Grad Talks

​ Grad Talks 

Grad Talks

Gradlife and The Grad Room partner to offer learning sessions to help graduate students build skills and gain balance; most sessions are held at the Grad Room at 66 Harbord Street. or the Main Activity Hall at 569 Spadina Ave.

Sessions fall in one of these categories:

  • Communication

  • Personal Development
  • Wellness

  • Creative Arts

  • Career

  • Great to Know

  • Academic Support





Fostering Effective Relationships during Grad School

Thursday, April 19, 12:00 -2:00 pm

Do you have the tools to navigate your relationship commitments? As a graduate student you need to foster effective relationships with your peers, professors, supervisors, partner, family and friends in tandem. Good and healthy relationships require both a personal and professional investment in order to lead a productive lifestyle. In this session we explore Brene Brown’s teachings on the importance of being vulnerable and have you assess your Emotional Quotient (EQ). Presented by the Leadership Team in Student and Campus Community Development. Pizza will be available.



BikeChain: Bike Safety and Maintenance

Thursday, May 17, 12:00 -1:30 pm

Do you feel nervous biking in the city? Would you like to know how to keep your bike running smoothly? Come to Bikechain's Cycling Safety and Maintenance workshop! You will get tips and resources on biking safely in the city. We will also go over the basic maintenance you can do on your bike at home, and talk about when you should bring it into the shop for some more thorough care.



Just Say No (or Yes! ) : Strategies for Setting Boundaries & Managing Responsibilities in Grad School

Monday, May 28, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

In grad school, it can be difficult to simply say "no" to fellow peers, advisors, supervisors, and even new opportunities. This workshop will present you with important communication and negotiation skills on saying "yes," learning to say "no," and setting up healthy and beneficial boundaries. Presented by the Conflict Resolution Centre for Graduate Students.



Scholarships and Awards: when to start, where to start

Thursday, July 5, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

The Graduate Awards Office (GAO) at the School of Graduate Studies provides administrative support for a wide range of scholarship and financial aid and advising programs. Find out more about the awards and scholarships you may be eligible to apply for as a graduate student here at U of T. Learn more about application best practices, deadlines, processes and where to get help when you need it.



More than books: Using the U of T libraries as a graduate student

Tuesday, August 14, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

With 44 libraries at the University of Toronto, it may be overwhelming to figure out where to begin conducting research. This talk will showcase library resources and services that are of particular interest to grad students, including unique collections beyond books (e.g., archives, maps, and datasets) and how librarians can support grad students with their research process.


Talking to New People in Grad School

Tuesday, August 21, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Does the idea of walking into a room full of strangers make you want to run in the opposite direction?  Are you really interested in finding a mentor but don’t know what to talk to them about? We will teach you the tips and techniques that will make those conversations a lot less awkward and a lot more meaningful.