This spring, Graduate Division is partnering with other campus departments to pilot a Graduate Student Resource Series — an array of workshops that will introduce new students and reorient current students to resources at UC Berkeley.
“The idea started out as a sort of mini-NGSO (New Graduate Student Orientation) for the smaller cohort of students who start in the Spring term,” explained Larissa Charnsangavej, Graduate Student Life Coordinator. “We are working with presenters and organizations from the Fall 2016 NGSO to re-deliver some of the content.”
For example, the Graduate Assembly held a Welcome Mixer for incoming Spring students, where they could meet current delegates and other students, as well as learn about GA programs and initiatives. “There hasn’t been much programming that welcomed new students in the Spring, so we were excited to help fill the gap,” commented Kena Hazelwood-Carter, the current President of the GA.
In contrast to NGSO in August, the Graduate Student Resource Series is open to all UC Berkeley graduate students. “Discussions with various stakeholders indicated there may be continuing students who could also benefit from some of the workshop topics,” added Charnsangavej.
Workshops are being held most Mondays from 4 – 5 pm in the Graduate Professional Development space in Sproul 309. Upcoming sessions include a workshop on applying for California Residency and offerings from Graduate Professional Development about mentoring and academic writing. To see the updated list of offered sessions and to register, please visit the Graduate Student Resource Series page.