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GRAD ANNOUNCE, December 2020

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 Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to receive reminders and updates about our events!
2.      Graduate Life Office Winter Closure
3.      Winter Break Community Associate Events
4.      GLO Info Session for Community Associate Hiring
5.      Well-Being at Stanford Present: Finding Comfort, Connection & Cure
6.      Food Pantry Pop Up
7.      Stanford Remote Learning Program
8.      HIRING: Schwab Learning Center Tutors
9.      Health Alert News and Announcements
10.  Health Alerts for Graduate Students and PostDocs

1. Stanford@Home
2. VPGE Photo Contest
3. VPGE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Course Feed
4. Mask-Wearing PSA Competition
5. Stanford Today
6. Quick Bytes, Jan.12, Jan. 21
7. Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF)
8. Designing the Professional (ENGR 311B) - Winter Course
9. BEAM’s PhD Pathways, Dec. 7
10. OPA’s Scientific Teaching Series, Jan. 19
11. Center for Teaching and Learning
12. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students

1.      New GSC Calendar
2.      Questions, comments, concerns?

1.      Join the GSPB mailing list
2.      Thursday Game Night

1.       Cardinal Nights Mailing List
2.       Cardinal Night Events



** Events listed here are subject to change or cancellation, given uncertainty around COVID-19. The safety of our community is our top priority. If you register or apply for an event, VPGE will keep you informed directly about any changes to our schedule

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


2. Graduate Life Office Winter Closure

Our office will be closed during winter break beginning 12/14/2020  and returning on 1/4/2021. Our Deans on-call will still be available in an emergency through the emergency pager at 650-723-7288. Provide pager ID #25085 to the operator and indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean-on-call.

3. Winter Break Community Associate Event
Community Associates will be hosting events all throughout winter break. Please visit this link for more information regarding each event. Events may be capped.

Events for ALL Grad Students
Graduate Gift Exchange
RSVP by: 12/05/2020
CA Organizer: Kat Giordano
Note: Munger residents have priority if the event is oversubscribed.

Citrus Strolls
Duration: 12/06/2020 - 01/09/2021
CA Organizer: Tyler McDaniel
Note: Citrus socks only will be subsidized for Rains residents.

Holiday Open Mic
12/10/2020 | 5:00 PM
CA Organizer: Irene Li

Decorate Your Own Holiday Cookies!
12/12/2020 | 3:00 PM
CA Organizer: Brianna McIntosh

Bead Your Own Mask Chain!
12/15/2020 | 7:30 PM
CA Organizer: Nina Horowitz
Note: Open to all but attendance may be capped.

At-Home HIIT Workout Holiday Edition
12/16/2020 | 5:00 PM
CA Organizer: Minseung Choi
Note: Workout is open to all. Funding might be limited to EV residents for dinner at Ray’s.

Winter Break BINGO Game Night!
12/16/2020 | 7:30 PM
CA Organizer: Vivian Chen

Chanticleer Holiday Concert
12/16/2020 | 8:00 PM
CA Organizer: Suzanne Calhoun

Stanford White Elephant
12/18/2020 | 8:00 PM
CA Organizer: Amy Wang

Stanford Dish Hiking
12/24/2020 | 11:00 AM
CA Organizer: Helen Yue Zhang

Events for EVGR and Escondido Village Residents
Patchwork Poetry
12/14/2020 | 5:00 PM
CA Organizer: Tyrik LaCruise

Make your own hot chocolate!
12/19/2020 | 1:00 PM
CA Organizer: Jason Rodencal
Note: Open to EVGR & EV couples/families

Distributed 3K Virtual Race
12/20/2020 | 9:00 AM
CA Organizer: Laainam (Best) Chaipornkaew

Watch Party: The Christmas Chronicle 2
12/21/2020 | 8:00 PM
CA Organizer: Laainam (Best) Chaipornkaew

DIY Scones & Holiday Tea Party
12/26/2020 | 11:00 AM
CA Organizer: Ada Undieh

Self-Care Kits
CA Organizer: Ada Undieh

Events for EVGR Residents
Gingerbread Mansion Decorating
12/10/2020 | 7:00 PM
CA Organizer: Delaney Miller

Cup of Warmth for the Holidays
CA Organizer: Brenda Yu

Events for Escondido Village Residents
Make your own pizza with a pizza kit
12/10/2020 | 5:00 PM
CA Organizer: Maxim Zaslavsky & Alison Bick

Cookies and Cards!
12/12/2020 | 3:00 PM
CA Organizer: Isabel Salovaara

KFC Box Dinner
12/18/2020 | 6:00 PM
CA Organizer: Thomas Navidi

Learn to knit
12/20/2020 | 5:00 PM
CA Organizer: Cayla Miller

Make Snowflakes and Origami!
12/22/2020 | 7:00 PM
CA Organizer: Tommy Li and Katherine Walker

Gratitude Journaling
12/30/2020 | 3:00 PM
CA Organizer: Destiny Phillips

Event for EV Families
Gingerbread House Competition
12/12/2020 | 3:00 PM
CA Organizer: Grace Boxell
Note: Open to Hulme Courtyard residents

Christmas Stocking Kit + Zoom call
12/20/2020 | 6:30 PM
CA Organizer: Yafang Bao
Note: Open to EV South residents

Event for Lyman Residents
Lyman Winter Break Care Package
12/15/2020 | 8:00 PM
CA Organizer: Leighton Wan & Lydia Tam

Events for Off-Campus Housing Residents
GingerBread House Decorating
12/18/2020 | 5:30 PM
CA Organizer: Angela Zhang

Woodside Bakery Coffee!
12/28/2020 | 9:00 AM
CA Organizer: Sai Gourisankar

Event for Rains Residents
Rains Mindful Moment
12/17/2020 | 2:00PM
CA Organizer: Vivienne Hay

4. GLO Info Session
Interested in student leadership opportunities? Want to get involved in the grad community? Apply to be a Community Associate (CA) and come to info sessions in areas you are interested in applying to! Come learn about eligibility requirements and what it means to be a CA.

WHEN: Wednesday 1/13/2020 6pm- 7pm
  Thursday 1/21/2020 12pm-1pm
ZOOM INFO:   Meeting ID: 959 9064 2466 | Password: 256085
*Must be signed into your SUNET ID to participate.

Visit our website for more info

5. Finding Comfort, Connection & Cure
December 4, 2-4pm: finding comfort
December 8, 1-3pm: creating connection
December 10, 3-5pm: showing care for self & beyond

This is cozy, convivial comfort at its best, all online in the Stanford community. Learn practices for building the 3 C's of comfort, connection and care from within when it is cold outside. Each part can be a standalone session. Sign up to join one, two, or all three.

Sessions are open to all students, and will be run by Donnovan Somera Yisrael, MA and Caitlin Krause, MFA. Please register in advance using the session links above.

6. Food Pantry Pop Up
In partnership with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, Stanford R&DE hosts monthly pop-up food pantries for undergraduate and graduate students and their affiliates who need additional food support. Each student household is eligible to receive produce, dairy, meat or poultry and non-perishable items at no cost. The initial pop-up events have included seasonally appropriate stone fruits, apples, squash, and greens, plus chicken, cheese, yogurt, milk, eggs, legumes, cereal, and peanut butter among other food items.
R&DE Stanford Dining is reviewing the frequency and location of future pop-up pantries given the constraints placed on events and shelter-in-place directives. Check out our FAQs to assist with some commonly asked questions.
We remind students of measures that would prevent the spread of COVID-19: take social distancing seriously and stay 6 feet apart, not participate in events over 10 people, continually wash their hands and get plenty of rest. These habits will help to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 to your fellow students, staff, and residential and dining workers.

To receive future communication about pantry events please subscribe to the food pantry listserv:

7. Stanford Remote Learning Program
The transition from in-person to online instruction presents both opportunities and challenges. The Center for Teaching and Learning is dedicated to helping you discover strategies and resources for adapting to new ways of learning and being.

8. HIRING: Schwab Learning Center Tutors
The Schwab Learning Center is looking to hire tutors who will work virtually 1:1 with Stanford students over the quarter to help them master content for a specific course.
Must be enrolled as a Stanford student
GPA of 3.5 or higher
Must be able to dedicate up to 5 hrs/wk for tutoring
Hiring all subject areas, but seeking CS, Math, Stats, Physics, Chem, MS&E, Engineering and Econ expertise
Preferably rising Juniors and Seniors and Graduate students
Pay rate is $30/hr
Apply here

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to hire students who will be working outside the United States at this time. In addition, the SLC does not offer support in foreign language courses.

For more info. please visit the Schwab Learning Center  website
to know more about our services or email the Tutor Coordinator, Zabrinah Brown at

9. Health Alert News and Announcements
For up-to-date information and resources for COVID-19, infectious diseases, travel
warnings other public health issues, please visit

10. Health Alerts for Graduate Students and PostDocs…



1. Stanford@Home


Need a break from academics and want to engage a different part of your brain? Want to learn more about Stanford, whether you're on campus or not over winter break? Explore Stanford virtually, wherever you are, or get outside and discover campus if you can.

2. VPGE Photo Contest
From Fri., Dec. 11 through Fri., Jan. 1, capture and share your winter break moments with us on Twitter and you could win one of three $25 prizes! Follow @StanfordVPGE on Twitter for more information.

3. VPGE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice Course Feed
Explore graduate courses that focus on scholarship and practices to understand and promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice across many disciplines.

4. Mask-Wearing PSA Competition
Stanford’s Dean of Research is sponsoring a competition for student-made mini public service announcements that encourage mask-wearing and other public health measures. Entries may be published on the university's social media channels. Winners will receive a cash award ($600 for 1st prize, $300 for runners-up). Submission deadline: Sun., Jan. 3

5. Stanford Today
Looking for the latest university information? Stanford Today includes content from more than 80 campus units and serves as a vital new resource for students, faculty, staff and postdocs.

6. Quick Bytes, Jan. 12, Jan. 21
Get valuable professional development wisdom that you can apply right away! Interactive Quick Bytes sessions cover a variety of topics. Tues., Jan. 12: Gentle Reset - Embracing New Beginnings; Thurs., Jan. 21: Self Care and Time Management. 12-1PM PST. Register in advance.

7. Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF)
Are you a doctoral student engaged in interdisciplinary research? Apply for the three-year SIGF. See website for eligibility and fellowship terms. Application opens Wed., Jan. 6. Application deadline: Mon., Feb. 22.

8. Designing the Professional (ENGR 311B), Winter 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; can be taken for 0 or 1 unit with instructor permission. Register via Axess.

9. BEAM’s PhD Pathways, Dec. 7
Considering a career path beyond academia? Explore the wide range of roles and industries in which people with PhDs have found meaningful work. Mon., Dec. 7: Data Science, 12-1PM PST.

10. OPA’s Scientific Teaching Series, Jan. 19
Discuss how students may experience classroom environments differently from one another and then self-assess your current awareness of 21 common equitable teaching strategies. Identify those that could be immediately implemented in your classrooms. Tues., Jan. 19: Structure Matters: 21 Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Make Classrooms Fair and Inclusive, 11AM-1PM PST.

11. Center for Teaching and Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers teaching and learning support for graduate students and postdocs at every stage of their career. Upcoming opportunities: 
·         Book a 1-on-1 grad coaching session
·         Meet with a graduate teaching consultant
·         Stay up-to-date on the latest teaching and learning opportunities

CTL’s TA Orientation, Jan. 8
Are you a new or returning TA next quarter? Attend CTL’s TA Orientation to prepare. Session topics include grading problem sets, leading discussions, and more. Fri., Jan. 8, 1-4PM PST. Register in advance.

12. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students
Virtual tutoring is on pause during the winter break. Services will resume on January 14th. Until then, please take note of the other opportunities below.

            Apply to Become a Writing or Oral Communication Tutor!
We’re accepting applications for writing and oral communication tutors. Please click on the link for details and apply by Fri., Jan. 29, 2021. Contact Hume Center Director Zandra L. Jordan ( with questions about writing tutor applications and Oral Communication Program Director Doree Allen ( with questions about oral communication tutor applications.

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. Please visit the Hume website for the most up-to-date boot camp schedule.

Dissertation Boot Camp—Session 3
·         Registration begins: Mon., Jan. 11, 10AM PST
·         Camp: Mon., Jan. 25 - Fri., Feb. 5 (weekdays), 7-11AM PST

Writing and Oral Communication Workshops
Workshop materials are available on the Hume Center Graduate and Postdocs Workshop Canvas site. 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. Enroll in the Canvas site here.

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

Faculty, campus programs, and grad student groups may request online writing workshops tailored to the particular needs and interests of their students/participants. Please contact to submit your request.

Weekly Vocal Yoga will not meet in-person in the winter quarter. Online videos with basic exercises will be available. Please check this site regularly for updates:…

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 an online 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. Please contact if you have questions about winter quarter courses.




1. New GSC Calendar

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

2. Questions, comments, concerns?
Reach us at



1. Join the GSPB 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.
Sign up here:

2. Thursday Game Night
This event is open to all; no RSVP required. Just hop on Zoom (link and password below) and join us in fun online group games like Among Us, Code Names, and more!
Date: 10th December, Thursday
Time: 7PM PST
Where: Zoom (…;
Password: 339940    *No advanced sign-up is required.
Contact: Shaked Regev (



1. Join Cardinal Nights Mailing List

Subscribe to the Cardinal Night Mailing list to get more information on events and how to register for events.
Click Here to Subscribe!

2. Cardinal Nights Events
Cardinal Nights will return spring quarter with virtual programming!  Please check the website for event information and updates at