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Graduate Student Orientation - All Graduate Students

Graduate Student Orientation - September 16, 2019

Sponsored by Graduate Studies, Graduate Student Orientation (GSO) is an intensive social and academic overview for new graduate students, comprised of workshops, panel discussions, and social activities designed to help new students prepare for some of the expected and unexpected side effects of graduate school and become familiar with the various university services available to graduate students.

All incoming graduate students are strongly encouraged to register for orientation and must register for the mandatory sexual violence prevention training. 

Registration for the 2019 Graduate Student Orientation will open in July
To inquire about registration, please email

2018 Agenda

Please note that the events and times listed below are subject to change.

  • 8:30am:  Registration
  • Registration will open at 9:00am at the Mondavi Center.  We will have a light breakfast available, activities to meet & mingle with fellow Graduate Students and a photo booth.
  • 9:30am:  Welcome
  • Welcome from our Dean and Graduate Student Association Chair
  • 9:50am:  Navigating your Graduate Degree
  • Overview
    Congratulations on the start of your graduate degree at UC Davis!  Just like any new adventure in life, graduate school can be exciting, overwhelming, challenging, and sometimes confusing.  As you embark on this new journey, let us help you navigate the ups and downs of academic life as a graduate student.  This session will cover enrollment expectations, academic milestones, key academic policies, mentorship resources, and more!

    Deanna Ljohki, Senior Academic Advisor, Admissions and Academic Services
    Elizabeth Sturdy, Senior Academic Advisor, Admissions and Academic Services

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    Academic Services
    Faculty-Student Mentoring

  • 10:40am:  Graduate Student Financial Support Overview

  • Overview
    Funding graduate school is a significant financial commitment, but the funding experts in Graduate Studies can help make it easier. This workshop will help incoming students navigate the various funding methods at UC Davis. Information about accounting systems, fellowships, academic appointments, and educational loans will be discussed.  

    Steven Albrecht, Director of Graduate Student Financial Support
    Lisa Finnegan, Graduate Financial Support Specialist
    Maria Garcia, External Fellowship Analyst
    Amineh Helalian, External Fellowship Analyst
    ​Ruth Lee, Internal Fellowship Analyst
    Heidi West, Internal Fellowship Analyst

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    Graduate Studies Student Financial Support 

  • 11:25am:  Embracing Diversity, Practicing Inclusive Excellence and Striving for Equity

  • Overview
    This session will introduce the many issues related to diversity, inclusion, and equity for graduate students. We will address common roadblocks that hinder diversity, and roadsigns that point us towards promoting diversity in graduate education.

    Josephine Moreno, Graduate Diversity Officer for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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    Graduate Studies Diversity Website

  • 12:10pm:  Lunch and Resource Fair on the Vanderhoef Quad

  • Grab lunch at a food truck of your choice and meander through the resource fair of campus services, clubs, associations and resources.

  • 1:35pm:  Using GradPathways to Create Your Own Professional Development Roadmap

  • Overview
    As you embark on your new career as a graduate student, you may wonder how you can make the most out of this experience while preparing for your eventual career in academia or beyond. UC Davis has a number of professional development programs and services designed to help you be successful in graduate school and as you transition to your career.  Join us as we explore ways to connect your graduate school experience with your future career goals, make the most of opportunities at UC Davis, and build your career while still in graduate school.  You will also learn how to exercise proven strategies to enhance your marketability for future careers both within academia and beyond.

    Teresa Dillinger, Academic Administrator, Professional Development Programs

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    Graduate Studies Professional Development Website
    Individual Development Plan (IDP)

  • 2:20pm:  Tackling Graduate Student Issues and Conflicts - Panel Discussion

  • Overview
    Learn what to do when an issue or conflict arises and who to turn to.

    Katherine Greenwood, OMBUDS
    ​Bai-Yin Chen, Psychologist
    Tracey Pereida, Academic Personnel
    Jean-Pierre Delplanque, Interim Vice Provost of Graduate Education and Dean of Graduate Studies

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    Student Health and Counseling Services
    Wellness Services
    UC Davis Ombuds Office

  • 3:30pm:  Mandatory Sexual Violence Prevention Training

  • Overview
    UC Davis requires that all new graduate and professional students complete in-person mandatory sexual violence prevention training (SVPT) within the first six weeks of their beginning classes at UC Davis.  Topics covered in the program include definitions of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and consent; social norms which contribute to violence; upstander intervention; confidential campus and community resources; and reporting options.

    If you are unable to attend the mandatory sexual violence prevention training, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to take it another date and time by contacting

    Danésha Nichols, Director of the Harassment and Discrimination Assistance & Prevention Program
    Ivy Griffin, Education & Case Specialist 

    Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Website

  • 5:30pm:  Graduate Student Association Mixer 

  • After a long day of orientation, go and meet fellow graduate students and the Graduate Student Association at the local pub - The Davis Graduate.