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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
Graduate Student Health and Health Resources at WSUMarie Gray,
Reanne Chilton
02/08/202212 pm - 1:30pmVirtual
Tax Help for Graduate and Professional StudentsRichard Toolson02/15/202212 pm - 2 pmVirtual
Formatting Your Thesis or DissertationDaniel Vickoren
Kristina Intinarelli
Maria Kobets
02/17/202212 pm - 2 pmVirtual
Data Literacy: Busting Myths of Big DataNairanjana Dasgupta03/01/202212 pm - 2 pmVirtual
Pivot WorkshopEmily Brashear03/03/202212 pm - 2 pmVIrtual
Teaching with TechnologyMary Packer03/24/202212 pm - 2 pmVirtual
Intentional Inclusion: Minimizing Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions

Lisa Guerrero04/05/20221 pm- 2:30 pmVirtual
Leadership Seminar with Dr.Karen DePauw: Becoming a Transformational Leader

Karen DePauw04/06/202212pm- 1:00 pmIn-Person & Virtual
The AFW and PDI Present: Braiding Sweetgrass
Karen Weathermon, Sarah Fick04/12/202212:00-2:00Virtual