Workshops and Events

The Graduate School and Western Libraries collaborate with campus partners to provide workshops and events as part of the Kitto Graduate Student Hub. Offerings support graduate student research and scholarship, academic success, wellbeing, and career readiness.

Do you have ideas for future workshops or events, or would you like to partner with us? Please contact

Winter 2024 Ongoing Events

Start with Art!

This is an opportunity to start your week creatively to draw and connect with others in a low stakes environment! There will be weekly prompts to guide inspiration, but you can also just work on your own projects if you are wanting to have a space to be held accountable in your creative endeavors within a supportive community. Supplies like watercolors, paint brushes, colored pencils and markers will be provided but feel free to bring in your own! Otherwise, no experience or materials necessary—just your lovely self!

Led by: Sydney Check, Grad Hub TA, Master in Teaching program

Mondays at 11:00


Planning Party

In this weekly planning and goal setting session, we'll practice ways to manage and keep track of the ALL THE THINGS. Our focus will be away from toxic productivity and toward regaining a sense of calm and care for ourselves in the various aspects of our lives. Drop in once or multiple times for ideas and encouragement. Bring your preferred writing tools.

Led by: Megan Spiegel, Head of the Graduate Hub

Tuesdays at 10:00


Gratitude Group

In this 15 to 30-minute guided gratitude group, students can come and make space for a moment of gratitude in their day. We will briefly explore the benefits before starting our independent gratitude journaling exercises. Come and join us as we begin exploring the powerful practice of expressing that which we are grateful for in our lives. Feel free to bring your own journal, otherwise paper will be provided!

Led by: Colton Hoggarth, Grad Hub TA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling program

Tuesdays at 4:30 and Thursdays at 11:00


Graduate Open Studio

Grads and Prospective Grads: Drop in for assistance with research, writing projects, or your application materials for graduate programs and professional opportunities! Get feedback, support, and resources from library staff and the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio.

Tuesdays 4:00 to 6:00 in the ISB Collaborative Space


Winter Yarn Arts

 In Denmark during the cold and dark winter residents practice “Hygge” which translates to a form of well-being.  One way of practicing Hygge is yarn art which can be practiced indoors and in community promoting well-being. Come participate in a fun, relaxed space and learn to knit or crochet! Or if you’re already an advanced yarn artist come hang out and knit or crochet in community. All levels are welcome!! Bring your own supplies or borrow supplies.

Led by: Rosa Nelson, Grad Hub TA, Environmental Studies program

Wednesdays at 12:00


Writing/Working Session

Use this dedicated time to make progress on your writing and other work in a group setting. We'll briefly check in on our goals for the session and then dive into some timed sprints with breaks in between for encouragement and accountability. Bring whatever you're working on in any discipline!

Led by: Megan Spiegel, Head of the Graduate Hub

Thursdays at 3:00


WAWU Office Hours

Graduate student representatives from Western Academic Workers United (WAWU) will be hosting office hours every Thursday at noon in the Grad Hub. Stop by and learn about our efforts to improve working conditions for student employees at Western!

Thursdays at 12:00

Fall 2023 Events

Career Services Drop-ins

Career Services Center staff will be available in the Kitto Graduate Student Hub to provide an overview of services and answer your career and job search questions. Drop by, no appointment needed!

Wednesday, October 25, 12:00 to 1:30

Wednesday, November 8, 10:00 to 11:30

Wednesday, November 29, 2:30 to 4:00


Imposter Syndrome Discussion & Support Space

Imposter syndrome is the feeling that you don't belong or don't deserve to be where you are, or that everyone around you is smarter or more accomplished. These feelings of self-doubt might contribute to anxiety and overwhelm, and can manifest particularly strongly for graduate students. Guess what? You're not the only one feeling this way! Join us in the Grad Hub for a short overview of what imposter syndrome is, followed by discussion and reflection with your peers supported by a professional from Counseling & Wellness Services. Free coffee & tea provided!

Wednesday, November 1, 3:30 to 4:30

Past Events

Prior Workshops

Examples of past workshops are listed below. Some of these topics will be offered annually, and others may not be offered every year. If you see something that interests you, let us know!

IRB Workshop Series

Grant Writing Support and Writing for Funding

Personal Statements

Impostor Syndrome

Job Searches

Resumes and Cover Letters

Fulbright Workshop and Info Session

Digital Media Skills

Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities

Art and Creativity in Research

Zotero Research Management 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program