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Graduate Assistant Training and Professional
Development Opportunities

Graduate assistantships provide professional training and learning opportunities for graduate students. For some graduate assistants the GA will be the first of many professional experiences, for others, it is a step in a new direction. A graduate assistantship is intended to provide graduate students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning in a professional setting, to have professional learning experiences and to develop confidence and competence in a supportive educational environment.

To help graduate students succeed in the role of graduate assistant, the School of Graduate Studies offers a number of training opportunities.

Graduate Assistant Orientation

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of GA Orientation, graduate assistants will:

  • Be able to locate and articulate policies affecting graduate assistantship employment;
  • Articulate the roles and responsibilities of graduate assistants on campus;
  • Define and provide examples of professional behavior; and
  • Understand the role of the GA on campus and articulate the resources available.

GA Orientation Presentations

If you were unable to attend Graduate Assistant Orientation, please read the GA Handbook carefully and review the following three presentations.

Required Workshops

Preventing Harassment and Discrimination

Completion of training in the the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and sexual violence is required annually for all graduate assistants. Graduate Assistants will be notified early in the semester to complete the following workshop on discrimination in the workplace.

Preventing Discrimination in the Workplace (Parts A and B)

As part of institutional strategy, SCSU provides anti-racism and anti-discrimination training to faculty, staff and students. This training is available online at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/affirmativeaction/policies/reporting.asp. All graduate assistants are required to provide documentation of completion of Parts A and B of the Preventing discrimination and harassment workshop. This is an annual requirement and the workshop must be completed for each academic year of a GA appointment. Please complete the workshop at a computer where you are able to print. Certificates of completion are available to print at the conclusion of the workshop and must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies.

Recommended Training and Professional Development

Understanding Racism and Anti-Racism Organizing

The Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative offers free workshops each semester to employees, students, and community members. All graduate assistants are encourage to complete a CARE workshop. More information is online at http://www.stcloudstate.edu/care/workshops.asp

Data Privacy/Security Awareness Workshop

Graduate assistants working with student information are expected to complete the Public Jobs, Private Data training workshop available in D2L prior to or during the first two weeks of the GA appointment or as directed by the GA Supervisor.

Graduate Assistant Resources

Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention

The School of Graduate Studies hosted two workshops for graduate assistants in January 2010.

  • 2010 Presentation (PDF)

Professional Development and Leadership Resources

Office of Equity and Affirmative Action

 

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