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August 21, 2018


Registration/Check-In: 8:30 – 9 am

Dwinelle Hall Plaza


Welcome: 9 – 10 am

Remarks by Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, Fiona M. Doyle; Graduate Assembly President, Jonathan Morris; and Keynote Speaker, Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Richard & Rhoda Goldman Professor, Department of Psychology and Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion, College of Letters & Science


Session One: 10:00 – 11:05 am


Cal Community: Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Education 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
Room: 155
Presented by: The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Team


Academic Writing

Develop the academic skills neccessary for the successful completion of graduate programs: academic, grant, and dissertation writing, editing and preparing articles for publication. Learn about the many workshops offered to graduate students.
Sessions: One, Three
Room: Durham Theatre
Presented by: The Graduate Writing Center


Casework Services: Free & Confidential Support from the Student Advocate’s Office

Please come learn about our office’s casework services for graduate students regarding any of our four divisions: academic, financial aid, conduct, or grievance. Come talk to us about our open policy projects, and engage in a dialogue with us about how we can continue to improve and best support all students.
Sessions: One
Room: 205
Presented by: The Student Advocate’s Office


Creating Community as a Student of Color and/or an LGBTQ+ Student

We will be providing students information on different community resources, spaces, and groups that have events and programming for graduate students, and have students start building an active vibrant community as incoming students while getting to know one another.

Session: One, Three
Room: 215
Presented by: The Office for Graduate Diversity and the Graduate Assembly


Establishing California 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 2019. Important dates and procedures will be discussed. A short question and answer period for general questions to follow the presentation.
Sessions: One, Two
Room: 145
Presented by: The Office of the Registrar


Federal Loans and Work-Study for Graduate Students

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.
Sessions: One
Room: 182
Presented by: The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office


Graduate Student Mental Health

This presentation will address a number of issues particularly relevant to graduate and professional students including: transitioning into Cal, wellness, life balance, stress & resilience, Imposter Syndrome, diversity & community, and mindfulness. As graduate students now have access to counseling through the Graduate Assembly we would like to let incoming students know a bit about what the GA Wellness Center is hoping to provide. We also plan to address how students can access counseling and psychiatric services on campus.
Sessions: One
Room: 88
Presented by: Counseling and Psychological Services


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: 223
Presented by: The Student-Worker Labor Union


Queer and Trans Life at Berkeley

This workshop will give an overview of social, academic, and political life for the queer and trans community at Cal and beyond.
Session: One
Room: 109
Presented by: The Graduate Assembly and the Gender Equity Resource Center


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: One
Room: 209


Session Two: 11:15 am to 12:20 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
Room: 155
Presented by: The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Team


Establishing California 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 2019. Important dates and procedures will be discussed. A short question and answer period for general questions to follow the presentation.
Sessions: One, Two
Room: 145
Presented by: The Office of the Registrar


GenEq: Your Campus Gender & Sexuality Resource Center

Hear an overview of resources for LGBTQ+ and Women graduate students.
Sessions: Two
Room: 109
Presented by: The Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq)


Getting the Mentoring You Need

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.
Session: Two, Four
Room: Durham Theatre
Speaker: Graduate Professional Development


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: Two, Four
Room: 215
Presented by: Graduate Assembly Executive Board

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 awards from UC Berkeley.
Sessions: Two
Room: 209


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: 223
Presented by: The Student-Worker Labor Union


The Library: Your Partner in Research and 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: Two, Four
Room: 219
Presented by: The UC Berkeley Libraries


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.
Sessions: Two
Room: 88
Presented by: Berkeley Rec Sports


Lunch: 12:20 to 1:30 pm

  • Lunch (sandwich or salad, plus fruit) provided to the first 900 attendees
  • Relax in Dwinelle Plaza or join current graduate students inside for informal conversation:
    • Room 215: PhD students
    • Room 219: Masters and Professional students

Session Three: 1:30 to 2:35 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
Room: 155


Academic Writing

Develop the academic skills neccessary for the successful completion of graduate programs: academic, grant, and dissertation writing, editing and preparing articles for publication. Learn about the many workshops offered to graduate students.
Sessions: One, Three
Room: Durham Theatre
Presented by: The Graduate Writing Center


Creating Community as a Student of Color and/or an LGBTQ+ Student

We will be providing students information on different community resources, spaces, and groups that have events and programming for graduate students, and have students start building an active vibrant community as incoming students while getting to know one another.
Sessions: One, Three
Rooms: 215
Presented by: The Office for Graduate Diversity and the Graduate Assembly


Graduate Funding Mechanics and Systems

When processes and systems run perfectly smoothly, a graduate student will need to know little about the ways funding is administered at Berkeley. And when problems do arise, departmental advising staff are at the front line in ensuring resolution. But for students who are interested in administrative details or learning how to identify and address problems themselves, this presentation will provide information on the ways funding is paid at Berkeley, how to troubleshoot problems, and where to go for assistance. It will cover funding terminology, rules, and administrative processes; the interaction between different types of funding; and how to read the funding-related sections of CalCentral. Please note: Distinct from the financial aid workshop, this presentation is designed primarily for doctoral students; it is not intended to offer assistance in obtaining funding.
Sessions: Three
Rooms: 145
Presented by: Graduate Fellowships


Graduate Study Demystified

Transitioning to graduate studies at Berkeley can be daunting-even if you have engaged in advanced studies elsewhere. Come to this session to learn about Berkeley academic governance, administrative structure, and resources for navigating a large decentralized institution. Berkeley has an incredible number and variety of services, programs, and initiatives to support the graduate level education enterprise, but locating and accessing them can present challenges. From the perspective of a former departmental Graduate Student Affairs Officer (GSAO) who now serves graduate students and their advisors from a campus level, join the Graduate Division’s Assistant Dean for Student Services for an overview of UC Berkeley and your graduate education.
Sessions: Three
Room: 182
Presented by: The Office for Graduate Student Services, Graduate Division


Intro to Entrepreneurship at Cal

This session will cover the basics: how to disclose IP, where to begin if you want to start your own company, and what programs and resources are available to support Berkeley student entrepreneurs.
Session: Three
Room: 219
Presented by:  The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research


Professional & Career Development: Build Skills, Succeed in your Program, Launch your Career

Do you know about the free campuswide resources that can help you learn skills like academic writing, programming languages, and time management? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to stay “in the know” about professional development opportunities beyond your department. We’ll introduce you to our office, GradPro, and you’ll also hear from two of our campus partners: the Career Center and the student-run organization Beyond Academia. We’ll share some easy, low-stress steps that you can take now, as a brand-new grad student, that will pay major dividends when you launch your job search later on.

Session: Three, Four
Room: 88
Presented by: Graduate Professional Development


UC Berkeley’s DSP: Resources for Graduate Students with Disabilities and for Cal GSIs

Participants will learn how disability is defined 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 and to seek accommodations for themselves. Participants will also learn about the types of accommodations that graduate students may require at the different stages of their academic career at Berkeley, as well as about the role of Graduate Student Instructors in providing the accommodations required by students with disabilities in their courses.

Sessions: Three
Room: 109
Presented by: The Disabled Students Program


Session Four: 2:45 to 3:45 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
Room: 155
Presented by: The Sexual Violence Prevention Education Team


Getting the Mentoring You Need

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.
Session: Two, Four
Room: Durham Theatre
Presented by: Graduate Professional Development


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: Two, Four
Room: 223
Presented by: Graduate Assembly Executive Board

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: Two, Four
Room: 219
Presented by: UC Berkeley Libraries


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

This workshop is designed as an introductory toolkit to help students prepare for difficult conversations. The format will be a mix of presentation (with slides), discussion, and small group activity (depending on the number of attendees). We will start by providing some context for the tool kit, what situations you may face when you need these tools. Then we will provide the toolkit and give examples of how to use the tools. Lastly we will put the learning into practice, applying the toolkit to real life situations.

Session: Four
Room: 182
Presented by: Ombuds Office for Students & Postdoctoral Appointees


Navigating UCB from the Chicanx Latinx Perspective

This workshop will introduce students to the Chicanx Latinx community spaces and places on the UC Berkeley campus. It also gives students a great introduction to student life covering – campus services, academic opportunities, and campus organizations and local community organizations. The workshop welcomes all new Chicanx Latinx students into the Cal Familia and provides advice in navigating an connecting new students to what they need to thrive at Cal.
Session: Four
Room: 109
Presented by: The Chicanx Latinx Academic Student Development Center


Professional & Career Development: Build Skills, Succeed in your Program, Launch your Career

Do you know about the free campuswide resources that can help you learn skills like academic writing, programming languages, and time management? In this workshop, you’ll learn how to stay “in the know” about professional development opportunities beyond your department. We’ll introduce you to our office, GradPro, and you’ll also hear from two of our campus partners: the Career Center and the student-run organization Beyond Academia. We’ll share some easy, low-stress steps that you can take now, as a brand-new grad student, that will pay major dividends when you launch your job search later on.

Session: Three, Four
Room: 88
Presented by: Graduate Professional Development


Support for Black Graduate Students

This workshop will serve as an introduction to the African American Student Development Office and the Fannie Lou Hammer Black Student Resource Center with the goal of orienting incoming black graduate students to the support services and community that await them. We will also use this time to gather input on what particular services and community activities they desire.
Sessions: Four
Room: 215
Speaker: African American Student Development


University Health Services Overview

Overview of the UHS services at the Tang Center. We will also cover SHIP and answer questions.
Sessions: Four
Room: 145


GradFest 2018: 3:30 to 5:30 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!

Location: Dwinelle Plaza


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