Language Cafe

Language Cafe

Dear International Community,

We would like to welcome you to the new academic year 2020/2021.

For the last couple months, we have been running a series of virtual events and we will continue to offer a broad program for the upcoming term. We will start off with a virtual Board Game “night” in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies and a virtual Trivia Night later in October. In addition, we are hosting a monthly language cafe together with MODEL, the McMaster Office for the Development of English Language Learners. The first sessions will run on September 24 and you will have the opportunity to learn new languages from fellow Graduate students.

Wishing you all the best for this fall semester

IGSA Welcome Month

IGSA Welcome Month

Dear International Community,

We would like to welcome you to the new academic year 2020/2021. This term will be like no others and we would like to assure you that IGSA is here to help. Please feel free to reach out to us if you need and we will do everything we can to help.

For the last couple months, we have been running a series of virtual events and we will continue to offer a broad program for the upcoming term. We will start off with a virtual Board Game “night” in collaboration with the School of Graduate Studies and a virtual Trivia Night later in October. In addition, we are hosting a monthly language cafe together with MODEL, the McMaster Office for the Development of English Language Learners. The first sessions will run on September 24 and you will have the opportunity to learn new languages from fellow Graduate students.

You may register for the board game night using the link below. We will share more details closer to the events.

Wishing you all the best for this fall semester

Register here for the Virtual Bordgame Night

Friday, September 18 at 1 pm on Zoom

WELCOME EVENTS UPCOMING

WELCOME EVENTS UPCOMING

*NEW DATES & LINKS DIFFERENT FROM LAST WEEK! See daily updates on our twitter account.

Free Exercise Classes from the McMaster Pulse, schedule here

Meeting ID: 741 5842 9470
Password: thepulse 

Tuesday, September 15th at 2pm – Welcome Month Question & Answer Session with the GSA, register ahead with this link
Thursday, September 17th at 10-11am – McMaster GSA Welcome Week Tour with PhD Candidate Jennifer Williams. Link to join is here

SciGSA virtual scavenger hunt

SciGSA virtual scavenger hunt

Running from August 28th – September 28th, sign-up for the SciGSA virtual scavenger hunt! Team up with a group of graduate students and complete the scavenger hunt to win points. The team with the most points wins the scavenger hunt, and contributes to their department winning the Pythagoras Cup!

Complete the scavenger hunt using the following google form: https://forms.gle/Snmjev4sNMyhMr8d6

If you have any questions or concerns with accessing the scavenger hunt, please let us know. **NOTE: the scavenger hunt does not need to be completed in a single as it may take a few hours to complete depending on the individuals familiarity to Hamilton. If you are to complete the hunt over a few days, simply save your answers in a separate document or Notes app on your phone and ONLY fill in and submit this Google form with your final answers when you have completed the hunt.**

STUDENT MENTORSHIP OPPS

STUDENT MENTORSHIP OPPS

Black Student Mentorship Program (BSMP) is an exciting new initiative from and for the Black students and faculty of McMaster. In this program, you can mentor an upper year undergraduate student who shares your interests and/or goals. At the same time, you can be mentored by a Black faculty member. Interested in being a part of BSMP?! Check out our application. This program will give you the opportunity to connect with other Black students, faculty, and alumni. You don’t want to miss out on being a part of this supportive community! Learn more on our FacebookInstagramTwitter or email

WELCOME MONTH 2020

WELCOME MONTH 2020

The calm before the storm. We are ramping up to have a number of awesome events over the month of September. Please join us in welcoming new graduate students and congratulating returning students at Welcome Month 2020. Please see our website calendar for more details. 

Professional Development Opportunities & Beyond​

Harnessing Potential: Professional Development Opportunities & Beyond​

In partner with Monica’s weekly Thriving Thursdays GradLife sessions at Western University, she will be using her regularly scheduled session time to discuss professional development opportunities with graduate students as it relates to the student-supervisor context including: how to manage expectations, take on professional development opportunities outside of the student-supervisor context, and thrive as a graduate student.

Moderator: Charlotte Nau

Facilitator: Monica Munaretto

Monica Munaretto is the Manager of Graduate Student Life with Western Student Experience. Throughout her career she has held various positions in student services with graduate and undergraduate students, and through her PhD research she has developed a deep interest in graduate student success. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, she has also completed two Masters degrees – M.A. (UBC) and M.Ed (OISE/Toronto). She is exploring how doctoral students develop their career plans and the impact of the experience on their academic progress.

Challenging the Status Quo: Navigating Racial and Cultural Considerations

Challenging the Status Quo: Navigating Racial and Cultural Considerations

This workshop will focus on the various aspects of navigating supervisor/supervisee and departmental relationships. The core themes of discussion will include self-advocacy, discrimination, and community building both within and outside of home departments. We will discuss the nuances of each theme while also providing tips and resources for attendees to take away!

We invite you to ask questions and engage in this free flowing dialogue!

Moderator: Sonia Varma

Facilitator: Ladan Mowlid

Ladan Mowlid is a Student Affairs professional who is currently the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Education Coordinator with Western University’s Student Experience Team. Ladan holds a Master of Education in Higher Educational Leadership from Mercer University and is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. She was the first Canadian Alumna of the NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship program and has presented at conferences including the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and the Somali Studies in Canada Colloquium.

Ladan is also a co-founder of Somali Scholars which is a non-profit organization that supports first generation Somali-Canadian youth with achieving student success through mentorship and programming. She is deeply passionate about using education to empower historically marginalized students while simultaneously supporting them with navigating the institutional barriers of higher education.

She is excited to be a part of this workshop and looks forward to the fruitful discussions to come!