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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 2015 Orientation Presentation (.pdf). You are responsible for the information contained in these documents. Please direct questions to Dr. Melanie Guentzel at

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 a workshop on sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

Recommended Training and Professional Development

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 Brightspace prior to or during the first two weeks of the GA appointment or as directed by the GA Supervisor.

Safety Programs at St. Cloud State

Information on safety procedures, available trainings, and resources. Safety Programs PDF

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training

  • Tuesday, October 18, 12:00-1:00 pm, Primrose Room, Atwood Center
  • Friday, November 4, 12:00-1:00 pm, Primrose Room, Atwood Center

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

Graduate Assistant Resources

Professional Development and Leadership Resources

Office for Institutional Equity & Access