Tips for building community
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Building a Community at Illinois
 
 
 
Hello Graduate Student,
 
Meeting other students and creating a community is an important part of your personal and professional development. And at the University of Illinois, there are more than 17,000 fascinating, dedicated, and creative graduate students to get to know! Still, within such a large and dynamic community, it can sometimes feel challenging to connect with others, especially when so many are working remotely. In this newsletter, we have tips to help you meet other students at Illinois.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Campus Spotlight
 
 
 

Whether you are on campus or remote, there are a number of ways to get to know other students. 

Registered Student Organizations: There are nearly 2,000 Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus that connect students with similar interests and hobbies. Take a look at the list of RSOs and see if there is one that you would like to join. Pro Tip: Some of our SAGE members have enjoyed participating in the RSO English Corner.

Cultural and Resource Centers: The Illinois campus has nine centers to help connect and support students. You can learn more about these centers on our Building Community web page. You can also learn more by watching the virtual tours of these centers, available on YouTube.

Workshops and Other Campus Events: A great way to get to know other students and resources in the campus community is to attend virtual workshops and events. Attend a Graduate College workshop or look through the websites and calendars for other campus units (our Campus Resources page is a great place to start). You might find additional opportunities to meet others through the Campus Event Calendar or through your department.

 
 
   
 
 
Next Steps
 
 
 

Identify some opportunities to meet others, then put them on your calendar. You might have a Zoom coffee hour with classmates, labmates, or others in your department, join an RSO, or attend a campus event or workshop. It might feel nerve-racking (and it can be!), but the small first step of reaching out can lead to a community of colleagues who can support each other.

Check out the guide compiled by the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning for tips on adapting to an online learning environment.

Join us in celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week from October 26 through 30. See the calendar for more information.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 

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