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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, May 3
5. Anxiety Toolbox Workshop, May 7
6. Grad 201: Mindful Yoga, May 10
7. EV Family Carnival, May 18
8. Midweek Mingle Spring Quarter Series
9. Friday Morning Coffee for spouses, partners, and families of international students.
10. 5-SURE Stanford Campus Driving Service.
11. Grad Meal Plan at Forbes
12. Free, Fast, and Anonymous HIV Testing on Campus
13. Cardinal Nights Mailing List

1. Stanford Graduate Summer Institute (SGSI) 2019
2. Preparing Future Professors
3. Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds (DIF)
4. Academic Chats, May 14
5. Fellows Forum, May 14
6. Quick Bytes, May 7, May 15
7. Leadership Dinners, May 15
8. WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS), May 20
9. Teaching Strategies for Diverse Classrooms, May 21
10. Liberal Arts Diversity Officers: Faculty Recruitment to Enhance Diversity, May 22
11. VPGE Grad Associates - Summer 2019
12. Haas Center’s Graduate Public Service Fellowship
13. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students

1. New GSC Calendar
2. GSC Grad Formal, May 17
3. Questions, comments, concerns?


1. Star Wars Day Ice Cream Social!, May. 4
2. PokeMon!, May. 6
3. Study Break @ Axe and Palm, May. 7
4. Discover Downtown: Tuba Mediterranean , May. 8
5. Detective Pikachu Ticket Giveaway, May 9
6. Food Truck Lunch, May. 9
7. 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, i.e $20/hour for 50 hours over the course of the summer.


Position Description:
Deadline to apply is Friday, May 17, 2017 at 5:00pm.

If interested, please email:

3. HIRING: Graduate Student Programming Board Co-Chairs

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.  Coordinators will receive $20/hour

Applications NOW OPEN:
Position Description:
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. 

More Info:

5. 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: May 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.

6. Grad 201: Mindful Yoga
When: May 10, 2019
Where: Windhover
Time: 8am – 9am
RSVP & More Info

Mindfulness and breath are central to yoga. They are also central to Stanford’s beautiful new contemplative space, Windhover. Begin your morning in the serenity of Windhover; join us for a silent yoga practice lead by certified yoga and mindfulness instructor, Tia Rich, Ph.D.

PLEASE bring a yoga mat. We will not have any mats available to borrow.

Open to Stanford graduate students only. Current Stanford ID required for entry into the building.

Co-hosted by the Office of Religious Life.

7. EV Family Carnival
When: May 18
Time: 10am – 1pm
Where: Abrams Field

10am – 11:30am Field Games at Barnes
11:30am – 12:30pm Talent Show
12:30pm – 1:00pm Stanford Band

On Going Activities:
Food, Facepainting, Glitter Tattoos, Roving Entertainers, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Train Rides, Police Fingerprinting, Fire Truck Tours.

8. Midweek Mingle Spring Quarter Series

Craft Night
When: May 23, 2019
Where: Havana Room, GCC
Time: 5pm-7pm
More Info:

Make Your Own Ice Cream
When: June 5, 2019
Where: Rains Buttery
Time: 5pm-7pm
More Info:

9. 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.

10. 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)

11. 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.

12. 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 (!

13.   Join Cardinal Nights Mailing List
Subscribe to the Cardinal Night Mailing list to get more information on events such as:
- Detective Pikachu Private Screening, May 9
- Giants Baseball w/ Stanford Blanket Giveaway, May 10
- Spring Fling, May 11
- Sequin Pillow Night, May 16
- Pick Your Own Movie Night, May 17
- Men’s Baseball Giveaway, May 17
- Disney’s Aladdin Private Screening, May 23
- Casino Night, May 24
- Cardinal Nights Carnival, May 31

Click Here to Subscribe!



1. 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: Ethics and the Academy, Identity in the Classroom, Race in the United States, and more! Choose from 11 courses; see last summer’s photos. Priority deadline: Sun., May 5.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. Academic Chats, May 14
Could a faculty career be in your future? Explore the skills and experience to help you prepare at Academic Chats. Tues., May 14: Starting Out Right as a Professor. 12–1:15 PM; lunch provided. Register in advance.

5. Fellows Forum, May 14
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. Tues., May 14: How to Make Knowledge Actionable. 4:30–5:30 PM; refreshments and networking to follow. Register in advance.

6. Quick Bytes, May 7, May 15
Get valuable nuggets of professional development wisdom that you can apply right away! Interactive Quick Bytes sessions cover a variety of topics. Tues., May 7: Developing Your Professional Digital Presence; Wed., May 15: Effective Slide Design and Delivery - Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact. 12–1:15 PM; lunch provided. Register in advance.

7. 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.

8. WISE Inspirations Network at Stanford (WINS), May 20
Learn from other changemakers in STEM and build your professional and academic network at WINS. Mon., May 20: Kim Prather, distinguished professor and distinguished chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC San Diego. 4:30–6:30 PM. Registration deadline: Wed., May 15.

9. 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.

10. Liberal Arts Diversity Officers: Faculty Recruitment to Enhance Diversity, May 22
Join representatives from the Liberal Arts Diversity Officers (LADO) consortium to learn more about academic careers and how to prepare for faculty positions at liberal arts colleges. Wed., May 22, 10 AM–4:30 PM. Registration deadline: Tues., May 14.

11. 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.

12. Haas Center’s Graduate Public Service Fellowship
Are you interested in community-based work and research for the public good? Apply for the Graduate Public Service (GPS) Fellowship. Receive a quarterly stipend and join a supportive multidisciplinary cohort of graduate students. Apply for the 2019-20 fellowship by Sun., May 12.

13. 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—Summer Camp 1
● Registration begins: Mon., May 20, 10 AM
● Camp: Mon., Jun. 3–Fri., Jun. 14 (weekdays), 9 AM–1 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.

Writing for Spirituality
● Thurs., May 9th, 4–5:30 PM
● Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Room 106
● Learn how to use writing to expand and deepen your spiritual practice
● No registration required.

Quick Bytes: Effective Slide Design & Delivery: Strategies for Maximizing Your Impact
● Wed., May 15, 12–1:15 PM
● Tresidder Oak West
● Take your presentations from blasé to bold in this interactive session on slide design and delivery.
● To register, click here. You will need to login to the VPGE portal.

Spoken Word Expressive Arts Workshop with Juliana Chang
● Tues., May 21, 6-7:30 PM
● Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Lounge (Room 101)

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.



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. 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
3. 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. Star Wars Day Ice Cream Social!
When: Saturday, May. 4, 4pm - 5pm
Where: Salt & Straw Palo Alto (250 University Ave STE 110, Palo Alto, CA 94301)
Contact: Allen Liang (

Welcome back to another ice cream social!! This time it will be on May 4th aka Star Wars day! (Don't worry if you've never watched any Star Wars movie) Let's all head down to Salt & Straw on University Ave to try out their classic and seasonal specials~

2. PokeMon!
When: Monday, May. 6, 6pm - 7pm
Where: Poke House (Town and Country) - 855 El Camino Real #9, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Contact: Jerry Liao (

"PokeMon" is a poke dinner event on Monday. Let's begin the week with your favorite poke bowl! Meet people and enjoy good food!

3. Study Break @ Axe and Palm
When: Tuesday, May. 7, 3pm - 4pm
Where: Axe and Palm
Contact: Omkar Shende (

Get some boba, shakes, or coffee to recharge in the middle of the day!

4. Discover Downtown: Tuba Mediterranean
When: Wednesday, May. 8, 6pm - 7pm
Where: Tuba Mediterranean, 535 Bryant St, Palo Alto, CA 94301.
Contact: Anex Jose, Vince Pane (,

Join GSPB to discover Downtown Palo Alto. Meet new people while enjoying a Mediterranean dinner at Tuba in Downtown!

This event is capped at 10 people and will be lottery-based if demand is high. If you aren't selected this time, we'll be hosting other events in the future. Please be on time as we will be ordering food together at the restaurant. GSPB will cover up to $15/person.

Questions? Email Anex Jose (, Vincent Pane (

5. Detective Pikachu Ticket Give Away
GLO and GSPB are partnering with Cardinal Nights for a promotion that will increase subscribers to the GSPB mailing list. On Monday, 5/6/19, we’ll be selecting 10 students from the GSPB mailing list to receive free tickets (max 2 per student) to Cardinal Nights’ private screening of Detective Pikachu on 5/9/19.

How to win
• Must be a graduate student with a Stanford email to win.
• Must be signed up on the GSPB mailing list ( by 7:00am on 5/6/19.
• Must complete the Detective Pikachu Ticket Give Away Entry Form (
• Must pick up your physical pass from the Graduate Life Office by 5:00pm on Wednesday, 5/8/19.
• At 5:00pm on Wednesday we will contact a second round of winners who can reserve any unclaimed tickets (max of 1 per student). Second round winners must pick up tickets by 5:00pm on Thursday, 5/9/19.

6. Food Truck Lunch
When: Thursday, May. 9, 12pm - 1pm
Where: Y2E2 Food Trucks
Contact: Rohan Aras (

Come get borsch or waffles and meet some new people!

Sponsored by the Graduate Student Programming Board.

7. 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 (