SSRI will periodically host workshops for students, staff and faculty surrounding the SSRI frameworks.  Please review the available workshops below.  


Collaboration by Design:
Intentionally Guiding Groups through the Collaborative Process

“Collaboration” is one of those buzzwords that pepper job descriptions, vision statements, and strategic plans (and conference themes!), but what does it actually entail? In many common Higher Education settings, we assume that leaders and group members will just intuit what collaboration is and how to make it happen; however, guiding a group in a collaborative process is a skill to be developed so that it happens thoughtfully, purposefully, and intentionally. In this workshop, Dr. Kasi Kiehlbaugh, Director for Health Sciences Design, and Tom Murray, Director for Professional Development in SSRI, will help participants understand the collaborative mindset and learn the steps to collaborating effectively.

Learn more and RSVP below. 

Collaboration by Design:
Intentionally Guiding Groups through the Collaborative Process

Free event open to all UA Faculty, Staff, and Students
Friday, November 22, 2019

8:30-10:00am | Check-in and Breakfast at 8:00am

Location: the NEW Health Science Innovation Building, Room 305
Please reserve your spot by November 19!

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Murray -

Options for getting to the NEW Health Sciences Innovation Building:

  • Use the pedestrian underpass at Warren
  • Take the Streetcar to the northern terminus at Warren
  • Park at the Highland or Health Sciences Garages
  • Take the Purple or Green lines of the CatTran to the northern terminus on Drachman

    About the Presenters:

  • Dr. Kasi Kiehlbaugh is the Director for Health Sciences Design. In this new Health Sciences program, Kasi develops courses that teach students how to apply design thinking principles to health and wellness challenges through experiential project-based collaborative learning. With a research focus on improving STEM education, her passion is teaching (and co-teaching) courses designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between peer groups from across the University. She is working to support institutional change in educational practices at UA by advocating for the increased adoption of high-impact teaching practices, training in culturally responsive practices for undergraduate research mentors, program-level assessment as a mechanism for continuous improvement, and more comprehensive faculty and staff development. Kasi completed her B.S. and M.S. at the University of Arizona and her Ph.D. at UC Berkeley—all in chemical engineering. She is also a Faculty Fellow at the new Honors Village and one of UA’s original HSI Fellows, reflecting her deep commitment to equity and inclusion.
  • Tom Murray has been working in higher education since 2003 but also has experience prior to that in retail, food service, and entertainment industries. He draws on all of these experiences – from driving the diesel kiddie train at a local amusement park to giving 400+ person lectures – as a strengths coach, workshop facilitator, and speaker. Tom received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Loyola University Chicago before earning a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Northwestern University offering a balance between analytical reasoning and an understanding of human development and behavior. He is currently the Director of Professional Development for Student Success & Retention Innovation at the University of Arizona where he facilitates professional development opportunities for over 150 professional staff.

Small Acts Transform the World: Micromessaging and Student Success

SSRI is happy to offer workshops to campus groups on the topic of microaffirmations. Microaffirmations are small acts, public and private, that can foster a sense of inclusion and support. Workshops can range from 45 minutes to two hours depending on your group’s needs. If you would like to schedule a workshop, please fill out the workshop request form here. If you have any questions or would like to discuss your group’s needs further, please contact Tom Murray at