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September 2020

Rackham North: Racial Microaggressions

Friday, September 25, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

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 microaggression is inflicted, and provide tools for successfully intervening in the future. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral…

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Rackham North: Combating Anti-Asian Racism

Tuesday, September 29, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Professor Melissa Borja is a faculty member in the Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies Program and lead researcher with the Stop Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Hate Reporting Center, a national effort to document and analyze coronavirus-related hate against Asian Americans. She will share her research as well as ways that graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can work to address anti-Asian racism as teachers, scholars, and community members. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty…

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October 2020

Rackham North: The Power of Storytelling

Friday, October 9, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Charles Jacobs, leadership consultant and author of Management Rewired, will draw on insights from neuroscience and the humanities to share the power of storytelling as an approach to creating change and influencing others. The webinar will include a discussion of the five applications of storytelling and opportunities for applying them to your own scholarly work. Participants should come prepared with an idea or topic to engage with related to their research or a passion project. This workshop is designed for…

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Rackham North: Change It Up!

Monday, October 12, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the University of Michigan community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful, and safe communities. It is based on a nationally recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that helps individuals intervene in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/nbkpn. We…

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Rackham North: Negotiating a Faculty Job Offer

Thursday, October 22, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT

Long before you are on the faculty job market, it is important to prepare for the offer. Negotiating an academic position should never be an afterthought. In fact, wise negotiating requires education, planning, and practice. This interactive seminar will provide you with strategies to determine what to ask for and how to ask for what you need and want. You will also leave with recommendations concerning what you should do before, during, and after the academic job offer. This workshop…

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Rackham North: Ph.D. Pathways: Interviewing for Jobs Beyond the Professoriate

Wednesday, October 28, 9:30 am to 10:30 am EDT
Online United States

Interviewing for a job beyond the professoriate can differ greatly from the academic job search process. This workshop will focus on helping Ph.D. students to navigate the interview process (including specific tips on interviewing in the current virtual context), and strategize on how to effectively answer questions by articulating strengths and skills. While open to all, please note that this session will also include information designed to assist international students navigate the domestic U.S. interview process. We will explicitly discuss…

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November 2020

Rackham North: Demonstrating a Commitment to Diversity

Monday, November 2, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) aptitude is now highly valued by many employers, both within and beyond academe. This interactive workshop will 1) show how employers are evaluating DEI in job interviews, 2) provide opportunities for reflection on how you demonstrate your commitment to DEI, and 3) provide time for students to practice answering common interview questions related to DEI. This workshop is designed primarily for graduate students seeking jobs beyond the professoriate. This workshop is designed for graduate students…

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Rackham North: Faculty Job Interviews

Tuesday, November 10, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States

Designed for those applying for faculty jobs, this interactive workshop will provide you with a high-level overview of the interview process for faculty positions and give you the opportunity to practice responding to several common interview questions in a low stakes setting with a peer. An experienced faculty member, Prof. Regena Nelson, will co-facilitate the session and answer your questions about faculty job interviews. Prof. Nelson is Chair and Professor of the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies at…

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Rackham North: Navigating the Advisor/Mentor Relationship

Thursday, November 19, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST
Online United States

The advisor-advisee relationship is critical to graduate student success. This workshop will provide you with essential tools and strategies to create a positive relationship between you and your mentor or advisor. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff, please contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to see if we can accommodate your attendance. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/pdMBO. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation…

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Rackham North: Navigating Difficult Conversations—Communicating Across Difference

Friday, November 20, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States + Google Map

As a graduate student or postdoctoral scholar, you have likely already engaged in a number of difficult conversations throughout your life. Perhaps some of them went well, and others did not go as well as you had hoped. What distinguished these conversations from one another? In this interactive session, Rackham experts in conflict resolution will discuss how to navigate difficult conversations. You will leave with concrete strategies for productive dialogue and clear communication, able to approach difficult conversations with more…

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