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


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

  • Academic Development
  • Career Development
  • Professional Skill Development
  • Personal Growth


Upcoming PDI Events

Presentation TopicSpeaker Date(s)TimeEvent Format
Keynote Event: Congrats! You're a TA - Now What?
Paul Buckley08/30/202211:30am-1:30pmIn-Person & Zoom
Graduate Student Mental Health and Mental Health ResourcesMarie Gray,
Samantha Edgerton
Insurance 101:Terminology and Processes in the U.S. Cody Tornow,
Becky Meyer
Resources for International Students at WSUCody Tornow,
Nitivia Jones
Keynote Event: Formatting Your Thesis or Dissertation

Daniel Vickoren,
Maria Kobets,
Kristina Intinarelli,
Megan Konkel
Professional Headshot Photoshoot 09/27/202211:00am - 1:00pmIn-Person
Keynote Event: Mindfulness Made SimpleTrymaine Gaither 10/05/202210:00am-12:00pmIn-Person & Zoom
Writing Workshop Series: EndNote TrainerChelsea Leachman10/11/202210:00am-12:00pmVirtual
Writing Workshop Series: Zotero TrainerLorena O'English10/13/202210:00am-12:00pmVirtual
Writing Workshop Series: Literature ReviewLorena O'English, Haixia He10/19/202211:00am-1:00pmVirtual
Writing Workshop Series: Critical Reading StrategiesLorena O'English10/27/202212:00pm-2:00pmVirtual