Campus Resources


Graduate Student Senate

Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is a collegiate association of the Graduate College that acts as the primary representative, administrative, and service organization for graduate students at the University. Graduate students organize the Jakobsen Conference—an event that gives graduate students experience presenting their research in conference format in a local environment. GSS Senators also assist the Graduate College officials with the New Graduate Student Welcome & Orientation.

Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS)

COGS is a democratic, rank-and-file Union determined to fight for a voice in influencing graduate employee working conditions. Join the Union and have a voice by becoming a COGS member.

Critical MASS

The Critical Mentoring and Student Support program is a volunteer opportunity to serve as a mentor to undergraduate students who have violated the Code of Student Life. To participate, complete the online, interactive training and submit a mentor’s interest/preference form.

Women in Science and Engineering Program (WISE)

The WISE mission is to expand and improve educational and professional opportunities for women in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by facilitating individual, institutional, and social change. WISE offers programs and initiatives that occur within the University.

Women's Resource and Action Center

The Women’s Resource and Action Center works to create greater equity for individuals and communities of all identities, with a particular focus on women, through activism, social justice initiatives, leadership training, advocacy, service, and personal and professional development. They offer the Iowa N.E.W. Leadership program as well as opportunities to get involved by volunteering at the Center. No experience is needed, as training is provided for most positions.

Request a Workshop

Unfortunately, the Graduate College will not be offering workshops on request during the fall 2018 semester. This service will be available again in the spring of 2019.

The Graduate College offers workshops that can be requested by student groups (formal organizations or informal groups of students), faculty, departments, or other campus organizations. You can review the offerings below. To request a workshop, complete the Workshop Request Form.

Please note all workshops:

  • are 60-90 minutes in length,
  • require at least 5 students to attend, and
  • room accommodations must be reserved by the requester

StrengthsFinder for Graduate Students (Prep 20 minutes + $20 per student)

This workshop draws on the StrengthFinder assessment tool to help students better understand their own unique strengths in an academic and/or work context. During the session, students will learn how to leverage their strengths for future roles in or out of academia. Students attending this workshop develop confidence in their approach to leadership and a deeper understanding of effective team collaboration.

Requester will: Pay for StrengthsFinder codes and distribute them to workshop attendees in advance of the workshop. Codes can be purchased direct from Gallup.
Pre-workshop (20 minutes): Students will need to complete the StrengthsFinder assessment.


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