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Graduate Division COVID-19 Update

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April 6, 2020

Happy Monday everyone,

We don’t have a huge update today. Apparently, the rain kept away the news. Hopefully, you all got to jump in a few puddles today or cuddle up on the couch under a blanket. As for me, my home office is a closet (literally) with no windows, and so for a brief moment I thought we had a rat infestation on the roof, but no it was just raindrops.

A few things to draw your attention to as we continue to respond to this new normal. Please attend to issues of accessibility in your research, teaching, and correspondence.

Accessibility During COVID-19
In Accessibility Suffers During Pandemic, Inside Higher Ed describes how students with disabilities and their advocates worry about access to equitable education. Our Disability Services Center has been working around the clock to ensure our students have appropriate access. Please reach out to them if you need help, can volunteer to help others, or have questions.

Microsoft also published an interesting article, What the disability community can teach us about working remotely, in which they describe working with and learning from their employees and by continuing to prioritize accessibility in these shifting circumstances. Microsoft has been a leader in inclusive hiring and work practices. It is nice to see them continuing to do so.

Division of Career Pathways Services Update 

Please note that DCP will continue to offer one-on-one career counseling appointments through both Zoom andphone as well as “virtual office hours” on Wednesdays from 1-3 to temporarily replace in-person drop in times.  All of these appointments can be scheduled directly through Handshake.  If students are unable to find a session that meets their needs or schedule, please email career@uci.edu.

Online resources to provide students with career support:

  • Handshake– Comprehensive online career services platform in which students can search for and apply to jobs and internships, register for DCP events, schedule career counseling appointments, and much more.
  • Virtual career counseling appointments – Offered through both Zoom (video and chat) and phone - Student can sign up through Handshake.
  • Virtual Resume Reviews– Offered through VMock, this online system enables students to upload a PDF version of their resume and receive feedback in real time 24 hours a day (Note – it does not review CVs, students should schedule career counseling appointments for CV reviews).
  • Big Interview– Online system that helps students prepare for interviews through instructional videos, extensive question library, and virtual mock interviewing. Please see attached flyer for Academic Interviewing Assignment.
  • Webinars - All of our normally scheduled workshops, including those reserved for graduate students only, are now offered through Zoom. Please see attached promotional flyer.
  • Micro-Internships– Students can land opportunities to build valuable work experience through micro-internships (short-term, paid, project-based assignments that are similar to those given to interns).

Graduate-Specific Online Resources:

  • ImaginePhD- online career exploration and planning tool for PhD students and postdoctoral scholars (open access)
  • Versatile PhD – offers first-hand advice about nonacademic careers for STEM PhDs (currently open to those with a UCI email address)

Travel, Childcare, and Other Emergency Funding

  • AGS has emergency travel funding available: https://www.ags.uci.edu/services/travel/
  • DTEI has emergency laptop loans available for students: https://sites.uci.edu/learnanywhere/student-laptop-loan-program/
  • We have some additional emergency technical supports (e.g., Ethernet dongles to plug into wall rather than WiFi, hotspot loans), and will have a survey out very soon to request these resources. 
  • Childcare and other emergency funds are being examined, and we hope to have information to share soon. These are more complicated than I wish, so I thank you for your patience. As a reminder for UC travelers, the Central Travel Office and Risk Services will host an encore Q&A on COVID-19 and Travel on April 9th at 11AM. 
  • Campus Local Amendment to Policy G28
  • Travel reimbursement questions: travel-accounting@uci.edu

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Come Visit GD:
Dean’s Virtual Office Hours: https://uci.zoom.us/j/7277477057

  • Tuesday, April 7: 11am – 11:30am
  • Wednesday, April 8: 3pm – 3:30pm
  • Thursday, April 9: 8:30am – 9am
  • Friday, April 10: 3:30pm – 4pm
  • Monday, April 13: 2:30pm – 3pm
  • Tuesday, April 14: Noon – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 15: 11:30am – Noon
  • Thursday, April 16: 9am – 9:30am
  • Friday, April 17: 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Virtual Yoga and Meditation 
Virtual yoga and meditation class on Wednesday, April 8th from 10:30 am -11:30 am. The class will be live-streamed on UCI Graduate Division's Instagram page (@ucirvinegd) and facilitated by graduate counselor and yoga instructor Phong Luong.