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GRAD ANNOUNCE, October 2020

GRAD ANNOUNCE, October 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. Food Pantry Pop Up
  3. Census@stanford
  4. Virtual Recreation and Wellness
  5. Stanford Votes
  6. Schwab Learning Center Hiring Grad Tutors
  7. Health Alert News and Announcements
  8. Health Alerts for Graduate Students and PostDocs


  1. How can VPGE help you?
  2. Welcome, new grad students!
  3. Preparing Future Professors
  4. Diversity Works: Racial Group Norms and Political Participation in the United States, Oct. 13
  5. Quick Bytes, Oct. 14, 27
  6. EPIC Resilience: Surviving & Thriving in Chaos, Oct. 26 & 29
  7. Congratulations 2020 DIF and SPICE Awardees!
  8. CTL’s Graduate Teaching Programs, Oct. 5, 15
  9. Haas Center’s Community Engaged Research – What it is, What it isn't, and Is it for You?, Oct. 12
  10. Grad Updates
  11. Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Resources for Graduate Students


  1. New GSC Calendar
  2. Questions, comments, concerns?
  3. Stanford Social Match


  1. Join the GSPB mailing list
  2. GSPB Weekly Virtual Meetings
  3. Art Night, Oct. 11


  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. 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. The next event is scheduled for Monday, October 12, from 11:00am to 2:30pm at Dudley Lane behind Building 49 in Escondido Village. The deadline to register is Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00pm. Please bring your own grocery bags and transportation (e.g., wagon, stroller, cart, suitcase, car). Check out our FAQs to assist with some commonly asked questions.

Register for the October 12 event

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:


3. Census@stanford
Everyone counts. The 2020 Census will help decide how billions of dollars will help our community and shape congressional districts. Everyone, regardless of immigration or citizenship status, age, or housing status, must be counted in the Census on April 1, 2020 (Census Day) at the location at which they live and/or spend most of their time. Beginning mid-March, graduate students residing both on-campus and off-campus will receive official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Take ten minutes to complete the Census and shape the future of your community for the next ten years. Spread the word and learn more at

4. Virtual Wellness and Recreation
As part of our continued commitment to your health and wellbeing, your colleagues at Stanford Recreation & Wellness have been working hard to put together a landing page with lots of FREE options to help get you through these times. We call it Virtual Recreation & Wellness. There you will find links to many resources, including our Movement Motivation Contest, where you can inspire or be inspired by your friends and colleagues. We also feature live Zoom classes, live Zoom meditation, a Strava group, and more. In the coming weeks that we continue to work from home, please be sure to visit often as we will be continuing to add more classes and resources to help you take care of YOU! Participate or help motivate by posting pictures of your workout to social media using the tags: #stanfordwalks #stanfordhikes #stanfordruns #stanfordbikes #stanfordurec #sumovementmotivation #suvirtualrecreation

5. Stanford Votes
The Presidential Election is coming up on November 3. Are you ready to make your voice heard? Register to vote and request a mail-in ballot.  For more information visit

6. Schwab Learning Center Hiring Grad 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 3.0 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.

7. 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

8. Health Alerts for Graduate Students and PostDocs…


1. How can VPGE help you?

The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) works collaboratively across the University to ensure that Stanford’s 9,400+ master’s, doctoral, and professional degree students receive the best possible educational experience.

Learn more about how VPGE can support you in graduate school by:
●        Watching a 90-second video introducing you to the VPGE office
●        Downloading VPGE’s brochure
●        Following VPGE on Facebook and Twitter
●        Browsing VPGE’s website and the Graduate Professional Development (GPD) Framework for learning opportunities to complement your degree program

2. Welcome, new grad students!
Many people are here to support you during your graduate school journey! Get to know some of the offices that can help you thrive, grow, and learn at Stanford through this collection of short videos. Looking for individualized support? Many campus offices also offer 1-on-1 coaching/consulting!

3. Preparing Future Professors
Experience faculty life first-hand by shadowing a professor at a Bay Area teaching-focused university or community college. Application for Winter 2021 now open; application deadline: Wed., Oct. 7.

4. Diversity Works: Racial Group Norms and Political Participation in the United States, Oct. 13
Join Allison Anoll, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, to discuss how Black Americans vote at rates far exceeding Latinos and Asian Americans; learn how beliefs about ancestors and their legacies shape voter turnout in America. Tues., Oct. 13, 12-1:15 PM PDT.

5. Quick Bytes, Oct. 14, 27
Get valuable professional development wisdom that you can apply right away! Interactive Quick Bytes sessions cover a variety of topics. Wed., Oct. 14: Top Tips to Manage Graduate Life; Tues., Oct. 27: Resourcing Ourselves for Resilience. 12-1 PM PDT; register in advance.

6. EPIC Resilience: Surviving & Thriving in Chaos, Oct. 26 & 29
Learn resilience habits to build mental and physical strength and boost a growth mindset with innovation strategist and sustainable resilience expert Sally Dominguez. Mon., Oct. 26 and Thurs., Oct. 29, 4:30-6:30 PM PDT; attendance at both sessions required. Apply by Fri., Oct. 16.

7. Congratulations 2020 DIF and SPICE Awardees!
Congratulations to the 50+ student groups who were awarded DIF and SPICE funding this year! Get involved with one of these student-led projects: DIF groups develop projects that will advance graduate student and postdoctoral scholar diversity, and SPICE groups build and expand intellectual communities at Stanford.

8. CTL’s Graduate Teaching Programs, Oct. 5, 15
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers support for graduate students and postdocs at every stage of their teaching careers, from getting started to designing your own course. Mon., Oct. 5, 1-2 PM PDT: Grading during COVID-19; Thurs., Oct. 15, 2-3 PM PDT: Mental Health and Well-being in the Virtual Classroom. Stay up to date with CTL’s offerings by subscribing to their newsletter.

9. Haas Center’s Community Engaged Research – What it is, What it isn't, and Is it for You?, Oct. 12
Discuss the central principles and practices of community-based research, how it differs from “traditional” research, and ideas for putting it into practice. Mon., Oct. 12, 11:30 AM- 1 PM PDT.

10. Grad Updates
Stay up to date as you jump into the academic year ahead. Visit the Grad Updates website regularly for the latest university communications and FAQs for Stanford grad students. Our collective goal is to keep Stanford and the surrounding community safe and healthy!

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

(Virtual) Writing and Oral Communication Consultations
Working on a job letter or conference presentation? Preparing for a big interview? Stuck on a dissertation chapter? Writing Tutors and Oral Communication Tutors are available online to support you. Go to to schedule your free appointment.

Virtual Writing and Oral Communication Tutoring Hours for Autumn Quarter:
●        Mon. - Wed. 9 AM - 9 PM
●        Thurs. 9AM - 8PM
●        Fri.  9AM - 5PM
●        Sun. 1PM - 8PM

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 “Before Dawn”—Session 2
●        Registration begins: Mon., Oct. 26, 10 AM
●        Camp: Mon., Nov. 9 - Fri., Nov. 20 (weekdays), 7–11 AM

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 Autumn 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 Autumn 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

3. Stanford Social Match
GSC is going to be matching graduate students with other students who share common interests. Over the next few weeks, we'll introduce you to other graduate students you'd like to meet to make friends.

Just fill out this short Google Form (< 5 mins) that asks questions regarding your major/department and your background and interests.

Sign Up Here
You can opt in every Monday and receive a match before Friday. We'll connect you so you can plan to do an activity over the weekend.


Please reach out to K.C. Shah ( or Albert Pun ( if you have any questions.



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. GSPB Weekly Virtual Meeting
When: Every Tuesday beginning 9/15 12pm-1pm
Zoom Link:…

3. Art Night, Oct. 11
Date: 11th October, Sunday
Time: 19:00 to 20:00 PST
Sign up:

Let's hang out together and draw. All levels of artists welcome.

P.S. I will be storyboarding from "The Case of Hana and Alice" on Kanopy (free access for Stanford students) if anyone just wants to watch along. Amazon gift cards ($15) will be sent out to participants after the event.

A zoom link will be sent out to attendees before the event.

The event is capped and if demand is high, attendees will be chosen by a lottery.

Questions? Contact Dipika Badri (




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