Who are we?
We are a new committee, formed in Fall 2008, with a goal of connecting to graduate students through a lecture series and engaging graduate students to the larger community through an educational outreach program.
How do we do it?
The Educational Outreach Committee has two functions, both directly related to promoting graduate student excellence through fostering connections between graduate students across disciplines, throughout the university, and within the larger surrounding communities.
Graduate Enrichment Series
Throughout the academic year, the committee organizes a series of lectures and workshops for graduate students, including events coordinated in collaboration with other university offices such as the Graduate College. Since the committee’s inception, we have organized several workshops in collaboration with the Graduate College’s Professional Development Series, for example a Q&A session on Writing Productivity, a lecture on Work-Life Balance and on the Electronic Thesis submission process. In addition, we organized a workshop on the Internal Review Board approval process for students in the humanities and collaborated in organizing a Teach-In on Sustainability. Present work includes organizing lectures on post-graduate training and employment. We plan to establish these lectures as annual events and enlarge our portfolio of topics of potential interest for graduate students.
In response to graduate student interest in establishing meaningful relationships with community partners, our committee is in the process of developing an active and sustainable community outreach program. The primary goals of this program are: to raise awareness of disciplines (particularly misunderstood and underrepresented disciplines or specialties within disciplines); to improve student’s awareness of services within the university that can facilitate their educational progress; to make graduate students available as a community resource through the offering of skill-based workshops and general information sessions for students of various ages and diverse backgrounds interested in pursuing higher education. This program also enables graduate students to connect their work to a broader public, providing valuable opportunities to practice presenting their work and representing the unique value of their fields.