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August 27, 2019


Check-In: 8:30 – 9:00 AM

Dwinelle Hall Plaza


Welcome: 9:00 – 9:45 AM

Remarks by Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate Division, Lisa García Bedolla, and President of the Graduate Assembly, Adam Orford. Keynote Address by Professor Caitlin Rosenthal, Assistant Professor, Department of History.


Session One: 10:00 – 11:00 AM


Cal Community: Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH) Prevention 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.

The 60 min training on sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention is a required education opportunity that all new graduate students must complete. This training will cover topics such as: the definitions and impact of sexual violence, being an active bystander, how to challenge unhealthy social norms that normalize violence, how to support a friend or colleague impacted by violence or harm, as well as the resources, rights, and options for those impacted by SVSH.

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


Academic & Professional Writing

Develop the academic and professional skills necessary for the successful completion of graduate programs: academic, grant, dissertation, and professional writing, editing, and preparing articles for publications. Learn about the many workshops offered to graduate students.

Sessions: One, Three
Room: Durham Theater
Presented by: Sabrina Soracco, DirectorGraduate Writing Center, Graduate Division


Basic Needs Resources

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 and learn the overview of food, financial and housing resources for graduate students.

Session: One
Room: 209 Dwinelle
Presented by: UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee


Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes

Key pointers for new graduate students on requirements for establishing residency in their second year.

Sessions: One, Two
Room: 145 Dwinelle
Presented by: Office of the Registrar, Residence Affairs


Grad Women’s Life at Cal

Please join our session to learn about resources focused on women at UC Berkeley, give participants an opportunity to get to know other grad students, and close with Q&A.

Session: One
Room: 223 Dwinelle
Presented by: cici ambrosio, Gender Equity Resource Center


How Unionization Improves Equity and Inclusion at UC: A Workshop by UAW 2865

UAW Local 2865 is the statewide union of 19,000 Academic Student Employees – graduate and undergraduate student instructors, tutors, and readers – at the University of California. By coming together and forming a union, student-workers at UC fundamentally transformed the relation of power between ourselves and the University. Over the last 20 years, student-workers have won not only significant compensation increases, including tuition remission, through the union, but also protections from unjust termination, harassment, and discrimination.

This workshop will review the rights, benefits, and protections in the union contract and discuss ways to get involved in strengthening your union: from representing your co-workers as a union steward, to building political power to increase funding for education, to fighting for waivers of international student fees and better visa policies. The power that student-workers build through UAW 2865 determines what all of us can achieve on these fronts and more.

Sessions: One, Three
Room: 205 Dwinelle
Presented by: UC Student-Workers Labor Union, UAW 2865


Learning to Embrace Failure in Graduate School: WHAT?!?

Failure is a part of life. In fact, the pursuit of knowledge is based on the failings of others. Being resilient and learning from failure in graduate school is key to thriving. In this talk we will discuss how failure is a normal process of becoming a professional and an academic, how to honor this process rather than feel shame, and how to use your curiosity and creativity to expand your knowledge and productive ways to deal with “failure.”

Session: One
Room: 88 Dwinelle
Presented by: Amy Honigman, Psychologist and Graduate Assembly Wellness Specialist, UHS


Navigating Cal from a Chicanx Latinx Perspective

This bi-lingual/bi-cultural workshop will introduce graduate 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 graduate students into the Cal Familia and community and provides advice in navigating an connecting new students to what they need to survive and thrive at Cal. Bienvenidos a La Familia de Osxs!

Sessions: One, Four
Room: 215 Dwinelle
Presented by: Lupe Gallegos-Diaz, Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office


Resources for International Students

This workshop provides information about your F-1/J-1 immigration status (including F-1/J-1 employment authorization) 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: 109 Dwinelle
Presented by: Mimi Ghosh, Berkeley International Office


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, Three
Room: 219 Dwinelle
Presented by: Corliss Lee, UC Berkeley Libraries


Session Two: 11:10 AM – 12:10 PM


Cal Community: Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH) Prevention Education for Grad 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.

The 60 min training on sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention is a required education opportunity that all new graduate students must complete. This training will cover topics such as: the definitions and impact of sexual violence, being an active bystander, how to challenge unhealthy social norms that normalize violence, how to support a friend or colleague impacted by violence or harm, as well as the resources, rights, and options for those impacted by SVSH.

Sessions: One, Two, Three, and Four
Room: 155 Dwinelle
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: 182 Dwinelle
Presented by: Office for Graduate Diversity


Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes

Key pointers for new graduate students on requirements for establishing residency in their second year.

Sessions: One, Two
Room: 145 Dwinelle
Presented by: Office of the Registrar, Residence Affairs


Getting Mentored in Graduate School

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: Durham Theater
Presented by: Linda von Hoene, GSI Teaching & Resource Center and Sabrina Soracco, Graduate Writing Center, Graduate Division


Graduate Student Mental Health: Tips for Thriving

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. Incoming students will be informed about the services they can access through the Graduate Assembly Wellness Center, and how to access counseling and psychiatric services on campus.

Session: Two
Room: 88 Dwinelle
Presented by: Amy Honigman, Psychologist and Graduate Assembly Wellness Specialist, UHS


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.

Session: Two
Room: 109 Dwinelle
Presented by: Berkeley International Office


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 programmatic 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 GA is structured, what services and events we offer, and opportunities for you to get involved.

Session: Two
Room: 205 Dwinelle
Presented by: Graduate Assembly


Lunch: 12:10 to 1:30 PM

  • Lunch (sandwich or salad, plus fruit) provided by the Graduate Division to the first 900 attendees with wristband
  • Relax in Dwinelle Plaza or join current graduate students and the Office for Graduate Diversity inside for informal conversation
    • Masters and Professional Students: 109 Dwinelle
    • PhD Students: 182 Dwinelle


Session Three: 1:30 to 2:30 PM


Cal Community: Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH) Prevention Education for Grad 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.

The 60 min training on sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention is a required education opportunity that all new graduate students must complete. This training will cover topics such as: the definitions and impact of sexual violence, being an active bystander, how to challenge unhealthy social norms that normalize violence, how to support a friend or colleague impacted by violence or harm, as well as the resources, rights, and options for those impacted by SVSH.

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


Academic & Professional Writing

Develop the academic and professional skills necessary for the successful completion of graduate programs: academic, grant, dissertation, and professional writing, editing, and preparing articles for publications. Learn about the many workshops offered to graduate students.

Sessions: One, Three
Room: Durham Theater
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: 182 Dwinelle
Presented by: Office for Graduate Diversity


Funding Your Education through Federal Loans and Work-Study

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: Three
Room: 109 Dwinelle
Presented by: Financial Aid and Scholarships Office


How Unionization Improves Equity and Inclusion at UC: A Workshop by UAW 2865

UAW Local 2865 is the statewide union of 19,000 Academic Student Employees – graduate and undergraduate student instructors, tutors, and readers – at the University of California. By coming together and forming a union, student-workers at UC fundamentally transformed the relation of power between ourselves and the University. Over the last 20 years, student-workers have won not only significant compensation increases, including tuition remission, through the union, but also protections from unjust termination, harassment, and discrimination.

This workshop will review the rights, benefits, and protections in the union contract and discuss ways to get involved in strengthening your union: from representing your co-workers as a union steward, to building political power to increase funding for education, to fighting for waivers of international student fees and better visa policies. The power that student-workers build through UAW 2865 determines what all of us can achieve on these fronts and more.

Sessions: One, Three
Room: 205 Dwinelle
Presented by: UC Student-Workers Labor Union, UAW 2865


LGBTQ Grad Student Life at Cal

Come and hear from other LGBTQ grad students about navigating on and off campus life and resources. GenEq Staff will introduce you to resources and their role in creating a more inclusive LGBTQ campus environment.

Session: Three
Room: 223 Dwinelle
Presented by: Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq)


Professional Development Mapping with GradPro and the Career Center

Grad school is a shared experience, but no two grad students are exactly the same. What do YOU want to get out of your time here at Berkeley? Do you want to prioritize connecting with community, building skills, expanding your knowledge, launching your career? What strengths are you bringing into grad school, and where do you want to grow?

Join GradPro and the Career Center for a chance to reflect on the goals and values that brought you here, and explore multiple ideas about how your journey might unfold. You’ll leave this workshop with a little more confidence and clarity, ready to take on the semester!

Sessions: Three, Four
Room: 88 Dwinelle
Speaker: Linda Louie, Graduate Professional Development, Graduate Division and Debra Behrens, Career Center


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, Three
Room: 219 Dwinelle
Presented by: Corliss Lee, UC Berkeley Libraries


Session Four: 2:40 to 3:40 PM


Cal Community: Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH) Prevention Education for Grad 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.

The 60 min training on sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention is a required education opportunity that all new graduate students must complete. This training will cover topics such as: the definitions and impact of sexual violence, being an active bystander, how to challenge unhealthy social norms that normalize violence, how to support a friend or colleague impacted by violence or harm, as well as the resources, rights, and options for those impacted by SVSH.

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


Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley

Congratulations! You have come to one of the best places on the planet to explore entrepreneurship! Whether you’re interested in dipping your toes into the entrepreneurial waters via an introductory course or exploring opportunities for internships with local start ups or even launching your own company or social venture, at this session you will have opportunity to meet Berkeley grad student and post doc entrepreneurs, hear their stories of how they became founders, and learn how to navigate the cornucopia of resources available to you.

Session: Four
Rooms: 219 Dwinelle
Presented by: Office of Research


Getting Mentored in Graduate School

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: Durham Theater
Presented by: Linda von Hoene, GSI Teaching & Resource Center and Sabrina Soracco, Graduate Writing Center, Graduate Division


Navigating Cal from a Chicanx Latinx Perspective

This bi-lingual/bi-cultural workshop will introduce graduate 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 graduate students into the Cal Familia and community and provides advice in navigating an connecting new students to what they need to survive and thrive at Cal. Bienvenidos a La Familia de Osxs!

Sessions: One, Four
Room: 215 Dwinelle
Presented by: Chicanx Latinx Student Development Office


Professional Development Mapping with GradPro and the Career Center

Grad school is a shared experience, but no two grad students are exactly the same. What do YOU want to get out of your time here at Berkeley? Do you want to prioritize connecting with community, building skills, expanding your knowledge, launching your career? What strengths are you bringing into grad school, and where do you want to grow?

Join GradPro and the Career Center for a chance to reflect on the goals and values that brought you here, and explore multiple ideas about how your journey might unfold. You’ll leave this workshop with a little more confidence and clarity, ready to take on the semester!

Sessions: Three, Four
Room: 88 Dwinelle
Speaker: Linda Louie, Graduate Professional Development, Graduate Division and Debra Behrens, Career Center


Programming, Resources, and Community for Black Graduate Students

This session will support the transition to Cal for Black Graduate Students. Information on resources, support, programming and community space will be provided to Black Graduate students to ensure that they have a good start to their time at Cal.

Session: Four
Room: 223 Dwinelle
Presented by: Takiyah Jackson, African American Student Development Office


UC Berkeley’s Disabled Students’ Program: Resources for Graduate Students with Disabilities and for Graduate Student Instructors Teaching at Cal

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.

Session: Four
Room: 109 Dwinelle
Presented by: Disabled Students’ Program


University Health Services Overview and SHIP Overview

This workshop will provide an overview of University Health Services and how to use medical, mental health and services at Tang Center and around campus. Also you’ll get an overview of SHIP benefits and how to use services, with plenty of time for Q+A.

Sessions: Four
Room: 182 Dwinelle
Presented by: Tami Cate, University Health Services


GradFest: 3:30 to 5:00 PM

Free food, graduate student organizations, campus resources, and door prizes!
Engage with more than 40 student organizations and campus departments focused on academic and professional interests, health and well-being, community and diversity.

Post-GradFest Social: 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Join fellow students at Raleigh’s Pub (2438 Telegraph Avenue). Drink specials and food sponsored by the Graduate Assembly while supplies last.

Bring your Cal 1 Card!


Location: Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

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