Office of Graduate Affairs

Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 1-5

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Our annual celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week will take place April 1-5, 2024 with activities and events happening across campus open to all graduate students.

Monday-Friday, April 1-5

Connecting Over Cups: The Beauty of Coffee and Tea Bringing People Together
8:30am -2:30pm
Graduate Student Center Kutz 128

Tea and coffee are a form of social currency that provide an avenue for catching up with an old friend, or forging new relationships with prospective friends. Stop by and spend some time chatting and take a break at the Graduate Student Center. Donuts, cookies, crackers, and fresh fruit will be served.
Sponsored by The Office of Graduate Affairs

Tax Survey Raffle for grad students
Survey will be available April 1

Complete a survey regarding your experience filling out U.S. tax forms to enter a raffle for a GAS swag, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, and water bottles. Submit your entry by noon on Friday April 5. We will announce the winner by email on Tuesday April 9. Limit 1 per student. We will have 10 winners!
Sponsored by Graduate Student Association and the Office of Graduate Affairs

Monday, April 1, 2024 

Yoga In Skyline Common (Drop In)
Skyline Common 

Be kind to yourself and take a break from your busy life. Start your week by treating yourself to a relaxing yoga class. We will focus on deep breathing, mindfulness and gentle movements. No registration required, just show up! All levels of yoga and meditation experience are welcome.

Sponsored by Athletics and the Office of Graduate Affairs

Tuesday April 2, 2024 

Navigating Difficult Conversations Lunch-and-Learn

Tuesday, April 2, 2025, 12:00-1:30 PM. Lunch is served at 11:45 AM.

 Register by Friday, March 29, 2024.  

Challenging conversations show up in our lives, whether we want them to or not.

  •       What do you do when you need to resolve a disagreement with a family member or friend and you’re afraid of hurting their feelings or damaging the relationship?

  •       How do you tell your lab partner to clean up their workstation (again!) without creating an awkward situation?

  •       And how do you advocate for your opinion or idea with a faculty member or supervisor when you know they see the situation differently?

Handling these conversations successfully is not always easy and for most of us, the skills to do so don’t come naturally. When the stakes are high, emotions are high, and achieving a good outcome can be difficult. Tough conversations can produce strained relationships, blocked creativity, thwarted teamwork, and sleepless nights.

You need skills! This workshop will provide you with the tools you need to build the skills that will lead to not just better conversations, but also improved working relationships, a greater sense of confidence, and an increased proficiency in preparing for and conducting even your most challenging conversations.

This session draws in part from the work done at the Harvard Negotiation Project and on the content of the book, Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Penguin 2000), a New York Times Business Bestseller.
Sponsored by Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Wednesday April 3, 2024 

Weekly Wednesday Continental Breakfast
Graduate Student Lounge Kutz Hall 128

This week members of the Graduate Student Association will be available to answer any questions and talk about the work they are doing to advocate for the graduate student community.  Breakfast starts at 8:30 am and continues until the food is finished. Please stop by for bagels, muffins, coffee, tea, and fresh fruit.
Sponsored by Graduate Student Association and the Office of Graduate Affairs

Painting & Mocktails
11:30 am - 2 pm
World Court, Lemberg Academic Center

For Graduate Student Appreciation week, the Graduate Engagement Group is hosting Painting & Mocktails in the World Court at the International Business School. We will provide you with a mini canvas sized 5x7 and some paint. You can paint and be creative! Bring a friend or come and meet some new ones. Stop by anytime for the duration of the event. 
Sponsored by Graduate Engagement Group and International Business School  

Thursday April 4, 2024 

Mobile Chair massages
Graduate Student Lounge Kutz Hall 130
Start the week out right — treat yourself to a free 15 minute remedial relaxation massage focusing on your neck, shoulders, arms, back in the comfort and convenience of you! Register in advance to secure your 15 minute slot. One massage per student.
Sponsored by The Office of Graduate Affairs

Register Here

Special Coffee With The Dean
Zinner Forum 
Join the special Coffee with the Dean at Heller. We will provide coffee and snacks to grad students at Heller. 
Sponsored by The Heller School

Friday April 5, 2024 

Graduate Student Hot Pot Night
Graduate Student Lounge Kutz 128
Come to the Office of Graduate Affairs (at Kutz Hall) to celebrate our Graduate Student Community and make some delicious Hot Pot with us! Please remember that this is a collaborative event, and we will request you bring something to add to the Hot Pot.
Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Affairs

Register Here

Saturday April 6, 2024

An Evening of Fun and Networking with Bentley University
Starting at 5:00pm

Get ready for the first exciting cross-university event that promises an unforgettable experience. Whether you're looking to expand your network or simply unwind with fellow students, this is the place to be!

  • Moody St, Waltham (restaurant will be announced!)
  • Free food and up to two beverages per student included!
  • Mix and mingle with graduate students from Brandeis and Bentley
  • Great opportunity to connect with peers and professionals alike
  • Mark your calendars and spread the word! See you there!