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March 2021

Rackham North: Leading Effective Collaborative Teams

Wednesday, March 3, 12:00 pm to 1:00 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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Rackham North: Cultural Competencies During the Interview Process

Monday, March 8, 9:00 am to 10:30 am EST
Online United States

Attend this session to learn more about inclusive interviewing from both sides. We will talk about how cultural awareness and experiences influence power dynamics during an interview. We will also discuss how employers might structure a culturally competent interview. To this end, you'll learn and practice responses that center on your authentic self. You'll also hear what's universal about the interview process so you can prepare for the conversations. This session is tailored for international and BIPOC students and postdocs…

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Rackham North: Demonstrating a Commitment to Diversity

Tuesday, March 16, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
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 non-academic jobs beyond the professoriate. This workshop is designed for graduate…

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Rackham North: Strategies and Resources for Improving Productivity and Time Management

Wednesday, March 24, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Online United States

This one-hour interactive session will provide graduate students with strategies and resources for improving their time management and productivity. We will discuss the culture and features of life as a graduate student, examine how individuals react and respond to productivity demands, and share best practices and resources for creating individual productivity plans. 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…

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April 2021

Rackham North: Knowing Your Strengths

Monday, April 19, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Do you have the opportunity to do what you do best every day? Research shows that knowing and focusing on your strengths helps to increase your engagement and satisfaction at work. Come and learn how using a strengths-based approach will help you to achieve higher levels of overall personal well-being, productivity, and professional success. As a pre-requisite of this workshop, you will take the Gallup Strengthsfinder assessment to learn your top five strengths. Please note that the deadline to register…

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September 2021

Rackham North: DEI Professional Development Certificate Information Session

Friday, September 10, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Did you know Rackham offers a DEI Professional Development Certificate designed to prepare graduate students to work in a diverse environment while fostering a climate of inclusivity? Attend this introduction session to learn about the requirements of the program and discover how this certificate can prepare you to enter a diverse and global job market. Find out more about the program on our DEI Certificate page. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty and staff,…

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Rackham North: International Student Panel on Transitioning to Graduate School

Monday, September 13, 9:00 am to 10:00 am EDT
Online United States

The first semester of graduate school can be a stressful time of transition, and international students may face additional challenges in transitioning to graduate school in the United States. In this session designed particularly for incoming international students, you will learn about the research on common challenges graduate students face in their first year, and hear from experienced international students about strategies they used to successfully navigate these challenges. Resources that are particularly helpful in supporting students in their transition…

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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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