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Wednesday, September 26, 2018Student Community Center
Ecological and Physiological Impacts of Salinization of Aquatic Systems

This symposium will bring together leading environmental physiologists, evolutionary biologists, and ecosystem modelers interested in the capacity for delta/estuarine organisms to cope with salinity; the meeting will provide an opportunity to interface with researchers and managers focused on the Bay-Delta region from Sacramento to San Francisco.

Please register to attend by September 21, 2018.

Registration and agenda here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 12 – 2pmStudent Community Center
Student Recruitment and Retention Center Annual Open House

Let's hang out and get to know each other! The Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) is so excited to meet you this year! We are a group of student leaders supporting you all in your educational journeys. Come meet us, take a tour, and learn more about the services we have to offer! This event is free, and open to all incoming and returning undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 12 – 2pmStudent Community Center
LGBTQIA+ Welcome @ the SCC Open House

Come and connect with the LGBTQIA+ community on campus. Make new friends, meet the center staff, connect with scholar/student organizations and the faculty/staff group and enjoy free food and music!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 12 – 3pmStudent Community Center
Pal Program's Welcome Social

Socialize with Pals new and old at the Fall Welcome Social on 10/3/18. Lunch, drinks, and dessert will be served and we'll play "icebreaker" and intercultural games (with prizes!). Never been a Pal? Drop by to learn more about the program. Are you a Pal pro? Reunite with old friends and share with new ones so we can get more people involved this year!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 12 – 1pmStudent Community Center
Career Exploration Using Mindfulness

Mindfulness can help you build resilience and maintain balance in all aspects of your life, including your career exploration. Being mindfully aware of your career goals can reduce stress and allow beneficial growth both at work and in your personal life. This workshop will incorporate a series of exercises including self-reflection and visualization as you intentionally focus on what you want in your career. You will practice some simple mudras (symbolic hand gestures that guide energy flow), breathing exercises, and a short gentle chair yoga session, to promote presence and bring a sense of calm to your career exploration and beyond. No registration required, just show up!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | 5 – 6pmStudent Community Center
Book Project: Tibetan Meditation Workshop

Campus Community Book Project

Geshe Tenzing Thinley, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, will facilitate a  workshop on "How to Meditate in Modern Time." Meditation isn't about only focusing on your breath. This workshop will introduce you to and guide you on mind training by using reason and analysis. Open to the public.

The 2018-2019 book project features a year-long program around The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams. For a complete listing of events, visit

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 10 – 11amStudent Community Center
Financial Aid for Study Abroad Workshop

Are you interested in study abroad but are afraid you can’t afford it? Come to our Financial Aid for Study Abroad workshop and learn how financial aid works for students planning to go abroad in one of our programs. We will show you where to find all of our program budgets and how they are structured so you can determine what is included in the program fees. We will also share online tools to help you budget and talk about scholarships available for study abroad. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 11am – 12pmStudent Community Center
International Scholarships to Study Abroad

Scott Palmer is the Prestigious Scholarship Advisor for UC Davis who guides students through each step in the process of applying for prestigious scholarships.  Scott will be presenting on Prestigious Scholarships that cover funding for experiences abroad. Come learn about the Boren, Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and Gilman Scholarships.

Thursday, October 4, 2018 | 12 – 1pmStudent Community Center
Interning Abroad: From Start to Depart

Review program types and options; identify your next planning steps and timeline; review funding options; share resources; address your questions and concerns. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 2:10 – 4pmStudent Community Center

A lesson plan can be a ‘road map’ to successful student learning. However, knowing where to start depends on knowing where you want your students to end up! In this workshop, participants will learn how to formulate realistic and practical learning outcomes for their students, and then plan lessons accordingly. Effective lesson planning allows you, the instructor, to focus your efforts in creating learning opportunities for all your students. It also increases the your students’ chances to learn what you want them to, effectively. Pre-registration required

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 2:10 – 4pmStudent Community Center

Have you ever wondered if your students were really ‘getting it,’ or been shocked with low exam grades when you thought all was well? This workshop offers practical techniques to assess your students’ learning, throughout each class and quarter. Research shows that low-stakes ‘formative assessments’ like online quizzes, reflective activities and the use of ‘clickers’ enhance students’ performance on final exams and papers, so this workshop will equip you with the tools to effectively gauge your students’ learning, and provide effective constructive feedback. Pre-registration required.

Friday, October 19, 2018 | 12 – 1pmStudent Community Center
Breastfeeding Support Group

Meet other moms, encourage and learn from one another, and get help resolving breastfeeding difficulties. Babies, partners, and community members are welcome to attend. The support group meets from noon to 1 p.m. the third Friday of the month, Meeting Room B, Student  Community Center. Facilitated by Shirley German, IBCLC, RLC-- a board-certified location consultant. No RSVPs necessary. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 | 2:10 – 4pmStudent Community Center

Keeping students engaged has massive benefits. Research shows that ‘active learning’ in the classroom increases students’ learning, college retention, and overall performance. Active learning is also particularly beneficial for underrepresented students. This interactive workshop focuses on active learning strategies where participants will practice designing activities they can implement in their classrooms right away. Build your repertoire of teaching skills, and take the guesswork out of getting your students involved in their own learning. Preregistration required.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 12 – 1pmStudent Community Center

What do you say when a student states that transgender people don’t exist? Or when a student complains your syllabus silences diverse political viewpoints? How do you respond when a student reports their group project member is sexually harassing them?

This workshop is designed for faculty and graduate instructors who are interested in establishing and maintaining class norms for productive dialogue and engagement. It is designed using data collected from a national survey conducted in spring 2018 from faculty across the US about speech controversies in their classrooms. We will discuss scenarios through the lenses of First Amendment law and inclusive educational theories in order to identify strategies to promote student engagement, safety, and belonging in your classes.

This session will be facilitated by Elizabeth J. Meyer is the Associate Dean of Students at the University of Colorado Boulder and an Associate Professor in Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice. She currently holds a fellowship with the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement.
Preregistration required.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 | 2:10 – 4pmStudent Community Center

UC Davis’ increasingly diverse student population has accordingly diverse needs. Diverse groups have more robust problem-solving capabilities, and classrooms that foster success broadly and inclusively ultimately improve learning for all students, and benefit instructors as well. This workshop will allow you to reflect on how a person’s circumstances, background and opportunities can influence their learning experience in a university setting. The workshop will also present practical strategies to help you create a more inclusive and effective classroom. Preregistration required

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 2:10 – 4pmStudent Community Center

Many instructors seek to offer opportunities for hands-on, ‘minds-on,’  experiential learning to their students. Labs, studio sessions, and other hands-on work can offer irreplaceable opportunities for experiential learning that integrates theory and practice, allowing students to participate in building new knowledge and problem solving. Research shows that experiential learning leads to greater student investment in their own learning, and results in deeper understanding of course concepts.  This workshop will focus on how to effectively prepare for and facilitate learning experiences that make the course material ‘come alive’ for students. Preregistration required

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 | 4:10 – 5:30pmStudent Community Center
Book Project: Screening of "Bart's Inner Child" from The Simpsons

Campus Community Book Project

Karma Waltonen, Lecturer, University Writing Program, will lead a screening and discussion of "Bart's Inner Child" from The Simpsons.

The 2018-2019 book project features a year-long program around The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams. For a complete listing of events, visit

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 12 – 1pmStudent Community Center
Book Project: Robert Emmons on "The Science and Practice of Gratitude"

Campus Community Book Project

Robert Emmons, Professor, Department of Psychology, will give a talk titled "The Science and Practice of Gratitude: What Have We Learned?" This is event is open to the public.

The 2018-2019 book project features a year-long program around The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams. For a complete listing of events, visit

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 6 – 7pmStudent Community Center
Book Project: "My Experience Living in Exile"

Campus Community Book Project

Geshe Tenzing Thinley, Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy, will give a talk on his personal experience as a Tibetan refugee. This is event is open to the public.

The 2018-2019 book project features a year-long program around The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams. For a complete listing of events, visit

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 2:10 – 4pmStudent Community Center

Difficult conversations can yield the best teaching moments but only if these happen in a supportive and caring space. Students (and instructors) are often compelled by charged, controversial or contentious issues, and addressing these issues creates valuable opportunities to practice complex critical thinking and communication skills. This workshop focuses on the skills needed to create supportive and safe environments, as well as to facilitate any discussion that encourages students’ thoughtful engagement, critical thinking and effective communication. Preregistration required.

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