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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Third Annual Sal Castro Memorial Conference on the Emerging Historiography of the Chicano Movement Feb. 26 & 27 

Credit: Chicana/o Studies Department

Join us in honoring Sal Castro, an educator and activist who played a pivotal role in the 1968 Los Angeles student walkouts also known as the "Blowouts." He empowered students to protest and demand that the unequal conditions of their schools be changed. 

The Third Annual Sal Castro Memorial Conference highlights the historical importance of the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The keynote address, "On the Past and Present of the Chicano Movement: Some Reflections and Questions," will be delivered by David Montejano, an ethnic studies professor from UC Berkeley. 

When: Friday, Feb. 26, & Saturday, Feb. 27

Time: 8:30 am - 6 pm

Where:UCSB McCune Conference Room, 6020 Humanities and Social Science Building  

Price: Free and open to the public



Tax Workshop for Grad Students

Tax time is upon us! The Funding Peer will be hosting another Financial Literacy workshop for tax resources for grad students. This workshop will cover public and UCSB resources, student tax credits and deductions, and other basic tax information. Please RSVP soon, as space will be limited. Snacks will be provided! Tax Day- April 15Credit:

When: Mar. 1 at 1 p.m.

Where: SRB 2154

RSVP to Steph Griffin to reserve your spot.


Sign Up for Feb. 25 Dissertation and Thesis Filing Workshop

Whether you are just beginning to write your dissertation/thesis and wondering about formatting, or you are close to filing and need to know about policies such as copyrighting and embargoing, the Graduate Division has you covered. Rickie Smith, Graduate Division's Director of Academic Services, will offer an expanded and redesigned workshop on formatting and filing your dissertation/thesis on Thursday, Feb. 25, from 9-11 a.m. in the Student Resource Building Multipurpose Room.

The workshop will consist of three parts:

  1. Formatting Pre-Checks (9-9:30 a.m.). Graduate Division Academic Advisors will be available to do pre-checks and to answer your filing questions one-on-one. To take advantage of this portion of the workshop, bring a printed copy of your dissertation/thesis preliminary pages (e.g., title page, signature page, abstract) as well as a few pages of the body.
  2. The Filing Process (9:30-10 a.m.). This portion of the workshop will cover the ins and outs of the electronic filing process including deadlines, leaves of absence, embargos, copyrights, and document distribution. Rickie will also familiarize participants with additional online resources and tutorials.
  3. Formatting Information and Q&A (10-11 a.m.). This part of the workshop will explain the formatting requirements for filing your dissertation/thesis and how to use the online templates. Rickie will also answer questions and troubleshoot formatting issues that participants are experiencing.

If you plan to attend one or several parts of the workshop, please RSVP by filling out this form.

Did you know? The Graduate Division also offers information and advising on dissertation/thesis filing both online and on a walk-in basis at their office in Cheadle Hall.

Check out these online resources:

You may also contact Rickie Smith to set up an advising appointment.


Eco Nerd Night at Gio's

Join UCSB Sustainability's Eco Nerd Night at Gio's as they present: Did the UN Climate Summit in Paris [COP21] change anything? The first round of pizza will be on them!

In December 2015, nearly 200 nations from around the world gathered in Paris to answer one of the biggest questions our world is asking today: “What are we going to do about climate change?” John Foran, professor of Sociology, Mariah Brennan Clegg, incoming graduate student in Sociology, and other members of the Santa Barbara-based Climate Justice Project traveled to Paris and walked the same grounds as our world leaders did during those two weeks. Come to find out what they heard, what went down, and what it means for the rest of the world. UCSB Sustainability

Where: Gio's in IV

When: Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. 

Food Situation: Free first round of pizza!

RSVP on Facebook. There will be a Q&A session so feel free to come prepared to share ideas and ask questions!


Bren Ph.D. Student Symposium


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Bren Ph.D. Student Symposium is held annually to highlight the diverse and cutting-edge research being conducted by Ph.D. students at the Bren School. Ph.D. students will present posters, short talks, and long talks on their work. The event is open to everyone in our UCSB and Santa Barbara community. Research topics at this year's symposium range from climate change, to fisheries, to life cycle assessment. This year's list of presenters can be found on the event's web page.

Bren Ph.D. Student Symposium

Feb. 19, Noon-4 p.m.

Bren 1414

Reception and poster session to follow in Michael J. Connell Memorial Courtyard.


Loans & Loan Management Workshop Feb. 10

Concerned about financing next year’s tuition? Unsure about loan repayment plans and options after you’ve graduated? Loans may be intimidating, but they don’t have to be. For many people, they’re a necessary component of higher education. Sign up now for the Loans & Loan Management Workshop, where we’ll navigate different types of public (federal) loans, private loans, and which repayment options work best for certain situations. In addition to free knowledge, you’ll also enjoy free snacks!
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Loans & Loan Management Workshop

When: Feb. 10, 1-2 p.m.

Where: SRB 2154

RSVP to Funding Peer Steph Griffin.


Free Talk by Adam Grant: How Non-Conformists Move the World

Adam GrantAdam GrantUCSB Arts & Lectures presents Adam Grant, influential thinker on business and management, discussing his new book, "Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World."

Thursday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Campbell Hall


Grant is an influential educator and top-rated professor at University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. As a writer and speaker on business and management issues, he has captured the attention of groundbreaking thought leaders such as Malcolm Gladwell and Sheryl Sandberg. His previous book, "Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success," was celebrated by top business leaders such as Oprah and Arianna Huffington.


Register Now for the 12th Annual EEMB Graduate Student Symposium

The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology announces its 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium. Grad students from EEMB will present their research in an interdisciplinary, supportive environment. Lunch and coffee will be provided during the day, with a reception and banquet to follow. The banquet is optional, and tickets are $10. All departments are invited to attend.EEMB GSAC

When: Feb. 6 (time TBD)

Where: Marine Science Building Auditorium

Cost: Attending the research symposium and lunch are free; the optional dinner banquet is $10.

RSVP: Feb. 1 online 


Race Matters: 'Brown Skins, White Avatars,' Racebending and Straightwashing in Digital Games Jan. 26th 

Edmond Chang

Come to the Multicultural Center for the first Race Matters event, "Brown Skins, White Avatars: Racebending and Straightwashing in Digital Games," at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the MCC Lounge. 

In this free lecture, Edmond Chang will speak to the ways digital games perpetuate stereotypical and normative ideas about race, gender, and sexuality. 

Edmond Chang is a visiting assistant professor in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and his dissertation is titled "Technoqueer: Re/con.figuring Posthuman Narratives."

Event Details

When: Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m.

Where: MCC Lounge 

Tickets: Free


Workshop: Crafting a Compelling CV for Academic Positions

Credit: The Italian VoiceAs part of its ongoing professional development programming, the Graduate Division will host a workshop on crafting a compelling CV for academic positions:

Thursday, January 28

1-2:30 p.m.

Student Resource Building, Room 2154

Professional Development Program Coordinator Shawn Warner-Garcia will give an overview of the basic mechanics and content in a CV for academic and research-focused industry positions, including samples and common scenarios. There will also be time for CV swapping and feedback, so if you are interested in this, please bring at least two copies of your most recent CV (even if it's just in draft form).

This workshop is open to all UCSB graduate students and postdocs, but space is limited. To RSVP for the event, please complete this form. If you have any questions, please email Shawn Warner-Garcia.