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7/16/2021 - Daily COVID-19 Graduate Division Update
From Graduate Division Associate Dean Rodrigo Lazo
Dear Graduate Students and Postdocs,
Moving into summer is such a relief, especially after a busy Spring quarter. For me, this means catching up on writing and research and also bringing more focus to my work as Associate Dean in the Graduate Division. After decades working at a university, I still get the questions about summer from relatives who are not in academia – “Are you off now?” – and then I offer a grumpy and curt response about research and other commitments. The work in Graduate Division does not stop, and we are currently planning a recruitment initiative for next year. As Associate Dean, I focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion – and there is always much to learn on that front as we continue to strive to be a university where all people can thrive and do their best work. Last winter I was part of an interesting conversation in which graduate students expressed frustration about having to take on responsibilities related to diversity and inclusion. I have some reflections on that below. But first let’s get to this week’s announcements.
Temporary Pause in Interlibrary Loan Services
As a reminder, beginning on July 27, UCI’s Library Search and Melvyl catalog systems will be replaced by a single, unified discovery and borrowing system called UC Library Search.
To ensure a successful migration to UC Library Search, the library will need to pause a few services. All services will resume on July 30, 2021. For more information and details click here: https://www.lib.uci.edu/interlibrary-loan
Question, Persuade, Refer Gatekeeper Training (Suicide Prevention Training) - Multiple Opportunities!
The UCI Counseling Center is providing a brief 90-minute training for faculty, staff, and students called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Gatekeeper Training in an effort to educate us on suicide prevention. For more information and times to sign up and attend the training, click here: https://counseling.uci.edu/outreach/suicide-prevention-training.html
2021 Grant Application Open Now for Horowitz Foundation
The application for the 2021 Horowitz Foundation grant cycle is open. Applications from Ph.D. students doing dissertation work that addresses contemporary issues in the social sciences and has social policy application are encouraged.
The grants are for between $7,500-12,500 and are unrestricted. To learn more about eligibility and past recipients visit their website here: https://www.horowitz-foundation.org/ .
UC Center Sacramento is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award.
This award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California legislation from UC STEM graduate students. The winner(s) will receive $1,000 for research support and -- should their bill advance through the legislative process –travel expenses covering a trip to Sacramento to convene with Legislators and/or legislative staff.
Submissions will be accepted until midnight Pacific time on October 22nd, 2021 and applicants will be notified of their status in December 2021. Further information is available at UCCS STEM Solutions or on the UCCS website (uccs.ucdavis.edu).
Torrey Pines Leadership Development Program at Stanford Burnham Prebys
This premier leadership development program at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute is designed for early career PhDs. In this program, participants will learn more about their leadership styles and preferences, and the leadership styles and preferences of others, towards understanding how they and their future teams can succeed. Certificates will be awarded to participants who complete all program requirements. Click here for more information: http://sbpleaders.org/SitePages/Home.aspx
Online SKY Campus Happiness Retreat
Sign up for a 3-day virtual retreat which trains participants in the evidence-based SKY meditation practice, breathwork practices, social connection, emotional intelligence, and mindful leadership. SKY has been shown to significantly reduce anxiety and depression, lower stress markers, and increase wellbeing, focus and optimism.
The program is available to all UCI students, staff, and faculty members. The scholarship is available through funds raised by the club. There are limited spots for the program and availability is first-come, first-serve. Attendance is mandatory for all the 3 days.
Apply and learn more here: http://tiny.cc/applyskyuci
Upcoming Fulbright US Student Program Information Sessions
The prestigious Fulbright US Student Program allows for fully funded, individually designed study/research or English Teach Assistantships in over 140 countries during one academic year. UCI has had many successful graduate students win a coveted Fulbright, and we want you to know about the programs and resources at the Graduate Division so you can make the most competitive application possible.
In addition to the timeline below, the Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Resource Center will be holding the following workshops:
Fulbright: Personal Statement Tips and Peer Editing Workshop
July 22, 2021
Fulbright: Statement of Grant Purpose Tips and Peer Editing Workshop
August 5, 2021
11 AM -12 PM
Important Note for Applicants
All UCI Fulbright applicants MUST submit this Fulbright Interest form before July 31st, to be considered for an institutional endorsement. If you are interested in applying, please fill out this form as soon as possible. If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact the UCI Graduate School Fulbright Program Advisor, Kayleigh Anderson-Natale (email@example.com). Additionally, all UCI applicants must adhere to the following internal deadlines (below).
Upcoming Alum Webinars
Our Graduate Alums Talk Summer Webinar Series is in full swing and these virtual webinars are open and free for all graduate students and postdocs. This summer we welcome back three incredible UCI graduate alums to share their graduate journeys and give career advice.
July Talk Track: Lessons Learned
Featuring Lamar Blackwell, PhD, ‘11
Principal Scientist - Scientific Engagement at Johnson & Johnson
Thursday, July 22, 2021 | Noon – 1:00 pm PT
Register Now: https://uci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pBgqfiAgTQ2xMe_rzYK8Xw
Time and experience are both great teachers. The understanding one gains can often be distilled into important lessons and can help navigate the greater challenges that inevitably lie ahead. In his Talk, Dr. Lamar Blackwell will share his journey post UCI and the lessons he learned along the way through a variety of experiences that ultimately helped him understand that we are never really lost, rather if we look back we realize that we have, after all, navigated through uncertainty before. He will share how he learned to use his experiences throughout his professional and personal journey – and the many opportunities and challenges he has faced along to the way – to get to where he is today.
August Talk Track: Lessons Learned
Featuring Renee Reid, MHCID, ‘19
Manager, UX Design Research at LinkedIn
Thursday, August 19, 2021 | Noon – 1:00 pm PT
Register Now: https://uci.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eXdsOUR1Tge0Qt_fMW1QBA
Owning Your Journey: A dynamic presentation by Renee Reid about the importance of embracing the zig-zags of a career and academic journey, while leveraging what makes you unique in order to be a culture add and not a culture fit.
Graduate Student Career Development Series
UCI’s Division of Career Pathways is holding a 5-week summer career series to jump-start your career search! Attend 1 or all, these workshops are designed specifically for graduate students and will help get you on the right track before the fall rush.
WRITING A CV
Thursday, July 15th at 12:00 PM via Zoom
This webinar will explain the purpose, format, and content of the Curriculum Vitae (CV). Learn how to create, update, organize and critique your academic CV.
CONVERTING YOUR CV INTO A RESUME
Thursday, July 22nd at 12:00 PM via Zoom
LINK: https://uci.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYrcOqhrDgtGNz3ebRK8unR0GkC80pDKQ90 Looking to apply to internships or non-academic jobs? Come learn how to convert your academic CV into a resume! You will learn the differences between a CV and a resume, when to use which, and how to communicate your skills to a broader job market.
MAXIMIZING YOUR LINKEDIN
Thursday, July 29th at 12:00 PM via Zoom
LINK: https://uci.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYuc-ytpzsjGdPRNJR74Qd3WaLNWADH6xVY You’ve created a LinkedIn profile, now what? Join us as we discuss how to complete your profile and take advantage of the resources and tools available to assist you in your job search.
Thursday, August 5th at 12:00 PM
Feeling nervous about virtual interviews? Come learn key strategies for acing your next virtual interview and rise above the competition.
Thursday, August 12th at 12:00 PM via Zoom
Salary negotiation can be intimidating, but it is one of the most important conversations to have at the beginning of your career. Learn preparation tactics, practical behavioral strategies and receive additional resources to help you prepare and feel more confident.
Students Enrolling in Duo
As many of you have probably seen, DUO is becoming mandatory for students beginning October 18, 2021. DUO is a multi-factor authentication tool that adds an extra layer of account security. Passwords are becoming increasingly easy to compromise. They can be stolen, “phished”, guessed, and hacked. Duo makes stolen passwords useless. Even if someone has stolen your username and password, they would need your mobile device to access your account. To sign up for DUO visit: https://duo.oit.uci.edu/
Upcoming Office Hours
Monday July 19: 8:30AM with Dean Hayes - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Friday July 23: 10:00AM with Dean Hayes - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Monday July 26: 10:00AM with Dean Hayes - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
Friday July 30: Noon with Dean Hayes - https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057
To close out this message, I’d like to focus on The “Burden” of Diversity as I referenced above. Some of the most important projects to build a climate of inclusion on our campus are taken by graduate students, who plan events, support each other through various groups, and promote conversation about a supportive environment for all. During one Zoom meeting last academic year, I heard a graduate student express frustration about having to take on the “burden” of diversity, equity, and inclusion. My hasty response was that if participation in programs such as DECADE or school-based organizations was taking up too much time, then it would be best to bring the focus back to the requirements of your graduate program.
My view is informed in part by our three main types of commitments: research, teaching, and service. All of us face requirements in the first and second area (classes and research projects), but “service” is a nebulous category that does not come with specific requirements. The expectation is that we will all do service to help the university function. For most of you, participation in diversity initiatives or discussions will be part of your service – unless you are doing research and teaching that focuses specifically on diversity-related topics.
Without specific requirements, it turns out that some people do more service than others. It is no secret that nationally, BIPOC faculty and graduate students often take on significant service on issues of diversity and inclusion. Some of you might have seen the very candid account about this issue by a graduate student: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2018/02/02/costs-minorities-performing-service-work-academe-opinion
At the end of this article there is honest reflection about the challenges of service. The student does not say to avoid service, but rather take on efforts that will “make things better,” but keeping in mind the importance of teaching and research. If your service is becoming a “burden,” then I recommend reconsidering your commitments to bring greater balance to your projects. Attempts to improve conditions for others or at the university should not come at the expense of your own well-being.
Let me share a story that illustrates the point. Some years ago, when I was an assistant professor at another university, I was asked to be on a committee to come up with recommendations on how to make my school more inclusive to people of different backgrounds. I had tons of work already, but I agreed to do this service because I wanted to bring my perspectives to the conversation. Our committee did its work, and some weeks later we prepared to present our report to a council of chairs from various departments. I arrived on time, but to my surprise, the two full-time professors and the staff person on the committee were not there. That meant I alone ended up representing the group while the chairs had a field day attacking the recommendations.
Their sarcasm and hostility were focused on me as the available target. We can say a lot about the power imbalance in that process or why an untenured LatinX professor had to listen to a lot of anger from the white room. But in terms of my own commitments, I learned that I had taken on a lot more “service” than was appropriate for someone in my position. In this situation, the committee’s recommendations were not substantial and thus not worth the cost to my mental state. That was the day that I learned our contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion are important, but that does not mean taking on so much that service becomes overwhelming.
I enjoyed Zooming with some of you the last few months. Please stop by my office hours and say hello – or make an appointment to discuss any concerns you have.
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion