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Dear friends and colleagues,
Happy Monday! We hope this email finds you well, that you are keeping yourself warm, and that your week is as productive as you want it to be.

ND Connect is back this semester with more social events, workshops, and other activities! Read below about all we have planned and other ND events of interest to us. Please, make sure to RSVP to our events so we can accommodate everyone.

Social Gatherings

Meet and Greet with Nyrée and John 

Dr. Nyrée McDonald has graciously invited us to her home to meet the Graduate School's new Recruitment Strategies Program Director, John Lowery, and give him a chance to get to know all of us.  Please join us for light refreshments and conversation.

When: Saturday, February 1st from 3:00 to 5:00pm 
123 Marquette Ave, South Bend (Location subject to change with 2 days advanced warning dependant on attendance)   
Please, RSVP as soon as possible through the following link. If you have any questions, please email the wonderful Laura Patzschke at  
RSVP to Nyrée's soirée

A Salute to Bob Marley! 

Vegetable Buddies Nightclub will present a Bob Marley Birthday Celebration with The Ark Band on Saturday night February 15th. One of America's finest Roots Reggae bands, The Ark Band takes the Tribute to Bob show on the road for the month of February. This is a very well put together show, covering the set list of Bob Marley & the Wailer's historic November 25th ,1979 Santa Barbara Bowl concert . Truly magical!

If you are interested in joining us for what promises to be a magical night, please RSVP through the following link. Depending on the interest of the group, ND Connect will request a Go Grant to cover the entrance fee for those who RSVP.
RSVP to the Salute to Bob Marley
Study Sessions

Last semester, many of you showed interest in attending study/writing sessions. As such, ND Connect will continue holding weekly study sessions where you will be able to grab drinks, healthy snacks, and get some work done... or not, if you just want a coffee break surrounded by friends and in a safe environment. 

Note that these sessions are "open house" style, meaning that you are welcome to come and go as you please. We would also like to pick a time that accommodates most of you. So please, fill out the following poll by selecting the time slots you are most likely available to join our meetings. 
Coffee Sessions
Professionalization Events

TAs and Graduate Instructors of Color Learning Community

Graduate students of color are invited to take part in the second semester of our TA and Graduate Instructors of Color learning community. This ongoing, biweekly conversation creates space for TAs and Graduate Instructors of color to share their experiences with navigating the classroom, work/life balance, and power differentials. Sign up through the following link or contact Dominique Vargas ( for more information.
TA and Graduate Instructors of Color

3MT Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT® ) competition celebrates the exciting research being conducted by graduate students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates student’s academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The first 3MT® competition was held at University of Queensland (UQ) in 2008 with 160 research higher degree students competing. In 2009 and 2010, the 3MT® competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Since 2011 the popularity of the competition has increased and 3MT® competitions are now held in over 600 universities across more than 65 countries worldwide.

Students may register for workshops at the Professional Development events PORTAL. Here are some of the workshops offered:                

Distilling Your Scholarly Research in a 3MT® Format

  • January 29, 2020: 10 a.m., 117 Bond Hall Conference Room

Presenter Center Consultations hosted by the Writing Center

  • Schedule online at
  • Create an account and then click on the Presenter Center and/or 3MT drop down calendar
  • 30-45 minute feedback sessions
  • Don’t see a calendar time that works for you? Contact

One Button Studio – Virtual Coaching for 3MT®

  • One Button Studio does not satisfy the requirement to attend 1 Professional Development workshop
Health and Well-Being

Counseling Services

Beginning October 28 , 2019, ALL students will be able to access services at the UCC between the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, weekdays without needing an appointment. NEW Drop-In Hours will enable students to access services when they need them without needing to call ahead and wait days for a scheduled appointment time. Simply drop by the UCC on the third floor of St. Liam Hall for a drop-in appointment with one of our counselors. 

The new Drop-In Hours mean that the UCC will no longer be scheduling initial appointments with students who are new to the service. To access services at the UCC for the first time, simply go during Drop-In Hours and be seen by a counselor.

For more information and to register for this event, click HERE

What is ND Connect?  

ND Connect is a new initi-ative that looks to foment a sense of community and belonging among all under-represented fellows, promo-ting a noncompetitive and well-balanced space where we can give and receive peer support while also ex-ploring different techniques and methods with which to improve our graduate expe-rience here at Notre Dame.

What is our purpose?

Graduate students, specially those belonging to underre-presented communities, face countless challenges that affect their persistence efforts in their respective aca-demic programs. According to statistics published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, an alarming 50% of doctoral students across the country leave graduate school without finishing. While many institutions are actively working towards developing different methods and strategies to help their students successfully com-plete their programs, there still seems to be a dis-connection between the administration and the graduate student body. Through this project, we intend to address some of the challenges faced by fellow graduate stu-dents at Notre Dame in order to improve our quality of life and our persistence efforts.

These are all our announcements for now. See you on February 1st, if you can make it. Have a wonderful week!
ND Connect

Laura M. Ortiz Mercado

Doctoral Candidate | Department of English
Teaching Apprentice | Program of Gender Studies
Recruitment Representative | The Graduate School
President | English Graduate Student Association 

University of Notre Dame
333 Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5611
phone: (+1) 787-210-8385
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