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October 2021

Graduate Student Career Pathways: Interviewing for Jobs Beyond the Professoriate

Monday, October 25, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EDT
Online United States

This workshop will meet the needs of those applying for Rackham internship programs, but is open to any graduate students seeking guidance around interviewing for positions beyond tenure track roles, which can differ greatly from the academic job search process. It will focus on preparing graduate students to navigate the interview process, and to effectively answer questions by strategically articulating strengths and skills. This workshop is part of the Rackham North Workshop Series although graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from…

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Change it Up!©

Tuesday, October 26, 9:00 am to 10:30 am EDT
Online United States

Change It Up!© brings bystander intervention skills to students for the purpose of building supportive and respectful communities. Change It Up! is based on a nationally recognized five-step bystander intervention model that develops students’ skills and confidence when intervening in situations that negatively impact campus climate. This workshop explores how students’ identities and experiences impact their interactions inside and outside of the classroom. Through interactive theater, students apply the five steps to real-life scenarios and have an opportunity to practice…

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Coffee Chat: Career Planning for Graduate Students

Tuesday, October 26, 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm EDT
Online United States

In this session you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Rackham’s resources for professional development, techniques for exploring career interests outside of academia, advice for networking, and more! Please note that this session is geared towards first and second year graduate students, but all our welcome. Presenters: Kirsten Elling, Coordinator, Graduate Student Career Advancement, University Career Center and Lauren Sirota, Ph.D. Student, English Language and Literature and Graduate Student Staff Assistant, Rackham Professional Development and Engagement Registration is required…

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On the Peripheries of the Subaltern: Privilege, Marginalization, and Intersectional Identities

Thursday, October 28, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Grounded in theoretical frameworks of "otherness," such as Spivak's "subaltern" and Canagarajah's "periphery," this workshop will explore the intersection of multiple identities which are simultaneously held by every individual. After participants engage in an exploration of these intersectional identities, they will then analyze how biases—like colorism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, and xenophobia—can still be internalized within communities which are also marginalized. Learning objectives: Explore the construction of the self Trace the intellectual genealogy of “otherness” Understand intersectionality, multiple peripheries, and accumulated…

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You Don’t Belong Here: The Stories Our Systems Tell (and Why We Have to Disrupt Them)

Friday, October 29, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

Many universities message extensively around their commitments about diversity, equity, and inclusion. These institutional assertions are often called into question, though, by the stories of members of the higher education community who continue to face marginalization and othering within their professional and educational spaces. This session centers around an embodied case study depicting one woman’s reflections on her experiences of higher education and her interactions with a range of systems that sent a persistent message that she didn’t belong, that…

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November 2021

Writing a Diversity Statement

Monday, November 1, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States

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. Learning objectives: Reflect on ways you are committed to diversity, equity, and…

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We’re Biased. So Now What?: Personalizing and Mitigating Unconscious Bias

Friday, November 5, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT
Online United States + Google Map

Many of us are committed to DEI and accept the extensive evidence from scholarly studies in psychology and neuroscience demonstrating that we all have unconscious biases that affect our interactions with others. The goals of this workshop are for participants to: 1) gain knowledge of societal biases and self-awareness of their unconscious biases, and 2) develop strategies to advocate for inclusion in light of unconscious bias. This workshop is designed for master's students, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows. For faculty…

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Bystander Intervention: What to Do When You May Not Know What to Do

Monday, November 8, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST

This workshop will give a basic introduction to Bystander Intervention. In this workshop, participants will learn about what causes hesitancy when thinking about intervening, types of harm that people may encounter, and strategies to safely intervene. Participants will also explore identity and how the identities we hold affect our understanding of the world around us. Learning objectives: Gain an understanding of what it means to be a bystander and factors that influence intervention Gain multiple strategies to intervene and disrupt…

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Dismantling White Supremacy

Wednesday, November 10, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST
Online United States

Culture reflects a set of agreed-upon expectations and norms in a social community. Culture includes values, beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors learned from one’s group. In the United States, white supremacy culture pervades the communities and organizations that we all inhabit. In this interactive session, we will discuss a brief article (required as pre-reading before the workshop) written by anti-racism scholars and activists on white supremacy culture. We will identify ways that we can dismantle white supremacy culture in our own…

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Leading Effective Collaborative Teams

Monday, November 15, 2:00 pm to 3:30 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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Demonstrating a Commitment to Diversity

Tuesday, November 16, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
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. Learning objectives: Reflect on ways you…

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Graduate Student Career Pathways: Career Exploration Tools and Strategies

Friday, November 19, 10:00 am to 11:30 am EST
Online United States

This workshop will focus on resources you can leverage to explore career options, as well as strategies to best position yourself for a variety of career trajectories. We will cover approaches to networking, transferable skills, and key resources designed to support your exploration. This workshop is open to students at all points in their graduate careers, and there will be plenty of time for your questions. This event is intended to be interactive and therefore a recording will not be…

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Engendering Respectful Communities: Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment

Friday, November 19, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST
Online United States

Engendering Respectful Communities (ERC): Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment for Graduate Students program is facilitated by U-M's Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC), as well as the U-M Educational Theatre Company (ETC), providing graduate students across campus with engaging graduate student peer-led virtual workshops covering U-M's community expectations and practices, as well as opportunities to develop and practice skills for addressing harmful behavior, specifically related to sexual misconduct. This workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. For…

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December 2021

Diversity in STEM

Wednesday, December 1, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST
Online United States

This workshop discusses the impact diversity has on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and the importance of academic success, cultural competence, and socio-political consciousness. This session provides an overview of how persons from a diverse background can obtain and maximize grants, social support, mentoring, and training to become independent leaders in STEM. Additional workshop topics include developing a research identity and funding portfolio. This workshop is part of the Rackham North Workshop Series although graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from…

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