On behalf of Core Programs in the Graduate School, welcome to all our new and returning graduate and professional students! We are thrilled you are at the University of Washington, where you will have a new year of opportunities to strengthen and grow your intellectual and professional skills. This fall, we encourage you to tap into resources that can help you thrive as you navigate graduate student life.
Here are just a few ways to get you started:
Find your ground: Graduate school is about navigating a complex set of academic, professional and social experiences. Whether you are new or returning to campus, this can sometimes feel overwhelming and unwelcoming–especially if you belong to an underrepresented community based on race, gender, sexuality, class, ability or citizenship. One way to counteract this feeling is to say to yourself, “I do belong here.” You are in graduate school to enhance or find your career path, give back to your families and communities, or make important contributions to research and innovation. For even more tips and strategies on how to counteract feelings that you don’t belong, check out these resources: here and here.
Get to know department staff: From organizing orientations, providing a supportive ear to students, or ensuring that you fulfill your degree requirements, Graduate Program Advisors (GPAs) are often your first point of contact into graduate school. They also provide important administrative support for graduate programs. Feel free to reach out to your GPA, as they have a wealth of experience and knowledge of your campus. If they don’t know the answer, they can often connect you with campus resources that serve the needs of graduate students.
Attend department events: Whether they are faculty or peer presentations, departmental meetings, working committees, or peer pub nights, there are numerous opportunities to connect with peers, staff, and faculty throughout the year. These co-curricular spaces provide an opportunity for you to glean information such as how to develop strong presentations, pick up disciplinary lingo (don’t worry if you don’t know all the terms yet), learn the spoken and unspoken culture of your graduate program, and foster collegial relationships with faculty and peers. Remember to pace yourself–you need not attend everything as you are already busy. We know from experienced graduate students that it’s best to attend events that make sense to you and your schedule.
Prepare for graduate seminars: It’s totally natural to feel excited and anxious about attending your first graduate seminar–especially if you don’t know what to expect or are the first person in your family to attend graduate school. Fortunately, Dr. Ralina Joseph, Associate Professor of Communication at UW Seattle, provides useful tips on how to prepare for class.
Find your community: The University of Washington is a big place, with three campuses and multiple offsite research locations. We know that a feeling of belonging on campus is critical to your success as graduate students. It makes a difference to find and connect with people that can support your whole self–and not just your role as a graduate or professional student. To help you find your community, check out the list below of welcome events and orientations.
Best Wishes On a New Academic Year,
Kelly Edwards, Jaye Sablan, and Ziyan Bai
Core Programs Staff
WELCOME EVENTS FOR GRADS & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS
INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
AND EVENING BBQ
Friday, September 18, 2015
9:30 am — Noon, Orientation @ HUB Lyceum, UW Seattle
4:00 pm — 8:00 pm, BBQ @ Gas Works Park, Seattle
Sponsored by the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, all new international graduate and professional students are invited to attend this session to:
–Hear stories of success from a panel of experienced international graduate students
–Learn more about leadership in the Graduate School
–Meet staff who can connect you with a variety of campus resources
–Learn about important visa regulations pertaining to graduate and professional students
Later at 4 pm, meet outside of the Burke Museum Cafe in order to head down to Gas Works Park for an American-style BBQ. Meet current students, community members, and other international students and scholars. Enjoy a game of soccer or frisbee. Postdocs and families welcome! All food, condiments, water and sports equipment provided by FIUTS.
GRADUATE STUDENT VETERANS — ORIENTATION LUNCHEON
Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Noon — 1 pm
Atmospheric Sciences-Geophysics Building, Room 610, UW Seattle
The Husky United Military Veterans (HUMV), UW’s largest student veterans group, in conjunction with the UW Veterans Center, will be hosting an orientation luncheon for graduate students who are veterans. The purpose of this luncheon is to welcome incoming graduate student veterans and help familiarize them with their new home at UW. Though the event is geared toward new students, any current graduate student veteran is welcome to attend. The intent of this luncheon is to inform veterans of the resources available to them on campus and in the local community, to answer any questions student veterans might have about the transition process (e.g. housing, childcare, benefits), and to help build the veteran community on campus. We hope to see you there!
For questions, contact Brandon Ray, Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) Liaison for HUMV.
HUSKY SUNRISE: WELCOME BREAKFAST FOR GRADUATE & PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS
Monday, September 28, 2015
9 am — 11 am (Doors open at 8:30 am)
Rainier Vista Lawn, UW Seattle
Husky Sunrise is the 2nd annual welcome event for graduate and professional students at the University of Washington, hosted by the Provost, the Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS). Take advantage of this unique opportunity to mingle with Deans, Faculty, and Students from across all academic disciplines. Hot breakfast including bacon, eggs, and mimosas are guaranteed for the first 600 guests. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available. The program begins at 9 am which includes a campus resource fair, pictures with Harry the Husky, and music by the Husky Band. All incoming, as well as current graduate and professional students, are invited.
All guests must bring their Husky Card and those wishing to have mimosas will need to provide additional identification proving they are 21 and over. For guests requiring accommodations, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, so arrangements can be provided.
Q CENTER & QUEER STUDENT COMMISSION WELCOME LUNCHEON
Friday, October 2, 2015
Noon — 1:30 pm
HUB Lyceum, UW Seattle
Lesbian? Gay? Straight-ish? Queer? Two-Spirit? Questioning? No labels needed? Excited about starting school? Us too! Come on over to be welcomed and celebrated as the Q Center and the ASU Queer Student Commission kick off the new year with a free luncheon. Everyone is welcome. Free food, great speakers, and lots of fun for all! Be there for all or part of it! Community, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and support our new and returning students at this annual free luncheon on campus.
RAINBOW GRADS FALL KICK-OFF CELEBRATION
Thursday, October 8, 2015
5:00 pm — 8:00 pm
CoMotion Incubator Idea Lab (300), Fluke Hall, UW Seattle
Rainbow Grads invites incoming and current LGBTQ graduate and professional students, postdocs, and their allies to attend the annual Rainbow Grads Fall Kick-Off Celebration. This event offers a chance to get plugged in to the queer community across campus and to learn about Rainbow Grads’ social events throughout the year. It’s also an opportunity to enjoy free drinks, free food, and great music!
GETTING CONNECTED: NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION & RECEPTION WITH GO-MAP
Thursday, October 15, 2015
4:00 pm — 7:00 pm, Orientation
7:00 pm — 10:00 pm, Reception
UW Club, UW Seattle
This is the Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program’s (GO-MAP) signature event of the year and a great chance to meet new and returning UW Graduate Students of Color and Faculty and Staff of Color across all disciplines. New students of color are encouraged to attend the orientation from 4:00 — 7:00 pm to engage with faculty and student panelists addressing strategies on how to thrive in graduate school. New and current grad students of color are invited to the reception at 7:00 pm for good food, great company, and dancing!