UW Graduate School

Programming and Events

While GO-MAP events and programming are geared toward graduate students of color, they are open to all UW graduate students, faculty and staff, especially those interested in supporting and increasing a racially diverse graduate student population.

Current UW graduate students who self-identified as a racial or ethnic minority on their UW application will receive weekly GO-MAP emails. New graduate students of color should receive their first GO-MAP email in mid-September. If you are not on the listserv and would like to be added, please email gomap@uw.edu.

GO-MAP Summer Social

New and continuing graduate students are invited to our Summer Social at Optimism Brewing Company! This is a casual and fun opportunity to meet new friends and collaborators, strengthen community and share a beautiful Seattle summer day!

Getting Connected—New Student Orientation and Reception

Through engagement with our expert panels of faculty and graduate students of color, incoming graduate students can learn tips and tricks for succeeding in their first year at the New Student Orientation, 4:30–7 p.m on Friday, October 12th.

The Reception runs 7–10 p.m. It is our most well-attended event of the year and all new and continuing graduate students of color interested in fostering a more diverse campus are welcome to come together, break bread, mingle and dance!

GO-MAP Power Hours

GO-MAP Power Hours are designed with introspective and professional growth in mind. Master’s and doctoral students of color have an opportunity to be a part of 1.5 hour interactive discussions surrounding topics that are unique to their academic and professional journeys. Featured UW faculty and community leaders in support of graduate student success lead these discussions with the goal of creating a supportive community. Graduate students of color gather to discuss commonly identified challenges and concerns, share victories and triumphs, and brainstorm creative strategies. Topics range from leadership development, self-care, overcoming the imposter syndrome, countering microaggressions, and negotiating salary. As one student emphasized, graduate school can be a “lonely journey” and taking some time to connect and talk with others is restoring and rejuvenating. At Power Hour, “my soul was fed,” she adds. Access more info here >

Autumn

 Winter

  • Power Dynamics in the Academy
    TBA
  • Battling Burnout with Better Self-Care 
    TBA
  • How to Prepare for an Academic Career
     TBA

 Spring

  • Finance 501 – Equity, Wealth & Shoestring Budgets
    TBA
  • Navigating Anti-Blackness in Communities of Color
    TBA
  • Navigating Homophobia in Communities of Color
    TBA

UW Graduate School Community Socials

For graduate students of color looking to build community in a safe space, GO-MAP has launched various Community Socials to deepen engagement with fellow graduate students, help build support networks, and unite affinity groups at the graduate level. Graduate students of color are invited to join us in meeting and connecting with others that identify with their racial/ethnic background(s).

Prospective Student Days

Admitted prospective graduate students of color are invited to join GO-MAP for Prospective Student Days. PSDs provide opportunities to learn about the network of support across campus for minoritized graduate students. PSDs include:

  • Student-led discussions on being a graduate student of color at UW
  • Information on campus resources including graduate student housing, financial aid, fellowships and other student services
  • Opportunities to meet and network with prospective and current graduate students, faculty and staff

Please save the date: April 4 & 5, 2019!

Spring Reception

As part of PSDs, current graduate students of color, faculty and staff are invited to reconnect with each other and help GO-MAP welcome admitted prospective students to the University of Washington. Meet some of next year’s incoming class, share your experiences and tips about living in Seattle, and enjoy good food and great company!

Spring Soirée

This lively end-of-the-year event celebrates our students, especially those completing their graduate degrees! We invite all graduate students, faculty and staff to help us acknowledge another year of hard work and achievements through an evening of recognition, community, dinner, music, and a special student speech. Cocktail attire is optional but encouraged. This is the last GO-MAP event of the year to reconnect and say goodbye to those completing their master’s and doctoral degrees. Please save the date: Thursday, May 23, 2019!

Staying Connected

Staying Connected are once a month off-campus social mixers hosted by our Graduate Student Advisory Board (GSAB) meant for grad students of color to put themselves out there and meet new people. If you are interested in meeting new folks, come hangout at this happy hour. This is a no-host gathering. No speakers or nametags “just a good olé” fashioned way to meet POCs!

Autumn

Winter

  • Friday February 1, 2019 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | TBA
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | TBA

Spring

  • Friday April 5, 2019 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | Still Liquor
  • Friday May 3, 2019 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | TBA

Real Talk Tuesdays

GO-MAP and the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) join together to organize Real Talk Tuesdays — a safe space to engage in real talk about issues that impact graduate students of color. Topics rotate every discussion and students are welcome to bring the issues they face as POC graduate students. RTT are hosted in CMU 129, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Autumn

  • Tuesday, October 23
  • Tuesday, November 13
  • Tuesday, November 27
  • Tuesday, December 11

Winter

  • Tuesday, January 8
  • Tuesday, January 22
  • Tuesday, February 12
  • Tuesday, February
  • Tuesday, March 12

 Spring

  • Tuesday, April 9
  • Tuesday, April 23
  • Tuesday, May 14

MLK Day of Service

GO-MAP and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) invite you to observe and celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Graduate students, alumni, faculty and staff are welcome to join in a community service project organized in partnership with United Way of King County. Please save the date: Monday, January 21, 2019!

Mangels Lecture Series

The Mary Ann and John Mangels Endowed Lecture Series brings scholarship and research relevant to current social, cultural and academic issues. The Mangels Lectures feature minoritized scholars and thinkers from a range of disciplines. The lectures are free and open to the public; however, online registration is required to guarantee seats.