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This year's symposium will be facilitated over zoom. Register in advance to get the zoom link and other pre-symposium info.

Following the short faculty talks on failures (and overcoming them), we will have a chance for optional continued discussion, from 12:30-1:00.

Event Schedule

9:00-10:30 | Plenary talk with Dragonfly Mental Health
10:30-10:40 | Break time
10:40-11:30 | Communicating with your advisor workshop
11:30-11:40 | Break time
11:40-12:30 | Failure/success workshop with research faculty members 
12:30-1:00 | Discussion without faculty present

More about our workshop facilitators:

Dragonfly was formed to specifically address the mental health needs of academics, given that rates of mental illness are extremely high in academia. More about their background, goals, and services can be found here. The workshop Dragonfly is facilitating at our symposium will be led by Dr. Wendy Ingram, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychiatric Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the founder of Dragonfly.

Darwin Sodhi

Darwin has extensive crisis management response experience through his 5 year career in residence life at the University of Toronto. During 2 of those years, Darwin was heavily involved in planning and executing training for residence life staff members. Some of his skills include; active listening, suicide/violence prevention, mental health first aid, bystander intervention, programming to build community, accessibility and bias training, and assertive communication.

Failure workshop speakers

UBC professors Rachel Germain, Mike Gordon, Xin Li, Patrick Martone, and Lacey Samuels have all kindly agreed to share stories of failures they experienced as grad students, and ultimately overcame.