Category: Education

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February 10, 2022

The Importance of Worker Participation in Decision Making with Peter Lazes Part Two of Two

Authors of Union features a conversation with one of our many published authors.

Today’s guest is Peter Lazes, (Union Ph.D. ’74) alumnus with concentrations in Clinical and Industrial Psychology. Peter’s book From the Ground Up: How Frontline Staff Can Save Americas Healthcare,” coauthored with Marie Rudden, M.D., outlines concrete steps to improve the healthcare system with research-based labor management practices that apply to all areas of work.

A specialist in organizational change, leadership development, and labor-management partnerships, Dr. Lazes will discuss the importance of worker participation in decision-making that has applications in many sectors of our economy.

Dr. Lazes is the founder and former director of the Healthcare Transformation Project and Programs for Employment and Workplace Systems at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where he served for 40 years. He is now Visiting Professor and Co-Coordinator, Healthcare Partnership Initiative, School of Labor and Employment Relations, Penn State University.

He has worked with labor union and management leaders in the U.S. and Europe to customize and implement strategic worker participation programs and employee-driven innovative opportunities. His recent work involves assisting hospitals and healthcare organizations to develop methods to improve patient care and reduce costs with a focus on frontline staff engagement.

He has written more than 30 articles on such topics as the creation of agile work systems, new roles for unions in the 21st century, ways to create meaningful jobs, methods to increase civic participation, strategies for keeping American jobs and has produced several videotapes on topics such as creating breakthroughs in organizations.

Dr. Lazes and his partner Marie Rudden, MD, plan to create a series of webinars about labor/management partnerships in the near future.

Your host is Dr. Linwood Rumney, professor in the UI&U General Education Program, poet, and author. He is the winner of the 17th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award for Abandoned Earth. His poems and nonfiction essays have appeared in many publications including the North American Review and Crab Orchard Review. His translations of Aloysius Bertrand, an early practitioner of the modern prose poem in French, have appeared in Arts & Letters and Hayden’s Ferry Review. His fellowships include the American Antiquarian Society, The Writers’ Room of Boston, and the St. Botolph Club, as well as a residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. He recently completed his Ph.D. as a Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellow at UC.

February 8, 2022

The Importance of Worker Participation in Decision Making with Peter Lazes Part One of Two

Authors of Union features a conversation with one of our many published authors.

Today’s guest is Peter Lazes, (Union Ph.D. ’74) alumnus with concentrations in Clinical and Industrial Psychology. Peter’s book From the Ground Up: How Frontline Staff Can Save Americas Healthcare,” coauthored with Marie Rudden, M.D., outlines concrete steps to improve the healthcare system with research-based labor management practices that apply to all areas of work.

A specialist in organizational change, leadership development, and labor-management partnerships, Dr. Lazes will discuss the importance of worker participation in decision-making that has applications in many sectors of our economy.

Dr. Lazes is the founder and former director of the Healthcare Transformation Project and Programs for Employment and Workplace Systems at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where he served for 40 years. He is now Visiting Professor and Co-Coordinator, Healthcare Partnership Initiative, School of Labor and Employment Relations, Penn State University.

He has worked with labor union and management leaders in the U.S. and Europe to customize and implement strategic worker participation programs and employee-driven innovative opportunities. His recent work involves assisting hospitals and healthcare organizations to develop methods to improve patient care and reduce costs with a focus on frontline staff engagement.

He has written more than 30 articles on such topics as the creation of agile work systems, new roles for unions in the 21st century, ways to create meaningful jobs, methods to increase civic participation, strategies for keeping American jobs, and has produced several videotapes on topics such as creating breakthroughs in organizations.

Dr. Lazes and his partner Marie Rudden, MD, plan to create a series of webinars about labor/management partnerships in the near future.

Your host is Dr. Linwood Rumney, professor in the UI&U General Education Program, poet, and author. He is the winner of the 17th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award for Abandoned Earth. His poems and nonfiction essays have appeared in many publications including the North American Review and Crab Orchard Review. His translations of Aloysius Bertrand, an early practitioner of the modern prose poem in French, have appeared in Arts & Letters and Hayden’s Ferry Review. His fellowships include the American Antiquarian Society, The Writers’ Room of Boston, and the St. Botolph Club, as well as a residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. He recently completed his Ph.D. as a Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellow at UC.

February 1, 2022

Getting to Know the Millennial and Gen Z in the Church and What They Want

Getting to Know the Millennial and Gen Z in the Church and What They Want: Cultivating Momentum in a Peculiar Age with a Digital Crowd

In this episode, host Devin E. West and guest Dacari J. Middlebrooks discuss how they were raised in predominantly African American Protestant churches – what they were told to do as well as what they were not told. Among other things, they will also talk about how Millennials/Gen Z stay connected to the church and how our new normal with virtual worship can help them be a positive and creative voice for the church.

Our guest, Dacari J. Middlebrooks, is a huge advocate for human development and a chief catalyst for social and cultural change. He earned his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Vanderbilt University. Inspired by his own battle with depression, Middlebrooks authored his book, “The Depressed Millennial: Surviving Unmet Expectations.” It is his hope that those battling depression, particularly Millennials, will find inspiration in his story, seek treatment, and survive the unmet expectations levied against them. His book can be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Depressed-Millennial-Dacari-J-Middlebrooks/dp/171860582X

Host Devin E. West currently serves as the pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Hamilton, OH. He has earned a B.A. in Pastoral Counseling and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.). Pastor West is currently pursuing his doctorate at Union Institute & University in the Ethical and Creative Leadership program with a focus in Transforming Leadership.

Pastor West is very active in the community, working closely with city leaders, officials, and pastors. He has worked on various boards and helped to energize organizations with his exuberance and commitment. He has held positions such as Dean of Christian Education and associate dean. He seeks to bridge the gap of racial divide that continues to hinder and hurt our churches, leaving them bereft of change.

January 11, 2022

The Importance of Improvisation and Creativity for Mental Health

In this episode, we will be discussing the importance of improvisation and creativity for mental health. Your host is Heather Hans. She is a Ph.D. student at Union Institute & University with a concentration in ethical & creative leadership. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has master’s degrees in social work and business administration. Heather is a TV expert guest and does a weekly mental health segment on 9News Denver. She has a psychotherapy practice in Colorado and her research interests are improvisation and creativity in TV & media, in order to empower others. Heather’s guest is Dr. Steven Pritzker. He was a writer and producer of hit TV shows for over 20 years. He later went back to school to get his doctorate in Educational Psychology. Dr. Pritzker is the co-creator and editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Creativity, which helped establish the study of creativity as a field of research. He is a Saybrook University faculty member and creativity coach.

December 9, 2021

A Discussion with Antwan McKenzie Plez Part Two

In part two of this series, Dr. Rosalyn Brown-Beatty, director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, continues her conversation with alumnus Antwan McKenzie Plez, a licensed mental health counselor and graduate of the CMHC program. Please be sure to listen to part one prior to listening to this segment.

December 6, 2021

A Discussion with Antwan McKenzie Plez Part One

We are excited to have a returning host as Dr. Rosalyn Brown-Beatty joins us again for another two-part series. She is the director of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Union Institute & University. Her guest is Antwan McKenzie Plez, a 2018 graduate of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Antwan will discuss his experience with being a student in the program as well as his work in the counseling field. Antwan is a licensed mental health counselor in Florida and operates a fully virtual private practice specializing in the treatment of trauma and grief. This will be a two-part series, so please be sure to listen to part two once it’s published.

November 19, 2021

Authors of Union, Melvin Gravely Part Two

Authors of Union features a conversation with one of our published authors. Your host is Dr. Linwood Rumney, professor in the UI&U General Education Program, poet and author. He is the winner of the 17th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award for Abandoned Earth. His poems and nonfiction essays have appeared in many publications including the North American Review and Crab Orchard Review. His translations of Aloysius Bertrand, an early practitioner of the modern prose poem in French, have appeared in Arts & Letters and Hayden’s Ferry Review. His fellowships include the American Antiquarian Society, The Writers’ Room of Boston, and the St. Botolph Club, as well as a residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. He recently completed his Ph.D. as a Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellow at UC.

Today’s conversation (part two of two) is with Union Ph.D. ’99 alumnus Melvin Gravely II, author of Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships, and Our Path to Equity. Dr. Gravely eloquently accomplishes what many have undoubtedly wished to do: talk openly to someone we know about race in the United States today. He uses significant experience as a business and civic leader to express a rare balance in this timely message. The book is a forthright, collegial conversation via chapters in the form of letters, each with a combination of personal reflection and meaningful hard facts. He challenges the reader but without judgment or indictment. His depth of thought, deftness of expression, and clear, layman’s terms make for an urgent call to begin to close the gap between races in America. The book presents an invitation to understand three questions at the heart of the issue: What is really going on with race in our country? Why must we care? And what can we do about it together? In the end, Dr. Gravely calls on us to ask ourselves, “What is my role in all of this?” After reading Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships, and Our Path to Equity readers will understand why their answer to his question can change everything.

November 16, 2021

Authors of Union, Melvin Gravely Part One

Authors of Union features a conversation with one of our published authors. Your host is Dr. Linwood Rumney, professor in the UI&U General Education Program, poet and author. He is the winner of the 17th Annual Gival Press Poetry Award for Abandoned Earth. His poems and nonfiction essays have appeared in many publications including the North American Review and Crab Orchard Review. His translations of Aloysius Bertrand, an early practitioner of the modern prose poem in French, have appeared in Arts & Letters and Hayden’s Ferry Review. His fellowships include the American Antiquarian Society, The Writers’ Room of Boston, and the St. Botolph Club, as well as a residency from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. He recently completed his Ph.D. as a Charles Phelps Taft Dissertation Fellow at UC.

Today’s conversation (part one of two) is with Union Ph.D. ’99 alumnus Melvin Gravely II, author of Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships, and Our Path to Equity. Dr. Gravely eloquently accomplishes what many have undoubtedly wished to do: talk openly to someone we know about race in the United States today. He uses significant experience as a business and civic leader to express a rare balance in this timely message. The book is a forthright, collegial conversation via chapters in the form of letters, each with a combination of personal reflection and meaningful hard facts. He challenges the reader but without judgment or indictment. His depth of thought, deftness of expression, and clear, layman’s terms make for an urgent call to begin to close the gap between races in America. The book presents an invitation to understand three questions at the heart of the issue: What is really going on with race in our country? Why must we care? And what can we do about it together? In the end, Dr. Gravely calls on us to ask ourselves, “What is my role in all of this?” After reading Dear White Friend: The Realities of Race, the Power of Relationships, and Our Path to Equity readers will understand why their answer to his question can change everything.

September 17, 2021

Voting Rights and the Constitution

Each year, on September 17, Americans celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. In addition, September 17-23 is also recognized as Constitution Week. During this time, Americans are encouraged to reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and what it means to be a U.S. citizen. Join Dr. Stewart Burns for an informative session on Voting Rights and the Constitution – where we’ve been and where we are now. Dr. Burns is a distinguished historian of the Civil Rights Movement and other U.S. social movements and a member of Union Institute & University’s Ph.D. faculty.

September 16, 2021

National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize Union Institute & University’s role as a leader in Hispanic Adult Education. Our system is honored to serve the Hispanic adult learner population and to be the only university in the state of Ohio designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division.