November 2021: Issue 10
From left to right: Dr. Aziz Douai (Dean of FGSR), Dr. Emily Richter (awarded the President's Distinguished Graduate Student Award), Dr. Jeff Keshen (President and Vice-Chancellor at the U of R). Image provided by photography services at the U of R.
FGSR Highlights
Congratulations to all U of R graduate students who have completed their programs and celebrated their graduation at the Fall Convocation, October 22. To view the congratulatory video by Dr. Aziz Douai, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, click here
Coffee with the Dean
Every month, FGSR Dean Aziz Douai meets students to discuss important topics focused on graduate student experience and success. Last month, we had guest speaker, Dr. Shadi Beshai, discuss mental health and wellbeing in grad school. You can view the recording here
Our upcoming “Coffee with the Dean” meeting will feature a conversation about student success and leadership, with guest speaker Latoya Reid, scheduled on November 18 at 9:30 am CST, online via Zoom. Register here and bring your questions!

FGSR is excited to share the launch of Mitacs' brand-new professional development curriculum through its learning management system, EDGE and would like to invite graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to attend the following online virtual facilitated sessions (project and time management, networking skills, and communication skills) that will be offered in November and December 2021. These virtual sessions are free of charge for students. The courses are organized in bundles and students must complete the online self-paced e-learning portion of each course before registering for a facilitated session. Description of each course can be found here. For any questions, please contact
Professional Development Opportunities
Introduction to NVIVO (Library)
November 3, 1 to 2:30 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Meeting Challenges in the Graduate Journey (Dr. Kathryn Ricketts)
November 5, 10 am Online. Workshop details and registration information available here
Graduate Writing (SSC)
November 9, 2:30 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information available here

Copyright for Graduate Students (Library)
November 15, 2 to 3 pm, Online. Workshop details and registration information available here

Master Your Time Management (GLC)
November 17, 10 am CST Online via Zoom. Workshop details and registration information available here
Coffee with the Dean (FGSR): Graduate student success and leadership
November 18 at 9:30 am CST Online via Zoom. Register here
Close Reading Techniques for Seminar (Dr. Kathryn Ricketts)
November 22, 1 pm Online via Zoom. Workshop details and registration information available here
Qualtrics for Online Surveys (Library)
November 23, 12 to 1 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information are available here

Networking Skills (Mitacs)
November 24, 9:30 to 11:30 am Online, Mountain Time. Workshop details and registration information are available here
Job Searching with a Graduate Degree (ACE)
Science and Engineering: November 24 Online. Workshop details and registration information are available here
Arts, Business, Education, etc: November 26 Online. Workshop details and registration information are available here

Introduction to Systemic and Scoping Reviews (Library)
November 29, 1 to 3 pm Online. Workshop details and registration information are available here

Project and Time Management (Mitacs)
November 3, 9:30 to 11:30 am Online, Mountain Time
November 10, 9:30 to 11:30 am Online, Mountain Time
November 19, 9:30 to 11:30 am Online, Mountain Time
Choose the date that works best for you. Workshop details and registration information are available here
Career Webinars (ACE at U of R)
Job Search, All Fields: November 8, 1 to 2:15 pm OR November 18, 3 to 4:15 pm
Job Search, Science and Engineering Fields: November 8, 3 to 4:15 pm OR November 18, 1 to 4:15 pm
Customizing Resumes – Science and Engineering Fields: Nov. 9, 1 to 2:15 pm OR Nov. 22, 3 to 4:15 pm
Customizing Resumes – All Fields: Nov. 9, 3 to 4:15 pm OR Nov. 22, 1 to 2:15 pm
Interview Prep: Nov. 5, 1:30 to 2:45 pm OR Nov. 16, 5 to 6:15 pm  
Exploring Educational and Career Options: Nov. 4, 3 to 4:15 OR Nov. 16, 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Individual Career Counselling for U of R Students: Questions related to choosing or re-evaluating your educational/career direction? Contact a career counsellor to book a time:
Details on all these webinars and registration information available here
Scholarships and Funding
Find out more information about upcoming scholarship reminders and deadlines at the links below:

Remember that there are many more scholarship opportunities on our Scholarships web page. Please go through each and every link to find what you are fully eligible for.
Student Life

The BIPOC Diversity Group, a gathering for racialized graduate students who identify as visible minority or people of colour, met in person at the Lazy Owl on October 8. If you would like to join this group, email with your name and contact information.
Latoya Reid
Grad Spotlight
Latoya T. Reid is a masters trained and registered social worker, and also a trained teacher (certified through Sam Sharpe Teachers College) who is a native of Montego Bay, Jamaica. She immigrated to Canada in 2015 with her husband and 2 young children. Her experience in human service spans over 15 years ranging from teaching to various branches of social work, including: health care, addictions counsellor, assessor coordinating, case management, child welfare, advocacy, research and analysis, activism, public speaking, training, among others.

Latoya prides herself in being a catalyst of positive change so that others can become empowered to gain a more positive self-image and regain the power to resist future instances of oppression in their lives. She praises herself as a decolonizing therapist who seeks to remove the stigma from seeking mental health support by using a culturally diverse and trauma informed lens. Latoya believes in the power of inclusivity, and this was the impetus for her starting her own clinical practice: Altoyathetherapist.
Thank you, Latoya, for being an example of graduate student success and leadership, and for sharing your experience with us!
If you would like to be featured or if you know someone who should be featured in the Grad Spotlight, email us at
Open Calls
Inaugural MAP/HRI DRS: Doctoral Research Showcase. Walking Art Practices: Four Perspectives from Canada and the UK featuring Ken Wilson, PhD Candidate, Faculty of MAP.
November 4, 10 am to 12 pm CST, through Eventbrite
Doctoral Research Showcase is a partnership between MAP Interdisciplinary Grad Programs and the Humanities Research Institute (HRI) to provide: 1) A forum for dissemination of PhD candidates’ research as required by the course MAP 805 2) A collegial, supportive, but rigorous environment of peers and professors in which students can test their ideas and prepare for defense of their theses and projects; and 3) A mechanism to bring all MAP graduate students, supervisors, and faculty across units and disciplines on campus and beyond, together a few times per year for dialogue on, profile of, and engagement with student research.
1st Decolonization & Justice Conference
November 4, 10 am to 5 pm CST. Online
The purpose of this virtual conference is to promote awareness and to foster innovation and creativity in the field of Decolonization & Justice. The conference will provide a platform for learning and discussion between community members, practitioners, academics, students, law enforcement agencies, and justice stakeholders.
Book your slots ASAP! Financial assistance is available for those who are in-need. Nobody will be turned away! You can register here For more information about the conference, please visit our conference website here You can also email us at if you have any questions or concerns.
De/Colonizing Educational Relationships in Teacher Education
Nov. 6, 8:30 am - to Nov. 7, 3:00 pm. Online
All faculty and students are invited to take part in this weekend retreat during which we will be discussing the de/colonial imaginary we have developed as a result of 12 years of research in a Canadian teacher education context (Pirbhai-Illich & Martin, 2020). In thinking about how we might de/colonise our educational relations, we will focus on multiple forms of relationality including spiritual, environmental, socio-cultural, and historical-political. The aims of the weekend are to develop: understanding of de/coloniality; relation to colonising ways of being, doing, and knowing and how this influences your [teacher] educator identities and practices; and understanding of how it might be possible to create de/colonial spaces for teaching and learning. For more information, refer to the flyer. Register here
Anti-Racism Response Training (ART)
November 7, 10 am to 1 pm CST, Online via Zoom
CAGS is excited to offer this important and timely three-hour workshop designed to build awareness around issues of race and racism in Canadian higher education. This workshop will introduce participants to the historical legacies of racism in this country, and provide an overview of key concepts such as micro-aggression, systemic racism, and implicit bias. The workshop is premised on the active-witnessing model, in which participants will learn enhanced techniques for intervening and disrupting racism in their institutions and in their daily lives. For more information and to register, click here. Use the discount code ARTUREGINA for U of R graduate students and postdocs to pay $27 instead of $35.
Additive Manufacturing Workshop
November 9, 9 am to 4:30 pm CST. Hosted by Industrial Systems Engineering Program.
Additive manufacturing (AM), also commonly known as 3D Printing, is a key component of the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). While this workshop is open to anyone, senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and manufacturing professionals, researchers/faculty members of other disciplines are strongly encouraged to participate if new to this field. For more information and for the registration link, click here
From Awareness to Action: Supporting Systemic Responses to Sexual Violence Virtual Conference
November 9 & 10. Information on the conference here.
Saskatchewan Centre for Patient Oriented Research (SCPOR) Research Showcase
November 16 & 18. Online
This year, Saskatchewan Health Research Showcase will feature exciting keynote presentations on Truth & Reconciliation and our role in striving for equitable, accessible health care in Saskatchewan, and Understanding Long COVID. We will hear from research teams from across the province about the work they’re doing in various areas of health research, and will have the opportunity to learn more about patient-oriented research in a fun and informative Patient Partner Event. Plus, attendees can view ePosters and interact with their presenters online. For more information and for the registration link, click here
Call for submissions to “the Engineering Resilience in Critical Infrastructure Forum”
The Faculty of Engineering is soliciting expressions of interest from senior PhD students and postdocs to present research work in a scientific /practitioner forum, “Engineering Resilience in Critical Infrastructure.” Alternative perspectives from all disciplines are invited and will be accepted on a competitive basis. Please email with a short (max one page) proposal to speak at this event which is tentatively planned for the 3rd week of November, 2021.
Postdoctoral Fellowship
SickKids Research Institute is hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to research data-driven approaches assessing workplace culture. To find out more about this opportunity, click here

SOST 880AN – 001 (CRN12599) Community Engaged Scholarship and Outreach
Sociology & Social Studies will be offering this graduate course in Winter 2022, open to all graduate students.
Day and Time: Wednesday 5:30 pm - 8:15 pm, Research and Innovation Centre 209
Community engaged scholarship (CES) is about research, learning, and methods for working in partnership with communities. It builds on learning from community development, the commons, community-based research and social movements. It brings students, organizations and communities together to produce research and action, synthesize existing work and mobilize knowledge creatively. If you have any questions or require assistance with registering in the course, contact Dr. Cindy Hanson directly at

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