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Research-Based Strategies for Managing Impostor Phenomenon

Monday, February 19, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST

Have you ever succeeded at an academic task even though you were convinced that you wouldn’t do well? Do you dread others evaluating your work or avoid opportunities for critical feedback? Do you have trouble accepting praise or acknowledging your accomplishments? Do you worry about being exposed as an academic fraud? Have you ever questioned whether you belong at Michigan? Thoughts such as these are hallmarks of impostor thinking and are more common among graduate students than you realize. However, they don’t have to overshadow your academic and professional journey.

Join us for this interactive, two-hour workshop workshop, during which we will share insights from impostorism scholarship and provide research-based strategies for combating your impostor thoughts and feelings.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define impostorism and highlight the variety of ways individuals and groups are most impacted.
  • Discuss individual, system, and institution level factors that contribute to impostorism.
  • Recognize maladaptive thought patterns and coping strategies that exacerbate impostor experiences.
  • Access tools and strategies to help interrupt your impostor cycle (all participants will receive a digital strategies workbook).

This workshop is designed for University of Michigan master’s students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact [email protected] to see if we can accommodate your attendance.

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Monday, February 19
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
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