Welcome New Graduate Students
New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) is an optional orientation designed to supplement orientations that are held by your department, school, or program. We’re partnering with offices and organizations all over campus to help provide information to ease your transition into graduate school, introduce you to campus services and opportunities to get involved, and help you get connected with graduate student communities.
All sessions will be conducted virtually this year via Zoom. Starting August 15, all participants and hosts will be required to sign into a Zoom account prior to joining meetings. Learn how to activate your FREE licensed Zoom account as a UC Berkeley student.
Sessions delivered live August 18-25, 2020 from 1-4 pm PDT (or watch recordings for available workshops).
Recordings have been lightly edited and captioned for accessibility.
Disabled Students’ Program: Resources for Graduate Students with Disabilities and for Graduate Student Instructors Teaching at Cal (August 24)
Graduate Assembly – Graduate Student Government (August 24)
Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness: Tips for Thriving in Graduate School (August 19)
Indigenous Identity and Intersectional Experience (August 21)
Learning to Embrace Failure in Graduate School: WHAT?!? (August 25)
Resources for International Students (August 21)
University Health Services (August 20)
Welcome Address (August 19)
Entrepreneurship@Cal on August 19 was not recorded.
View the full NGSO 2020 Program Schedule (PDF). Highlights include:
- Welcome Address on August 19, featuring remarks by Vice Provost for Graduate Studies Lisa García Bedolla and Graduate Assembly President Luis Tenorio and keynote address from Dr. Erin M. Kerrison, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare.
- GradFest on August 25, a virtual graduate student organization and resource fair co-hosted by the LEAD Center, the Graduate Assembly, and the Graduate Division.
Register to Join:
To register for sessions, visit our CampusLabs site at https://ucberkeleygrad.campuslabs.com/engage/events and log in with your CalNet ID. View and RSVP for individual workshops by filtering for New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) events under Categories.
- Creating your campus Zoom account
- Join a test meeting in Zoom
- How to claim your CalNet ID
- Resetting your CalNet ID or Passphrase
- Searching for Events in CampusLabs
Important Communications for Incoming Grads
You should be receiving/have received communications with helpful information about resources and important things to take care of as you come on board. If you missed these emails, you can read them here.
Other Orientation Events
GradFest – a virtual graduate student organization and resource fair (CalNet log-in required)
Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings
UC Berkeley is committed to creating a safe environment and providing education to address issues of sexual harassment and sexual violence in our community. As one part of our comprehensive prevention education program, incoming students must participate in a live sexual violence and sexual harassment prevention training, “Cultivating a Respectful Graduate Community”. Some departments and programs will host a training as part of their orientation programs. Any student may also sign up to attend an open training hosted by the Graduate Division and the PATH to Care Center.
Click on an individual session below to register (Zoom log-in required).
Thank you for sharing our commitment to fostering a safe and welcoming community where all can do their best work!
We recognize that students may have conflicts with the schedule and will provide an alternative writing assignment for students who aren’t able to attend a live session.
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