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Each year, the Graduate School organizes a number of events for Directors of Graduate School and program contacts. Additional resources to support their work are also available on a Canvas organization.

DGS Orientation

Each fall, new DGSs and program contacts are invited to attend an orientation to assist them in their new roles.

This is also an opportunity to meet new faculty and staff, as well as representatives from the Graduate School.

The 2019 Orientation is Friday, August 23, 8:00-9:45 am in N201A Memorial Union (light breakfast will be served; programming starts at 8:15 am). Click here to register.

DGS Summit

All DGSs and contacts (new and returning) are invited to learn about current issues in graduate education and new resources available to them. The DGS Summit is scheduled near the beginning of the fall semester. The Summit is also a chance to collaborate across units and provide feedback to the Graduate School.

The 2019 Summit is being offered on two dates: Friday, August 23, 10:00 am-Noon; and Friday, September 6, 9:00-11:00 am. Both events will be in N201A Memorial Union. Grad Contacts and DGSs should attend one date. Click here to register.

DGS Network Meetings

DGS network meetings are scheduled throughout the academic year and are a continuation of networking and professional development specifically for DGSs and program contacts beyond the DGS/Graduate Contacts Summit. Some events may be appropriate to invite select graduate faculty to attend with you. If you have ideas or pertinent topics for DGS Network meetings, contact Lissa Behm-Morawitz, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Spring 2021 DGS Network Events: All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Email Lissa at for registration links and more information.

The Graduate Student Experience Survey Data

Thursday, February 18, 11:00 am – Noon

MyVita and Graduate Student Annual Review

Thursday, March 25, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Assessing Climate and the Grad Student Experience in Your Program

Date TBD

Graduate Faculty Mentoring Workshop Series (for all grad faculty)

Date TBD

DGS and Contacts Resource Account

The Graduate School regularly communicates with DGSs and program contacts via email. The Graduate School uses this email communication with DGSs and program contacts to share information critical to graduate students, including deadlines, events, resources, and policy changes. DGSs and contacts should then share necessary information with graduate students in their departments and programs. This allows units to communicate the information directly to their graduate students and limits the number of direct communications that graduate students receive from the Graduate School. Students do receive occasional direct communications from the Graduate School, such as emails about commencement. If you have a message you’d like to share via this Resource Account, then please contact Lissa Behm-Morawitz, Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

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