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March 2019

Rackham North: Revising Your Diversity Statement

Thursday, March 28, 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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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, you will bring a draft of your diversity statement and spend time giving and receiving feedback on it with your peers using a rubric. If you have not yet written a draft diversity statement, you will be…

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April 2019

Rackham North: Positive Leadership

Thursday, April 4, 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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Incorporating elements from Positive Organizational Scholarship, Design Science, and the Student Leadership Challenge, this workshop will provide participants the opportunity to view leadership from both a pragmatic and theoretical lens. Participants will also assess their own leadership styles prior to the event, and receive direct feedback on how to improve their ability to inspire and connect with others while driving results. Pre-registration Is requested at https://myumi.ch/Lzb7b.

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Rackham North: Ice Cream Mixer on Internship Experiences

Thursday, April 11, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Boulevard Room, Pierpont Commons, North Campus, 2101 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Are you planning to do a summer internship? How do you get the most out of that opportunity and leverage it to achieve your long-term career goals? At this event, you will have the opportunity to chat—over ice cream!—at roundtables with experienced graduate students who have successfully navigated a summer internship. Pre-registration is requested at https://myumi.ch/a84RM.

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May 2019

Rackham North: Project Management for STEM Graduate Students: Strategies for Staying on Track

Thursday, May 16, 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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Graduate school is full of projects, whether it is your research, classwork, or professional development. Project management provides valuable methods and tools that can help you organize, manage, and successfully complete projects to better serve you and your teammates. In this workshop, you will get an overview of project management strategies and learn techniques for effectively managing collaborative projects from beginning to end. Pre-registration is required at https://myumi.ch/JY5YZ.

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June 2019

Rackham North: The Science of Negotiating—Exploring What to Do Before, During, and After Your Job Offer

Thursday, June 20, 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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Long before you are on the 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 job offer. Registration is required at…

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July 2019

Rackham North: Networking for International Students

Thursday, July 18, 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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Graduate students are regularly told the importance of networking to explore careers and identify job opportunities. However, we know that networking is understood differently in diverse cultural contexts. In this session, a career development expert will 1) share what networking means in the American context and 2) address how students can engage in career activities in comfortable ways. Participants will discuss with peers how networking is different in their cultural contexts, and identify ways that they can successfully network in…

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August 2019

Rackham North: Navigating Difficult Conversations

Thursday, August 15, 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 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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September 2019

Rackham North: What Can Rackham Do For You?

Thursday, September 5, 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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Are you a new graduate student? Or are you an experienced graduate student, but you've never connected to resources for graduate students outside of your home department? Come hear from several Rackham leaders to learn what resources and programs Rackham Graduate School provides to support you. We will share how Rackham is here to help you with funding, to connect you with student communities, to support your professional development, and to provide help if you are struggling. This workshop is…

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Rackham North: Surviving Your First Semester

Thursday, September 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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The first semester of grad school is always the hardest. Come and talk to senior students about how many courses to take, how to get the right team for your course projects, which research lab to join, how to manage impostor syndrome, how to make the most of the failures that you may encounter along the way, and other tips and advice that our panelists have learned. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited.…

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Rackham North: Communicating and Engaging Across Disciplines

Thursday, September 19, 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT
East Room, Pierpont Commons, North Campus, 2101 Bonisteel Boulevard
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Workshop: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., East Room, Pierpont Commons Research Remix: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Gallery, Duderstadt Center (Exhibit: Costumes) Develop tools and skills to effectively communicate your passions, work, and research in a way that is accessible and meaningful to a broad audience. In this highly interactive session, join RELATE and Rackham North for a series of activities to explore communication skills with instruction and feedback from communications experts. Learn how to translate the value and relevance of work…

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