Weekly Announcements, May 9-15

GSA Announcements:

  1. GSA Yoga
  2. GSA Zumba


  1. Nepantla Conference May 14
  2. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, May 12

Funding & Fellowships:

  1. GAAAP M.E.N.T.O.R. Coordinator Position

Professional Development:

  1. TAC Workshop: Promoting Student Engagement and Participation
  2. Being an Academic Online
  3. Roundtable Discussion: How to Teach Undergraduates to Write Hypotheses & Predictions
  4. Exploring Academic Careers at Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities

GSA Announcements:

1. GSA Yoga

Yoga_Spring Quarter

2. GSA Zumba



1.Nepantla Conference, May 14

Nepantla-Conference-2You are cordially invited to UCDavis’ inaugural Nepantla Conference. Nepantla Conference will center on Healing, Empowerment, and Advocacy for the Xicanx/Latinx LGBTQIA+ community.

This conference aims to provide individuals with the leadership skills to create change in their greater communities and campuses. It is open to students from all California Colleges and Universities. The conference will take place at UC Davis on May 14th, 2016 from 9am to 4pm.

Apply here: http://tinyurl.com/NepantlaConference2016

Leadership manifests differently for different people, as such, we will hold workshops that prioritize the four directions of the Indigenous Medicine Wheel. The Medicine Wheel is a Native American/Indigenous* spiritual concept that acknowledges that we all have different strengths that are essential to healing and empowering ourselves in order to heal and empower our communities. All directions have profound strengths and potential weaknesses, and every person is seen as capable of growing in each direction.

Space is limited so the sooner you respond, the better. First years and First year transfers will be prioritized. However, if you are a fourth or fifth year, you are encouraged to pass on your wisdom to newer folx in the community by putting on a workshop (this guarantees you a place in the conference).

The link to put on a workshop is here: http://tinyurl.com/NepantlaConferenceWorkshop2016

You will receive an e-mail confirming that you have been accepted to NepantlaConference, as an attendant or workshop facilitator, by May 7th, 2016.

For more information, please contact Ruben Gil: ragilherrera@ucdavis.edu

*As Xicanx/Latinx folx that are always in the process of decolonizing our spirit and education, it is essential to acknowledge and respect our roots in Indigeneity.

2. Graduate Writer’s Retreat, May 12

Thursday, May 12, 2016
1:30-4:30pm | Meeting Room E, SCC

All retreats feature a 3-hour drop-in consultation service and provide graduate students with writing assistance in an interactive and collaborative space with the help of a Graduate Writing Fellow.

 Individuals, writing groups, and paired writing partners are all welcome and encouraged to join the retreat space to work together and with the Graduate Writing Fellow. Depending on the needs and interests of the group, the retreat may include some structured writing activities.

Now providing tea and snacks!  Please bring your own mug.

Additional Spring Quarter 2016 Retreat:
·       Thurs., May 26,        10:00am1:00pm, SCC, Meeting Room E

Sponsored by the University Writing Program, GAAAP at the SRRC, and

Funding & Fellowships:

1.GAAAP M.E.N.T.O.R. Coordinator Position

GAAAP is seeking a motivated student (undergrad or graduate student) to fill the M.E.N.T.O.R. Coordinator for the 2016-2017 academic year. Job description found here.

Please distribute widely and direct all inquiries to Alberto Valdivia <aavaldivia@ucdavis.edu>

Contact: Alberto Antonio Valdivia, Graduate Student Director

Professional Development:

1.TAC Workshop: Promoting Student Engagement and Participation

Mark your calendars–the Teaching Assistant Consultants are facilitating two spring workshops held on Wednesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on May 11th and May 18th in Rm 1360 of The Grove. The first workshop will be on student engagement. Please register in advance.

Promoting Student Engagement and Participation
Wednesday, May 11th from 2:00-4:00 pm

Have you ever asked a question in class only to be greeted by silence? Have you ever felt frustrated that students just don’t seem to do the reading? Drawing on research-based methods and participants’ own experiences, we will collaborate to come up with concrete strategies to encourage participation and engagement with the course material. Through active learning strategies, we’ll develop ways to encourage equitable participation from students in both large and small classroom settings. Participants will leave with the tools to plan, facilitate, and promote effective student engagement in the classroom.

2. Being an Academic Online


3. Roundtable Discussion: How to Teach Undergraduates to Write Hypotheses & Predictions


4.Exploring Academic Careers at Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities

For Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars in All Fields
Monday, May 16, 2016
Student Community Center, Room D (see schedule below)

Are you looking to build a teaching career after receiving your graduate degree?

Have you ever wondered what an academic career at a liberal arts institution would be like?

UC Davis will host representatives from a consortium of 24 liberal arts (LA) institutions to share and dialogue about teaching expectations, service, and research at liberal arts colleges and universities.

Institutional members of this consortium, known collectively as LADO (Liberal Arts Diversity Officers)are particularly interested in diversifying faculty membership at their constituent schools by recruiting from degree recipients and postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis.

Diversity graduate students and postdoctoral scholars considering faculty careers are highly encouraged to attend this career building event! Please RSVP for event registration by May 9, 2016.

Event Schedule

9:30-10:00 am             Welcome from UC Davis Dean
An Introduction to Liberal Arts Colleges; Their Mission and Function

Mary James, Professor of Physics and Dean for Institutional Diversity, Reed College

10:00-11:30 am           Supporting Faculty in Teaching and Scholarship at Liberal Arts Colleges
Panel will discuss the ways in which liberal arts colleges support the growth of faculty members as teachers, scholars, researchers, and artists.

11:30-11:45 am           Break

11:45-1:15 pm             Lunch and Breakout Sessions by Discipline
Faculty and administrators from the liberal arts colleges give discipline-specific information on preparing for and executing an academic career at a liberal arts college including expectations for teaching, research, service, start-up packages, and facilities expectations including teaching and research labs. Lunch is provided.

Choose from the following:

·       Disciplines in the Humanities and Arts

·       Disciplines in the Social Sciences and other fields

·       STEM fields

1:15-1:30                      Break

1:30-2:30 pm               Social and Intellectual Life in Liberal Arts Environments
Panel of liberal arts faculty discuss faculty governance, service to the college community, building cohorts of supportive faculty to sustain scholarship, life in college towns, etc.

2:30-2:45                      Break

2:45-3:45 pm               Preparing for and Applying to Academic Positions at Liberal Arts Colleges & Universities
Taking advantage of resources to aid in the transition from student/post-doc to faculty.
Cover letters, CV’s, teaching, research, and diversity statements: How to craft your application to the liberal arts search committee

Please RSVP here for both registration and lunch.

*Representatives visiting UC Davis will be faculty and administrators from Reed College (OR), Providence College (RI) and Wellesley College (MA). They represent a consortium of approximately 24 liberal arts colleges. See this website for more information: https://liberalartsdiversity.org/

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