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Don't Cancel That Class

If you're a DePaul University faculty member or instructor, Don't Cancel That Class is a service provided to you by the Dean of Students Office and Office of Health Promotion & Wellness. If you need to be out of town or an unexpected situation demands your attention, let us know and your class will be covered. One of our professional staff members will come into your class on the day of your absence and provide an hour-long, educational workshop to your students. These workshops are on a variety of topics that college students find interesting and thought-provoking, and it's a great way for students to learn important information about resources available to them here at DePaul University. Please see our Don't Cancel That Class flyer for additional details. Here's how it works:

  1. Select the workshop you desire from the descriptions below and email the presenter listed as the "Primary Contact" with the time, date, location and course name
  2. We require a minimum of 3 days advance notice; same-day requests may not be fulfilled. For classes after 5pm, please provide 7 days advance notice. We are unable to cover classes on Saturdays or Sundays.
  3. All workshops are approximately 1 hour in length.
  4. When a presenter comes into your class, he/she will take attendance and provide you with this information.
  5. Presenters will survey the students after the workshop has concluded to assess the effectiveness of their workshops. You may request this survey information from the presenter at any time.
  6. If you would like any of our staff members to be a guest-lecturer or to tailor his/her presentation to your specific class, please contact us 2 weeks in advance.
  7. Should a staff member not be available on the date you request Don't Cancel That Class, we may have a graduate student intern from the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness present in place of the staff member.
  8. If you would like us to provide test questions or a post-workshop assignment, advance notice must be given.

Workshop topics offered through Office of Health Promotion and Wellness

Primary contact: Michelle Johnson 

Session Title: Drugs: Highs, Lows and Everything In-Between 
This workshop takes a look at some of the common questions that emerge around drug use and drug culture. This Jeopardy-style workshop offers a fun and creative way for students to learn facts and accurate information about various drugs, empowering them to make healthy, informed decisions.

Session Title: Introduction to Bystander Intervention 
Bystander intervention is designed to empower bystanders to intervene and assist others in dangerous or harmful situations. This workshop will explore where the “bystander effect” comes from, how students can overcome it, and what skills are essential to becoming a community of engaged bystanders..

Session Title: Quick and Healthy Meals on a Budget 
Students are extremely busy and as a result, their eating habits tend to suffer. This workshop will provide students with tips on how to make meals and snacks that are healthy and easily prepared. Information will also be provided on how to meal plan and shop effectively on a budget.

Session Title: Safer Sex and You 
Every year there are more than 19 million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. Nearly half occur among those aged 15-24. This interactive workshop will educate about STIs, birth control options, and on- and off-campus resources available.

Session Title: Understanding Sexual Assault and Consent 
One in five women will experience sexual violence during their college years. Sexual violence impacts people of all genders. This workshop will educate about sexual violence prevalence, myths and facts, prevention, and response. Case studies will be used to build understanding about consent. Workshop topics offered through Center for Intercultural Programs. 

Primary Contact: Katy Weseman

Session Title: 4 Steps to Positive Cross-Cultural Communication 
Do you know how to engage challenging situations with people who call or visit your office? Learn a communication technique to promote effective cross-cultural interactions to assist in these types of situations. Students will learn the steps for this technique and practice them using a variety of scenarios and custom-created situations they face in their role during this 60 minute workshop.

Session Title: Being an Ally to Transgender People 
This interactive workshop will delve into the topic of gender identity, including basic terminology, transgender identity development, differences between sexuality and gender identity, and dismantling transphobia.

Session Title: Intro to LGBTQ Identities 
This session provides basic information on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) identities and experiences. Participants will leave with increased knowledge around terminology, socio-political history, community building and ways to be an ally to LGBTQ people.

Session Title: Recognizing and Managing Triggers 
Learn about triggers, what your personal triggers are, and how they relate to effective communication and leading diverse groups. Students will walk through the triggering event cycle and learn the cognitive processes associated with how people create narratives and harmful assumptions about others based on their own experiences. Students will walk away from the workshop will a set of skills for effectively managing triggers to maximize their communication and leadership when working in groups. (Students who participate can get credit towards a certificate through the Student Leadership Institute)

Visit the Diversity Education page​ for additional workshop opportunities offered through the Center for Intercultural Programs​