January 2022: Professional Development Workshops

Before spring semester begins, take advantage of these knowledge- and/or skill-building opportunities, designed specifically for grad students.

Intentionally Crafting Your Career Path: A Session for Grad Students  

Tuesday, January 18, 12:00–1:30pm; lunch provided    *Waitlist availableThis session will focus on utilizing visioning and intentional professional development plans to craft your career path.  Dr. Christina Olstad, Dean of Students, will facilitate the interactive session and participants will take away tangible resources to assist them with their career path planning.

Ableism, Interrupted 

Wednesday, January 19, 11:00am–12:15pm; lunch provided 

This session will explore the definition and different forms of ableism that exist on college campuses and how it affects us all. Discussion will address participant questions related to able-bodied privilege and actionable steps to address ableism.

Work-Life Integration for Graduate Students 

Thursday, January 20, 4:00–5:00pm; light refreshments provided 

How can graduate students achieve healthy and satisfying work-life balance? Campus wellness experts will bring their perspectives on work-life integration and a panel of graduate students will share their experiences navigating diverse commitments and offer advice and peer-to-peer support.

Go Big Read for Grads 

Friday, January 21, 4:00–5:00pm  Join fellow graduate students before the start of the new semester for pizza, hot chocolate, and a discussion of this year’s Go Big Read book, Yaa Gyasi’s “Transcendent Kingdom”. Free copies of the book will be made available to participants.

A Practical Approach to Project Management for Graduate Students 

Monday, January 24, 9:00am–2:30pm Project management is a set of skills that can be applied in academic, non-profit, laboratory, business, and many other settings. Guided by Jeffrey Russell and Susan Ottmann, learn principles of project management and apply them to a project or context relevant to you in this popular, collaborative, daylong program. Over lunch, students will also hear from a panel of people who successfully manage projects, including:

Alfonso Morales, UW-Madison Dept. of Planning and Landscape Architecture

Nicole Nelson, UW-Madison Dept. of Medical History and Bioethics

DjoDjo Amorin, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Peyton Murray, American Family Insurance