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August 22, 2017


Registration/Check-In: 8:30 – 9 am

Dwinelle Hall Plaza


Welcome: 9 – 10 am

Remarks by Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Graduate Division Dean, Fiona M. Doyle; Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, Oscar Dubon; Graduate Assembly President, Kena Hazelwood-Carter; and Keynote Speaker Professor Kim Voss, Graduate Division Associate Dean and Professor of Sociology.


Session One: 10:10 – 11 am


Cal Community: Sexual Violence Prevention Education & Support for Graduate Students

Each student is required to attend this training once during NGSO or at one of the campus training sessions offered in the coming weeks.

This interactive workshop will provide incoming graduate students with important information and resources on the critical issues of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Topics will include definitions of violence, bystander intervention, trauma, informed response, support resources, and reporting rights and options. At Cal, we believe that every student has a right to safe living, learning, and working environments. This workshop will help new students learn about healthy relationships in their professional and personal lives.

Sessions: One, Two, Three, and Four (and lunch)
Room: 155
Presented by: The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Team


Academic Writing

Develop the academic skills necessary for the successful completion of graduate programs: academic, grant, and dissertation writing, editing and preparing articles for publications. Learn about the many workshops offered to graduate students.
Sessions: One, Three
Room: 88 Dwinelle
Presented by: Sabrina Soracco, DirectorGraduate Writing Center, Graduate Division


Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes

Are you coming to California from outside the state and would like to establish residency for tuition purposes? This workshop will summarize what a first year graduate student needs to do to establish residency for tuition purposes for Fall Semester 2018. Important dates and procedures will be discussed. A short question and answer period for general questions to follow the presentation.
Sessions: One, Four
Room: 145
Presented by: Rod Santos Office of the Registrar, Residence Affairs


GenEq: Your Campus Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Hear an overview of resources for LGBTQ+ and Women graduate students.

Session: One
Room: 109
Presented by: Billy Curtis (he, him, his), Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq)


The Graduate Assembly

The Graduate Assembly (GA) is the official representative body of graduate and professional students. Its fundamental principles are promotion of a vibrant student life, inclusiveness, community service, educational improvement, and professional development via programatic and policy development internally and with campus stakeholders. In service of these principles, the GA funds student groups, manages a variety of projects, and advocates for students at the city, state, and national levels. Attend this session to learn more about how the Graduate Assembly is structured, what services and events the GA offers, and opportunities for you to get involved.
Sessions: One, Three
Room: 215
Presented by: Graduate Assembly Executive Board


Justice at Work: Justice Unionism with the Student-Worker Labor Union

Our labor union has secured wage increases, tuition remission, expanded medical care and parental leave, access to all-gender bathrooms, and many other benefits for student-workers and our whole university community. This workshop will address ways student-workers can shape public education and advance struggles for racial, gender, class and other forms of equity by building power in the university system. We will a) answer any FAQs related to union membership, contracts, and the history of unionization at UC b) discuss models of social justice unionism, which integrates struggles for good contracts and wages with those to make the UC a safer and more equitable place, and c) conclude with small-group discussions about ways that we can act collectively to fight for a more equitable university and society. It’s your union!
Sessions: One, Two
Room: 209
Presented by: UC Student-Workers Labor Union, UAW 2865


The Library: Your Partner in Research & Teaching

The UC Berkeley Libraries comprise one of the largest academic libraries in the United States, with unique collections that attract researchers from around the world. Learn how the Library’s collections and services can save you time and boost your research to the next level.
Sessions: One, Four
Room: 219
Presented by: Corliss Lee, UC Berkeley Libraries


Resources for Professional and Career Development

It’s not too early to start thinking about life after graduate school and taking steps to develop those skills that will serve you well in future academic and professional careers. In this session, you will be introduced to resources and programs offered by Graduate Professional Development and the Career Center. Learn what you should be doing now to prepare yourself for a successful job search and career in academia, industry, and other sectors.
Session: One, Three
Room: 182
Presented by: Debra Behrens, UC Berkeley Career Center and Linda von Hoene, Graduate Professional Development


Resources for Student Parents

Learn about family-related resources for graduate student parents as well as relevant campus programs, services and policies.
Session: One
Room: 223
Presented by: Tomie Lenear, Student Parent Center


Student Health Services

Medical, counseling, insurance and health-promotion services provided through the University Health Services will be reviewed in detail. Learn more about available services, health and wellness resources, and the Berkeley’s Student Health Insurance Plan (Berkeley SHIP), with plenty of time for Q+A.
Sessions: One, Two
Room: Durham Theater
Presented by: Kim LaPean, University Health Services


Session Two: 11:15 am to 12:05 pm


Cal Community: Sexual Violence Prevention Education & Support for Graduate Students

Each student is required to attend this training once during NGSO or at one of the campus training sessions offered in the coming weeks.

This interactive workshop will provide incoming graduate students with important information and resources on the critical issues of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Topics will include definitions of violence, bystander intervention, trauma, informed response, support resources, and reporting rights and options. At Cal, we believe that every student has a right to safe living, learning, and working environments. This workshop will help new students learn about healthy relationships in their professional and personal lives.

Sessions: One, Two, Three, and Four (and lunch)
Room: 155
Presented by: The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Team


Creating Community for Graduate Students of Color and Sharing Resources for Success

This workshop will allow for graduate students of color to build community, learn of common challenges, and find out about useful campus resources.
Sessions: Two, Three
Rooms: 209
Presented by: Abby Rincon, Office for Graduate Diversity


Disabled Students’ Program

Participants will learn what disability means under federal law and will learn how students become eligible for academic accommodations and services at DSP. Participants will gain the knowledge they need to refer students who may need academic accommodations and services to DSP or to seek accommodations for themselves. Participants will also learn about letters of accommodation and the types of accommodations and services DSP students may receive in and out of the classroom.
Session: Two
Room: 109
Speaker: Karen E. Nielson, Director, Disabled Students’ Program


Graduate Study at Berkeley, Demystified

Transitioning to graduate studies at Berkeley can be a daunting process – even if you have engaged in advanced studies elsewhere. Come to this session to learn about how to build solid foundations for your academic and personal success in graduate school. We will cover general departmental structure and governance, how to identify and access resources to support your success, and your options when facing challenges.
Session: Two
Room: 219
Presented by: Andrea Rex, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Services, Graduate Division


Introduction to Graduate Funding at Berkeley

This presentation will provide general information on the types of funding available to Berkeley graduate students and how that funding is administered. It will cover relevant terminology, how different types of funding interact, and common rules/limits, as well as offer some basic guidance on obtaining additional funding after you’ve started at Berkeley. It will describe the roles of different campus offices and provide advice on where to obtain help in resolving funding-related issues and problems. Please note: While the presentation will touch on various campus funding models, it will not provide detailed information on department-/program-specific funding plans or opportunities available in particular disciplines.

Session: Two, Three
Room: 145
Presented by: Solomon Lefler, Interim Director of Graduate Student Support, Graduate Division


Justice at Work: Social Justice Unionism with the Student-Worker Labor Union

Our labor union has secured wage increases, tuition remission, expanded medical care and parental leave, access to all-gender bathrooms, and many other benefits for student-workers and our whole university community. This workshop will address ways student-workers can shape public education and advance struggles for racial, gender, class and other forms of equity by building power in the university system. We will a) answer any FAQs related to union membership, contracts, and the history of unionization at UC b) discuss models of social justice unionism, which integrates struggles for good contracts and wages with those to make the UC a safer and more equitable place, and c) conclude with small-group discussions about ways that we can act collectively to fight for a more equitable university and society. It’s your union!
Sessions: One, Two
Room: 215
Presented by: UC Student-Workers Labor Union, UAW 2865


Strategies and Skills for Mentoring

Gain insight into establishing and working within the context of mentoring relationships with faculty. Learn strategies and skills for mentoring undergraduates at Berkeley and in your future career.
Sessions:
Two, Four
Room: 88
Presented by: Linda von Hoene, Graduate Professional Development, and Sabrina Soracco, Graduate Writing Center, Graduate Division


Student Health Services

Medical, counseling, insurance and health-promotion services provided through the University Health Services will be reviewed in detail. Learn more about available services, health and wellness resources, and the Berkeley’s Student Health Insurance Plan (Berkeley SHIP), with plenty of time for Q+A.
Sessions: One, Two
Room: Durham Theater
Presented by: Kim LaPean, University Health Services


Student Legal Services – How Can We Help?

An overview of the legal consultation services available to currently registered UC Berkeley students, including a summary of common legal issues encountered by students. This will be an interactive session that includes significant time for discussion and Q&A.
Session: Two
Room: 182
Presented by: Mark Lucia, Director, Student Legal Services


UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security

According to the UC Graduate Well Being Survey, 23% of Graduate Students are Food Insecure and 6% have experienced homelessness at some point during their UC Berkeley experience. Join us to meet & learn from our UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee leaders. Data, programs/services, and opportunities will be shared. Gifts and snacks will be provided.
Session: Two
Room: 223
Presented by:The UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee


Lunch: 12:05 to 1:30 pm

  • Get your lunch in Dwinelle Plaza and relax
  • Lunch provided by Graduate Division to first 1,000 attendees
  • Optional Tours of Eshleman Hall and Anthony Hall led by the LEAD Center and the Graduate Assembly.
    • Eshleman Hall tours leave from lunch area at 12:25pm, 1:05pm
    • Anthony Hall tour leaves from lunch area at 12:45pm

Lunch Session SVSH Training: 12:30 to 1:20 pm

Cal Community: Sexual Violence Prevention Education & Support for Graduate Students

Food will not be permitted in the auditorium. Late arrivals not permitted after 12:30pm.

Each student is required to attend this training once during NGSO or at one of the campus training sessions offered in the coming weeks.

This interactive workshop will provide incoming graduate students with important information and resources on the critical issues of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Topics will include definitions of violence, bystander intervention, trauma, informed response, support resources, and reporting rights and options. At Cal, we believe that every student has a right to safe living, learning, and working environments. This workshop will help new students learn about healthy relationships in their professional and personal lives.

Sessions: One, Two, Three, and Four (and lunch)
Room: 155
Presented by: The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Team


Session Three: 1:30 to 2:20 pm


Cal Community: Sexual Violence Prevention Education & Support for Graduate Students

Each student is required to attend this training once during NGSO or at one of the campus training sessions offered in the coming weeks.

This interactive workshop will provide incoming graduate students with important information and resources on the critical issues of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Topics will include definitions of violence, bystander intervention, trauma, informed response, support resources, and reporting rights and options. At Cal, we believe that every student has a right to safe living, learning, and working environments. This workshop will help new students learn about healthy relationships in their professional and personal lives.

Sessions: One, Two, Three, and Four (and lunch)
Room: 155
Presented by: The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Team


Academic Writing

Develop the academic skills necessary for the successful completion of graduate programs: academic, grant, and dissertation writing, editing and preparing articles for publications. Learn about the many workshops offered to graduate students.
Sessions: One, Three
Room: 88
Presented by: Sabrina Soracco, DirectorGraduate Writing Center, Graduate Division


Creating Community for Graduate Students of Color and Sharing Resources for Success

This workshop will allow for graduate students of color to build community, learn of common challenges, and find out about useful campus resources.
Sessions: Two, Three
Rooms: 209
Presented by: Abby Rincon, Office for Graduate Diversity


The Graduate Assembly

The Graduate Assembly (GA) is the official representative body of graduate and professional students. Its fundamental principles are promotion of a vibrant student life, inclusiveness, community service, educational improvement, and professional development via programatic and policy development internally and with campus stakeholders. In service of these principles, the GA funds student groups, manages a variety of projects, and advocates for students at the city, state, and national levels. Attend this session to learn more about how the Graduate Assembly is structured, what services and events the GA offers, and opportunities for you to get involved.
Sessions: One, Three
Room: 215
Presented by: Graduate Assembly Executive Board


Graduate Student Mental Health & Happiness

Learn about techniques and resources to help enhance happiness and manage stress while in graduate school.

Session: Three
Room: Durham Theatre
Presented by: Matt Goodman, Counseling & Psychological Services


Introduction to Graduate Funding at Berkeley

This presentation will provide general information on the types of funding available to Berkeley graduate students and how that funding is administered. It will cover relevant terminology, how different types of funding interact, and common rules/limits, as well as offer some basic guidance on obtaining additional funding after you’ve started at Berkeley. It will describe the roles of different campus offices and provide advice on where to obtain help in resolving funding-related issues and problems. Please note: While the presentation will touch on various campus funding models, it will not provide detailed information on department-/program-specific funding plans or opportunities available in particular disciplines.

Sessions: Two, Three
Room: 145
Presented by: Solomon Lefler, Interim Director of Graduate Student Support, Graduate Division


Resources for International Students

This workshop provides information about maintaining your immigration status, tips on adjusting culturally to the US, and the multitude of resources available to help you thrive at UC Berkeley. Come and ask your questions of a Berkeley International Office (BIO) advisor.
Session: Three
Room: 223
Presented by: Mimi Ghosh, Berkeley International Office


Resources for Professional and Career Development

It’s not too early to start thinking about life after graduate school and taking steps to develop those skills that will serve you well in future academic and professional careers. In this session, you will be introduced to resources and programs offered by Graduate Professional Development and the Career Center. Learn what you should be doing now to prepare yourself for a successful job search and career in academia, industry, and other sectors.
Session: One, Three
Room: 182
Presented by: Debra Behrens, UC Berkeley Career Center and Linda von Hoene, Graduate Professional Development


The Student Advocate’s Office

The ASUC Student Advocate’s Office (SAO) offers representation, help, and advice to any student or student group involved in a dispute with the University. This workshop will explore how our office can better assist graduate and professional students navigate issues including (but not limited to) accessing emergency resources, appealing grades, addressing conduct allegations, establishing residency, and filing a grievance with the university.

Session: Three
Room: 109
Presented by: Jillian Free, ASUC Student Advocate


Wellness Happens Here: Berkeley Rec Sports

Learn how Berkeley Rec Sports’ programming can assist with creating a healthy lifestyle and all-over wellness. Being successful at Cal means taking some time to reinvigorate your mind and body with these extraordinary and plentiful campus offerings.
Session: Three
Room: 219
Presented by:Berkeley Rec Sports


Session Four: 2:30 to 3:20 pm


Cal Community: Sexual Violence Prevention Education & Support for Graduate Students

Each student is required to attend this training once during NGSO or at one of the campus training sessions offered in the coming weeks.

This interactive workshop will provide incoming graduate students with important information and resources on the critical issues of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. Topics will include definitions of violence, bystander intervention, trauma, informed response, support resources, and reporting rights and options. At Cal, we believe that every student has a right to safe living, learning, and working environments. This workshop will help new students learn about healthy relationships in their professional and personal lives.

Sessions: One, Two, Three, and Four (and lunch)
Room: 155
Presented by: The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Team


Campus Safety Presentation

Learn about UC Berkeley’s Police Department, their services, night safety, and safer practices.
Session: Four
Room: 215
Presented by: Wade MacAdam, UC Berkeley Police Department (UCPD)


Connection and Imagination: Cal Performances and You

Cal Performances is an endlessly renewable resource for creative engagement and a reminder of the global nature of human artistic expression. When you are seeking inspiration, contemplation or a challenge to shake things up, the Cal Performances season of international artists is here for you, with dozens of programs to engage with those artists.
Session: Four
Room: 209
Presented by: Sabrina Klein, Ph.D., Director, Artistic Literacy, Cal Performances


Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes

Are you coming to California from outside the state and would like to establish residency for tuition purposes? This workshop will summarize what a first year graduate student needs to do to establish residency for tuition purposes for Fall Semester 2018. Important dates and procedures will be discussed. A short question and answer period for general questions to follow the presentation.
Sessions: One, Four
Room: 145
Presented by: Rod Santos,  Office of the Registrar, Residence Affairs


Federal Loans and Work Study – How the Financial Aid & Scholarship Office Can Help Fund Your Education

This session will describe the federal financial aid awarding process and how loans and work-study are awarded to graduate students. This presentation is a basic primer about student loans and work-study, and how grants, fellowships, and federal funding can affect each other.
Session:
Four
Room: Durham Theatre
Presented by: Nicole Hill, Financial Aid & Scholarships Office


ITIN Drop-Off Event

Avoid a trip across campus. Attend this event to complete the ITIN application process with Berkeley International Office (BIO) and the Central Payroll Office. This event is for F-1 students who are not eligible for a Social Security Number and are receiving cash-in-hand award from UC Berkeley.
Session: Four
Room: 223
Presented by: Mimi Ghosh, Berkeley International Office


Managing Disability in Graduate School: What to Do When…

Learn tools and strategies for managing your disability while in graduate school. We will discuss situations and scenarios that may come up throughout your graduate career.
Sessions: Four
Room: 109
Speaker: Derek Coates, Disability Compliance Officer, Office of Ethics Risk and Compliance


Navigating Difficult Conversations: Tools for Engagement with Faculty and Fellow Students

Do you typically avoid conflict or dive in head-first? What would your life look like if you could clearly communicate your concerns and issues with those who you work with? Productive conversations are building blocks for healthy and positive relationships. As you embark on your graduate career, raise your self-awareness of your own conflict style as well as others and equip yourself with key strategies for negotiating difficult conversations and disagreements with your faculty, peers, and students.

Session: Four
Room: 182
Presented by: Marcia Gee Riley, Ombuds Office for Students & Postdoctoral Appointees


The Library: Your Partner in Research & Teaching

The UC Berkeley Libraries comprise one of the largest academic libraries in the United States, with unique collections that attract researchers from around the world. Learn how the Library’s collections and services can save you time and boost your research to the next level.
Sessions: One, Four
Room: 219
Presented by: Corliss Lee, UC Berkeley Libraries


Strategies and Skills for Mentoring

Gain insight into establishing and working within the context of mentoring relationships with faculty. Learn strategies and skills for mentoring undergraduates at Berkeley and in your future career.
Sessions:
Two, Four
Room: 88
Presented by: Linda von Hoene, Graduate Professional Development, and Sabrina Soracco, Graduate Writing Center, Graduate Division


Closing Session: 3:30 to 4:00 pm

Closing remarks by Chancellor Carol T. Christ and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos.

Room: 155



GradFest 2017: 3:30 to 5:00 pm

Calling all new Graduate and Professional Students – come engage with over 30 student organizations and campus departments focused on academic and professional interests, health and wellbeing, community and diversity, and more! Followed by a happy hour at Spats (1974 Shattuck Ave.) from 5-7pm: For exclusive drink and food specials, pick up a wristband from the LEAD Center, the Graduate Assembly, or Graduate Division tables.

Location: Dwinelle Plaza


Location: Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

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Gradfest 2017

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Calling all new Graduate and Professional Students – come engage with over 30 student organizations and campus departments focused on:

  • Academic & Professional Interests
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Community and Diversity
  • And More

GradFest is followed by a happy hour at Spats (1974 Shattuck Ave.) from 5-7pm: For exclusive drink and food specials, pick up a wristband from the LEAD Center, the Graduate Assembly, or Graduate Division tables.

List of Attendees (as of August 21, 2017)

Academic & Professional Organizations

  • BASIS: Bay Area Scientists In Schools
  • Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative
  • Berkeley Review of Education
  • Berkeley Science Review
  • Beyond Academia
  • BoaltGlobal
  • Borders and Bodies Collective
  • Career Center
  • Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity
  • D-Lab
  • Digital Humanities
  • EECS Graduate Student Softball League
  • Graduate Division
  • International Development and Enterprise Club (IDEC)
  • Iota Sigma Pi Hydrogen Chapter
  • Nuclear Policy Working Group
  • Robotics@Berkeley
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholars
  • SLAM (Science Leadership and Management)
  • Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership
  • Students for Environmental Energy Development (SEED)
  • The University Library
  • Tiny House in My Backyard

Community & Diversity Organizations

  • American Indian Graduate Program
  • American Indian Graduate Student Association
  • Black Graduate Student Association
  • Cal Veteran Services Center
  • Disabled Students’ Program
  • Centers for Educational Justice and Community Engagement
  • Graduate Minority Student Project
  • Graduate Women of Engineering
  • Integrative Biology Women in Science
  • International Graduate Student Ministry
  • Latin American Leadership Society
  • Latino/a Association of Graduate Students in Engineering and Science
  • Office for Graduate Diversity
  • Organization of Jewish Graduate Students
  • South Asian Law Student Association
  • Veritas Fellowship

Health & Wellbeing Organizations

  • PATH to Care Center
  • Restorative Justice Center
  • University Health Services

Miscellaneous Resources

  • ASUC Student Union
  • Bank of the West
  • Berkeley Art Studio
  • GradFood
  • Graduate Assembly
  • LEAD Center
  • Office of Sustainability and Energy
  • Ombuds Office for Students and Postdoctoral Appointees
  • Student Advocate’s Office
  • Student Environmental Resource Center
  • The Green Initiative Fund
  • University Police