Academic conferences are an exciting part of sharing scholarly work, but the costs and stresses associated with those professional development opportunities can be prohibitive to graduate students. An array of graduate-oriented conferences and events offer the same benefits, as well as added bonuses such as lower cost, less anxiety, and more opportunities to assume leadership roles.
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In a changing social, technical, and environmental landscape, myriad opportunities exist for those with advanced degrees. Despite the regularity with which speakers and writers set up a false dichotomy between academia and the so-called “real world,” as though universities are imaginary realms, graduate students know that academia and other career pathways are equally real and equally valid -- and that they should be prepared for both.
If it’s spring, it’s time for Grad Slam. The competition is a fantastic opportunity to share your work, as well as to work on the skills needed to succeed in any profession to which you might aspire.
Graduate Center writer Terry Pitt-Brooke converses with campus leaders and experts about the advantages of diversity and inclusiveness. From the Graduate Diversity Programs Director, Donna Treloar, the Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Jesús Treviño, and many others, he learns why the university’s rich array of world views and ways of understanding benefit all the communities with which it intersects.