The Graduate Student and TA Resource Fair 2020 has now ended. This page will remain live for archival purposes. Check our site in summer 2021 for updates on next year's event!


The Incoming Graduate Student and TA Resource Fair is a new virtual experience designed to connect you with UCLA services and programs that support the graduate student and TA experience. ALL new graduate students and future, current, or returning TAs are welcome to attend any session. View the schedule of events and directory to connect and learn more about resources. The Resource Fair sessions are designed to be a more direct opportunity to connect with resources of interest, get your questions answered, and are a different format compared to some of the panels and workshops you may see as a part of orientation or the TA conference. Think of this as a virtual tabling fair with each "table" being a virtual session. 

New Grad Student & TA Resource Fair

September 14 - October 2, 2020

Virtual Events 

Directory of Participating Resources 

 

Associated Students UCLA (ASUCLA) 

The Associated Students UCLA (ASUCLA) is the student-controlled, non-profit organization that has provided retail and student union services to the University of California, Los Angeles, since its establishment in 1919.

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BruinCard's convenience and multipurpose features make it a must-have credential! It's the official UCLA card for identification, prepaid debit, the library, the gym, building access, campus discounts and much more.

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CARE 

CARE is committed to the eradication of sexual and gender-based violence through creating and sustaining a safe, healthy, and equitable community for all people. CARE strives to achieve this through provision of comprehensive prevention education, individual support and advocacy, and holistic healing programs for all members of the UCLA community. You can request an appointment for advocacy, prevention workshop, or request more information on our website, emailing us at care@careprogram.ucla.edu, or by calling 310-206-2465.


The UCLA Career Center provides a range of services that specifically address the career needs of Master’s and PhD students. Over the course of your UCLA graduate education, you will develop advanced skills in teaching, research, leadership, collaboration, and much more. These skills are transferrable and will be useful to you in many contexts, both inside and outside of academia. In addition to one-on-one advising sessions, we partner with other UCLA organizations to bring you workshops, networking events, panel discussions, and experiential opportunities to help you explore and to prepare you for any future career.


Community Programs Office

The Community Programs Office (CPO) serves as UCLA’s cross-cultural center while focusing on K-14 college preparation programs, basic needs, retention and leadership development, and community service. Through the CPO, graduate students can access key retention and basic needs support services year-round to ensure their journey through UCLA is made smoother. Additionally, there are multiple ways to get involved in order to enhance the graduate experience: volunteer opportunities with over 30 outreach and community service projects, the Men’s and Women’s Collectives, and the Leadership Development Fellows Program, among others. Please visit our website and social media platforms to stay up-to-date on programs and events throughout the academic year.

UCLA’s Center for Accessible Education (CAE) supports students with qualifying disabilities by ensuring equitable access to the numerous educational opportunities available on our campus. The mission of the Center for Accessible Education (CAE) is to create an accessible, inclusive, and supportive learning environment. Through a collaborative effort with faculty, staff, and students, the Center for Accessible Education facilitates academic accommodations, disability advocacy, and serves as an educational resource for the campus community. The CAE is located in A255 Murphy Hall, and can be contacted via phone at 310-825-1501. More information can also be found on CAE's website at cae.ucla.edu.

The Test of Oral Proficiency (TOP) tests oral English ability for Teaching Assistants (TAs), and is required for all international (non-US citizen) graduate students who will work as TAs. The exam simulates common TA duties, specifically, explaining course materials and presenting an academic topic in an interactive manner, though it only tests language proficiency and is not designed to test teaching skills or knowledge of subject matter. International students with a Bachelor's degree from a US institution are automatically exempt; to request an exception for any other reason (e.g., native English speaker), your department's SAO can contact Graduate Division directly. For further information about the TOP, please visit our website at www.teaching.ucla.edu/top or contact us at TOP@teaching.ucla.edu


CIRTL provides UCLA graduate students with professional development and training in inclusive and effective teaching practices. The skills and experiences gained will make graduate students more competitive for academic positions and other jobs in which strong communication skills and working with diverse teams are assets. Participants in CIRTL will have the opportunity to network with peers and mentors at UCLA and throughout the multi-institution network. Benefits include being competitive for a broader array of academic jobs and becoming more effective teachers and mentors throughout your career.

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EIP offers two important services for the university. First, we provide a centralized evaluation service for over 120 departments on campus. Using Registrar’s data, EIP administers evaluations for the majority of the campus’ faculty and Teaching Assistants. Our office recently initiated a major campus-wide change; evaluations are now filled out electronically by all students. The overall goal of the evaluation service is to provide data that will help to improve the quality of teaching at UCLA. We create an accessible and confidential way for students to provide feedback about their instructors, courses, and the quality of education they are receiving. The data that is collected is aggregated into reports for individual instructors and their departments.


The mission of UCLA’s Financial Wellness Program is to empower all Bruins to confidently navigate their finances in a way that supports their overall well-being. This program fosters financial literacy skills through workshops, coaching and online educational efforts. Additionally, FWP aims to encourage students to know who, when and why to ask for help. Overall, the program centralizes and advocates for student economic support services on campus. Financial Wellness Graduate Consultants that offer weekly appointment hours to help graduate students plan out their financial futures.

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The Graduate Division provides central services to advance graduate education at UCLA. From recruitment and admissions, through the awarding of degrees, we work with you and your program to support your academic success and professional development. We sponsor networking events, workshops on funding and writing fellowship applications, skills training, professional development courses, the Grad Slam 3-minute research competition and more. Units of the Graduate Division include: Academic Services, Diversity, Inclusion and Admissions, Fellowships and Financial Services, Graduate Division Case Management, and the Graduate Division Associate Deans.

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The Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy prepares graduate students from all fields to teach writing successfully at UCLA and to be more competitive candidates on the job market. The program offers coursework, training, and mentoring by Writing Programs faculty, as well as professionalization activities and the opportunity to join a growing community of graduate instructors who love to talk teaching. All UCLA graduate students are welcome to apply, and opportunities to teach writing are available through the program.

The goal of the Graduate Writing Center (GWC) is to help you become an effective writer and communicator in your academic or professional field. The GWC offers FREE appointments with friendly, experienced writing consultants to all registered UCLA graduate and professional school students year round. Writing consultants will help you work on writing issues ranging from style and argumentation to grammar and syntax. The GWC also offers a variety of workshops and programs throughout the year, including summer "boot camps" for graduate students working on dissertation proposals and dissertations.

Humanities Technology's instructional technology team provides on-hands training and support to make teaching with technology easy, effective, and enjoyable. Targeted towards humanists, we provide guidance, training, and support for the suite of tools available within the CCLE course management system, as well as other useful tools and areas including data visualization and management, social media, video conferencing, office and document suites, media (audio, image, and video) management, as well as bibliographic reference tools. Just email us at ritc@humnet.ucla.edu



The IT Support Center provides support for campus-wide technology. For example, we provide support to students, staff, and faculty on campus VPN, wireless, @ucla.edu email, Google Apps for UCLA, Google Groups for UCLA, Proxy, software, etc. Support is available at help@it.ucla.edu and (310) 267-4357 and at 124 Kerckhoff Hall when campus returns to normal.


The UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Campus Resource Center supports students and employees of all genders and sexual and romantic orientations through community-building events, resources, counseling, outreach, training, consultation and advocacy. We approach our work through holistic, intersectional, and social justice frameworks that honor and empower individuals at their many identities and lived experiences including but not limited to race, ethnicity, immigration status, ability, religion, and class. The Center is staffed by full-time professionals and a team of student graduate and undergraduate interns all working remotely to support you! While our physical space is closed at this time, our team continues to provide virtual events, programs, and resources. Additionally, 2020 marks our Center's 25th anniversary at UCLA! To celebrate, we are hosting a variety of special programs throughout the year and invite you to join us.

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Undergraduate Education Information Technology (UIT) is the home of MyUCLA Gradebook. MyUCLA, supported by several campus technology departments, is a secure, personalized gateway to a variety of online information and campus services tailored to student and TA needs. Within MyUCLA, UIT supports Class Planner, Class Roster, PTE and Email to Class in addition to Gradebook. my.ucla.edu


The DCP is UCLA's digit accessibility office. We help make online technology accessible to those with disabilities.

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The Office of Ombuds Services is a resource that provides assistance in resolving conflicts, disputes, or complaints on an informal basis to all members of the UCLA community. The office is neutral, confidential and independent. Located at room 105 in the Strathmore Building. For more information visit our web at http://www.ombuds.ucla.edu/ or call 310-825-7627


UCLA Student Accounts oversees billing and collections for all student accounts for the campus. We offer a variety of services, including customer service and support to billing customers via phone, email and in-person; billing and collections for all student registration fees, campus charges including Housing and Transportation fees; billing and collections for various non-student and sponsorship accounts; disbursement oversight including refunds with approved disbursement amounts by Financial Aid; management of 1098-T tax reporting.

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Student Health Education & Promotion (SHEP) is an office of Student Affairs that focuses on (you guessed it!) health education and health promotion. Our office works to cultivate a supportive campus community that optimizes the healthiest possible development, fosters academic success, and creates a platform for life-long well-being of the campus community and all its members.SHEP health and well-being programs are often carried out by Peer Health Education Interns and include topics such as sexual health, emotional health, nutrition, body image, substance harm reduction, and more. Programming events will take place in virtual formats until further notice.


Residential Life - Graduate Housing and Apartments

Residential Life provides wrap-around services to support students, post-docs, and their families during their time in University Apartments. We host a wide variety of events centered on the holistic wellness of residents as well as support people in crisis. Residential Life also serves as liaisons with campus partners to ease navigation of UCLA bureaucracy.

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The Semel Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) prioritizes health and wellness through a campus-wide effort drawing upon UCLA's world renowned research and teaching, to find new and innovative ways to promote living well on campus, and to share that education and research with other communities, locally and beyond. Semel HCI promotes the "healthy choice as the easy choice" through its seven major thematic areas, called pods: BEWell, BreatheWell, EatWell, EngageWell, MindWell, MoveWell and ResearchWell.

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Student Legal Services provides confidential legal assistance regarding a wide range of legal issues including: Landlord/Tenant; Accident and Injury Problems; Domestic Violence and Harassment; Criminal; Immigration; Divorces and Other Family Law Matters; Automobile Purchases and Repairs; Credit, Collections, and Financial Issues; Employment; and Health Care and Consumer Problems. We also assist students with issues they have with other UCLA departments in areas like housing, financial aid, harassment, discrimination, ADA compliance, student discipline, and faculty misconduct.

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UAW 2865, the student-workers union, is the union for 19,000+ Tutors, Readers, Graduate Student Instructors and Teaching Assistants at the University of California. We organize for better working conditions and to enforce student-workers' rights.

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UCLA Recreation has programs to accommodate just about every interest and activity, including fitness, yoga, dance, music, teaching kitchen workshops, intramural esports, martial arts classes, and more. Currently, we offer a wide variety of online classes and programs to bring fitness and wellness to you wherever you are. As we look to reopening plans, UCLA Recreation has three fitness facilities, six indoor basketball courts, four recreational pools, and much more that we look forward to sharing with you.

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The Undergraduate Research Center - Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (URC-HASS) is a resource center for students in the humanities, arts, social science, and behavioral science disciplines. Support and resources include one-on-one advising appointments, foundational and advanced research methods workshops, scholarship programs, travel grants, publishing opportunities, research writing groups, and more. We invite you to use our resources in your curriculum and refer students to us for help with research and creative projects.

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The Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences offers resources and support to undergraduates conducting research in science, math, and engineering fields. Through our office students can obtain academic credit for research, receive scholarships, and if eligible, participate in programs that provide mentorship and funding for research. To find a mentor, students are connected to the Undergraduate Research Portal, which allows students to browse opportunities for research and to post their own profiles. In addition, workshops led by experienced Graduate Student Mentors cover the best methods for approaching faculty so that students in any discipline can engage in faculty mentored research.

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The Veteran Resource Center (VRC) provides caring and personalized support to UCLA undergraduate and graduate student veterans. We help our veterans navigate UCLA and provide a welcoming space, mentoring from student veterans, guidance on educational benefits, and tools to succeed academically and personally.

WI+RE (Writing Instruction + Research Education) is a community of students, faculty, librarians, and academic support staff that creates online resources for research and writing. Our tutorials and workshops cover topics like contacting faculty, getting started with research, reading strategies, and much more! Our work can be shared or embedded into your syllabus/class website or can be integrated through your CCLE course site. We are always happy to meet with instructors who have specific needs or want to customize one of our existing materials. You can find us at our website (http://uclalibrary.github.io/research-tips/) or contact us at uclawire@g.ucla.edu.

Graduate Student Orientation Week

UCLA Graduate Students Association, UCLA Graduate Student Resource Center, and UCLA Graduate Division invite all new graduate and professional school students to participate in our 2020 Virtual Graduate Student Orientation Week. This comprehensive orientation will include information to ease your transition into graduate school, introduce you to campus services and involvement opportunities, and show you just how much UCLA has to offer. Start your graduate career at UCLA off right!

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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Week

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Week is the first week of our virtual campus-wide orientation session. The week is designed for all new graduate and professional students and focuses on issues that are particularly challenging to underrepresented students. New students will have the opportunity to learn about resources, meet other graduate students from across campus, and engage with UCLA resources in a supportive environment. The goal of the EDI week is to help new graduate students make personal connections and to promote an inclusive campus climate, personal well-being, and academic success. This year, EDI Week will include sessions designed to connect you with support systems and community based connections through virtual live panels and workshops. 

Each year the Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s TA Training Program organizes our annual TA Conference, designed to provide pedagogical training and resource information for new, continuing, and even aspiring teaching assistants. Currently in its 47th year, this event is open to all graduate students and post-docs interested in teaching, whether you will be teaching during the upcoming school year or not