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April 2022

How Do We Begin: A Historical Reckoning with Anti-Black Racism at U-M

Wednesday, April 13, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT
Amphitheatre, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Written by guest playwright and U-M alumn Jordan Harris, this short series of plays illuminates U-M’s complicated relationship with elitism and racial inequity. Using Matthew Johnson’s book Undermining Racial Justice (a historical analysis of the admissions processes at U-M) as an entry point, the play examines how American colleges and universities—and U-M specifically—have perpetuated anti-Blackness while simultaneously benefiting from their association with inclusive values. Through a series of facilitated discussion and activities, participants will wrestle with a central question: with…

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Coffee Chats for Graduate Students: Negotiation Basics

Thursday, April 14, 11:00 am to 11:45 am EDT
Online United States

We are offering a series of virtual coffee chats for the graduate student community, hosted by Rackham's embedded University Career Center career counselor. The topic for this session is negotiation -- something that many people feel unprepared for, especially during the job search process. We'll talk through the steps involved in salary negotiation, as well as negotiation tips that can be utilized in other contexts. Bring your questions, as there will be plenty of time for Q&A. This event is…

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Navigating Difficult Conversations

Friday, April 15, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EDT
Online United States

In this interactive session, Rackham experts in conflict resolution will discuss the ways in which conflict can manifest in our academic and personal spheres and will explore strategies to navigate and address difficult conversations. You will leave with concrete strategies for productive dialogue and clear communication, able to approach difficult conversations with more confidence in the future. Registration is required at https://myumi.ch/pZR89. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation would promote your full…

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Rackham Resolution Services: Virtual Office Hours

Monday, April 18, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Online United States

If you have a quick question or have a time sensitive matter, attend the Rackham’s Resolution Service’s open office hours weekly on Monday and Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. In the interest of providing students as much privacy as possible, you may spend a brief time in a waiting room if the resolution officer is engaged with another student. They will be with you as quickly as possible. Join Zoom Meeting https://umich.zoom.us/j/99531959553 Meeting ID: 995 3195 9553…

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Outstanding GSI and Faculty Mentoring Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, April 19, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Amphitheatre and Assembly Hall, 4th Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Each year the Rackham recognizes the efforts and talents of Graduate Student Instructors whose dedication to developing course content and classroom activity is truly outstanding on our campus. Similarly, Rackham honors the mentoring abilities and involvement of faculty through three different mentoring awards. We invite all in the University—students, faculty, and staff—to attend the event and reception to congratulate the award recipients. Registration is not required. We want to ensure full and equitable participation in our events. If an accommodation…

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Rackham Resolution Services: Virtual Office Hours

Wednesday, April 20, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Online United States

If you have a quick question or have a time sensitive matter, attend the Rackham’s Resolution Service’s open office hours weekly on Monday and Wednesday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. In the interest of providing students as much privacy as possible, you may spend a brief time in a waiting room if the resolution officer is engaged with another student. They will be with you as quickly as possible. Join Zoom Meeting https://umich.zoom.us/j/99531959553 Meeting ID: 995 3195 9553…

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Minority Serving Institutions Initiative Coffee Chat Series: Complicating the Black Student Experiences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, April 20, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT
Online United States

Drawing from findings from a national study involving four HBCUs of different sizes, designations, and mission statements and 80 students, this presentation will discuss the importance of looking at the within-group differences among Black students at HBCUs. Findings that will center this presentation emerged from a larger qualitative study that sought to understand how the political climate encouraged Black students to apply and attend HBCUs. In alignment with the inductive approach of qualitative research, one of the themes that emerged…

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Rackham Graduate Exercises

Friday, April 29, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Hill Auditorium, 825 N University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Rackham Graduate Exercises is the official commencement ceremony for all master’s and doctoral graduates and candidates who receive their degrees through the Rackham Graduate School. Held in Hill Auditorium, this program recognizes doctoral degree recipients individually and is formal in tone. Tickets are not required for general seating at Hill Auditorium. Complete commencement day instructions can be found at https://commencement.umich.edu/ceremony-venue-details/rge/.

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May 2022

Step into a Student Staff Position: Rackham Jobs for Summer and Fall

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

Rackham has many Graduate Student Staff Assistant (GSSA) job opportunities available in the summer and fall of 2022. Positions are available related to a range of areas, from diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to alumni relations and fundraising. If you are interested in a range of work areas in higher education and would like to develop your skills in the design and implementation of programs for students, faculty, and alumni, these Rackham job opportunities may be of interest to you!…

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MORE Faculty In-Person Workshop: Getting Your Mentoring Relationship Off to a Good Start

Tuesday, May 3, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT
Fourth Floor, Rackham Building, 915 East Washington Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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This workshop helps enhance the mentoring relationship between the student and faculty mentor by facilitating the development of shared expectations. Mentors and mentees work independently in separate sessions to identify their own objectives and styles, and consider strategies for dealing with possible challenges. Then, student-faculty pairs work together to develop a written mentoring plan as a means of codifying some of the most important elements (needs, goals, mutual expectations) of a two-way mentoring relationship. Over 85 percent of Rackham doctoral…

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