A Message from Core Programs:
As Core Programs (the Office of Student Affairs for the Graduate School) to the UW community, we support graduate student success. We strive to do this in many ways, including being a central resource hub for tri-campus resources and events, offering a range of programming, and consulting with graduate students, program advisors and faculty. Our primary mission is helping students make the most of their graduate experience. There are a few foundational approaches we use:
Holistic messaging: Every other Thursday, we send out an e-newsletter that reaches over 14,000 people—the majority of whom are grad students in our tri-campus network. Our newsletters are based on a theme and features tips that encourage grad students to thrive on intellectual, professional, and interpersonal levels.
Professional development: We offer professional development events for grad students--often in collaboration with university partners. Whether you’re interested in careers within or outside of academia or opportunities to present your research to a public audience, we have something for you. Tips from many of these events are shared out in our newsletter and remain available through our online blogspot so you can find insights when you need it, even if you missed the event.
Support for underserved grad students: The UW is a big place, and there are many resource people and units. As a central group, we do work to support the needs of students that may not yet be addressed through other offerings. Our recent initiatives aim to meet the specific needs of First-Generation and International grad students—with past topics including community building, imposter syndrome, communication skills, failing forward with resilience.
The student affairs work we do at Core Programs is indebted to the invaluable feedback we receive from our graduate student advisory board, meetings with tri-campus Graduate Program Advisors, and from collaborations with multiple university partners. We are grateful to be doing the work that we do—and we have fun all the while! If you have an idea for a newsletter theme or event or would like to share insights from your grad student experience with us, feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the Best,
Kelly, Jaye, and Ziyan
Core Programs Team