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In recognition of the important contributions, impact, and value of our 11,000+ academic and professional graduate students at UC Berkeley, we are pleased to celebrate Graduate and Professional Student Appreciation Week April 5-9, 2021.  

With help from the LEAD Center, Graduate Assembly, and your fellow graduate students, we’ve organized a week of virtual workshops, socials, trivia nights, and other games. Join us to get connected, de-stress, and win prizes!

Thank you for your bold vision, passionate curiosity, and resolute dedication to teaching, research and service!


Featured Events


Creative Wellness Workshop

Monday, April 5, 12 – 1 p.m. PT

In this workshop you’ll have the opportunity to explore expressive writing and drawing as an avenue for understanding your thoughts and emotions. All you need to bring is paper and something to write with. It’s okay if you feel unmotivated, driven, stuck, or inspired. Come as you are and let’s reflect!

Hosted by UHS Health Promotion | Add to bCal


Meditation and Mindfulness Strategies for Managing Stress and Anxiety

Wednesday, April 7, 11 a.m. 12 p.m. PT

This workshop is intended to address how mindfulness and meditation can help in reducing stress, enhance learning and creativity as well as contributing to being more resilient. Add to bCal | Register here


Discover Your Career Fit: InterSECT Job Sims

Wednesday, April 7, 12 – 1:30 p.m. PT

Do you want to explore PhD career paths and narrow down options as quickly as possible? Do you want to try out real job tasks in different fields/roles all while staying in your lab, or at home? Thi Nguyen, PhD, founder and developer of InterSECT job simulations will lead an interactive workshop, trying out real job tasks to explore your career options in such fields as higher ed administration, writing and publishing, organizational management, policy and advocacy, business, and more.  Add to bCal | Register here

Offered by QB3-Berkeley Graduate and Postdoc Career Development and Sponsored by GradFest, the Graduate Division and the LEAD Center.


Program of Events

Monday, April 5

  • Creative Wellness Workshop
    • 12pm – 1pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by UHS Health Promotion
  • CEE Trivia Night

Tuesday, April 6

  • “Down for Across” Collaborative Crosswords with LAGSES
    • 5pm (bCal Event, RSVP)
    • Hosted by the Latino/a Association of Graduate Students in Engineering and Sciences

Wednesday, April 7

  • Meditation and Mindfulness Strategies for Managing Stress and Anxiety
    • 11am – 12pm (bCal Event, Register)
    • Hosted by the Office of Graduate Student Life and the Graduate Assembly Wellness Specialist
  • Discover Your Career Fit: InterSECT Job Sims with Dr. Thi Nguyen
    • 12pm – 1:30pm (bCal Event, Register)
    • Offered by QB3-Berkeley Graduate and Postdoc Career Development and Sponsored by GradFest, the Graduate Division and the LEAD Center
  • Graduate Disabled Student Town Hall Meeting
    • 3pm – 4pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by the Graduate Assembly’s Disabled Graduate Student Advocacy Project
  • Beyond the Bench: Science Policy Fellowships
    • 4pm – 5pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by the Science Policy Group at Berkeley
  • Grad Student Jeopardy
    • 5pm – 6pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by the ASUC Student Union
  • PhD Movie 2 Night
    • 7pm – 9pm (bCal Event, Register)
    • Hosted by the International Graduate Student Ministry

Thursday, April 8

  • Zen/Chan Meditation Workshop
    • 5pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by Heart Chan at Berkeley
  • BTLJ DIVCOM / CMTL Ice Cream Social
    • 6pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by the Berkeley Technology Law Journal’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and the Coalition of Minorities in Tech Law
  • Queer Grads Community Dinner
  • (Cancelled) MSE GSC Codenames Tournament
    • 7pm – 9pm (bCal Event, Register)
    • Hosted by Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Student Council
  • Sushi Bake 

Friday, April 9

  • Undocumented Professionals Panel and Discussion
    • 4 – 5pm (Register)
    • Hosted by the Office for Graduate Diversity
  • GWE Drink Tasting Social
    • 5pm (bCal Event, RSVP)
    • Hosted by the Graduate Women’s Engineering Club