The novel COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant shifts in the way we approach our work in the Students and Enrolment division. For the safety of our communities, we have committed to practicing social distancing and transitioned our daily work to be remote.
While we continue to work remotely, this web page is intended to help share all the ways we can continue to stay engaged and connected to our colleagues, teams and communities. The entire Carleton community has been impacted by these changes, so our goal is to not only plan initiatives for the Students and Enrolment division, but to centralize all the initiatives taking place across the campus in one place. The Office of Quality Initiatives (OQI) has also developed a fantastic web page for Resources and Tips for Working Remotely, which you may find helpful.
We hope this page can serve as a repository of the many different opportunities and events happening to support staff. We will continue updating this web page as more initiatives become available. If you have an idea or something to add to this page, please e-mail us at OVPSESupport@carleton.ca.
Breaking Free Online (BFO)
Carleton has partnered with the Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA) to offer students and staff resources for people questioning or struggling with their use of substances. Staff can register for this evidence-based self-help program for free by following the instructions provided on the Student Affairs Safer Substance Use webpage.
Student Affairs has also compiled a list of Virtual Recovery and Mental Health Resources on their webpage.
Carleton Leader Online Bookclub
Whether or not you have participated in Carleton Leader, the Community welcomes all faculty and staff in our continuous journey of leadership development. While many of us work from home and practice social distancing, you may be looking for activities to do at home. Consider joining the community in reading “The Long-Distance Leader: Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership” by Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel. You can register for the bookclub on the Carleton Leader website.
Coffee with Student Affairs Educators
Registration is still available for the Coffee with Student Affairs Educators Program. With the transition to remote work, we are all looking for ways to stay engaged with our community. Coffee with Student Affairs Educators is a great opportunity to be matched with a facilitator for a virtual discussion on a topic of shared interest. Matches will occur on an ongoing basis.
As a full-time staff member at Carleton University, you have free access to LinkedIn Learning, an online learning and professional development resource with high-quality instructional videos and courses taught by recognized experts. Through LinkedIn Learning, you have ongoing access to more than 1,400 video tutorials in a range of areas from using Microsoft Teams, to self-care, to using Excel, to grammar, and even WordPress.
To access LinkedIn Learning videos and courses, go to the LinkedIn Learning Carleton portal and log in with your MC1 Username and Password. To learn more about LinkedIn Learning, please visit the Learning and Professional Development Website.
LivingWorks Start Online Training
Learn life-saving suicide prevention skills in as little as one hour online with LivingWorks Start. This virtual training teaches particpants to recognize when someone may be thinking about suicide and connect them to help and support. You can View the complete LivingWorks Start overview on the Student Support Certificate Intranet site. If you’re working towards completing your Student Support Certificate, this session will be considered an elective workshop. There are a limited number of licences available at this time, so they will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Please contact StudentSupportCertificate@carleton.ca to receive a license and start your online learning experience.
Records Management Webinars
Corporate Records and Archives is offering a series of mini-webinars featuring content from their records management workshops. Topics range from records retention, official versus transitory records, and an introduction to the Digital Archives Vault, Carleton’s new repository for permanent electronic records. These on-demand videos are available for all staff and additional webinars will be added throughout the summer. You can view the mini-webinars on the Corporate Archives’ website.
Videos and Articles Related to Mental Health and COVID-19
Healthy Workplace has compiled a variety of relevant, webinars, videos and articles relating to mental health and COVID-19. View the upcoming events list below for even more virtual workshops and websinars.
- Webinar: Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-10 Pandemic
- Webinar: Talking to Your Child About COVID-19
- Video: 7 Tips to Manage Anxiety and Worry About Coronavirus
- Video Series: Videos to Support Mental Health Through COVID-19
- Article: Tips for Coping with COVID-19
- Article: Working from home when you are not used to it
- Article: Coping with loneliness during self-isolation
- Guide: Supporting a Colleague: A Step-by-Step Guide
Carleton University Art Gallery #cuagrevisit Exhibition
Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) is continuing to highlight the work of various artists by periodically sending staff a #cuagrevisit digital feature. These features highlight previous CUAG exhibitions and showcase how art can aid us in navigating this difficult time. Staff interested in receiving #cuagrevisit features can read more about the virtual exhibition and sign up to receive updates on the #cuagrevisit webpage.
Athletics is offering a unique way to engage our league and intramural participants through Esports. More esports tournaments are happening this June along with some new games available across multiple platforms. Registration information can be found on the Athletics’ esports webpage.
Friday Meditation Meetups
Every Friday from 1:15 – 1:45pm, Healthy Workplace will be hosting a virtual meditation meet-up where all are welcome to join in a guided meditation! The group will meet on Microsoft Teams every Friday and listen to a guided meditation. The meditation will be done as a group (we will listen to the guided meditation aloud, together). You can register to participate on the Healthy Workplace website.
Junior Ravens @ Home
Encourage the whole family to get moving with Carleton Athletics’ Junior Ravens @ Home skills and drills videos. Youth can dive into the Carleton community even more by completing one of the weekly Junior Ravens Challenges. Post your challenge on social media and tag @curavens to be featured!
Each Friday on Instagram Live, @carletonalumni will be hosting Carleton alumni who will share their diverse talents with you. You can tap into some new skills such as baking, painting, mixing mocktails and more. This virtual event series aspires to help staff find community from the comfort of home. View details and the full schedule on the Quarantainment webpage.
Raven’s Home Workouts
Follow along with Ravens instructors and stay moving while you’re at home! View the available work outs on the Carleton Athletics Website.
Recognize Service Excellence
Gratitude is a powerful practice. Consider submitting a Service Excellence Thank You to let someone know how much you appreciate their efforts, or highlight the amazing work of individuals and teams through a Service Excellence Nomination. Not only could you could make someone’s day by acknowledging their efforts, but practicing gratitude has been strongly associated with greater happiness, so this could also brighten your day in the process.
Share Kindness Initiative
Although we can’t physically come together as a community, the Hub for Good is bringing the community together online through stories of resiliency, empathy, friendship and hope. The Share Kindness initiative is highlighting stories of being together for good as we collectively face the challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19). These are stories of Carleton community members — of faculty, students, staff, alumni, partners, friends and neighbours — who are helping each other and working together to make these difficult times a little easier.
Visit the Share Kindness website to read some moments of good, or join the conversion by submitting your own story.
Stress Management Group for Faculty & Staff
Healthy Workplace and Learning & Professional Development are collaborating to support Carleton faculty and staff through a pilot series of group sessions that focus on stress and anxiety mangagement skills, especially in a remote work setting. These virtual Stress Management Groups are led by Dr. Erin O’Farrell, C.Psych. To learn more about these sessions and register for one of the groups, please visit the Stress Management Group Pilot page.
Students and Enrolment Community on Microsoft Teams
We are excited to offer an informal space specifically for OVPSE staff who are interested in engaging with each other while working remotely. The Students and Enrolment Community on Microsoft Teams gives staff the opportunity to connect with colleagues through channels dedicated to different topics such as recipe-sharing and a virtual break room. Join the team.
Thursday Crafting Group Meetups
Healthy Workplace has organized a lunchtime Crafting Group to help Carleton faculty and staff connect over shared interests and set some time aside to work on their crafting projects. Whether its beading, needlepoint, looming or any other crafty hobby, bring it along with you to the group! This group meets Thursdays at noon in a private Microsoft Teams group.
Come for the relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and stay for the great opportunity to learn a new skill and socialize (virtually!) with colleagues from across campus. For more information and to register, please email Samantha Munro.
Virtual Therapy Dog Visits
Working from home might mean you’re missing some familiar faces from campus. Did you know that Carleton’s furry friends are still holding virtual office hours? This means that while you might not be able to pet your favourite Carleton Therapy Dog, you can still hang out with them on Instagram.
@cutherapydog is using Instagram Stories to post live video streams of their dogs. The live content is available on the Instagram page for 24 hours after it’s posted, but if you want to get your paws on the content when it’s live, be sure to turn your notifications on. Read the whole story at the Carleton Newsroom.
Wonderful Wednesday Walking Group
A mid-day walk might be just what you need to enhance your physical wellness and mental clarity during your work day. Join your colleagues for a daily walk at your own comfort level with the Wonderful Wednesday Walking Group. The group meets online (on Microsoft Teams) prior to embarking on individual walks and will reconnect after to discuss the solo experience, together. Commitment is not required to participate and more information about the initiative as well as registration is available on the Healthy Workplace website.