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GRAD ANNOUNCE, April 2019 

Monthly email brought to you by the Graduate Life Office of Stanford Student Affairs, Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Graduate Student Council & Graduate Student Programming Board.

1. Follow us on social media to receive reminders and updates about our events!
2. HIRING: New Graduate Student Orientation Coordinators
3. HIRING: Graduate Student Programming Board Co-Chairs
4. Cantor Arts Center First Friday
5. Grad 201: Mind Over Money, April 10
6. Honoring Lives, Remembering Losses, April 11
7. Meyer-Buck House Egg Roll for Graduate families with children (RSVP required), Apr. 13
8. Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)
a. Take Back the Night, April 23
b. Denim Day, April 24
9. Anxiety Toolbox Workshop, April 30 and May 7
10. Friday Morning Coffee for spouses, partners, and families of international students.
11. 5-SURE Stanford Campus Driving Service.
12. Grad Meal Plan at Forbes
13. Free, Fast, and Anonymous HIV Testing on Campus


1. VPGE Spring Programs
2. Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) 2019
3. VPGE Grad Associates - Summer 2019
4. Academic Chats, Apr. 9, May 2
5. Fellows Forum, Apr. 18, Apr. 29
6. Connecting with Leaders, Apr. 23
7. Quick Bytes, Apr. 10, Apr. 24, Apr. 29, May 7
8. Diversity Works: Cultivating Opportunities for Working with Allies, Apr. 25
9. Leadership from the Inside Out: Know Yourself Before Leading Others, May 1, 3, & 6 (must attend all three sessions)
10. Leadership Dinners, May 15
11. Teaching Strategies for Diverse Classrooms, May 21
12. Preparing Future Professors
13. Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO)
14. Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds (DIF)
15. Preparing for Faculty Careers (EDUC 343C) - Spring Course
16. Designing the Professional (ENGR 311B) - Spring Course
17. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students


1. New GSC Calendar
2. Last Call for Affordability Feedback, Deadline is April 5
3. GSC Spring Social, April 13
4. Scam-Proof Your Life Seminar, April 23
5. GSC Grad Formal, May 17
6. Questions, comments, concerns?


1. Join GSPB Mailing List



1. Follow The Graduate Life Office on social media for event announcements, updates, and more!


2. HIRING: New Graduate Student Orientation (NGSO) Coordinators

Every year, the Graduate Life Office works with student volunteers to coordinate the New Graduate Student Orientation, or NGSO.  NGSO Coordinators work closely with the Graduate Life Office to plan, coordinate, organize, and run orientation programs for new graduate students.  NGSO Coordinators are hired by the Graduate Life Office and report to the Assistant Director of Programs.  Position starts in June and ends when classes start in the fall. Coordinator will receive $1000. 


Position Description:


Applications Open Friday, April 12, 2017
Deadline to apply is Friday, May 17, 2017 at 5:00pm.

If interested, please email:


3. HIRING: Graduate Student Programming Board (GSPB) Coordinators

The Graduate Student Programming Board (GSPB) strives to improve social interaction between graduate students by organizing, sponsoring and coordinating social and educational activities. We endeavor to bring together graduate students from different areas. GSPB Coordinators are hired by the Graduate Life Office and report to the Assistant Director of Programs.

Position Descriptions:

Applications Open Friday April 12, 2017
Deadline to apply is Friday, May 17, 2019 at 5:00pm

If interested, please email:

4. Cantor Arts Center First Friday

On the first Friday of each month during the academic year, the Cantor Arts Center will be open late from 8pm-10pm. 

5. Grad 201: Mind Over Money

When: April 10, 2019
Time: 11:45am-1pm
Where: Student Affairs Conference Room, 459 Lagunita (next to suite 4)

Grad 201 is an monthly series coordinated by the Graduate Life Office and campus partners. This month's session will focus on the financial literacy resources available to all Stanford graduate students through Mind Over Money. These sessions seek to provide grad students with capacity building opportunities that can support them in thriving while at Stanford and beyond.

6. Honoring Lives, Remembering Losses

Thursday April 11, 12:15pm-1pm
Stanford Memorial Church, side chapel

All are welcome.

In light of the recent losses in our community, the Office of Religious Life (ORL) invites you to come together for a service of hope and healing.

Light candles to honor those who have died; take in soothing music and sacred readings about loss and hope.  All losses, whether recent or in the past, will be honored.

Refreshments will be served in the Round Room after the service.

7. Meyer-Buck House Egg Roll for Graduate families with children (RSVP required)

Saturday, April 13, 2019
10:00 AM-12:30 PM

Provost Persis Drell and Jim Welch invite you and your children to the Meyer-Buck House Egg Roll!

Children will enjoy games, face painting, an egg-roll competition, and an egg hunt. A light breakfast will be provided.

As there is no parking at the Meyer-Buck House, free shuttles will be provided.  Shuttles will depart from and arrive at the Graduate Community Center at 750 Escondido Road every 15 minutes starting at 10 am.

Please RSVP (REQUIRED) by Monday, April 8, 2019. Please register at:

** In the event of rainy weather, please check your email for location update.

8. Sexual Assult Awareness Month (SAAM)

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. During April the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Board will be hosting a multitude of events and initiatives. Events range from self-care nights to film viewings. They all can be found HERE.

a. Take Back the Night is an event that brings awareness to sexual violence issues. This event not only provides an opportunity for members of the Stanford community to share their experiences of sexual or relationship violence, but also provides a rally, march, and speak out to show our support for survivors. The Office of Sexual Assault & Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA) invites you to attend Take Back the Night which will take place at 7pm on April 23rd, 2019 during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

b. Denim Day will take place on April 24th, 2019. The campaign was originally triggered by a ruling of the Italian Supreme Court to overturn a rape conviction. Peace Over Violence developed the Denim Day campaign in response to this case and the activism surrounding it. Since then, wearing jeans on Denim Day has become a symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes about sexual assault. You can learn more about Denim Day HERE.

9. Anxiety Toolbox Workshop

Hosted by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  Learn your triggers, understand anxiety and create your own self-care plan.  This graduate student only Anxiety Toolbox Workshop is broken up into 3 one-hour sessions where you will learn, practice, and gain new skills to manager your anxiety and hack your Stanford Experience.

When: March 7.
Time: 4pm-5pm
Where: Graduate Community Center, Bogota Room
RSVP: If interested, please call CAPS at 650-723-3785 to sign up and save your spot.


10. Friday Morning Coffee

ongoing weekly event
Fridays, 10AM-12PM
Bechtel International Center, Assembly Room

We invite spouses, partner and families of international students to attend our weekly FRIDAY COFFEE events at the Bechtel International Center. It’s an ideal way to meet other spouses and learn about the many options for enriching the stay in the Stanford area. Newly arrived spouses and partners receive information about classes and opportunities to make their time here enjoyable and meaningful. Parents with young children can join the Singing Circle offered at 11am in Back Lounge.

11. 5-Sure Stanford Campus Driving Service

5-SURE is a student-led driving service offering FREE UNLIMITED rides on Stanford Campus.  Available 7 days a week from 9:00pm – 1:45AM during academic term.  To request service, please call 650-725-SURE (7873).

Brought to you by the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE)

12. Grad meal plan at Forbes

There is now a grad meal dinner option at Forbes Family Café. Grad students with Stanford Dining meal plans can enjoy the all-you-care-to-eat-format (or by weight, $0.62 per ounce) with one meal swipe during dinner (5 - 7:30 PM, Monday-Thursday). Forbes accepts meal plan, Cardinal dollars and credit/debit.

13. Free, Fast, and Anonymous HIV Testing on Campus
Do you know your status? When was the last time you were tested? Do you want to ask questions about sexual health?

HIV*PACT is a peer anonymous counseling and testing organization free to all Stanford students and affiliates. We use Oraquick, an oral test, that reports your HIV status in 20 minutes! We recommend STI testing every 6 months for sexually active folks and we can answer any questions about HIV, STI, sexual health, or other resources on campus! HIV*PACT offers a nonjudgmental environment to talk about gender and sexual identities and sexual health.

Our counselors are also educated about PrEP, pre-exposure prophylaxis, a once-a-day pill that lowers your chance for HIV infection. Make an appointment if you would like to learn more!

Go to to make your appointment!

Have questions?
Email the Co-Coordinators, Julia Todderud ( and Jorge Mercado (!


1. VPGE Spring Programs
Thrive in grad school with VPGE’s professional development offerings. Register now for Spring Quarter programs. For campus-wide programs and events open to all grad students, follow our calendar.

2. Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) 2019
Discover SGSI: immersive, interdisciplinary, accelerated week-long courses offered (for free!) two weeks before Autumn Quarter begins. Explore new subjects, experiment with new ideas, and expand your community. Choose from 11 courses; see last summer’s photos. Priority deadline: Sun., May 5.

3. VPGE Grad Associates - Summer 2019
Interested in improving graduate education at Stanford while learning more about careers in higher education...and getting paid? Apply to be a VPGE Grad Associate this summer! Learn about non-faculty career paths within academia through participating in various projects.

4. Academic Chats, Apr. 9, May 2
Could a faculty career be in your future? Explore the skills and experience to help you prepare at Academic Chats. Tues., Apr. 9: Keys to Finding the Right Postdoc; Thurs., May 2: Opportunities for Professors to Work with Organizations Outside Their Academic Institution. 12–1:15 PM; lunch provided. Register in advance.

5. Fellows Forum, Apr. 18, Apr. 29
Expand your academic skills and meet new people over a healthy meal at Fellows Forum. Designed for early–mid stage doctoral students, especially those in STEM fields. Thurs., Apr. 18: Mentoring Others in Research - Don't Be a Tormentor!; Mon., Apr. 29: Fun and Effective Networking. 4:30–5:30 PM; refreshments and networking to follow. Register in advance.

6. Connecting with Leaders, Apr. 23
What do established leaders wish they had known when they were your age? Meet and learn from a panel of Stanford’s Distinguished Career Institute Fellows, individuals from all walks of life with inspiring and meaningful careers. Tues., Apr. 23, 4:30–5:30 PM. Registration deadline: Sun., Apr. 21.

7. Quick Bytes, Apr. 10, Apr. 24, Apr. 29, May 7
Get valuable nuggets of professional development wisdom that you can apply right away! Interactive Quick Bytes sessions cover a variety of topics. Wed., Apr. 10: Listen Up! - Lead Better (& Look Better) through Listening; Wed., Apr. 24: Interviewing - How to Shine the Entire Time; Mon., Apr. 29: Negotiating Your Job Offer; Tues., May 7: Developing Your Professional Digital Presence. 12–1:15 PM; lunch provided. Register in advance.

8. Diversity Works: Cultivating Opportunities for Working with Allies, Apr. 25
Sometimes ally communities do not consistently act as allies. Discuss examples of this challenge and learn how to respond in constructive ways in this interactive workshop. Thurs., Apr. 25, 12–1:30 PM. Registration deadline: Sun., Apr. 21.

9. Leadership from the Inside Out: Know Yourself Before Leading Others, May 1, 3, & 6 (must attend all three sessions)
Learn to assess your core leadership strengths and areas for development to become an effective manager and leader. Wed., May 1, Fri., May 3, & Mon., May 6, 9 AM–12 PM. Application deadline: Sun., Apr. 14.

10. Leadership Dinners, May 15
Interact with proven leaders from various industries and organizations over dinner at the Faculty Club. Wed., May 15: Sheila Wang, business leader and former director, Asia Pacific. 5:30–8 PM. Apply in advance.

11. Teaching Strategies for Diverse Classrooms, May 21
Learn and practice innovative teaching strategies to engage students from diverse backgrounds. Two workshops on Tues., May 21: Maximizing Learning by Moving Towards Active Learning in 1, 5, or 20 minutes, 12-1:30 PM; and Engaging Students and Making Classrooms Fair and Inclusive: Cross-Disciplinary Tools, Insights, and Strategies to Promote Student Success, 4:30-6:15 PM. Register by Thurs., May 16.

12. Preparing Future Professors
Experience faculty life first-hand by shadowing a professor at a Bay Area teaching-focused university or community college. Application deadline: Mon., May 6.

13. Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity (DDRO)
Does your dissertation help advance Stanford’s commitment to diversity? Apply for DDRO funds, which cover research expenses related to dissertations on diversity-related topics. Application deadline: Mon., Apr. 8.

14. Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds (DIF)
Develop projects that advance diversity among graduate students and/or postdoctoral scholars with DIF funds. Current DIF projects range from discussion groups to mentoring programs, speaker series to outreach efforts, and more! Application deadline: Mon., May 13.

15. Preparing for Faculty Careers (EDUC 343C) - Spring Course
Considering a faculty career? Figure out whether you should pursue an academic career, explore the various faculty positions that exist, learn how to conduct the academic job search, and prepare yourself for the job. Designed for advanced PhD students and postdocs from any discipline (audits ok). Register via Axess.

16. Designing the Professional (ENGR 311B) - Spring Course
What do you want out of life after Stanford? Apply the principles of design thinking to designing your life and vocation in and beyond Stanford. Figure out how to weave together what fits, is doable, and will be truly meaningful. Open to all graduate students and postdocs from any discipline. Register via Axess.

17. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students

Individual Consultations
Working on a job letter or conference presentation? Preparing for a big interview? Stuck on a dissertation chapter? The Hume Center offers FREE writing and speaking support for grad students!

● Sun., 1–7:30 PM
● Mon.–Wed., 10 AM–8:30 PM
● Thurs., 10 AM–7:30 PM
● Fri., 10 AM–4:30 PM

Dissertation Boot Camp
Dissertation Boot Camp offers grad students a focused, two-week opportunity to make serious progress on their dissertation or other writing project.

Dissertation Boot Camp—Session 7
● Registration begins: Mon., Apr. 22, 10 AM
● Camp: Mon., May 6–Fri., May 17 (weekdays), 8 AM–12 PM

Writing and Oral Communication Workshops
These workshops provide grad students from all disciplines with general strategies, as well as support for specific writing and speaking tasks, such as research statements, journal articles, multimedia presentations, and more. Please visit the Hume website for the most up-to-date workshop schedule.

After the “Crappy First Draft”
● Fri., Apr. 12, 12–1:30 PM
● Hume Center, Room 106
● Explore some strategies for turning the first draft that you hate into the final draft you love (or at least like). Please bring current works-in-progress with you or the idea for a work yet to be started, and any additional first draft concerns that you have.
● To register, click here or visit Hume’s Graduate Workshops page.

Oral Communication workshops are also organized for individual departments and programs. Contact

Writing Group Consultations
Are you interested in starting a writing group? Or find yourself in a writing group that just isn’t as productive as it could be? Contact to request a consultation to help your group meet its writing goals.

Oral Communication Courses
Oral Communication courses provide innovative, discipline-based instruction to help students refine their personal speaking styles in small groups and classroom settings.

A new spring quarter course:
Speaking Effectively in Digital Settings (ORALCOMM 120/220) Tues., 1:30–3:20 PM



1.  New GSC Calendar
• Filled with the events supported by your Graduate Student Activities Fee
• Lots of opportunities for food, fun and new friends!


The Grad Students group of the University’s Affordability Task Force was formed to lead the design of affordability solutions that affect graduate students in all seven schools. We are collecting feedback on such topics as housing, family care, transportation, health care and health insurance, and grad funding.
Don’t miss an opportunity to have your voice directly heard by the group tasked with making final recommendations to the University’s top leadership. All of us grad students have important things to say on these issues, and everyone’s voice matters.

The webform closes this Friday at 11:30 pm and there are still some focus groups next week. If you want to provide feedback, but none of these options work for you, contact Gabby Badica - and you can set up a time to get your feedback.

Go to this webpage to sign-up for a focus group and/or to fill in the webform. Log in with your SUNet ID.

(If the link doesn’t work, copy and paste this into your browser:…)

Contact Gabby Badica ( for any questions or concerns.

3. GSC SPRING SOCIAL - Saturday, April 13, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Kennedy Commons

Sign-up for our members list to get updates about this event - (Go to to manage your mailing lists)

It is weather-dependent, so things are a little bit in flux with the event - make sure to sign-up for our mailing list as that is where we will send all updates. Contact Gabby Badica, for any questions.

4. SCAM-PROOF YOUR LIFE SEMINAR - Thursday, April 23, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, Tresidder Union Cypress Conference Room

The Stanford Federal Credit Union is offering a seminar so you can learn how to protect yourself from data breaches, fraud, identity theft, and scams.

Light refreshments will be provided. This seminar is open to Stanford FCU members and anyone in the Stanford student community. Feel free to bring a guest - just make sure to tell us when you register.

Registration required; register here.

5. GSC GRAD FORMAL - Friday, May 17th, Arrillaga Alumni Center, 326 Galvez Street

Don’t miss the best grad event of the year! Mark your calendars now for Friday, May 17th from 8 pm to 12 am.

This year’s Grad Formal theme is The Roaring 20s! The theme means the decorations will be in this retro style; there is no specific dress code for grad formal - the most important thing is that we all go and have fun as a grad community.

Tickets (and volunteer sign-up) will open in a couple of weeks; in the meantime, if you have any contacts contact the event organizer Gabby Badica at

6. Questions, comments, concerns?
Reach us at or join us at our meetings every Wednesday starting at 6 pm in the Nairobi Room (2nd Floor) GCC



1. Sign up for the Graduate Student Programming Board Mailing List!
Are you interested in attending social events for graduate student run by graduate students? Then sign up for the Graduate Student Programming Board (GSPB) mailing list! Every week you will get an email with events that you can enter a lottery to attend.

Click here to join our mailing list

For more info email your GSPB Co-Chairs, Catherine Yuh ( or Pau Guinart (