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Table of Contents (Updated November 23, 2020)
- Volunteers Wanted: Water UCI Challenge
- UCI's Critical Race Collective
- Dependent & Elder Care Resources from Graduate Division
- UCI Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion - Consultations
- Coronavirus Updates and Resources
- The CIRTL Network: Research, Teaching, and Learning Resources for Graduate Students
- Pedagogically Intensive Teaching Assistant (PITA) Certificate Program for Social Ecology Teaching Assistants
- Division of Career Pathways (DCP) Announcements
- DECADE Community Announcements
- PIVOT - UCI's Funding Database
- 2019-2020 Graduate Student Awards
- UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society: Fall 2020 Research Justice Workshops in Community-based Research for Graduate Students
- Fall 2020: Tranquil Tuesdays with Saradia (EVENT: Tuesdays @ 11AM)
- Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology (WISE) Presents: WISE Wednesdays (EVENT: Wednesdsays @ 5PM)
Awards, Fellowships, Grants, & Other Funding Opportunities
- UCI Blum Center: Small Change, Better World Grant (DEADLINE: 11/25/2020)
- The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy - Research Grants (DEADLINE: 12/1/2020)
- Arizona State University Law and Science Dissertation Grant (DEADLINE: 4/30/2021)
- Doctoral, Postdoctoral, and Faculty Fellowships at the American Bar Foundation
Important University Dates 2020-2021
The fee payment deadline for Fall 2020 is SEPTEMBER 15TH. The deadline to pay your fees to avoid loss of student status is October 23rd.
*If you are a doctoral student supported by a fellowship, or employed as a GSR or Teaching Assistant, please enroll in courses prior to the fee payment deadline to ensure your tuition and fees are processed.*
Volunteers Wanted: Water UCI Challenge
UCI's Critical Race Collective
Dependent & Elder Care Resources from Graduate Division
You should have gotten an email from central HR on Thursday about new resources for dependent and eldercare. Here is a quick summary of key points:
- UCI has launched families.uci.edu
- UCI partnered with Bright Horizons® to offer a new, high-quality, subsidized Back-Up Care™ Program and Additional Family Supports™ for all UCI faculty/academics, staff, resident physicians, and graduate students.
- Started Nov 1 2020, runs through next year
- You may access up to 10 days of subsidized back-up care.
All faculty/academics, staff, resident physicians, and graduate students also have access to the Bright Horizons Additional Family Supports™ program, which includes:
- Free access to Sittercity’s comprehensive database of self-pay services including nannies and sitters, pet care, housekeeping help, and virtual sitters
- Preferred enrollment for full-time child care at Bright Horizons centers
- Valuable elder care resources through Years Ahead
- Discounts on tutoring, test prep, and enrichment classes
- Tuition discounts at partner centers
- Discounts on a local, high-touch placement service of trained, screened nannies
Contact Employee Experience Center (EEC) for questions:
UCI Center for Student Wellness and Health Promotion - Consultations
Consultations consist of a 30 – 60 minute one-on-one confidential appointment with a health educator. Please call 949-824-9355 to make an appointment.
- Tobacco (i.e. smoking cessation, vapes)
- Other Drugs (i.e. marijuana)
- Sexual Health
- Mental Health Awareness
Coronavirus Updates and Resources
In a rapidly developing environment, the School of Social Ecology is doing our best to support our student communities. Below are links to helpful information and resources regarding COVID-19 - also known as the "Coronavirus."
- UCI's official portal for campus messages, latest news/updates, and services. There is a useful FAQs page as well as information on university operations.
- The LATEST MESSAGES link is particularly helpful.
- School of Social Ecology's general resource page for Coronavirus.
- UCI Health infectious disease experts are assisting with statewide and national efforts to track the outbreak and contain the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus.
- Specific information for our international students and the impact of COVID-19 on travel, online enrolment, document processing, and more.
- UCI's remote teaching support for faculty. Is also a good resource for graduate student Teaching Assistants and Associates. UCI DTEI's Pedagogical Continuity website provides equally beneficial/complimentary information.
The CIRTL Network: Research, Teaching, and Learning Resources for Graduate Students
CIRTL offers a range of online programming to the cross-Network learning community. The majority of [CIRTL's] programming is open to members and non-members alike, though STEM/SBE graduate students and postdocs from member institutions are given priority when a program is over-capacity. This cross-Network programming comes in addition to what [CIRTL's] member institutions offer locally for their own students. Read more about [CIRTL's] offerings below:
- CIRTLCast series
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
- TAR capstone series
- Journal club
- Summer institutes
- Online learning communities
- Network Exchange Program
Pedagogically Intensive Teaching Assistant (PITA) Certificate Program for Social Ecology Teaching Assistants
The UCI School of Social Ecology, in partnership with the Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI), is offering the Pedagogically Intensive Teaching Assistant (PITA) Certificate Program exclusively for SE TA's in writing and teaching-intensive courses.
1) Attend two DTEI-sponsored workshops (http://dtei.uci.edu/workshops-and-colloquia/)
2) Submit a .5-1 page reflection on each workshop attended (total of two reflections, due at the end of the quarter to firstname.lastname@example.org). The reflection should include what you learned from the workshop and how you can integrate this into your own teaching.
3) Schedule and complete a teaching consultation with DTEI staff (http://dtei.uci.edu/teaching-consultations/)
***Program components must be completed at the end of the quarter in which a student registers.***
a) Receive training and feedback from pedagogical experts
b) Improve your teaching skills inside and outside of the classroom
c) Receive certificate of completion when all program components are completed
Must be a current graduate student in Social Ecology with a TA appointment in a course that is writing-intensive ("w" designation), a course in which the TA is expected to lead discussion sections, or a course in which an active learning classroom is used.
To register, please contact Irice Castro, Assistant Director of Graduate Affairs: email@example.com
UCI Newkirk Center for Science & Society: Fall 2020 Research Justice Workshops in Community-based Research for Graduate Students
Fall 2020: Tranquil Tuesdays with Saradia (EVENT: Every Tuesday @ 11AM)
Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology (WISE) Presents: WISE Wednesdays (EVENT: Wednesdsays @ 5PM)
The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy - Research Grants (DEADLINE: 12/1/2020)
The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy was established in 1997 by Irving Louis Horowitz and Mary E. Curtis to support the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences.
To help advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications for research. Grants of $7,500 will be awarded to individuals at the dissertation level in support of research projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences. The foundation supports projects with a social policy application on either a global or local level.
To be eligible, applicants must be a current PhD (or DrPH) candidate working on his/her dissertation and have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department. Applicants may be from any country and any university in the world, and U.S. citizenship or residency is not required.
Arizona State University Law and Science Dissertation Grant (DEADLINE: 4/30/2021)
We are pleased to announce that Arizona State University has launched a new Law and Science Dissertation Grant (LSDG) program, funded through the National Science Foundation (SBE #2016661). This competitive program replaces NSF’s successful and longstanding Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) program in Law and Science. The award to ASU will provide funding of up to $20,000 apiece to doctoral students in diverse law-and-science disciplines (e.g., anthropology, criminal justice, economics, forensic science, political science, psychology, sociology) to conduct their dissertation research. The next submission deadline is April 30, 2021.
For more information about the LSDG program, please visit (and share) our website: https://newcollege.asu.edu/law-and-science-diss-grant
Doctoral, Postdoctoral, and Faculty Fellowships at the American Bar Foundation
As one of the world’s leading research institutes for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is committed to fostering the next generation of sociolegal scholars.
The ABF is inviting applications for the following opportunities:
- The ABF/Access Lex Institute Doctoral Fellowship Program in Legal & Higher Education
- The ABF/NSF Doctoral Fellowship Program in Law & Inequality
- ABF/Northwestern University Doctoral Fellowship Program in Law and Social Science
- The ABF/Access Lex Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Legal & Higher Education
- The ABF/NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Law & Inequality
These fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant research. Fellows become immersed in an exciting and diverse intellectual community and gain access to a professional network of innovative scholars. Because the ABF’s sole focus is research, there is no teaching component to these fellowships.
In addition to working on their own research, Fellows receive mentoring from a community of leading socio-legal scholars throughout the length of the fellowship. They will participate in a series of weekly in-house seminars to get acquainted with the many facets of sociolegal research and working groups to promote professional development, such writing workshops and mock job talks.
All Fellows will work at the ABF’s office in Chicago on a full-time basis from September 2020 to August 2022 and will receive an annual stipend of $35,000 for the Doctoral and $65,000 for the Postdoctoral fellowship.
The ABF is inviting applications for the following opportunities:
The ABF/JPB Foundation Access to Justice Scholars Program expands empirical access to justice scholarship by encouraging scholars to engage with this bourgeoning research field. The program brings together two cohorts of Faculty Scholars serving overlapping 15-month terms and build the intellectual relationships needed to grow the access to justice field.
Flyers can be downloaded at the links above. Please share this information with members of your academic community.
American Bar Foundation | Website
PIVOT - UCI's Funding Database
Please take a moment to explore UCI OIR's Proquest Pivot funding opportunities database. Proquest's Pivot database is a powerful tool for sorting funding opportunities relevant to you!
Division of Career Pathways (DCP) Announcements
We looking forward to the start of our fall quarter! All of our fall programming will continue to be in virtual formats, including our fall career fairs.
PROGRAMMING & EVENTS
"BIG INTERVIEW": A NEW RESOURCE FOR ACADEMIC INTERVIEWING
In an effort to customize Division of Career Pathways resources for graduate students, DCP is happy to announce a new customized mock interview for graduate students preparing for faculty interviews. This highly customized assignment will help our graduate students improve their interview skills, build confidence, and practice common academic interview questions. This resource is offered through the Division of Career Pathways resource, Big Interview. We encourage students to utilize the “self-review” feature to evaluate their mock interviews and track progress. In addition, students can opt to send their videos to others (peers, faculty, mentors, etc.) for additional feedback.
(Click link in text above for the Assignment Code)
VIRTUAL DROP-IN ADVISING HOURS
Wednesdays, 1pm to 3pm, via Zoom. Make an appointment on Handshake (uci.joinhandshake.com)
ONLINE RESOURCES TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH CAREER SUPPORT:
Comprehensive online career services platform in which students can search for and apply to jobs and internships, register for DCP events, schedule career counseling appointments, and much more.
Offered through both Zoom (video and chat) and phone - Student can sign up through Handshake.
Offered through VMock, this online system enables students to upload a PDF version of their resume and receive feedback in real time 24 hours a day (Note – it does not review CVs, students should schedule career counseling appointments for CV reviews).
All of our normally scheduled workshops, including those reserved for graduate students only, are now offered through Zoom. Please see attached promotional flyer.
Students can land opportunities to build valuable work experience through micro-internships (short-term, paid, project-based assignments that are similar to those given to interns).
GRADUATE-SPECIFIC ONLINE RESOURCES:
Online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars (open access)
Offers first-hand advice about nonacademic careers for STEM PhDs (currently open to those with a UCI email address)
RESOURCES FOR STAFF & FACULTY:
We are offering all of our normally available workshops through Zoom for your classes, programs, and student groups. We welcome you to submit a request and we will coordinate with you.
Use this link to access simple and effective career-related assignments for you to incorporate into your courses or programs to improve your students’ career readiness.
Learn how to easily incorporate career readiness competencies in your course syllabi and student job descriptions and see examples of other syllabi.
An overview of the career development process and the many resources and programs available to students.
DECADE Community Announcements
UPCOMING EVENTS & DEADLINES
DECADE MENTOR FEEDBACK
All graduate students are invited to provide positive or constructive feedback about their DECADE Mentor and the DECADE Mentor Program overall. We are interested in knowing what you appreciate about the program and your DECADE mentors as well as what you feel can be improved. All feedback and submissions are anonymous..
Please submit your responses here - https://forms.gle/xknQmUQ9YAXhGrz36
UCLA WORKING GROUP
In response to LAPD’s use of UCLA’s Jackie Robinson Stadium as a staging area for detaining #BlackLivesMatter protestors, a working group of UCLA graduate students and faculty formed to demand the university divest from local police and campus police. In the last month, we have researched past incidents of on-campus police brutality and discrimination and found the history to be shockingly lengthy. In addition, we have looked into the financial ties between our school and LAPD. This work informed a set of demands presented to the UCLA Chancellor with a Juneteenth deadline.
With the goal of making divestment from the police UC- and CSU-wide project, we would like to connect with folx already working on a similar project, or who are willing to begin working toward this goal with us. Elaine, please let me or Angela (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UCI DISMANTLING SYSTEM RACISM WORK GROUP
Members of the UCI community are invited to apply to join a working group and lend their voice, talent, and resolve to become part of the solution. Once group membership is finalized, each group will be tasked to meet and develop an action plan to address a key area of systemic racism on campus. Our team will provide tools, logistical support, and coordination to ensure all groups are able to meet their goals. A plan for how to move forward is also included at the end of the town hall report.
STUDY REGARDING COVID-19 AND STUDENTS' WELL-BEING
UCI Professor Mahtab Jafari is conducting a study on how COVID-19 is affecting students’ overall well-being. Students 18 years of age and older are invited to participate in the survey. Questions about this research should be addressed to Professor Mahtab Jafari by emailing her at email@example.com. The survey will take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
GRADUATE STUDENT-PARENT ADVISORY MEETING
Associated Graduate Students (AGS) is partnering with the Graduate Association of Student Parents (GrASP) to develop a new Parenting Advisory Board. Members of the Parenting Advisory Board would coordinate with the AGS to advance initiatives designed to improve the student-parenting experience.
If you are interested in joining the Parenting Advisory Group, or would like more information, please contact Yenda Prado, AGS Family Engagement Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS IN HOUSING - INTERIM POLICY
UCI has published its Emotional Support Animals in Housing Policy. The Policy can be found at: http://www.policies.uci.edu/policies/pols/501-05.php and:
- Explains the specific requirements that apply to an individual's use of an Emotional Support Animal in UCI Housing;
- Applies solely to Emotional Support Animals that may be necessary in UCI Housing;
- Stipulates that the approval to have an Emotional Support Animal in UCI Housing does not extend to other UCI locations;
- Includes procedures to request an Emotional Support Animal in UCI Housing; and
- Does not apply to Service Animals.
UCI POLICE DEPARTMENT ANONYMOUS COMPLAINT FORM
Members of the UCI community may now submit anonymous complaints and feedback regarding the UCI Police Department. To submit an entry, please visit- https://tinyurl.com/ycqvg84v and feel free to share this link widely.
END RACISM UCI WEBPAGE
Includes links to many books, videos, and educational resources in addition to meeting notes, slides and event reports - https://cnlm.uci.edu/endracism
DEAN'S VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS
You don’t have to have a question to stop by office hours, you can just come to chat. We had a couple of students stop by who just wanted to chat, and we got to learn about their research, and they got to learn about the career paths of two Grad Division staff. We also brainstormed some great ideas for supporting our students more broadly that we hope to roll out in the next few weeks. We thank them for their ideas!
All you need to do is click this link to join the virtual office hours and you’ll be in: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057. Our office hours for this week are TBD.
HEALTH & WELLNESS PODCAST FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
The goal of this podcast is to introduce and discuss health related topics to promote well-being among graduate students and postdoc fellows in an effort to raise awareness of health services and encourage daily integration of health and wellness.
For more information visit - https://gps.bio.uci.edu/health-wellness-podcast/
Check out our full health and wellness podcast playlist here - https://soundcloud.com/gpsstemradio/sets/health-and-wellness-podcast
WELLNESS RESOURCES DURING COVID-19
The Counseling Center developed a new web-page up on called Wellness Resources During COVID-19. It includes various materials and information from stress management to social connection that can help students during this challenging time. For more information, visit - https://counseling.uci.edu/resources/Wellness-Resources-during-COVID-19.html
COUNSELING CENTER PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES
The UCI counseling center is still open remotely and offering telebehavioral health services via secure videoconference or phone to students. Drop in groups and workshops are also available.
Drop-in groups are great if a student wants to interact with other students who have similar experiences while pursuing personal growth. Meanwhile, Workshops are for students who wants to learn about certain topics related to mental health and well-being. Students can directly join both Drop-in groups and Workshops without prior screening or contacting the Counseling Center.
GRADUATE DIVISION PROGRAMS & EVENTS CALENDAR WEBPAGE
This Programs & Events Calendar will serve as a central location for all of our upcoming professional development workshops and events for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars. It will include programs organized by Graduate Division, as well as programs hosted by our campus partners such as GPS-STEM and Division of Career Pathways.
DECADE FACULTY MENTOR LIST (2019-2020)
Not sure who your DECADE Faculty Mentor is? An updated list of DECADE Faculty Mentors for the 2019-2020 academic year is available HERE. DECADE Mentors are friendly (yes, really!) and want to hear from you. Feel free to reach out and set up a date to chat about DECADE and find out how you can expand you involvement.
FREE SPEECH RESOURCES
UC Irvine actively creates opportunities that promote fruitful and respectful discussions on campus. DECADE and the Graduate Division are only two of several offices on campus that contribute to this effort. Students are encouraged to visit the following websites for more information and resources regarding Free Speech: http://freespeech.uci.edu/ & http://inclusion.uci.edu/
Torie Weiston-Serdan is a scholar and practitioner with over eleven years of teaching and youth programming experience. She received her Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University and has dedicated her life and career to teaching and mentoring young people in her community. She does extensive work with community-based organizations in support of their youth advocacy efforts, specializing in training mentors to work with diverse youth populations; i.e. Black, Latinx, LGBTQQ, First Generation College Students and Low-Income Youth. For more information about Dr. Weiston-Serdan and her work, please visit - https://www.torieweiston.com/
Links to her TedTalk and book are below,
UCI Blum Center: Small Change, Better World Grant (DEADLINE: 11/25/2020)
Millennials and post-millennials want to be involved in service and philanthropy, but there aren’t many mechanisms designed to support young people—even though they have an abundance of skills, energy and passion.
Small Change, Better World provides seed grants for one-time, limited scope projects that address a specific need. Funded projects must require less than $3,000 and be achievable within a short period of time, such as a quarter or semester.