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December 2019

Understanding DEI Through the Framework of Global Citizenship

Tuesday, December 3, 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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In a globalized world, each person will interact with cultures beyond their own. As the leaders and best, our students go all over the world and work with people from across the globe, and to better enable them to succeed, cultural competency is a necessity. Someone with one plus cultures can adapt and be receptive of other cultures and identities. Context matters, and critical lenses about other cultures impact how we view them. This workshop will focus on critical thinking…

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Business Etiquette Dinner with GRIN

Tuesday, December 3, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm EST
Kalamazoo Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League, 911 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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How should I introduce myself at a formal dinner? What direction should I pass the bread in? How should I use my fork? Where do I place my napkin? When and how should I raise a toast? What conversation topics are unacceptable? Have you ever wondered about some of these questions? Whether at a corporate conference, a gala, or a professional meeting, how we conduct business and dine at the same time can be a tricky act. Learn how to…

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Rackham Graduate Student Wellness Day

Wednesday, December 4, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm EST
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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All Rackham graduate students are invited to enjoy a warm meal, a chair massage, and time to chill out. (Massages provided depending on availability.) Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/QA3Dq.

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Restorative Practices and Graduate Well-Being

Wednesday, December 4, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Common Room, Lower Level, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Our most basic task is helping students get the most out of their experiences. We pride ourselves in being student-centered and in holding a high level of care in working with students. Framing around these values and using the model of wellness, this session aims to engage students in reflection around the eight key dimensions of personal well-being. Using restorative practices and the power of the circle process, students will share stories of well-being to inform the commitment to a…

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Establishing a Positive Relationship with Your Research Advisor

Thursday, December 5, 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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The advisor/advisee relationship is critical to graduate student success. Participants in this workshop will reflect on the roles that their advisor plays in their graduate education, as well as the importance of establishing a broader network of support. We will also discuss a process for developing and agreeing upon shared expectations with your advisor so that you set yourself up for a positive working relationship. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is limited. For faculty…

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Write-Together

Friday, December 6, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
Space 2435, North Quad, 105 South State Street
Ann Arbor, 48109 United States
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Write-Together sessions provide structure, space, and time for graduate writers working on writing at any stage, from papers to theses to journal articles to dissertations and more. Write-Together sessions bring graduate writers into a common quiet space to work. We will periodically offer helpful handouts on a range of writing and work productivity topics, and a Sweetland representative will also be on-site to answer any brief writing questions you may have. Breakfast refreshments will be provided.

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Racial Microaggressions

Friday, December 6, 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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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 microaggression is inflicted, and provide tools for successfully intervening in the future. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.…

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Writing a Diversity Statement

Monday, December 9, 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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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. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Space is…

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Dance Around the World with GRIN: Swing Dance Edition

Wednesday, December 11, 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm EST
Vandenberg Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League, 911 North University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Join GRIN and Swing Ann Arbor for our Dance Around the World Series! This time we will be learning swing dance, thanks to our collaborators, Swing Ann Arbor! The lesson is free and open to beginners! Swing dancing originated in the United States, and it is often danced to Jazz music which has origins in New Orleans. Dance Lesson: 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Open Dancing (a chance to practice your moves): 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. Footwear recommendations: Avoid high heels…

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Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Symposium

Thursday, December 12, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
Earl Lewis Room, 3rd Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Please join this year's cohort of graduate student EPI Fellows as they share their course topics and insights around key areas of community engaged learning with the campus community through short presentations and discussions. Coffee and a light breakfast will be served. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full participation in this event, please follow contact RackhamEvents@umich.edu to indicate your accommodation requirements. Please let us know as soon as…

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