Zero to Sixty:
Tools for Jumpstarting
Graduate Student Life
Mimi Beck, Nathan Elliot, Ann Moran, Priscilla Wong
University of Notre Dame
Outline
Introduction
 Notre Dame, Student Affairs & Graduate Students
Graduate Student Life
 Principles, Priorities & Partnerships
3 Models of Success
 Graduate Residential Life
 Graduate Ministry
 Graduate Career Services
Discussion: How do YOU serve Grad Students?
Next Steps
Learning Objectives
1. Understand the needs of graduate students, and how they differ from those of
undergrads.
2. Articulate the importance of serving graduate students through the lens of
division-level and institutional mission.
3. Identify key campus partners for most effectively serving graduate students, as
well as anticipating likely roadblocks to building those partnerships.
4. Create a strategy for turning advocacy on behalf of graduate students into
meaningful action.
Notre Dame & Graduate Students
• University of Notre Dame
Catholic University founded in 1842 by the Congregation of Holy Cross
Dedicated to Educating the Heart and Mind
• Division of Student Affairs
Student Services & Residential Life
• Graduate and Professional Students
The Graduate School (est. 1932)
Professional Schools: Law, Business, Architecture
Graduate Student Life
Guiding Principles
• Mission-Centered
• Educating the Heart & Mind
• Intentional
• Focusing on the specific needs, challenges, and contributions of a specific population
• Comprehensive
• Holistic Approach
• Universal Reach
• Collaborative
• Building Partnerships
• Graduate Student Life Team
Graduate Student Life Priorities
•Assessment
• Understanding the needs of graduate students
Average Age of ND Grad Students: 26
Age Range: 20 - 65
Graduate Student Life Priorities
•Communication
• Logo to create common identity
• Newsletter to promote existing services
• Website to provide accurate and
relevant information
• Marketing efforts to raise awareness
Graduate Student Life Priorities
•Programming
• Grad Life Grants
• Graduate Student Appreciation Week
Graduate Student Life Priorities
•Partnerships: Graduate Student Life Team
The Academy
Sociology (Social Science)
Physics (Science)
Theology (Humanities)
Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
Hesburgh Libraries
The Graduate School
Campus Services
Food Services
RecSports
International Student Services and
Activities
Center for Social Concerns
University Counseling Center
Graduate Student Union
University Health Services
Student Activities
Residential Communities
Campus Ministry
Career Center
Enhancing Graduate Student Life in a
Graduate Residential Facility
Notre Dame Residential Mission
• “Residential life endeavors to develop that
sense of community and of responsibility that
prepares students for subsequent leadership in
building a society that is at once more human
and more divine.”
Who Lives at University Village?
School
Program
Unknown
2%
Undergraduate
0%
Architecture
2%
Social
Science
6%
Science
15%
Graduate
67%
Business
20%
Law
13%
Law
16%
Engineering
22%
Business
20%
Humanities
17%
Who Lives at University Village?
Armenia Egypt
Nationality South KoreaTaiwan
Japan
Peru
Venezuela
Nigeria
Kyrgyzstan
Ghana
South Africa
Sweden
Mexico
Families with Children vs.
Without Children
UK
Zimbabwe
Spain
Italy
Hungary
Croatia
Kenya
Iran
Turkey
USA
Tanzania
Chile
With Out
Children
39%
With
Children
61%
India
Canada
Bangladesh
China
How do we Fulfill Notre Dame’s Residential
Mission in a Graduate Residential Facility?
Assistance
Assist residents and
help them help each
other
Connection
Safety and
Cleanliness
Strive for a safe and
pleasant environment
and encourage
residents to be socially
responsible
Connect residents to
Notre Dame, South
Bend and each other
The University
Village
Residential Staff
facilitates
community at
University Village
Programming
Spiritual Life
• Sunday Mass all year long
• Eucharistic Adoration
• Catechesis of the Good
Shepherd
Summer
Events in South Bend
• weekly socials
• 4th of July
• trips and events around
town
• Soccer group
• Village Night Out at a local
restaurant
• Trip to Maple Syrup
Festival at Bendix Woods
• Bowling Night
Purpose of
programming is
to connect
residents to ND,
South Bend and
each other
Events at ND
• Sporting events
• Cultural events
• Events of interest to
residents
Large Cultural
Celebrations
• Eid Al-Adha
• Halloween
• Holi
• Chinese New Year
• Carneval
Small events and groups
• Storytime
• New Mom's group
• Book Club
• Under 2's and you playgroup
• Ladies Night
• Cooking classes
Building Representatives
• Building Rep Dinner meetings (3
times a semester)
• Building events - budget
supplied for resident oganized
event once a semester
How do we Fulfill Notre Dame’s Residential
Mission in a Graduate Residential Facility?
•Advocacy
•Patience
•Partnerships
•Communication
New Initiatives Since Formation of Notre Dame
Graduate Student Life Team
Publicizing Student Family Mass at University Village
Graduate Life Grants and University Village Healthy Living
Committee Work
Grad Student Appreciation Week:
Family Dinner and Movie Night
New and Strengthened Relationships Across
Departments and Divisions
Improved Coordination Serving Students
Creating a Graduate Student
Ministry Program
Campus Ministry seeks to care for the
spiritual needs of all students, regardless of
denomination, faith tradition or level of
education at the University.
Foundations: 3 Key Elements
• 1. The Spirit - The two greatest commandments
• 2. The Path - John Paul II: “The Gospel lives in
conversation with culture. If the Church holds back
culture, the Gospel itself falls silent.”
• 3. The Outcome - Building a community of homecoming
for graduate students at ND.
Understanding graduate student ministry
in 2 Steps:
• Step 1 - Know Yourself
• Working with the consultants and inventory our own experiences with the graduate
student population, past and current surveys and studies, and the list of faculty and
administrators.
• Step 2 – Know the Students and Know the Campus
• 1. Post-baccalaureate students and the academic environment
• 2. Campus Ministry as a partnership in their journeys.
Outcome
• Formation of the Graduate Student Ministry Partnership Team
• a unified community with representatives from
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Catholic Graduate Community
Muslim Students Association
Graduate Interdenominational Bible Study
Indian Association at ND
Law School
Business School
Graduate Student Union
• Through the Team, they have become more aware of what goes on in the faith lives
of other graduate students. They know that they are not alone.
Activities
• Monthly GSMPT meeting to share idea and support
• A visible community at the University Opening Mass, with graduate student-inclusive prayer
and reading by one of their own
• GSU and CM sponsored Faith Fair with 38 local worship communities represented
• Weekly graduate student Basilica mass attendance and social
• Weekly Interdenominational Bible Study and social
• Organized regular community service to Dismas House
• Promotion of activities initiated by student organizations:
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Muslim Student Association Fast-A-Thon & Eid Dinner
Catholic Graduate Student Dinner Discussions
Dorm Chapel Crawl
Zen Meditation
Hindu Prayer
Theology Graduate Student Retreat
• Monthly First Friday Fellowship Dinners
• January Moreau Day Getting To Know ND Dinner on Holy Cross Charism
Campus Partners:
• Graduate Student Life (with all the team members) representing the Graduate
School and Student Affairs
• University Village and FOG
• International Student Services and Activities
• GSU
• Mendoza and Law communities
Communication Strategies:
• Campus Ministry communication network facilitated by the Director of
Communications and the Graduate Student Assistant Blogger:
• Website, Social Media, e-newsletter subscribers and target group contact lists.
Building relationship with students:
Two guiding principles
•Think Global, Act Local
•Be Real. Be Believable.
Graduate Career Services
Philosophy of Graduate Career Program
Our Professional Development Career Model
 Preparation begins on the same road for all career paths: academia, industry, non-profit and
government
 Students make a choice
 Faculty and Graduate Career Services work together, pooling resources to help students achieve
their career goals.
GRADUATE SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Graduate School
Professional Development Team
Center for Social Concerns
Graduate Student Union (TREC)
Graduate Career Services
Ann Amico Moran, former
Program Director- Graduate
Career Services
Graduate School Team
Career Counseling
Kaneb Center
Employer Development
Writing Center
Programming
Institute for Scholarships in Liberal Arts
Interview Preparation
Center for Study of Languages & Cultures
Job Search Technology
Library
Other University Units
 Faculty
 Development Office
 Mendoza Business School Corporation
Relations
 Alumni Association
 The Career Center
 Advisory Council for the Graduate
School and Office of Research
Student Examples
• Meet with students in a variety of disciplines and points in their academic career
• Looking for help and guidance:
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CV
resume
mock interviews
preparation for interview
self assessment
job search
Graduate Career Services helps with inclusion:
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Providing Career Counseling : Someone outside their discipline who will listen and
provide direction
Ambassador Program
Conduct presentations and workshops specifically for Grad Students
Where do They Go After ND?
AY 2011-12 Overall Ph.D. Graduate Placement
as of May 1, 2012 (Aug., Jan. & May)
Total # of graduates = 208
Total # of degrees = 209
N= 160 for data in pie chart excluding 48 unknown
placements
Academic Other (administrative or other
posts) Western KY Univ. Honors Program,
OR State Program Director, Univ. of Notre
Dame, …
Post Doc: Univ. of Iowa, Univ. of
Notre Dame, Harvard Medical
School, MIT, Univ. of TX Austin,
IU School of Medicine, Grand
Valley State, VA Tech, Rice,
Loyola Medical, GA State, …
Adjunct Prof/Visiting Asst. Prof: Univ. of
Portland, ND, RIT, Duke, Mt. Holyoke,
Wheaton College, Univ. of SF, ….
9%
9%
44%
17%
Non-Profit: St. Nicholas
Orthodox Church,…
19%
Asst. Prof/Tenure Track:
Villanova, Univ. of GA, Univ. of
Rochester, Syracuse, DePaul,
Universidad de Pontificia,
Miami of Ohio, Univ. of MN
Duluth, Providence, …
1%
1%
Government: USDA-U.S Dept. of
Agricultural Statistics,…
Industry: Intel, GE, Zimmer, Navistar,
Cummins, DMC Assoc., First Solar, WA Post,
Amazon, Start-Up, LSI, Texas Instruments,
Qualcomm, IBM,…
It’s not just about the CV…
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Work – Life Balance
Job Search
Counseling Session
Visas
Just a warm body to listen!
Connecting the Dots
Working together to better serve our students.
Questions for Discussion
• Who are your graduate students and how are they served on your campus?
• What if any roadblocks exist that prevent you from serving graduate students?
• What ideas do you have for better reaching this population?
• With whom might you partner to better reach graduate students?
• How does your institutional or departmental mission apply to supporting graduate
students?
Things to do that won’t cost a penny…
• Add graduate students to existing advisory boards and committees
• Proof-read and edit existing websites for grad inclusive language
• Ask programming offices to be explicit in welcoming grad students when appropriate
• Talk to your human resources department about family support services that are
equally available to student families
• Communicate & Collaborate!
• Be patient yet persistent
• Join the AGAPSS Knowledge Community
Thank you!
Contact Us
• Mimi Beck
[email protected]
• Nathan Elliot
[email protected]
• Ann Moran
[email protected]
• Priscilla Wong
[email protected]
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