Wellness Committee Post #4

SPRING!!!

uwo spring

At least lets hope so, if it is indeed spring you need to watch this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9luUcCPZjY

After a long winter in the depths of depression the Wellness Committee is back active for the next couple months until everyone takes off for the summer.

Initiative 7 – Charity Hockey Pool

You may have noticed an email or two aboot a charity NHL playoff bracket pool to raise money for Kids Help Phone. For more details check your inbox; the gist of it is that you pay $5 to enter your bracket predictions, 50% of proceeds go to the winner with the most correct bracket, while 50% will be donated to Kids Help Phone.

Initiative 8 – Setting Up Next Year

The Committee will be meeting sometime before everyone leaves in order to shore up the schedule for the committee for next year. We will post the schedule once it is finalized, it will include which initiatives will be occurring each month, these will also need to be coordinated with the social committee and the research committee so that they make sense with the general efforts of the Geograds.

Initiative 9 – Year End Mental Health Party

For those still around in May, there will be a party for Geograds hosted during Canada Mental Health Awareness Week, this will be to celebrate the definitive end of semester as well as mental health awareness. More details to follow.

That’s all for now
Danny

GeoGrad Society Constitution (2014 updated)

Preamble: Name

The name of this organization will be the Geographer’s Graduate Society at Western – The University of Western Ontario (herein referred to as the GeoGrad).

Article I: Objectives

 

The GeoGrad is a not-for-profit student organization with the objectives of: Promoting greater graduate student cohesion and communication and welcoming new graduate students into the Department of Geography. Representing geography graduate students’ academic, professional, and social interests to the Department of Geography, Society of Graduate Students, and University of Western Ontario administration. Coordinating social and academic functions that provide for social gathering, academic exchange, and stress relief amongst its members. Fostering opportunities for leadership, academic advancement, and professional development in the field of geography.

 

Article II: Membership

 

Any and all full-time and part-time Masters and Doctoral students, as well as Postdoctoral fellows (exchange students are welcome to join as honorary members and will be exempt from membership fees, but will be without voting privilages), registered with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies in the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario will be eligible for membership in the GeoGrad. Membership levy will be 10 dollars collected by the office staff and given to the sitting co-presidents during September. Students wishing to opt out of the GeoGrad society may do so within the month of September. Students that have opted out will be refunded their $10 levy and asked not to participate in any GeoGrad funded or organized events throughout academic year.

Article III: Government Executive

 

The Executive of the GeoGrad, whose duties are outlined below, will consist of: (a) Two Co-Presidents (b) Secretary (c) Financial Officer (d) Two International Student Liaisons (e) Three Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Representatives, representing each of the Masters and Doctoral programs (f) Two Grad Affair Councillors (GAC), who serve two year terms representing each of the Masters and Doctoral programs who have completed at least one year in the program (ie first year Masters and Doctoral students are not eligible for this position). GAC members are encouraged retain title for more than one year as issues pertaining to GAC tend to overlap for several years. The co-presidents are to be elected for alternating one year terms, staggering six months from the start of every school year (Beginning: Sept 1st) for the purpose of the dissemination of knowledge of duties. The co-presidents are to be elected directly by the Membership. Other executive members are to be elected for one year terms in accordance with the constitution or other body policy (SOGS & GTA). Executive members must be in second year of study and preferably would have sat on the committee in question in their first year. (g) Graduate Teaching Assistants’ (GTA) Union Representative, elected from the GTA Union members in the Department of Geography in accordance with current union

 

regulations (h) Appointments Committee (i) Website Committee (j) Speaker Series (k) Social Committee (l) Orientation (m) Christmas Orals (n) Research Coordinators (o) Sustainability Officer (p) Space Allocation

 

All of the above members of the Executive are to be elected directly by the Membership for a term of one year, as outlined in Article IV.

 

Duties: Co-Presidents: are the Chief Executive of the GeoGrad and are responsible, inprinciple, for overseeing the activities of the committees which comprise the GeoGrad Society . The Co-Presidents chair Executive and Membership Meetings (mandatory semi-annual meetings), and set the agenda for future Meetings. The Co-Presidents will submit to the incoming Executive, at the end of their term of office a Report outlining the activities and accomplishments of the GeoGrad and recommendations for future goals. The current president is responsible for mentoring the new in-coming president with current affairs, duties and responsibilities.

 

Secretary: is responsible for disseminating relevant information to the General Membership, and notifying the Executive members of Meeting times and agendas, by email. The Secretary will take the minutes of all Executive and Membership Meetings and will post all minutes on the GeoGrad website as soon as possible. The Secretary, unless the Membership determine otherwise, will also serve as Elections Officer; soliciting, collecting, and counting ballots for the election of the incoming Executive, as outlined in Article IV.

 

Financial Officer: is a financial signatory on all cheques issued by the GeoGrad. The Financial Officer is responsible for maintaining account books, and recording budget requests approved by the Executive. The Financial Officer will compose a planning budget at the beginning of the academic year (September), and a financial statement at the end of the academic year (May). The financial statement will be made available to the Membership. Financial Officer can remain in position for an indefinite period of time at the discretion of co-presidents as long as they are fulfilling their duties as mentioned above, and no other member has expressed interest in running for the position. Candidates are only encouraged to apply for this position if they have financial experience.

International Student Liaisons: are responsible for attending Executive Meetings both onsite (2-3 per year) and via teleconferencing (when applicable). The ISL represents the concerns of the international student members and those domestic students residing outside of the London area on issues of special interest or concern, and will be responsible for relaying absentee votes for ISL members who are unable to attend Meetings and elections.

 

Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) Representatives: are responsible for, in addition to representing the Membership at SOGS meetings, reporting to and consulting the Executive and Membership on current issues and decisions by the SOGS. SOGS Representatives are expected to represent the Membership, and will solicit membership input on paramount issues (ex. Health Plan, paid membership in organizations outside of

 

UWO, etc.) via widely circulated emails or most effective means of communication, to ascertain the overall student position. SOGS representatives will not allow their personal opinion to influence their vote when their opinion does not reflect the position of the Membership majority. A single, alternative SOGS Representatives must be appointed by each elected SOGS Representatives, at the time of their election, from within GeoGrad membership as a substitute for the SOGS Representative, should they be unable to attend a SOGS meeting.

 

Graduate Affairs Council: are responsible for, in addition to representing the Membership at departmental meetings, reporting to and consulting the Executive and Membership on current issues and decisions by the Department of Geography. GAC are expected to represent the Membership, and will solicit Membership input via Meetings or widely circulated emails, to ascertain the overall student position on any given issue. GAC will not allow their personal opinion to influence their representation when their opinion does not reflect the position of the Membership majority. GAC who are unable to attend a scheduled departmental meeting must inform the GeoGrad executive immediately so that a substitute representative can be sent. ADDITION (2013): Graduate Affairs Representatives are available for consultation and support for any GeoGrad having difficulties with any aspect of their program of study. Representatives will direct GeoGrads to appropriate resources available.”

 

Graduate Teaching Assistants’ (GTA) Union Representative: are responsible for: assisting fellow TAs in attaining a level playing field with TA supervisors and the school administration in general; approaching workplace issues in a way that avoids divisions within the membership; developing a written knowledge of unfair labour practices; and representing fellow TAs during meetings and ensuring effective dissemination of information. In addition to their GTA Union duties, representatives will be responsible for reporting to the Executive and Membership on current issues and decisions by the GTA Union.

 

Appointments Committee: are responsible for representing the needs and issues of the General Membership in regards to the departmental process of faculty/staff appointments. Representatives will be responsible for reporting to the Executive and Membership on current issues and decisions made by the department. Will not allow their personal opinion to influence their representation when their opinion does not reflect the position of the Membership majority. Since AC are expected to represent the Membership, they will solicit Membership input via Meetings or widely circulated emails, to ascertain the overall student position on important issues.

 

Website: are responsible for maintaining the GeoGrad website, ensuring it is error free, up-to-date and represents the GeoGrads and the department in a positive manner to the public at-large.

 

The Speaker Series: committee is responsible for organizing and presenting the Geography Department’s weekly speaker and representing our department in a positive light to other members of the UWO community. The executive members work in tandem with the faculty representative in order to create and distribute information posters regarding the speaker, organize volunteer members and allocate funds towards the purchasing of beverages and refreshments for the talk. The committee members are responsible for preparing fair-trade coffee and tea for every talk, as well as purchasing,

 

cleaning, cutting and setting out food before hand. Finally, committee members ensure that speakers are familiar with the equipment, the room is set up properly before hand and that the room is cleaned at the end of every talk.

 

Social Committee: ensure the Objectives of the Society are met (such as promoting greater graduate student cohesion, communication and welcoming all graduate students into the Department of Geography). The social committee is responsible for putting together various social events at different times in the year (usually monthly social events). Two mandatory events include: pub-crawl at the beginning of the academic year (September – usually held during orientation week) and end of year event (usually held in April/early May).

 

Orientation Committee: is responsible for welcoming all new graduate students into the department. Mandatory activities include: distribution of orientation e-mail (template available from previous year – must be e-mailed before start of orientation activities at UWO); department and campus tour; and one social event (such as a BBQ), which focuses on introducing the new GeoGrads to the rest of the department.

 

Christmas Orals: is responsible for organizing the departmental trivia night that happens before the end of the Winter term. Duties include: determining the location and food served at the event. Prior to the event, providing estimates of the costs to the Co-presidents and Financial Officer. Hosting the Event (ensuring there is enough food; fair trivia play, etc).

 

Research Committee: ensure the Objectives of the Society are met (such as facilitating that geography graduate students’ academic and professional needs are maximized). Research Committee is responsible for recognizing the needs of the Membership with regards to research (both within the department and in the larger academic community). The committee is expected to represent the Membership, and will solicit Membership input via Meetings or widely circulated emails to ascertain the overall student position on important issues. ADDITION (2013) Research committee is responsible for organizing regular PIPP (Posters, Ideas, Papers and Presentations) nights for the GeoGrads – in consultation with other executive heads to provide an open forum for discussion

 

Sustainability Officer: are responsible for representing the needs of all the Membership in regards to Sustainability issues within the department and in the UWO community. Since the Sustainabilty Officer is expected to represent the Membership, she/he will solicit Membership input via Meetings or widely circulated emails, to ascertain the overall student position on important issues.

 

Space Committee: is responsible for representing the needs of all the Membership in regards to space allocation issues (such as office space allocation; use of current or future space; ‘environmental’ issues such as over-crowding/temperature/noise levels; etc.) within the department and in the UWO community. The committee is expected to represent the Membership and will solicit Membership input via Meetings or widely circulated emails to ascertain the overall student position on important issues.

 

Wellness committee: is responsible for promotion of a holistic definition of wellness amongst the geograds. This may include but is not limited to wellness information sessions, local activities, sporting events/leagues, and ‘breakfast days’. Those on the committee are encouraged to work closely with the social committee and any other committee they see fit.

 

General Responsibilities: The Executive should act as fairly as possible as a whole, with responsibility to the Membership. The Executive should take the responsibility to act rationally and therefore not force proceedings into a rigid framework. However, if the Co-Presidents, or acting Meeting chair, judge that conditions make it necessary, they may enforce the newest version of Robert’s Rules of Order. Apart from serving as geography graduate representatives, the role of the Executive will also be to promote the exchange of information between the GeoGrad membership and other associations or organizations.

 

 

 

 

Article IV: Elections

 

(a) Executive elections will be held annually to fill the positions of the Executive for a period of one year, or until a special election is held to replace them for the remainder of their term. (b) Only current GeoGrad members may run for office, and candidacy is open to any GeoGrad member., preference is given to current committee members (c) Nominations will begin in March and will be open for at least two weeks prior to the election. (d) During the nomination period, the nominees may address the Membership in written statements of no more than 300 words, submitted to the Secretary and disseminated by email by the Secretary. (e) Elections will be held in April for the Executive beginning its term in the fall semester of the following academic year. (f) Elections will be overseen by the current Co-Presidents during the spring semester (March/April). (g) Voting will proceed by most effective means at the discretion of the Elections Officer or Co-presidents and will occur over the course of at least two days in a place accessible to all members. (h.) All votes must be cast within two weeks of being requested to do so. Any failure to vote in due time will be considered a technical abstention (rather than a formal abstention). Majority rules will apply to the votes that have been cast in due time, including formal abstentions, rather than to the total number of members eligible to vote. (i) If there is only one nomination for an Executive Position, the nominee will be awarded the position by acclamation. (j) The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes shall occupy the office for which she or he has run.

 

(k) In the event of a tie, a second vote is held immediately. After two attempts to break a tie (i.e. after the third vote) the Co-Presidents will cast the deciding vote. (l) At least one thirds of the GeoGrad Membership will be required to vote in order to elect a new Executive (m) Replacing Executive members or other positions will be given to the runner up during the election period or to the discretion of the co-presidents.

 

Article V: Committees

 

(a) The Executive retains the right to form standing and ad-hoc Committees to study matters of interest to the GEOGRADS, as these matters occur, and to serve needs not assigned directly to the Executive. (b) Such committees will be staffed by members of the GEOGRADS, can be elected at an Executive or General Meeting, and governed by the Constitution of the GEOGRADS. (c) Committees will be responsible to report at the Executive Meetings on their progress.

 

 

Article VI: Meetings

 

 

(a) A minimum of two General Meetings will be held each academic year, one in Autumn (September/October) and one in Winter (Jan/Feb). (b) Meeting times will be publicized at least one weeks in advance. (c) Additional General Meetings may be called by the Executive or by a Petition of 10 Members of the GEOGRADS. This Petition must be presented to the Executive who will call a meeting giving the Membership two weeks notice. (d) All decisions of the Membership will be by majority vote except for Constitutional matters such as Amendments and By-laws (see Articles VIII and IX). (e) If a motion is raised in the General Meeting that voting should be by secret ballot, and if this is approved by the majority of Members present, then this shall be put into effect during that meeting. (f) The Membership Meeting quorum will consist of 15 members of the GEOGRADS Executive (g) The Executive of the GEOGRADS must meet at the minimum of once a term between September-April, in advance of general meetings. (h) Additional Meetings will be called at the discretion of the Co-Presidents, or, by the Executive as a whole. (i) Meeting times will be publicized at least a week in advance. (j) Each member of the Executive will have one vote in the Meetings of the Executive. After two attempts to break a tie (i.e. after the third vote) the Co-Presidents will cast the deciding vote. In the event that the Co-Presidents are unable to come to a decision the issue will be discussed again. (k) Quorum for Executive Meetings will consist of 5 members.

 

Article VII: Finance

 

(a) The responsibility of maintaining account books rests with the Financial Officer. Accounts must be kept in an appropriate manner so that transference of responsibilities will be facilitated. (b) All funds received by the GEOGRADS, from any source, are to be held at either a registered financial institution or in the departments internal accounts structure (whichever is the request of the financial officer and supported by the Co-Presidents. (c) All decisions concerning Finances that will amount to less than half of the current holdings will be at the discression of the Co-Presidents. (d) All fundraising activities associated with the GeoGrad society name and for its sole benefit must receive excecutive approval from the Co-Presidents and preferably the support of executive council. (e) All cheques issued by the GEOGRADS are to be signed by either the Financial Officer or the Co-Presidents, and only these members. Appropriate documentation must be included in this process. (e) Notice of spending is available to any Member of the GEOGRADS on request to the Financial Officer.

 

Article VIII: Amendments

 

(a) Amendments to this Constitution will require a majority vote of the Membership (50% plus one) of the GEOGRADS either present at a General or by electronic ballot.

(b) Written notice of any proposed Amendment will be prepared and copies distributed to all GEOGRADS members at least two weeks in advance of such a Meeting. (c) The reception by the Executive of such an Amendment is sufficient cause for them to call a General Meeting of the GEOGRADS. (d) For constitutional Amendments, fifteen Members will constitute a quorum. If electronic ballot is used, quorum for response must be greater than 50% plus one of GEOGRAD society current membership, with a

 

minimum threshold being 20 (membership status determined by payment of levy).

Article IX: By-laws

 

(a) New By-laws and Amendments to existing By-laws may be proposed during Meetings and may be passed by majority vote. (b) Specific duties of officers, rules, regulations, and procedures may be instituted through By-laws to this Constitution, approved by a majority vote at a General Meeting. (c) All decisions of the Membership, that will be intended as having the force of law within the GEOGRADS, will be enacted and recorded as By-laws. (d) Any By-law may be challenged by a Petition with more than fifteen signatures of the Membership. (e) Enactment and Amendment of By-Laws will require ten members to constitute a quorum.

 

Article X: Censure (current)

 

(a) Any Member holding office on the Executive of the GEOGRADS will resign if censured by either the Executive or the Membership. (b) Censure of a Member of the Executive will require a fifty plus one percent (50% plus one) vote. (c) A quorum of ten Members will be required to censure a Member of the Executive. (d) Any Member so censured is eligible to run for office in future elections.

 

Article X: Censure (proposed changes)

 

(a)  Should any member of the executive be found lacking in their elected duties, the membership or the executive may officially rebuke said member with a motion of censure.

 

  1. A motion of censure passes on a simple majority of members voting

 

  1. Quorum for a motion of censure is 10 members, or 7 members of the executive
  2. A person who is censured may continue with their duties, and must acknowledge the reprimand

(b)  Should any member of the executive be found in flagrant dereliction of their elected duties, the membership or the executive may officially remove said member from office by declaring the chair vacant

 

  1. A motion to declare the chair vacant may be initiated by a simple majority of the executive, or by a petition of no less than ten (10) members of the membership.
  2. A motion to declare the chair vacant is presented before a special general meeting of the membership called for the sole purpose of the motion, or is the first order of business of an annual general meeting if it is received within two weeks (14 days) of a general meeting of the membership

 

  1. The motion passes on a super-majority of members voting (2/3+1)

 

  1. Quorum for a motion to declare a chair vacant is 15 members,
  2. A person whose chair has been declared vacant is not barred from seeking re-election to their former post.

 

Article XI

 

All cases not covered by the current constitution falls under the guidance of the most current version of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised. Furthermore, the constitution and all by-laws as well as the collective of the society supersede Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised.

Wellness Commitee – Post 3

Snowman and Penguins

FIRSTLY

Second Breakfast Potluck

WHEN: Wednesday December 11th

WHAT TIME: 8:30 – 10:30

WHERE: SSC 2240

WHO: All Geograds and Faculty/Staff

WHY: Breakfast is important

What to bring: A small dish for yourself and a few others

SECONDLY

Don’t forget to volunteer or donate items at a local school, home for the elderly, hospital, charity, shelter etc.. during the holidays!!! There are always people worse off than you.

THIRDLY

And Resources For All…

If you know of a helpful wellness resource that can be added to this list email me at dbednar@uwo.ca

 

Mental Health

The two main on-campus mental health resources are the  Student Development Centre and Student Health Services. Western also has a website with resources and information on mental health issues for students: www.uwo.ca/uwocom/mentalhealth/.

Western Student Development Centre Psychological Services

Provides: Crises counselling, psychologist meetings and referrals, support groups, Sexual assault counselling, educational series’

In Person: Western Student Services Building (4th Floor)

Phone: 519-661-3031

Email: psychgroup@uwo.ca

www.sdc.uwo.ca/psych to sign up for groups

Student Health Services

Provides: All medical care, counselling and psychiatry, birth control information, immunizations, allergy injections

www.shs.uwo.ca/counselling/counselling.html

Other Mental Health Resources around Campus/London:

211 Ontario

Provides: a three-digit phone number and website that provides information and referral to community and social services in Ontario

Crises Phone Line: Dial 211

Website: http://www.211ontario.ca/ 

Assaulted Women’s Helpline

Provides: 24 Hour confidential help for women who are victims of assault

Crises Line: 1-866-863-0511

Website: http://www.awhl.org/

Campus Student Case Manager

Provides: Help for students who experience delays in their capacity to study, attend school because of mental health or other health issues

Anh Brown

519-661-2111 ext. 85985

anh.brown@uwo.ca

Canadian Mental Health Association – London-Middlesex Branch

Provides: Assessment, community support, help with finding counsellors or psychiatrists, etc…

Phone: 519-434-9191 (Mon-Fri 8:30-4:00)

Mental Health Crises Line: 519-433-2023 (available 24/7)

Website: http://london.cmha.ca/

ConnexOntario

Provides: three help lines that provide health services information for people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs or alcohol and mental illness

Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600

Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603

Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-230-3505

Website: http://www.connexontario.ca/

Good 2 Talk Post-Secondary Student Helpline

Provides: Free, professional and anonymous support for students in Ontario to talk about stress, mental health, legal issues, disability, financial stress, sexuality, addictions

Available 24 hours a day, every day

Phone: 1-866-925-5454

www.good2talk.ca

International Exchange Student Services

Provides: orientation, socio-cultural events, hep with financial issues,

www.iwellness.uwo.ca

519-661-3031

London and District Distress Centre

Provides: 24 Hour phone counselling related to mental health and distress

Crises Response Line: 519-433-2023

Website: http://www.londondistresscentre.com/

Mental Health 4 Kids

Provides: Website for youth, parents, educators and health care providers providing information about mental health related services

Website: http://www.mentalhealth4kids.ca/Index.aspx

Ontario Association for Suicide Prevention

Provides: Online resource for information about suicide and mental health issues

Website: http://ospn.ca/index.php/suicide-prevention/suicide-facts-myths

Sexual Assault Centre London

Provides: services to survivors of sexual violence in London and Middlesex County

24 Hour Crises and Support Line: 519-438-2272

Phone: 519-439-0844

In Person: 225 Horton Street, 3rd Floor

Website: http://www.sacl.ca/

United on Campus Services

Provides: Multi-faith counselling and support to help students, a safe space for body, mind, spirit

In Person: UCC, Room 256

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 82794

Email: klow33@uwo.ca

Western’s Peer Phone Line

Provides: confidential peer-to-peer sharing for students by students

519-661-3425 (Mon-Fri, 10:00am to Midnight)

Western Mental Health App

www.uwo.ca/its/mobile-doc

Western Services for Students with Disabilities

Provides: on campus transportation, alternative format text, assistive technology help, counselling, referrals, help with academic learning issues

In Person: Western Student Services Building (4th Floor)

Phone: 519-661-2147

Email: ssd@uwo.ca

Physical Health

Student Health Services

Provides: All medical care, counselling % psychiatry, birth control information, immunizations, allergy injections

www.shs.uwo.ca/counselling/counselling.html

Healthcare Connect

Provides: connects people with local personal physicians

Phone: 1-800-445-1822

Website: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/ms/healthcareconnect/public/

Middlesex-London Health Unit

Provides: Immunization, birth control, STI info, Dental clinic, travel clinic, classes, community programs

Phone: 519-663-5317

Website: https://www.healthunit.com/

 Telehealth Ontario

Provides: Free access to discussions with registered nurses 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Phone: 1-866-797-0000

Website: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/telehealth/

Stressors

City of London Property Standards Office

Provides: Investigation of structural or unsafe conditions and landlord/tenant issues about property standards (heat, electricity, noise, safety etc…)

Phone: 519-661-4555

Website: https://www.services.gov.on.ca/locations/locationDetail.do?id=14001

Federation of Metro Tenants Associations

Provides: advice on what your landlord/slimy corporate property owner is legally allowed to do/not do in the Province of Ontario. Designed for Metro Toronto tenants, they will offer advice to Londoners as the Ontario Residential Tenancy Act operates as provincial law.

Website: http://torontotenants.org/

Tenant Hotline: 416-921-9494

Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board

Provides: Information on the rules for both tenants and landlords, most landlords don’t follow or don’t know the rules (example: the classic damage deposit scheme)

Website: http://www.ltb.gov.on.ca

Ontario Tenants Rights

Provides: information about renting in a number of cities and municipalities in Ontario, including London

Website: http://london.ontariotenants.ca/index.phtml

Western Law Community Legal Services

Provides: Legal assistance and representation for small claims court, landlord-tenant issues, summary conviction criminal matters, simple wills and powers of attorney. Assistance is provided by law students under the direct supervision of a lawyer.

In Person: Western Law Building, Room 120

Phone: 519-661-3352

Website: http://www.law.uwo.ca/clinics_and_centres/community_legal_services/index.html

Quit Smoking

www.crushthecrave.ca

 www.wouldurather.ca

 www.facebook.com.leavethepackbehind

Snowman and Snowlady

Ever felt like an imposter?

Whether you are new to grad school or years into your program, imposter syndrome or the imposter phenomenon (IP) is something you have most likely dealt with. Its symptoms often include a lack of confidence, or feeling that you do not deserve success. As the links point out, it is probably irrational to think that you do not possess any weaknesses- indeed these should be addresses and or monitored to be as successful as possible. But I would argue there is more irrationality when we think less of ourselves and shrug off past successes as ‘lucky’ or undeserved. As difficult as the job market is at the moment, why should employers be confident in our abilities and skills if we are not?

Introduction to IP: http://mitalk.umich.edu/article/graduate-students-imposter-syndrome

How to help: http://mitalk.umich.edu/article/help-yourself-help-friend-imposter-syndrome

A personal story: http://contemplativemammoth.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/how-i-cured-my-imposter-syndrome/

Rock on,

CW

Committee Assistants

Social: Mark, Christine, Mike C., Hossein
Sustainability: Sarah L., Alexandra B., Sep P.
Holiday Orals: Kevin V., Mette
Website: James K.
Research: Kayla B., Mike C., Germaine T., Lydia Osei, Joseph K
Speaker Series: Sarah L, Natalie I., Kevin, Joannah C., Niyami K.,
Wellness: Jon R., Joannah C., Chris C., Amber C.