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Professional Skills

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The Graduate College offers a wide variety of programming fostering development of essential skills, both for personal and professional life. Example skills include communication, conflict resolution, relationship management, building resilience, diversity, equity and inclusion, self-awareness, academic writing and presentations, library resources and research tools, information security, and more. The workshops are facilitated by faculty and professional staff from around the University and encourage attendees to engage in discussion and further exploration of the topic.

Winter 2021

Navigating Life at Drexel: The Graduate Student, Recent Alumni & Postdoc Experience

Featuring a panel of current graduate students, recent alumni, and postdocs and facilitated by Anne Converse Willkomm, MFA, Assistant Dean of the Graduate College and Assistant Clinical Professor & Department Head, Goodwin College of Professional Studies

Wednesday, January 19, 2022
1 - 2 p.m. ET
Virtual via Zoom

Description: Join us for an engaging discussion on navigating life at Drexel! Hear from graduate students, recent alumni, and postdocs about their unique Drexel experience, and share your own too! Take away some tips and advice on how to survive and thrive in graduate school and connect with peers and professionals who can help support you through your journey.


Patrick Chang
MD Program
College of Medicine

Brianna Cicero
EdD Program in Educational Leadership and Management
School of Education 

Christi Cuffee-Williams
MS Program in Legal Studies
Kline School of Law 

Ramchandra Gawas
PhD Program in Chemical Engineering
College of Engineering

Breath Hand
MS '21 in Environmental Policy
College of Arts and Sciences

Sam Moffat
MS Program in Communication
College of Arts and Sciences

Stephanie M. Matt, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Pharmacology and Physiology
College of Medicine

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Fall 2021

Recognizing & Mitigating the Impact of Implicit Bias

Patience Ajoff-FosterWith Patience Ajoff-Foster, PhD, CDP®, Executive Director for Diversity and Inclusive Culture

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
12 - 1 p.m. ET
Virtual via Zoom

Description: Communicating effectively across difference is an important part of making sure that all we all feel welcome, included, and empowered to excel.

In this interactive workshop, participants will engage in activities that enhance self-awareness by working together to understand how speech and behavior can be implicitly invalidating or demeaning, and how to learn from and lead through those moments.  

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Strategies for Successfully Transitioning from Graduate School to Your Professional Roles in Academia

Alonzo M. Flowers III - Drexel Univeristy Assistant Professor for MS in Higher EducationWith Alonzo M. Flowers, III, PhD, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Graduate College & Associate Professor in the School of Education

Thursday, October 28, 2021
12 - 1 p.m. ET
Virtual via Zoom

Description: As a graduate student, career planning is a crucial part of the educational process. As such, the aim of the session is to provide graduate students with critical strategies to help them outline the steps and skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and transition into their future career roles, specifically in academia.

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More Events

For more professional development workshops, click on the topics in the left-hand menu or visit our Events page for a complete list of events for graduate students and postdocs.