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Graduate Student Circles

What are the Graduate Student Circle Sessions?
The Graduate Student Circle Sessions are an opportunity to learn about resources and new approaches to addressing concerns, ask questions, and potentially connect with other graduate students. The sessions are typically offered on a bi-weekly basis, every other Thursday at 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM during the Fall and Spring semesters. The sessions are held virtually via Zoom. If you would like to register, please contact the Graduate Academic Counselor at gs-counselor@umd.edu.

Recording 
Our sessions are solely recorded for students who missed the session. If you missed a session and would like a recording, please email Simone at slivings@umd.edu.

Past Session Topics
Please click on the links below to review the resource handout that was distributed to attendees.

Summer 2021
June 10, 2021: LGBTQ Affirming Mental Health
June 24, 2021: LGBTQ Mental Health Panel
July 8th: Marginalized Groups and Mental Health
July 22, 2021: BIPOC and AAPI Mental Health Panel
August 5, 2021: Discussions with Advisors and PIs
August 19, 2021: Preparing for Graduate School (Recording and Handout)

Fall 2021
September 2, 2021: Stop the Hate presented by BISS
September 16, 2021: Difficult Dialogue (Recording and Handout)
September 30, 2021: Mental Health Check-In (Recording and Handout)
October 14, 2021: Combating Imposter Syndrome
October 28, 2021: Leave of Absence Review 

Spring 2020:
April 23, 2020: Career Concerns
April 30, 2020: Mental Health Concerns
May 7, 2020: Preparing for Life After Graduate School 

Summer 2020:
June 4, 2020: Creating a Self-Care Plan 
June 18, 2020: Addressing Career Concerns
July 2, 2020: How to Manage Anxiety while Career-Networking
July 16, 2020: Managing Anxiety and Stress
July 30, 2020: Sustaining Social Connections
August 13, 2020: Writing in Graduate School
August 27, 2020: Preparing for Graduate School 

Fall 2020:
September 10, 2020: Having Difficult Conversations
October 8, 2020: Work-Life Balance
November 12, 2020: Time Management
December 10, 2020: Addressing Career Concerns

Spring 2021:
February 11th: Addressing Financial Concerns
March 11th:  Addressing Microaggressions
April 8th: Combating Imposter Syndrome
May 13th: Stress Management
Parenting While in Graduate School

Feedback
The Graduate Student Circle Session topics are derived from feedback from Graduate Students. If you have ideas for future topics, feedback or suggestions, please complete this survey.

Resources
If you would like to review resources based on your program, click here.