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 November 16-20, 2020. 

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


Featured Events


Alumni Spotlight: Representation and the Importance of Storytelling in Media

Monday, November 16, 3 – 4 p.m. PT

Join us for a moderated conversation with Boikanyo “Bo” Tefu (M.Journalism, ’20) as she discusses her experience as a Mastercard Foundation Scholar and the importance of representation and storytelling in media. Register here

 


Meditation and Mindfulness Strategies for Managing Stress and Anxiety

Wednesday, November 18, 12-1 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. Register here

 


Why Am I Here? A Questionable Talk by Lego Grad Student

Wednesday, November 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m. PT

Whether you care to openly admit it or not, grad school has probably felt like a sledgehammer repeatedly slamming into your face and soul. Spend an hour (followed by Q&A) with Lego Grad Student as he attempts to explain why this is a perfectly normal – but not inevitable – feeling, and offers painfully learned advice on how you can manage it. Register here.

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This event is cosponsored by GradFest and Night Out / Night Off for Graduate Students of Color.


Alumni Spotlight: Self Care Practices in the Digital Age

Thursday, November 19, 12- 1 p.m. PT

Join us for a moderated conversation with Berkeley School of Law alumna Pearle Nwaezeigwe (LLM, 2019) as we discuss self-care practices in the age of social media and career opportunities in the growing field of tech policies. Register here

 


Program of Events

Monday, November 16

  • Disabled Student Advocacy Project Town Hall
    • 12pm – 1pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by the Disabled Students Advocacy Project
  • Non-Traditional Graduate Student Resources Panel
    • 12pm – 1pm (bCal EventRSVP)
    • Hosted by Graduate Women of Engineering
  • Alumni Spotlight: Representation and the Importance of Storytelling in Media
  • Happy Hour with the Science Policy Group at Berkeley

Tuesday, November 17

  • Free Drawing Activity with the Berkeley Art Studio

Wednesday, November 18

  • Meditation and Mindfulness Strategies for Managing Stress and Anxiety
  • Zen/Chan Meditation for Balancing your Graduate Life
    • 5pm – 6:30pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by Heart Chan at Berkeley
  • Why Am I Here? A Questionable Talk by Lego Grad Student
    • 6pm – 7:30pm (bCal EventRegister)
    • Hosted by the Graduate Division and Night Out/Night Off for Graduate Students of Color

Thursday, November 19

  • Alumni Spotlight: Self-Care Practices in the Digital Age
  • Grad Student Appreciation Trivia Night
    • 5pm – 6pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS)
  • Virtual Game Hour with the Student Union
    • 5pm – 6pm (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by the ASUC Student Union
  • Evening with UC Berkeley’s Restorative Justice Center
    • 5:30pm – 6:30pm (bCal EventRSVP)
    • Hosted by the Restorative Justice Center
  • LAGSES Scribble Tournament
    • 6pm – 7pm (bCal EventRSVP)
    • Hosted by Latino/a Association of Graduate Students in Engineering and Science
  • SOGA Board Game Night
    • 6pm – 7pm (bCal EventRSVP)
    • Hosted by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advocacy Project
  • MSE GSC Virtual Pub Trivia
    • 7pm – 9pm (bCal EventRSVP)
    • Hosted by the Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Student Council
  • International Kitchen: Nougat
    • 7pm – 8pm (bCal EventRegister)
    • Hosted by the International Graduate Student Ministry

Friday, November 20

  • Free Yoga and Meditation Hour
    • 8:30am – 9:30am (bCal Event)
    • Hosted by Graduate Women in Engineering
  • Culture, Strength, & Leadership Among Indigenous Womxn
  • Pinot Party
    • 6pm – 7pm (bCal Event, Register)
    • Hosted by the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Student Advisory Committee
  • Grad Student Shabbat Schmooze