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October 2021

Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities: An Introduction for Graduate Students

Thursday, October 7, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Online United States

This interactive workshop introduces principles and practices for thoughtfully engaging with communities, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways. Understand and articulate best practices for preparing to enter communities, engaging with communities, and exiting communities in positive, humanizing, and sustainable ways. Reflect on how social identities, power, and privilege impact community engagement work. Develop skills for communicating effectively with diverse partners and stakeholders and building a positive rapport in order to…

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Racial Microaggressions

Wednesday, October 13, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

Racial microaggressions can be uniquely harmful to their targets, and yet we often times find ourselves skirting around this subset of microaggressions due to discomfort in 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. Learning objectives: Identify elements of systemic racism and understand it’s…

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Anti-Racism in an Abroad Context

Friday, October 22, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Structural racism in the United States is the normalization and legitimization of an array of dynamics—historical, cultural, institutional, and interpersonal—that routinely advantage whites while producing cumulative and chronic adverse outcomes for people of color. It is a system of hierarchy and inequity, primarily characterized by white supremacy—the preferential treatment, privilege, and power for white people at the expense of other racially oppressed people. It is also important to recognize that racism is a global issue and continues to be perpetuated…

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Graduate Student Career Pathways: Interviewing for Jobs Beyond the Professoriate

Monday, October 25, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EDT
Online United States

This workshop will meet the needs of those applying for Rackham internship programs, but is open to any graduate students seeking guidance around interviewing for positions beyond tenure track roles, which can differ greatly from the academic job search process. It will focus on preparing graduate students to navigate the interview process, and to effectively answer questions by strategically articulating strengths and skills. This workshop is part of the Rackham North Workshop Series although graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from…

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You Don’t Belong Here: The Stories Our Systems Tell (and Why We Have to Disrupt Them)

Friday, October 29, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Many universities message extensively around their commitments about diversity, equity, and inclusion. These institutional assertions are often called into question, though, by the stories of members of the higher education community who continue to face marginalization and othering within their professional and educational spaces. This session centers around an embodied case study depicting one woman’s reflections on her experiences of higher education and her interactions with a range of systems that sent a persistent message that she didn’t belong, that…

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November 2021

Writing a Diversity Statement

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

Increasingly, hiring committees are interested in how prospective faculty job candidates will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a result, many academic employers have begun to request a "diversity statement" as part of the faculty job application process. In this interactive session, we will discuss best practices for writing diversity statements, examine sample statements, and work through activities designed to help participants start writing their own statement. Learning objectives: Reflect on ways you are committed to diversity, equity, and…

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Bystander Intervention: What to Do When You May Not Know What to Do

Monday, November 8, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST

This workshop will give a basic introduction to Bystander Intervention. In this workshop, participants will learn about what causes hesitancy when thinking about intervening, types of harm that people may encounter, and strategies to safely intervene. Participants will also explore identity and how the identities we hold affect our understanding of the world around us. Learning objectives: Gain an understanding of what it means to be a bystander and factors that influence intervention Gain multiple strategies to intervene and disrupt…

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Leading Effective Collaborative Teams

Monday, November 15, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EST
Online United States

The shape of research, creative scholarship, and teaching is in flux. In order to thrive, students and practitioners need to have the skills and knowledge to excel in collaborative team environments. However, most team leaders and facilitators have trouble helping their teams to identify their assets, understand their group dynamics, navigate conflict, and maintain positive communication. ArtsEngine and Rackham North invite you to an engaging, hands-on workshop designed to give you important facilitation tools you can use to effectively lead…

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Graduate Student Career Pathways: Career Exploration Tools and Strategies

Friday, November 19, 10:00 am to 11:30 am EST
Online United States

This workshop will focus on resources you can leverage to explore career options, as well as strategies to best position yourself for a variety of career trajectories. We will cover approaches to networking, transferable skills, and key resources designed to support your exploration. This workshop is open to students at all points in their graduate careers, and there will be plenty of time for your questions. This event is intended to be interactive and therefore a recording will not be…

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December 2021

Diversity in STEM

Wednesday, December 1, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States

This workshop discusses the impact diversity has on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and the importance of academic success, cultural competence, and socio-political consciousness. This session provides an overview of how persons from a diverse background can obtain and maximize grants, social support, mentoring, and training to become independent leaders in STEM. Additional workshop topics include developing a research identity and funding portfolio. This workshop is part of the Rackham North Workshop Series although graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from…

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