(COVID-19): Campus Health Updates
4/13/2020 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
Dear Grad Students and Post-Docs,
As we start our fifth week in physical isolation, I am struck by how much the world can change in just over a month and yet how much it still goes on.
It was a joy to see three grad students (Diane Hsieh from Education, Alexander Bower from Social Sciences, and Mary Anne Mendoza from Social Sciences) and a grad alum (Christine King from Engineering) all honored in today’s Celebration of Teaching Award. I am still madly submitting letters of recommendation for fellowships, internships, and jobs for a variety of students and receiving many more. A journal I am an associate editor for still seems to be receiving a variety of articles and reviews. My children’s Tae Kwon Do studio just emailed with instructions for how to hold a board to break it in the event we need to be a helper for a remote belt test. At least once a day I think “what is this world we are living in?” And yet, here we all are. Hopefully many of you are settling into this new normal as best you can.
For those looking for MORE content on your screens or perhaps just something other than the Tiger King, there are a variety of interesting events in the next couple of weeks:
SEMINAR:Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Teaching in Uncertain Times
Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 11am - Noon
As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the world, many higher education institutions have suspended classes, converted to virtual formats, and even have closed facilities. These situations have not only affected students’ education, but their mental and emotional health as well. This online seminar will examine the impact of traumatic experiences on students’ learning and discuss strategies that can be used to mitigate this impact and improve education outcomes. Click above for more information and be sure to register for this free seminar by6am on Monday, April 27th.
From the CARE Center:Please join us this week in support of ending sexual violence:
- April 13-15 2020: Virtual Clotheslines Project
This online exhibit shows off t-shirts designed by survivors of violence and their families. Submit your design online at theirwebsite.
- April 15, 2020: Virtual Take Back the Night
Normally a candlelight vigil, this virtual session will include keynote speakers, online campus resources, and a live speak out session.
Division of Continuing Education
- Collaboration in a Quarantine: Working together even when you're all alone
April 14, 2020, 11AM
Can we still be in this together, when we are working all alone from home? Learn about tools to help your team collaborate more effectively and enhance team relationships, the most common causes of team conflict and how to prevent them, and how to increase productivity by tapping into your team's core motivations and values.
- Bringing your Whole Self to (Remote) Work
April 21, 2020, 11 am
Authenticity in the workplace is more than being real. It is revealing who you really are by ditching the act, becoming vulnerable, and learning how to relate to others on a human level. Ryan will share his journey, and show you that what has gone wrong in the past, is actually the foundation for your success
- Strategic Planning in a VUCA Business Environment
April 28, 2020, 11 am
Today's environment is reshaping the business world. You will be introduced to a strategic planning framework and a set of supporting collaborative practices that management teams, boards, and other stakeholders may utilize for strategic planning in the current VUCA business landscape (volatile, uncertain, chaotic, and ambiguous).
Discounts on Certificate Programs:
As a reminder,in an effort to support our students and their families in this uncertain time, the Division of Continuing Education (CDE), in partnership with UCI Graduate Division, is offering graduate students and their spouses a 50% discount on certificate programs. These programs are focused on professional development in a wide variety of areas including, but not limited to, business management, data analytics, education and computing technology.
To receive this discount, partners must either be in a legal marriage/domestic partnership or be a cohabiting partner. Enrollees may need to demonstrate their relationship.
If you are interested in enrolling in a course or certificate program, please check out the current offerings by browsing the CDE website (https://ce.uci.edu/). When you have found a course or certificate program that you would be interested in, please fill outthis form. At this time, we would like to gauge interest among graduate students and their partners. When final decisions regarding the 50% cost reduction is made, we will reach out to those who have indicated their interest.
REMINDERS About Support Funding:
- For those of you who find yourself in financial distress, please fill out theRequest for Hardship/Emergency Support Formforsmallgrants to support emergency needs.
- Internet Access Assistance
- On-campus housingPlease use the following request form to determine your needs and request an ethernet adapter and/or longer cable: Ethernet Adapter Request Form.
- UCI has a limited number of Internet Hotspots that will be loaned out to our graduate students free of charge for those livingoff-campus.To determine if you qualify for the hotspot, please complete the following form: Off-Campus Hotspot Request Form
- Travel Assistance:AGS has emergency travel funding available (GRAD STUDENTS ONLY):https://www.ags.uci.edu/services/travel/
Please note, while we will do our best to accommodate all of these requests, availability isn't necessarily guaranteed, and so as always please reserve support for those who need them.
REMINDER 2020-21 Applications for Continuing Student Fellowships:
More information about each fellowship is available at https://grad.uci.edu/funding/index.php
- Faculty Mentor Program (FMP), PhD only
- President's Dissertation Year Fellowship (PDY), PhD only
- Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (GDDF), PhD and MFA
- Thursday, April 16: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- Thursday, May 7: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- Thursday, May 28: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
- Tuesday, April 14: Noon – 12:30pm
- Wednesday, April 15: 11:30am – Noon
- Thursday, April 16: 9am – 9:30am
- Friday, April 17: 3:00pm – 3:30pm
UCI IN THE NEWS - COVID-19 Article List:
- Orange County Business Journal, April 13, 2020UCI Pools Resources For COVID-19 Efforts
- EdSource Today, April 13, 2020California university researchers join the global race to fight coronavirus
- International Business Times, April 12, 2020Coronavirus USA: What Barack And Michelle Obama Said About Wisconsin Voting During Outbreak
- Orange County Register, April 11, 2020 (Column)Whicker: In coronavirus era, it’s always must-win when athletes become doctors
We have begun to shift conversations on campus from the immediate pain everyone has been feeling and how to mitigate it to a lot more long-term consequences. What this has meant for me is imagining a future one, two, and ten years from now. How do we meet the needs of today without mortgaging the future? This is a nearly impossible question at any level, personally, professionally, and structurally. It is one we are each grappling with in our own ways, both at home and at UCI. I’ve also seen the memes wondering about college and grad school applications in the future. I do indeed imagine we are in for a couple of decades of essays that begin “I was doing XXXX when Coronavirus hit.” Those who survived wars, the Depression, and a variety of other major global events have never been the same. My grandmother diligently reused aluminum foil and wrapping paper until the very end. That kind of deprivation sticks with you!
For me, 9/11 was the thing that pushed me to go to grad school. I was trapped in the UK during that time with no flights home. I spent my evenings on hold with airlines contemplating the value of spending my life building websites for Inland Revenue (the UK’s version of the US IRS) in a building that shared its address with the Mad Cow disease research center for Northern England. It was very dark, very cold, and very wet, and it was enough to push me to apply for PhD programs.
Franklin Roosevelt, who stepped into the American presidency in a particularly tough time economically and socially for the US, noted “A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” FDR went on to craft the New Deal, which arguably made for a strong American middle class and fundamentallychanged the way we think about public education in the US.We can only hope that the rough seas we are experiencing now will make you all exceptionally skilled sailors and that we can use this moment to step back, examine where we all are, and strengthen our educational systems even more.
I remain grateful and quite frankly shocked and amazed by the wonderful things all of you are doing in the midst of a global pandemic. Some of you are treating patients. Others are producing the kind of scholarship we need to make this world a better place. Some of you are teaching the next generation of students. All of you are becoming the kinds of professionals we need in the world.
To navigating these rough seas together,
Kleist Professor of Informatics
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Dean of the Graduate Division
GPSRC Services Update
One-on-one appointments will continue to take place, including writing appointments and career-advising drop-ins until Friday, March 20. Home Stretch: Finals Week Workspace event scheduled for March 16-19th has been canceled.
GPSRC will be closed for Spring Break, March 23-27.
Stay tuned for updates regarding spring professional development workshops and certificate programs, whether they will be offered online, in person, or postponed.
Graduate Division Services Update
All Graduate Division services are open and available. For individual lab/class accommodations contact your PI/advisor.