Graduate Student Events

Fall 2020
Virtual Professional Development Workshops for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Navigating Bias and Finding your Fit in the Job Search
Tuesday, September 22
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Beyond the diversity statements listed on employer websites and marketing materials, how do you know if an organization is truly committed to diversity and social justice, and not just “talking the talk”? This webinar will address ways to identify and navigate bias in the job search process. We will discuss ways to assess whether an organization is aligned with your values concerning equity, inclusion and social justice. Participants will leave with strategies and resources that empower them to search for jobs in places that sincerely manifest the inclusive culture that they proclaim.


Demonstrating Your Commitment to Diversity in Industry, Nonprofit, Government and Business | Speaker: Deborah Willis
Wednesday, October 7
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) aptitude is now highly valued by many employers, both within and beyond academe. It is wise for job seekers to be prepared to articulate ways that they are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. This webinar will address how employers are evaluating DEI in job interviews and provide an overview of best practices when discussing DEI in job materials and interviews. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on ways that their experiences in graduate school can be connected to their various commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion (i.e., through research, teaching, service and engagement, leadership).


Cultivating Resilience: Mindful Self-Compassion and the Academic Job Search
Tuesday, November 10
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Navigating the academic job market is stressful, scary and complex under normal circumstances, but in the midst of a pandemic where there’s greater scarcity of and increased competition for academic jobs, candidates may find themselves experiencing greater anxiety. Many will dismiss these intense negative emotions, “push through” and try to stay focused on finding a job, yet navigating a job search in such a state actually increases anxiety and limits creative and insightful approaches to the job search. This workshop introduces graduate students and postdocs to Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) practices so that they can respond to difficult emotions with understanding and kindness as well as take on the job search with more emotional strength and resilience.


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