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February 2020

Social Justice and the Power of Oppression

Friday, February 21, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST
Common Room, Lower Level, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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In this workshop, participants will be prompted in high levels of thinking about their own identities, communicating across identities, understanding power and oppression, and how they engage in these topics with others. Participants will also discuss how their unconscious biases play into perpetuating systems of oppression and what tools we can use to disrupt this thinking. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we…

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Write-Together

Monday, February 24, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
Space 2435, North Quad, 105 South State Street
Ann Arbor, 48109 United States
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Write-Together sessions provide structure, space, and time for graduate writers working on writing at any stage, from papers to theses to journal articles to dissertations and more. Write-Together sessions bring graduate writers into a common quiet space to work. We will periodically offer helpful handouts on a range of writing and work productivity topics, and a Sweetland representative will also be on-site to answer any brief writing questions you may have. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Rackham…

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So We’re Biased. Now What?: Personalizing and Mitigating Unconscious Bias

Monday, February 24, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Many of us are committed to DEI, and accept the extensive evidence from scholarly studies in psychology and neuroscience demonstrating that we all have unconscious biases that affect our interactions with others. The goals of this workshop are for participants to: 1) gain knowledge of societal biases and self-awareness of their unconscious biases, and 2) develop strategies to advocate for inclusion in light of unconscious bias. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For…

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Identifying Your Transferable Skills Workshop

Tuesday, February 25, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EST
Earl Lewis Room, 3rd Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Are you a graduate student who struggles with identifying the skills and strengths that you have gained through academic and professional experiences? Articulating transferable skills and strengths is a key part of the career development process. Come and learn from the University Career Center staff about how to effectively identify your skill-set. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/4pMvx.

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Rackham North: Racial Microaggressions

Thursday, February 27, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
East Room, Pierpont Commons, North Campus, 2101 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Racial microaggressions can be uniquely harmful to their targets, and yet we often times find ourselves skirting around this subset of microaggressions due to the discomfort of openly discussing race, racism, and white supremacy. In this workshop we hope to foster an intellectually humble environment within which to unpack racial microaggressions, address common barriers to intervening when a racial microaggressions is inflicted, and provide tools for successfully intervening in the future. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral…

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March 2020

Write-Together

Monday, March 9, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Space 2435, North Quad, 105 South State Street
Ann Arbor, 48109 United States
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Write-Together sessions provide structure, space, and time for graduate writers working on writing at any stage, from papers to theses to journal articles to dissertations and more. Write-Together sessions bring graduate writers into a common quiet space to work. We will periodically offer helpful handouts on a range of writing and work productivity topics, and a Sweetland representative will also be on-site to answer any brief writing questions you may have. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. Co-sponsored by the Rackham…

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GRADitude at Rackham: Hail Yeah! 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm EDT
Exectutive Board Room, 1st Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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This "Hail Yeah! Every Gift Matters" event is about celebrating and thanking alumni who have given $50 dollars or less to Rackham in the past year. Every gift matters! We will have pre-printed postcards for graduate students to write a message of thanks to donors, and we will also provide ideas for what to include in your message. Lunch and a limited number of HailYeah! t-shirts will be provided (come early to get yours!). Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/kxBEo.

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Negotiating a Job Offer in the United States

Wednesday, March 11, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Henderson Room, 3rd Floor, Michigan League, 911 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Many job seekers are afraid of negotiation. According to a national survey, over 60% of recent graduates don’t negotiate a job offer, while 80% of those who negotiate are at least partially successful. International scholars may be hesitant to negotiate due to their additional challenges, such as visa considerations and cross-cultural nuances. In this interactive session designed specifically for international students and postdoctoral fellows, attendees will learn about the basic principles of negotiating a job offer, and how to navigate…

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Food Grown by Students for Students: Trip to Campus Farm

Wednesday, March 11, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Matthaei Botanical Gardens, 1800 North Dixboro Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
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The University of Michigan Campus Farm at Matthaei Botanical Gardens is an authentic living-learning laboratory available to all students at the University of Michigan. The Campus Farm provides 21st-century leadership development, education, and research opportunities. The space offers invaluable lessons related to sustainable food production for students from a wide range of disciplines who—even if they don’t go on to be farmers—will play a role in the future in food system issues including public health, the environment, education, and the…

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Rackham North: Investing Fundamentals

Thursday, March 12, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
East Room, Pierpont Commons, North Campus, 2101 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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As you transition from student to professional, you are finally able to start saving. But how? In this session, Andrea Darden—financial planner and CEO of Darden Wealth Group—will go over basic principles to get you started investing successfully. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/O49Ex. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in…

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