BBS Thriving Seminar Series

The BBS Thriving Seminar series aims to help graduate students develop strong interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. Through these workshops/seminars, you will gain valuable tools to help you thrive personally, financially, and academically while also experiencing a sense of belonging and well-being.

March 2022

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome through Public Speaking

Friday, March 11 | 4:00 pm | via Zoom

Speaker: Yvonne Armenta

This workshop aims to provide strategies to overcome imposter syndrome and improve public speaking skills

April 2022

Racial and Gender Microaggressions: A Double-Edged Sword!

Friday, April 22 | 1:30 pm | via Zoom

Speaker: Christina Alston, Associate Director for Science & Engineering at STEM Engagement, Rice University

[Student Only Session] This workshop invites participants to challenge their understanding of how their everyday language and behaviors can influence the belongingness of individuals due to basis and stereotypes. In this workshop, we will learn about racial and gender microaggressions, the subtle and sometimes intentional, physical, verbal, or nullified acts against individuals of marginalized groups. Participants will work through scenarios to describe when microaggressions occur and learn how to promote positive change.

April 2022

Wise Use of Credit

Friday, April 22 | 4:00 pm | via Zoom

Speaker: Brendan Wilbur, CUDE

Maintaining good credit is more than just paying off your balance. Understand the different credit resources available.  Learn how to obtain, interpret, and improve your credit score.  Most importantly, learn how to successfully create a budget plan to minimize worry, prepare for unplanned expenses and achieve your short and long term financial goals.   

May 2022

Making a Plan for Wellness & Support

Friday, May 20 | 4:00 pm | Zoom

Speaker: Travis Winter, LCSW-R, Cornell Health


Because constant internal and external pressure impacts our health and well-being, it remains essential that we think about self-care, community, and building skills of resilience to have a foundation for academic and life success.  In a time when society expects us to be on a pathway to return to ”normal,” the question of how to acknowledge shared difficulties and uncertainty and find support through our personal and professional networks continues. Join us for an open and honest conversation about our individual and collective experiences that can challenge our ability to navigate the academy.