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Unprecedented: Events and Resources

About "Unprecedented"

“Unprecedented” has become the ubiquitous descriptor of 2020.  COVID-19, racial injustices, wildfires, and other crises have had profound impacts on people’s safety, health, finances, and levels of stress. With Election Day looming, it is likely that this event may cause many to feel additional stress, no matter what the outcome may be.

In the midst of these unprecedented times, Graduate Studies, the Center for Educational Effectiveness, Academic Affairs, and Student Health and Counseling Services have created a series of events and resources to help faculty and instructors teach and support students in a way that accounts for the impact of ongoing and emerging crises.

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Workshops for Graduate Students

Everything is Not Fine: Supporting Students During Difficult Times
Thursday, October 29, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
 
In this workshop for graduate students, participants will explore how stress may impact students’ learning. We will discuss strategies that can be used to monitor students’ wellbeing and to respond when particular events may cause students to experience additional stress.

Session facilitator: Rachel Stumpf, PhD., CEE Education Specialist.

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And the Winner Is: Supportive Response to the Distressed Undergraduate Student
Monday, November 2, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This workshop is for graduate student TAs or AIs who want to foster skills for responding to their undergraduate students’ stress during the election season. Participants will gain understanding of election stress, recognize their own emotional experience with the election, learn how to respond to students distressed by the election, and develop empowerment to consult and refer students to mental health resources.  

Session facilitator: Bai-Yin Chen, Ph.D., Psychologist and Coordinator of Counseling Services for Graduate Students
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Workshops for Faculty 

And the Winner Is: Supportive Response to the Distressed Graduate Student
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This workshop is for faculty who want to foster skills for responding to their graduate mentees’ stress during the election season. Participants will gain understanding of election stress, develop an effective approach to support students distressed by the election, and learn how to connect students with mental health resources.  

Session facilitator: Bai-Yin Chen, Ph.D., Psychologist and Coordinator of Counseling Services for Graduate Students
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Addressing the Elephant in the (class)Room: The Impact of Crises on Student Learning
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

In this workshop for faculty, participants will explore some of the ways that stress can impact learning and will come away with strategies for addressing events which may cause particular distress to our students.

Session facilitator: Rachel Stumpf, Ph.D., CEE Education Specialist.

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Advising and Mentoring Graduate Students and Scholars Remotely
Thursday, October 29, 2020
12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Academic Affairs Faculty Bag Lunch Series: If you are struggling to keep your research group moving forward during the pandemic, wondering how to help graduate students succeed in a remote research and writing environment, or assessing how to best orient a new Postdoc to UC Davis, we have a session to help with these pieces. Hear from fellow faculty and campus experts on how to successfully adjust your mentoring to remote contexts. Topics for discussion will include helping students re-tool their dissertations, supporting students struggling with mental health issues, and advising students and scholars who are still getting their bearings. Key ideas and resources will be shared to help support your work with graduate students and scholars remotely.
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