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March 2018

Mar 5 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Are you having a hard time synthesizing your academic experiences in hopes of landing a job outside of academia? The process of crafting a strong resume can often be difficult. This workshop is a hands-on opportunity for graduate students to learn how to effectively develop a resume, using the foundation that they have laid with information from their CV.

Mar 6 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Paula J. Caproni, Ph.D. is a faculty member of the Management and Organizations Department at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. In this talk, Dr. Caproni will explore the question: what the most successful and happiest people do differently than others. More importantly, this keynote will help you understand what you can do to achieve your most important goals in life.

Mar 6 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

If you are looking for a funding/fellowship but are not sure where to start, this workshop is just for you. With the help of Foundations and Grants Librarian Paul Barrow we will discuss how to make a funding search. Bringing your own laptop in order to utilize the resources during the sessions. Paul will be flexible during and after the session to answer all questions. Lunch will be provided.

Mar 6 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Academic job opportunities for Ph.D. degree holders are not limited to traditional tenure track faculty or classroom lecturer positions.

Mar 7 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Dr. Scott Page, author of The Difference and The Diversity Bonus has been invited to speak about his book, his interview with The Washington Post and the diversity of thought.

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Mar 7 2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Please join Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) for an interactive meeting with Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) officers and representatives to learn more about how your experience as a graduate student at the university can be better served by DPSS. In addition to learning about this integral unit on campus, you will be asked to share with your daily struggles and views on any topic in which you are interested.

Mar 8 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

This 4 session group integrates principles of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is designed to help students explore the ways that mindfulness meditation can help quiet the mind, improve attention, and enhance overall wellness by cultivating present moment awareness. Group participants will learn a variety of meditative techniques with the goal of establishing a daily individual meditation practice.

Mar 8 2018 - 6:00pm to Mar 10 2018 - 11:00pm

This symposium will be centered around strategies to transform political activism in our role as students, with the goal of protecting, engaging, and further advancing the interests and ideas of communities of color. As aspiring scholars, administrators, political leaders, and professionals, what can we do to prepare for, survive, and thrive under unfavorable political climates?

Mar 9 2018 - 9:00am

This webinar will outline some of our financial wellness initiatives and will seek your input in rating financial education resources for students. Registrants will be emailed a link prior to the event.

Session 1: 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Mar 10 2018 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

There is a movement happening within the discipline of history. Historians recognize that traditional scholarly communication channels (e.g., monographs, academic articles) have limited reach, appeal, and impact among non-experts.

Mar 10 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) invites you to join us at a volunteering session hosted by Food Gatherers. Join us in for an afternoon of sorting and packaging food donations for families in need.

Please RSVP.

Mar 12 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

This workshop aims to increase baseline knowledge, initiate discussion, and clarify myths and facts about people with disabilities. Participants will gain a better understanding of disability issues and the disability community as a whole. It will also address how to best serve individuals with disabilities and provide suggestions on etiquette that you can use in your everyday life.

Mar 14 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

The election of Donald Trump has catalyzed historic levels of activism around the country. The Women's March on the day after the inauguration in 2017 is considered to be the largest single day demonstration ever. However, students have been organizing in large numbers, notably after the killing of Trayvon Martin, which catalyzed the Black Lives Matter movement.

Mar 14 2018 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

Join us for Hail Yeah! and show your GRADitude! You'll have the chance to write a thank you postcard to a Rackham donor who gave $50 or less, enhancing YOUR Michigan experience. Lunch and a limited number of Hail Yeah! t-shirts will be provided (come early to get yours!).

Come thank a donor, get a t-shirt, and celebrate the impact all gifts have on our graduate students. Does every gift matter? Hail Yeah!

Mar 17 2018 - 6:00pm

Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) invites you to join us for a night of socialization and board games. Come meet people and make new friends over a large variety of fun board games! Whether you like lying to your friends, working with others to save the world, or asserting your dominance through strategy and/or battle, there will be a game for you. We will also be providing pizza!

Mar 19 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

​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, you will bring a draft of your diversity statement and spend time giving and receiving feedback on it with your peers using a rubric.

Mar 21 2018 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Focusing on your strengths and those of your fellow coworkers/teammates helps increase engagement and satisfaction. During this workshop you will take the Gallup Strengthsfinder assessment on site and be given your top 5 leadership strengths. You will also engage in a series of activities that will enhance your self-awareness and your ability to understand strengths-based leadership.

Mar 21 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

You are invited to a night of fun and terror organized by RSG. Guests will be going back to Roman times to solve a heinous murder. Use (fake) coins to bribe other guests for information, and watch your back because the murderer will be among us! A light dinner will be served. See here for more event details.

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Mar 21 2018 - 6:00pm

I AM EVIDENCE, produced by actor, director, and Joyful Heart Foundation Founder and President, Mariska Hargitay, exposes the alarming number of untested rape kits in the United States and the disturbing pattern of how sexual assault survivors have historically been treated by the criminal justice system.

Mar 23 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

This workshop will cover taxes for domestic graduate students. Topics include earning income in multiple states, fellowships, and more!

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Mar 23 2018 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

This workshop centers around an analysis of a series of mentoring interactions that occur between the members of a lab group, including a PI, postdoc, and graduate students. It invites participants to act as critical observers of this extended case study to identify common challenges mentors and mentees face in navigating these high stakes relationships in STEM settings.

Mar 26 2018 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Looking for a place to get some writing done? Come join RSG and your fellow graduate students for a write-in event!

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Mar 27 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Representatives from the Michigan Department of the Treasury will explain the State of Michigan tax form to international students and scholars. This workshop is specifically designed for F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars. It will not help permanent residents or U.S. citizens. Individual assistance will be available after the presentation. Co-sponsored by the International Center.

Mar 27 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

A workshop lead by Alex Klime, M.S.W. Candidate and National Community Scholar.

We make assumptions all the time; it's a natural part of life. At the same time, we must also work to critically understand these assumptions, and leave space for people who do not fit the narratives we have been socialized to "know." In this workshop we will seek to dialogue with one another and explore solutions.

Mar 27 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Representatives from the Michigan Department of the Treasury will explain the State of Michigan tax form to international students and scholars. This workshop is specifically designed for F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars. It will not help permanent residents or U.S. citizens. Individual assistance will be available after the presentation.

Mar 27 2018 - 5:15pm to 6:30pm

This workshop specifically designed for graduate students, and presented by a CAPS counselor, will focus on cultivating an understanding of sleep and ways to improve restfulness and overall productivity. The workshop will examine some of the myths about sleep and rest, on identifying factors that contribute to sleep difficulties and fatigue, and on learning how to apply strategies to fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

Mar 28 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Are you considering diverse career options in the STEM fields? Successful transition from a training environment into the global job market requires a well-defined career strategy, as well as integration of your skills to market your “brand.” We will discuss a framework for how to explore your career options, and the steps required to launch your career trajectory.

Mar 28 2018 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

You are invited to a discussion and dialogue around the film, Tell Them We Are Rising, a new documentary about Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This panel discussion and dialogue will be a space to engage with and work towards demystifying deficit-based perceptions around HBCUs. The panel will include invited administrators, faculty, staff, and alumni from HBCUs and the University of Michigan.

Mar 28 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Each semester, Munger Graduate Residences challenges transdisciplinary teams of graduate students to address important topics through its Case Competition. Rackham Graduate School proudly presents the Winter 2018 Munger Case Competition in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Student Life: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Mar 29 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Change it Up! brings bystander intervention skills to the University of Michigan community for the purpose of building inclusive, respectful, and safe communities. It is based on a nationally recognized four-stage bystander intervention model that helps individuals intervene in situations that negatively impact individuals, organizations, and the campus community.

Mar 30 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Are you interested in learning more about work-life in a liberal arts college setting? Join Rackham Alumnus Dean Scott VanderStoep of Hope College, for this conversation about what it's like to be a faculty member and administrator at a liberal arts college. Dean VanderStoep received his Ph.D. in education and psychology from Rackham in 1992 and has held the position of dean for social sciences at Hope College since 2012.

Mar 31 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) invites you to join us for our family-friendly bowling event. GRIN will cover the cost of bowling, shoe rental, and appetizers. We hope to see you there!

Please RSVP.