Enhancing Your Situational Awareness: Verbal & Non-Verbal Skills

Workshop Date and Time

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 4-5 p.m., in room 300, Halle library

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LBC Credit Available

This workshop allows students to earn LBC credit for the following group:

LB3 - Group 3: Cultural and Academic Activities and Events

Students will be required to complete a short activity to gain credit for the event. 

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Workshop Details

This workshop will focus on safety options when addressing uncomfortable situations. We will discuss non-verbal messages relayed and unintended messages perceived or assumed by the receiver. We will discuss being aware of body language, trusting our instincts and how/when to remove ourselves from uncomfortable situations.

Presenter Information

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 Candace Dorsey
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 Candace Dorsey

Candace Dorsey is the Empowerment Self-Defense Program Manager at the University of Michigan, Department of Public Safety and Security. Candace earned her Master’s degree in Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) - Individualized Studies program with a focus in Marketing, Management and Political Science (EMU, 2006). Candace also earned her Bachelors of Science degree (MS) focusing in Communications, Liberal Studies, Human Behavior, (EMU, 2004). Candace started her career at EMU as a Police Officer in 1993, a majority of her police career while at EMU was spent serving as the Crime Prevention Officer, focusing on safety workshops, training and presentations to the university community. Candace retired from EMU Department of Public Safety in 2017 after 24 years of service. As a Police Officer with EMU-DPS, Candace was a member of the Special Victims Unit (SVU), an active shooter instructor (ALICE) and was and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer teaching the women’s self-defense course, Rape Aggression Defense Systems (RAD), (PEGN 157) offered at EMU. Before coming to EMU, Candace’s law enforcement career began with the Detroit Police Department from 1986-1993.


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