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 accommodation needs:​.


Strategies for Setting Boundaries and Managing Responsibilities in Grad School

Tuesday, December 11, 12-2 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. Pizza will be available.

Presented by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre.



Beyond Books: Using the U of T Libraries as a Grad Student

Monday, January 28, 2-3 pm

With 44 libraries and a complex digital environment, it can be challenging to navigate library collections and services at the University of Toronto. This talk will highlight library resources important to graduate students with an emphasis placed on digital collections and services. Librarians are here to support graduate student work and this talk will show you how.

Presented by the U of T Libraries


Seeking, Striving: Staying Motivated as a Grad Student

Tuesday, January 29, 12-2pm

Graduate school, as the saying goes, is more of a marathon than a sprint—but what does this mean in practice? In this workshop, we’ll explore the challenge of staying motivated when the finish line is nowhere in sight. This session will involve reflection, discussion, and creative exercises. Active participation is encouraged. Pizza will be available.

Presented by Academic Success.


Talking to New People as a Grad Student

Thursday, February 7, 12-2pm

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. Pizza will be available.

Presented by Mentorship and Peer Programs​.


Dealing with your Supervisor

Tuesday, February 12, 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:​ 

Pizza will be available. Presented by the Graduate Conflict Resolution Centre.


Creating an Inclusive Environment

Tuesday, February 19, 12-2pm

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.​


Telling Compelling Stories​

Wednesday, March 13, 12-2pm

Whether it's a corporate setting, a stage performance, or just coffee with a good friend - knowing how to tell a compelling story matters. This two hour workshop workshop focuses on beginner skills. Finding your personal storytelling voice, the hard and fast rules of an enthralling story, stage presence, characters, and story structure. Discover ways to emphasize the strengths while minimizing the weaknesses. Pizza will be available. Presented by Sage Tyrtle.​ ​