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

  • Career

  • Great to Know

  • Academic Support



 *Please let us know if you have any food restrictions or accomodation needs:


Time Management for Graduate Students

Tuesday, October 9, 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Many graduate students have to learn to balance a lot of competing priorities: their course-work, research and teaching responsibilities as well as personal responsibilities such as family, friends, health. Students transitioning from undergrad to grad study might find that they need to change the way and amount that they are working; students advancing in their programs might realize that they need to change the way that they are using their time. This workshop will address some of the main concerns that new and returning graduate students have, and will introduce time management strategies that can help students to achieve that balance. Pizza will be available.



Creating an Inclusive Environment as a Grad Student

Tuesday, October 16, 12:00 - 2:00pm

In this workshop we think about inclusion as a verb, as a key action in doing equity work. We take time to think about what exclusion and inclusion are and how they affect students. We explore some of the different ways exclusion takes place for students and we brainstorm practical strategies specifically for graduate students to create more inclusive environments in their communities and in their work. Pizza will be available. Presented by Mairi McKenna Edwards, Student and Campus Community Development.



Getting the Most from your Supervisor

Wednesday, October 24, 12-2pm

Wondering how you can get the most out of your supervisory relationship?  Want to know how you can use the Graduate Supervision Guidelines and learn some effective strategies for implementing positive change?  Join fellow graduate students and G2G Peer Advisors from the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre (CRC) for an interactive discussion about the challenges of working with a supervisor, how to use the guidelines to your advantage, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your supervisory relationship. Pizza will be served.

P.S. Want to read the guidelines before you come? Check them out here:



Considering Having a Family While in Grad School: Panel

Tuesday, November 6, 12-2pm (Main Activity Hall)

Many students debate whether they should have a baby in graduate school or wait until their lives and careers are more established. This session will help you make a more informed decision about what it means to start a family during grad school, including: A panel discussion featuring a faculty member and graduate students who are raising children; you will be able to hear firsthand about their experiences for integrating studies and careers with raising children. Hear about programs and resources available for students who are starting a family: University and Government leave policies; funding options for pregnancy/parental leave; and, resources for new parents. Pizza will be available.

Presented by the Family Care Office, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Gradlife Program.



Money Matters for Grad Students

Wednesday, November 21, 12:00 - 2:00pm

Need assistance with making a sustainable budget?  Not sure about your funding package?  Interested in applying for scholarships and awards? Hear The SGS Financial Aid and Advising Team speak about funding at the University of Toronto and provide tips for financial survival. They will also share best practices for awards and scholarships you may be eligible to apply for as a graduate student. Learn more about application best practices, deadlines, processes and where to get help when you need it. Presented by the SGS Financial Aid and Advising. Pizza will be available.