SEEDS Networking Programs: UM-wide events and local focus groups

Networking is an efficient and cost-effective community-building program in which faculty experience near-immediate benefits: It is a crucial key to alleviating the isolation- and the many adverse consequences of isolation- that many UM scientists feel.


SEEDS Annual Networking Dinner took place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  This event, which hosted guests from all three campuses, began with a networking session in a gallery that exhibits SEEDS You Choose Leadership Awards. After a dinner buffet, Kathryn Tosney, Director of SEEDS, highlighted SEEDS accomplishments, leadership and aspirations. Isaac Prilleltensky, Dean, School of Education and Vice President for Institutional Culture, spoke about cultural transformation and its interface with existing programs like SEEDS. President Julio Frenk gave the Keynote Address. The evening culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Skit presented by SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble led Jennifer Burke.

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If you would like to be notified for all our future events please contact Marisol Capellan, Manager, SEEDS Program, at mcapellan@miami.edu.


SEEDS Annual Networking Dinner took place on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  This event, which hosted guests from all three campuses, began with a networking session in a gallery that exhibits SEEDS You Choose Leadership Awards. After a dinner buffet, Kathryn Tosney, Director of SEEDS, highlighted SEEDS accomplishments, leadership and aspirations. President Julio Frenk and Provost Tom LeBlanc gave formal talks. The evening culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Skit presented by SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble led Jennifer Burke.

Copyrights - Jenny Abreu Photography 2017

If you would like to be notified for all our future events please contact Marisol Capellan, Manager, SEEDS Program, at mcapellan@miami.edu.


UM-wide events 
Each year, SEEDS hosts a UM-wide networking event. The first UM-wide event, Lunch with the Prez in 2008, is described at the bottom of this page. SEEDS 2009 Annual Networking event is described below.

SEEDS Annual Networking Dinner with Provost Thomas LeBlanc

SEEDS Annual Networking Luncheon took place on Monday, April 6, 2015.  This event hosted guests from all three UM campuses and begain with a You Choose Leader project exhibition followed by a dinner buffet.  Keynote speaker, Provost LeBlanc, congratulated the You Choose winners on their diverse projects to improve the climate of UM as well as discussed UM's ongoing Culture Transformation campaign to Build a Better U. He acknowleged the commitments of each school and program that have build on SEEDS initiavies, such as RSMAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; the Medical School's Mentoring and Grantsmanship program; the school of Engineering's Co-Mentoring program and the College of Arts & Sciences program to provide child care assistance for faculty traveling to conferences and its Career Support program for faculty at all levels.  Kathryn Tosney, Director, highlighted SEEDS ongoing endeavors and future intiatives, which include workshops on mentoring, leadership, and implicit bias.  The evening culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble skit, entitled, "Under Advisement," presented by SEEDS Artistic Director, Jennifer Burke, and facilitated by Mark Mocahbee and Chris O'Connor. 



SEEDS Annual Networking Luncheon with Provost Thomas LeBlanc

SEEDS Annual Networking Luncheon took place on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.  This event, which host guests from all three UM campuses, began with a gallery of You Choose Leaders and their projects followed by a lunch buffet. We had brief keynote talks by Provost Tom LeBlanc and Dean Brian Blake.  SEEDS Director Kathryn Tosney highlighted SEEDS endeavors, including the Climate Survey and talk about future initiatives.  The afternoon culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Theatre Ensemble skit entitled, "Chemistry", presented by SEEDS Theatre Director, Jennifer Burke and facilitated by Mark Mocahbee.  This event was highlighted by the College of Arts & Science Communications Office.  Click here to read the news story.


SEEDS  Annual Networking Dinner with the President
SEEDS Annual Networking Dinner with the President took place Thursday, April 4, 2013 from 5:00PM - 8:00PM at the Newman Alumni Center's Ballroom. This event, which hosted guests from all three UM campuses, began with a networking reception followed by opening remarks by President Shalala and Dr. Kathryn Tosney, SEEDS Program Director. After dinner, we  highlighted briefly SEEDS endeavors. The evening culminated with a SEEDS Interactive Theatre skit, presented by SEEDS Theatre Director, Jennifer Burke, and Jeffrey Steiger, SEEDS Interactive Theatre Consultant and creator of Interactive Theatre. For more information, please contact Marisa Hightower, SEEDS Program Manager at (305) 284-3988 or mhightower@bio.miami.edu.


Annual Networking event, 2009

 

SEEDS UM-wide networking dinner on October 19th, 2009, hosted 120 people from all three UM campuses. The event began with a networking and dinner session during which television monitors profiled SEEDS people and events and participants interacted with people they knew, and people they didn't know. The keynote address byPresident Donna Shalala described the importance of diversity programs nationwide and her strong support for SEEDS activities at UM. SEEDS endeavors were briefly highlighted by speakers: SEEDS Director Kathryn Tosney, SEEDS You Choose Award Winners Tulay Koru-Sengul, Lisa Beal, Eunji Lim, Acquittal Zuidema and (represented by Mary Lou King) Joy Lincoln as well as Speed Mentoring participants, Claudia Rodrigues, Angela Knapp and Marilyn Brandtan. The program included an audience perception survey that used "student response units" to anonymously gather people's perceptions on UM's climate. 

The evening culminated with the inaugural SEEDS Interactive Theatre skit, The Mid-Term Review for Tenure,presented by SEEDS Theatre Director Jennifer Burke, stage manager Christine D'Amore, facilitator David Wilsonand the SEEDS Repertory Players Janet Allard, Maha McCain, Marc Mocohbe, Glenn Patron, Lee Soroko andJennifer Vellenga. 

Downloadable resources related to the event 
Application form for a SEEDS You Choose award (due December 15, 2009) docx, 48 KB
List of career survival resources mentioned by Kathryn Tosney pdf 104 KB
Slides of SEEDS people and events pptx 14 MB
Results of the audience climate perception survey pptx, 1.1 MB
SEEDS annual networking event, program pamphlet pdf 408 KB


Local "focus groups" see calendar for description of past and upcoming events. 

SEEDS aims to encourage a suite of local networking and mentoring activities to address the varied needs of junior and senior faculty in different research environments. Some groups are already well established: a recurrentmeeting of women and junior faculty in epidemiology was initiated by Lora Fleming. In addition, RSMAS women faculty have long met monthly. In addition, since SEEDS began additional groups have begun to meet, often monthly, to plan SEEDS events, to discuss opportunities, climate issues, mentoring, science, and in short to network. Two such groups are a SEEDS group in the medical basic sciences, email Dr. Mary Lou King, SEEDS Steering Committee, for information, and a SEEDS group in engineering email Dr. Helena Solo-Gabriele, SEEDS Steering Committee, for information. To have your meeting listed in the SEEDS calendar, email the SEEDS Director

Such networking groups are efficient and cost-effective enterprises in which faculty experience near-immediate benefits. These meetings provide informal communication networks, opportunities to compare experiences, aid in non-judgmental interactions, offer peer support and a nascent professional network. As these groups grow to include a broader base and to interact with other groups at UM-wide events, they will help us learn about issues that impact other fields and other races differentially and raise our sensitivity to one another. Networks that cross disciplines, power hierarchies and boundaries of gender and race build connections that advance careers.


Lunch with President Shalala November 18, 2008 

This event attracted one hundred and ten people, predominantly women in science, math and engineering, but also women in other fields. Women came from Anthropology, Biology, Education, English, Mathematics, Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Cell Pharmacology, Epidemiology, the Eye Institute, The Human Genome initiative, Medicine, Microbiology, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Surgery, Diabetes Center, Trauma Center, Urology, Marine Biology and Fisheries, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Deans Pascal Goldschmidt, James Tien and Michael Halleran, as well as Provost Leblanc, joined in discussion of issues.

Women talked with one another, ate an excellent lunch and then listened to the SEEDS Director Kathryn Tosneytalk about the need across UM for interactions, programs and an office to assure the career support of all our constituency, particularly women and minorities. She thanked Provost LeBlanc for funding the SEEDS office to fill this role, and the Science Deans and the President for their strong support of the SEEDS office and the NSF ADVANCE for Women in Science grant.

The main event was a talk by President Shalala, who emphasized the need for support and recruitment of women and minorities to assure American success. She talked about diversity at UM, saying that our baseline for women and minorities is as low as it is elsewhere, but that efforts like SEEDS, supported by strong leadership, will make a crucial difference. As an example, she cited Dean Tien, who doubled the number of faculty women in Engineering: from four to eight, in one year! She had intended to visit each table after her talk, but had to leave for an emergency meeting in Boca. We all thank President Shalala for her extraordinary leadership.

Event photographs, taken by UM photographer Robert Jones