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Library Guides

With lists of digital, print, and media resources arranged by topic and selected by subject librarians, Stanford University Library's topic guides can help you focus your research and uncover new material. Guides are accompanied by research tips, links to subject specialists, and ideas for other collections and resources that might be of interest to you. 

Last modified 09/23/2021

Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) serves Stanford's graduate student population by representing student interests in University affairs, supporting graduate student organizations, and providing community events for graduate students. The GSC is comprised of 15 elected voting members, 10 who represent Stanford's seven schools and 5 at-large representatives. All graduate students (including professional students) can join the GSC mailing list. To discuss something with the GSC, attend their regular public meetings or email the chairs. 

Last modified 09/11/2021

SGSI 2022: Public Policy Negotiation: Multiparty Problem-solving and Conflict Resolution

Course Closed

Monday, Sept. 12 - Thursday, Sept. 15, 9 AM – 4 PM; Friday, Sept. 16, 9 AM – 6 PM

As a professional, you may negotiate more than you do anything else. You will negotiate with your boss, your colleagues, funders and investors, other firms, government agencies, legislative and scientific bodies, the courts, the public and the media. You will negotiate on your own behalf, but also to influence and shape policy outcomes that have an impact on larger communities and even the public as a whole. This course is designed to help you develop your understanding of negotiation and your awareness of yourself as a negotiator. Provide tools and concepts to analyze and prepare for negotiations. Enhane your negotiation skills through simulations, cases, reflection and feedvack. Lastlt, it will extend those skills into collaborative problem-solving and conflict resolution in public policy contexts you may encounter in your professional life.

This is a highly interactive course organized around simulations, small group and plenary group activities, guest speakers and discussions.  We place a strong emphasis on peer-to-peer as well as instructor feedback.


  • Janet Martinez, PhD, senior lecturer, Law; director, Gould Negotiation & Mediation Program, Stanford Law School
  • Brenna Marea Powell, PhD, lecturer, Law, Stanford Law School

Audience & Capacity

Open to all graduate students in any discipline (particularly those who have not had a chance to explore these issues extensively through their coursework), as well as postdoctoral scholars, if space allows.

Participants will be seleted to assure a good balance of skills, background, and areas of policy interest, with priority to those applying first. Space is limited to 24.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Provide overview and experiential learning on fundamentals of negotiation (2-party, multiparty, facilitated multiparty)

  • Practice collaborative problem-solving skills with series of negotiation exercises, drawn from both private and public context, in domestic and international settings

  • Participate effectively as part of a team

  • Reflect on personal experiences, give and receive feedback

  • Explore the contexts in which students and members of the Stanford community engage in public policy negotiation in their professional lives

  • Explore interplay between science, policy and technology in public policy decision making

  • Consider role of media to influence public processes

  • Examine role of civic engagement and roles that public citizens play in public policy decisions


This course is highly interactive. We will begin with exploring and understanding your own negotiation style, move on to two-party negotiations, and advance to multi-party and team negotiations.  More advanced simulations will emphasize complex problem-solving and conflict resolution among multiple parties (government, corporate, civil society). Negotiation topics include the tension between cooperative and competitive strategies, building trust, exchanging information and managing coalitions. We will then explore the use of third party facilitators in collaborative problem-solving, examine options for civic engagement, and the influence of the media.  We will use case simulations drawn from environment and natural resource policymaking, intergroup conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and other policy areas of interest to the class.  Guest speakers from the Stanford community will share insights into their own professional negotiation experience and engagement in public policymaking.

Past participants who took this course said the following about their experience:

"I gained confidence in my skills as a negotiator and felt that I left with a toolkit of tactics to use in all kinds of situations, from one-on-one negotiations, to complex negotiations without a clear outcome." -SGSI 2021 Participant

"The best way to get a quick taste of Stanford education and community." -SGSI 2021 Participant

Additional Course Expectations

  • Participants will complete roughly 2 hours of reading and preparation for negotiation simulations each evening.
  • Full attendance is expected.

SUNet ID required to log in; all SGSI correspondence sent to your Stanford email account.

Apply Now


Last modified 03/07/2022

Become a Graduate Student Affiliate at the Clayman Institute

Does your research involve gender? Become a graduate affiliate with the Clayman Institute for Gender Research. Clayman affiliated graduate students have access to various fellowship and award opportunitites through the institute. Additionally, affiliates receive GenderNews, the bi-monthly email publication of the Clayman Institute. Joining is easy--learn more at the Clayman Institute website.

Last modified 08/24/2021

Well-Being at Stanford

Well-Being at Stanford, a program of Vaden Health Services, helps you cultivate the knowledge and life skills to live a healthy, vibrant lifestyle, manage stress, build resilience, and ensure positive interactions. 

Last modified 09/23/2021

Graduate Student Mentoring Guide

This resource from the University of Michigan is a guide for proactive students seeking to improve the quality of their relationships with faculty. It covers the basics of mentoring, how to find a mentor, and your responsibilities as a mentee, and delves into strategies for underrepresented students and the way the mentoring relationship changes as you progress from mentee to colleague. Useful for all graduate students seeking mentorship.

Last modified 09/12/2021

Public Service Opportunities for Graduate Students

Looking for opportunities to serve your community? Whether you want to volunteer on or off campus, the Haas Center has compiled a list of links to various opportunities available to graduate students for public service, regardless of their field. Additionally the Haas Center runs the Cardinal Service program, which is the umbrella organization for the various community focused programs coordinated through the center. Take a look at some of the possibilities and see how you could help serve your community!

Last modified 09/25/2021

Job and Internship Opportunities through BEAM

BEAM, Stanford's career center, routinely compiles an in-depth list of job and internship opportunities for students of all stages in their graduate careers. Check out their current list of opportunities to learn what's out there and to potentially find the right job for you! If you have not yet registered through Handshake, you will be prompted to do so.

Last modified 10/28/2016

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Through Stanford's institutional membership, all graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty have access to the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), which provides professional development, training, and mentoring. NCFDD resources are broadly applicable across academic disciplines and include a range of topics such as time management, overcoming academic perfectionism, developing a daily writing plan, writing grant proposals, and more. These resources offer concrete guidance that could increase your productivity and your sense of well-being.

NCFDD member resources include:

How to Activate Your Stanford Sponsored Membership:

  1. Go to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity website (
  2. Select the “Become a Member” tab and choose “Claim Your Institutional Membership.”
  3. Within the list of universities, click on "Stanford University."
  4. Complete the registration form by following all instructions. Be sure to provide your Stanford email address.
  5. Once you have submitted your registration information and NCFDD has approved your connection to Stanford, you should receive a welcome email.

Last modified 09/14/2021

Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM)

The Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM) program connects current students with alumni who are willing to share their workplace and educational experience in long-term mentoring relationships. Students at all levels are welcome to participate, and graduate students exploring careers outside of academia may find this resource especially valuable. Sign up at any time, search for mentors who interest you, and get started!

Last modified 09/20/2021