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January 2020

GSI Teaching Orientation

Tuesday, January 7, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm EST
Michigan League, 911 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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CRLT’s GSI Teaching Orientation is designed to help new GSIs prepare for their initial teaching experiences. It also has proven to be a valuable event for experienced GSIs and for graduate students who anticipate teaching in the future. Registration is required at https://crlt.umich.edu/gsis/gsio.

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Mental Health Task Force Town Hall for Graduate Students

Thursday, January 9, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST
Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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A significant number of graduate students experience psychological distress. This situation requires us to devote express attention and resources to graduate-student mental health. This challenge is also an opportunity: we hope to expand the current focus on graduate-student persistence and graduation to a more holistic wellness approach. Our aim is to provide faculty, students, and staff with a better understanding that well-being and academic performance are interdependent and dynamic. We ask graduate students to join us for a town hall…

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Rackham North: Project Management for Graduate Students—Tools, Tips, and Techniques for Staying on Track

Thursday, January 9, 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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Graduate school is full of projects, whether it is your research, professional development, community engagement, or personal tasks. Project management provides useful methods and practices that can help you organize, manage, and successfully complete projects to better serve you and your partners. In this workshop, you will get an overview of project management and learn techniques and tools for effectively managing your projects from beginning to end. This workshop is open to all students, and may be especially helpful to…

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International Welcome Back Party

Thursday, January 9, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm EST
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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The African Graduate Student Association (AGSA) and Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) bring you our International Welcome Back Party! Come for a variety of free food from all over the world, meet new people, and end the night with dancing. Wear whatever makes you comfortable, but traditional attire is encouraged. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/dOx3B.

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Applying Principles of Community Engagement for Grad Students

Monday, January 13, 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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This workshop is intended for graduate students who have already attended an Entering, Engaging, and Exiting Communities workshop or those with some familiarity or experience with community engagement. In this intermediate level workshop, participants will apply core principles for thoughtfully engaging with communities into their practice, including motivations, impact of social identities, and strategies for engaging in reciprocal, ethical, and respectful ways, with an attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.…

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DEI Certificate Program Community Check-In

Tuesday, January 14, 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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We will inform you of events that are coming Winter 2020, important dates, and exciting programming. We also hope get a pulse of the community to see what is needed, how people are feeling, and what you need from the program. Please note: This session is intended for participants of Rackham's Professional Development DEI Certificate Program. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/1pyPo. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation…

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Gear Your Career

Wednesday, January 15, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm EST
Great Lakes Room, Palmer Commons, 100 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Get all the goods you need for your job search! Have a professional head shot taken, sign up to get business cards printed, and/or consult briefly with a U-M career and professional development expert on your LinkedIn profile. Light refreshments will be served. This event is a collaboration between the University Career Center and Rackham Graduate School. 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…

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Rackham North: Ph.D. Pathways—Elevator Pitch for Jobs Beyond the Professoriate

Thursday, January 16, 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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Are you interested in learning how to effectively connect with colleagues and prospective employers? If so, this integrative workshop will help you to develop a strong pitch that can be used in networking opportunities, such as career fairs or conferences. In addition to developing your elevator pitch, we will briefly discuss networking strategies and resources. 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…

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Cooking Community: Dumplings

Sunday, January 19, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm EST
Munger Graduate Residences, 540 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Come be in community, learn how to make delicious dumplings, help feed your fellow students, and learn about food justice initiatives going on at U-M. Look out for future Community Cooking Events! Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/mnApo.

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Distress Signals: Supporting Students Facing Mental Health Challenges

Tuesday, January 21, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Distress Signals unpacks a common interaction—Jade visits her professor during office hours to discuss an extension for a paper—into a complex meditation on mental health and instructor responsibility. The performance (which at first unfolds chronologically and then repeats certain interactions with different faculty behavioral choices) is interspersed with facilitated discussion. Together, audiences examine the productive and problematic behaviors and attitudes on display in the instructor’s choices, and receive research-based strategies and campus resources to help them better support students. This…

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