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First-Generation Listening Circle: First Year Students

November 2, 2023, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EDT

Listening circles are opportunities for people to speak and listen to one another in an atmosphere of safety, decorum, and equality. The circle process allows you to tell your stories, offer your own perspectives, share your knowledge, and develop relationships. The purpose of this session is to create a space where first-generation graduate students can come together and connect with their community about their experiences.

The format of the event will model the restorative circle process. A circle is a versatile restorative practice that can be used proactively (to develop relationships and build community) or reactively (to respond to wrongdoing, conflicts, and problems). Through this process, we hope to create an opportunity for first-generation graduate students at U-M to be seen and heard by each other.

The goals of this session are to:

  • Build community among first-generation graduate students at U-M and Rackham
  • Learn about each other’s experiences as graduate students at U-M
  • Identify unmet needs and additional resources for first-generation students

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November 2, 2023
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EDT
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Rackham Graduate School (Horace H.)


Common Room, Lower Level, Rackham Building
915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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