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In recent months CAGS has made a commitment to expanding its offering of virtual content, and to providing opportunities for engagement between our members and the higher education community at large.
Building on the success of its summer webinar series, CAGS is pleased to announce its newest online event – the 2020 CAGS Virtual Symposia, to be held from 24-27 November. This free, week-long event will feature four unique webinars on some of the most pressing issues facing graduate education in Canada, including mental health and wellness, remote graduate supervision, adapting to the new normal, anti-black racism, and inclusion. Discussions on these topics will be led by a diverse group of presenters from across Canada, including deans of graduate studies, faculty members, administrators, and graduate students. The goal of this virtual event is to provide a forum for sharing information and experiences, posing questions, and building strategies for adapting to our new environment.
The 2020 CAGS Virtual Symposia will be conducted using the Zoom video conference platform. The webinars are free of charge and registration is open to all deans, associate deans, faculty members, administrators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. The webinars will be presented in English, and French interpretation will be provided simultaneously through the Zoom platform.
To register for one or more webinar, please click on the links below. For further information about the 2020 CAGS Virtual Symposia please write to Ian.Wereley@cags.ca.
Webinar I: Cultivating Graduate Student Mental Health & Well-Being
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
1:00 – 2:30 PM (EST)
Campuses have an opportunity to proactively support positive mental health and educational achievement of graduate students by focusing on the supervisory relationship, and cultivating the resilience of Teaching Assistants. This session will introduce the strengths-based approach in Well-being in Learning Environments initiative, which includes a framework to intentionally consider how the supervisory process impacts the well-being of graduate students, and targeted programming for Teaching Assistants who juggle the unique role of student and instructor. Following a 60-minute overview, participants will be invited to ask questions, share feedback and reflect on/identify one or two strategies they can apply to their local context.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
Webinar II: Virtual Supervisor v. 2.0
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
1:00 – 2:00 PM (EST)
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Meghan Burchell, Memorial University of Newfoundland, who will discuss some of the challenges, opportunities, and best practices in the remote supervision of graduate students. Reflecting on nine months of remote supervision, this webinar will share strategies for connecting with graduate students, monitoring progress, changing expectations and maintaining a virtual research community.
Webinar III: Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellness
Thursday, 26 November 2020
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM (EST)
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Kathleen Clarke, Wilfrid Laurier University, Dr. Nathan C. Hall, McGill University, and Dr. Susanna Harris who will discuss their research, practice, and advocacy in the realm of mental health, both for graduate students and faculty. This session will involve an overview of current Canadian datasets that can be used to understand mental health in the postsecondary context. We discuss some of the limitations of the existing research, particularly in terms of graduate students, and identify ways in which we can enhance our understanding of graduate students’ mental health and well-being. Promising practices and resources will also be shared with attendees and there will be time allocated for a discussion period.
Webinar IV: Bringing a National Focus to
Black Graduate Students in Canada
Friday, 27 November 2020
1:00 – 2:30 PM (EST)
Webinar IV (NEW): Black Graduate Students and the Truth of Oppression
Conversation: The Most Powerful Piece in the Game
Friday, 27 November 2020
1:00 – 2:30 PM (EST)
The objective of the panel is to openly discuss our experiences as Black graduate students as they relate to the racist structures embedded in Canadian Academia.
The discussion will highlight the trajectory of the concept of Blackness in the Academy (in modern times), what it means to be Black in a Canadian post-secondary institution, and as well as the effects on academic progression. The panel will also review the significance of the teaching of critical history, and what it looks like to decolonize teaching and research methods.
Some questions we will attempt to engage in during the panel discussion include: How does the spatiality of Blackness get instrumentalized in our post-secondary institutions? How does this impact academic progress? How is double consciousness manifested in the process of inclusivity?
Luam Araya completed an honours BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta as well. She completed her first year of studies at the University of Alberta’s francophone campus, Campus Saint-Jean (CSJ) and has held leadership roles within the CSJ community throughout her undergraduate degree. She has also served as an executive member of OUTreach, the university’s 2SLGBTQ+ student group, where conversations about 2SLGBTQ+ representation and inclusion often took centre stage. Along with pursuing her master’s degree, Luam currently serves as an executive on the Biochemistry Graduate Students’ Association and volunteers her time with the University of Alberta 2SLGBTQ+ support centre “The Landing” & with the Canadian Association of Colleges and University of Student Services (CACUSS) Internationalization of Student Affairs Community of Practice.
Karine Coen-Sanchez is a Ph.D. student in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology at the University of Ottawa. Karine is actively involved in the anti-racist movement, and her recent work involves administering a series of panel discussions for both racialized graduate students and faculty members. Committed to taking a collaborative leadership role, Karine has been working in conjunction with the Faculty of Social Sciences to develop an inclusivity statement to be included in all syllabi, and has encouraged the teaching of a critical history of Anthropology/Sociology. In November 2020, Karine published an op-ed article in University Affairs magazine, titled “I can’t breathe: feeling suffocated by the polite racism in Canada’s graduate schools,” which garnered national attention and was read by many.