Select Page

Rackham Presentation Request Form

One of Rackham’s core values is partnership and collaboration with the campus community. Therefore, members of our staff facilitate workshops and presentations for university departments, student organizations, and staff that serve Rackham students and prospective students at no cost/free of charge. For Fall 2021, in light of COVID-19 guidance on public-health informed events, a variety of factors must be taken into consideration to determine whether the presentation is offered virtually or in person. Rackham staff will discuss format considerations in an intake meeting with you after your request is received.

Guidelines for Rackham Presentation Requests

  • Requests will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Rackham will determine if there is staff capacity to accommodate new requests as they are received.
  • Please give us at least one month advance notice from the time you submit your request for a workshop or presentation. We will try our best to accommodate your timeline given staff availability.
  • Please select from the list of workshop and presentation topics. For career-related topics, please see this University Career Center form to request a presentation by Kirsten Elling (Rackham’s embedded Career Advancement Coordinator).
  • If your desired topic is not listed, please feel free to specify what you are interested in and we will do our best to accommodate if the topic falls within Rackham’s expertise. Please note that we may need more than one month advance notice to design customized presentations. If Rackham cannot fulfill your request, we will try to connect you with alternative resources.
  • Rackham will contact you for an intake conversation to discuss your presentation goals and audience once we receive your submission.
  • Requesters are required to coordinate all presentation logistical arrangements (e.g., catering, room reservations, advertising, etc.).

Presentation Topics

Click the workshop title to request the presentation.

What Is Graduate School and How Do You Get There?

This workshop provides an overview of graduate school, how students can prepare for graduate school, and Rackham specific information about applying to graduate school.

What Can Rackham Do to Support Students?

This session provides an overview of how Rackham supports students by providing funding, connecting students to communities, supporting their professional development, and providing help if students are struggling.

Navigating the Mentor/Advisor Relationship

The advisor-advisee relationship is critical to graduate student success. This workshop will provide students with essential tools and strategies to create a positive relationship between themselves and their mentor or advisor.

Research-Based Strategies for Managing Imposter Syndrome

Many graduate students struggle with feeling like an imposter. This session shares insights from the scholarship on imposter syndrome and stereotype threat and provides evidence-based strategies for managing imposter syndrome.

Navigating Difficult Conversations

In this interactive session, Rackham experts in conflict resolution will discuss how to navigate difficult conversations. Participants will leave with concrete strategies for productive dialogue and clear communication, and with confidence in how to approach difficult conversations in the future.

Implementing Restorative Practices

Relationships are central to building and fostering a sense of community. This session will share values of restorative practices and will demonstrate how they can be applied in decision-making, engagement, stakeholder interactions, and communication as a way to develop trust and connection in relationships in academic and student services settings.

Writing a Diversity Statement for Your Faculty Job Search

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.

DEI Toolkit: Recruiting for Diversity

Diversity is a critical component to achieving excellence. This workshop introduces evidence-based practices to support graduate programs in their effort to achieve their diversity goals.

DEI Toolkit: Faculty Workshop on Holistic Graduate Admissions for Excellence and Diversity

Holistic admissions practices are an integral part of achieving both diversity and excellence when admitting graduate student cohorts. This workshop is designed to provide concrete strategies and evidence-based practices to support faculty and program goals of admitting diverse and excellent cohorts of graduate students. This workshop will provide members of graduate admissions committees an opportunity to develop their own holistic admissions tools.

DEI Toolkit: DEI Climate

Sense of belonging is a basic human need. For our graduate students to be as successful as possible, programs need to maintain welcoming and inclusive climates. This session will support graduate programs with evidence-based practices to improve their climate.

Beyond Compliance: Towards a More Inclusive and Accessible Climate for Rackham Graduate Students with Disabilities

The purpose of this workshop is to help participants distinguish between graduate student academic-based and employment-based accommodations, deepen their knowledge of disabilities and disability culture, and familiarize themselves with the new online academic accommodations request process and the Rackham employment-based accommodation process. Participants will also examine the intersections and differences between disabilities, mental health, and neurodiversity, learn evidence-based practices for improving climate and culture for graduate students with disabilities, and explore methods to go “beyond compliance”, such as incorporating universal design concepts.

Professional Development for STEM Disciplines

Rackham offers several professional development workshops tailored to the needs of students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Workshop topics include Creating Individual Development Plans, Tools for Career Exploration, Networking and Informational Interviewing, Identifying and Leveraging Transferable Skills, Poster Presentations, and preparing application materials (i.e. CVs, resumes, cover letters, and supporting documents). If you select this option, please provide the desired workshop topic in the “Additional Comments” section at the end of the form.


When filling out your request please select other and describe the topic you wish to have Rackham present.