointly offer an introduction to SFU Timesheets as an information session for new timekeepers and/or timekeepers who would like to refresh their skills and obtain information on frequently asked questions from Payroll and HR.
Thursday, April 27th | 10:00am to 12:00pm | Halpern Centre Room 114


Some workshops have a nominal fee of $75 to offset costs and enable us to provide exceptional learning opportunities. The fee is substantially lower than similar workshops offered externally and can be reimbursed through PD funds (see below) or departments may choose to cover the fee.

Need to Cancel your Registration?

Most of our workshops fill up and have waitlists, so we ask that you cancel your registration with as much notice as possible.  This will allow us to open up your space for someone else.  Refunds are possible for registrations cancelled at least 7 days prior to the workshop date.

Cancelling with more than 7 days’ notice

Please follow these steps to cancel your registration with more than 7 days’ notice:

  • Go to your Eventbrite account and find the workshop order:
  • Select ‘request a refund’ (if you paid a fee) or ‘cancel your order’ (if there was no fee)
  • For fee refunds, you will be sent an email indicating whether a refund is eligible.  Once approved, it takes up to 5 business days to be processed.

Last minute cancellations (less than 7 days’ notice)

  • Email if you need to cancel your registration with less than 7 days’ notice, including the day-of the workshop if you’re unable to attend due to illness.  If we don’t hear from you and you don’t attend the workshop, we may need to charge your department to compensate for associated costs.
  •  Cancellations within 7 days are not eligible for refunds.