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Professional Development Initiative Growing Outstanding Academic and Leadership Skills

The Professional Development Initiative

The Professional Development Initiative (PDI) is organized by the Graduate School and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA), and has received support through many partnerships and colleges across campus. This initiative provides a range of programs, training opportunities, and resources to graduate and professional students that will help prepare them for academic and career success. The goal of PDI  is to ensure that all graduate and professional students have the skills, knowledge, and mindsets necessary to succeed both professionally and academically.

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We have developed a series of core competencies that are intended to guide students through their programs and help them transition into their future role in academia or industry. The following core competencies are inclusive of masters and doctoral students across disciplines and applicable to a wide range of professional settings:

  • Academic and Career Development
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Leadership and Professionalism
  • Personal Well-being

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Upcoming PDI Events

Presentation TopicPresenterEvent OrganizerDate(s)Time
Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Non-Academic Jobs (Vancouver Campus)PanelPDICanceledCanceled
Alumni Panel Discussion: A view of Work in Non-Academic Jobs for Social SciencesAlumni PanelPDICanceledCanceled
Writing Workshop Series: Reference Management SoftwareLorena O’English (WSU Librarian) and Consultants from Graduate Writing Center PDICanceledCanceled
Work and Wellness Discussion Series: OutliersDr. Melanie-Angela Neuilly, Department of Criminal Justice and CriminologyPDI, AFWCanceledCanceled
Panel Discussion: A view of Entrepreneurship & Patents Outside AcademiaPanelPDI, IREOCanceledCanceled
Stress Relief and Mindfulness -Zoom streamingDr. Cecilia Richards, Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & UREC Group Fitness InstructorPDI, UREC04/07/201:30-2:30 pm
Stress Relief and Mindfulness -Zoom streamingDr. Cecilia Richards, Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & UREC Group Fitness InstructorPDI, UREC04/15/202:00-3:00 pm
Stress Relief and Mindfulness -Zoom streamingDr. Cecilia Richards, Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & UREC Group Fitness InstructorPDI, UREC04/23/201:30-2:30 pm
Writing Lock-In IIGWC Consultants availablePDICanceledCanceled
Stress Relief and Mindfulness -Zoom streamingDr. Cecilia Richards, Professor School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering & UREC Group Fitness InstructorPDI, UREC04/28/205:10 - 6:00