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Diversity Works: Cultivating Opportunities for Working with Allies

Graduate students from diverse backgrounds interact with individuals who, while we may consider them as members of ally communities, do not consistently act as allies. Participants will discuss examples of this challenge and possible methods to responding in constructive ways. Interactive activities include role-plays, scenarios, and vignettes in which participants can learn how to model “in the moment” response strategies.

Quick Bytes: Listen Up! - Lead Better (& Look Better) through Listening

Strong listeners are seen as more effective leaders; more credible, more likable, even more attractive!

In this fast-paced, interactive workshop you'll be guided through listening techniques to make people around you feel heard and valued--in turn, encouraging them to support you! You'll learn strategies to help you improve your relationships, become more persuasive, and turn conflict into cooperation.

Matt Vassar is a lecturer in the Technical Communication Program and the instructor of the popular course, ENGR 103/203: Public Speaking.

Fellows Forum: Mentoring Up: Learning to Pro-Actively Engage with Faculty Mentors in Managing Expectations

Engaging with faculty mentors can be challenging, because you both come with expectations that are often hidden and not explicitly discussed.  This can impact critical issues in communication, research directions, authorship, and so on.  Through this workshop, you will   gain skills and confidence to engage pro-actively with faculty.

Quick Bytes: Take the Wheel and Be the Driver of Your Graduate Education

Navigate through grad school with the Graduate Professional Development (GPD) Framework - also known as the "VPGE Wheel". You’ll walk away from this interactive workshop with a tailored list of campus resources and learning experiences to help you make the most of your time in grad school, succeed academically, and prepare for your career beyond Stanford.

Helen J. Doyle, PhD, associate vice provost for graduate education, VPGE

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Negotiation Matters: Application Deadline

Learn how to negotiate with colleagues, bosses, partners, friends, clients, and many others. 

Through a dynamic mix of theory, demonstration, and practice, this three-session workshop provides a solid foundation for more principled, persuasive, and successful negotiation in a variety of contexts.

Negotiation Matters will take place on the following three Wednesdays: Jan. 23, Jan. 30, & Feb. 6 from 4:30 - 7 PM. Due to the workshop's interactive format, full participation in all three sessions is required.

Quick Bytes: Think Fast. Talk Smart.

Communication is critical to success in business and life. Concerned about an upcoming interview? Anxious about being asked to give your thoughts during a meeting? Fearful about needing to provide critical feedback in the moment? You are not alone!

Many of us are uneasy about speaking in public, especially in impromptu, “off the cuff” situations. Learn and practice techniques that will help you speak spontaneously with greater confidence and clarity, regardless of content and context.

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