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Official: Graduate Student Parental Accommodation


The College of Liberal Arts has offered an academic accommodation to graduate student parents since 2012. The policy grants new parents a one-semester extension in the expected time to degree in cases of childbirth or adoption. In recent years, our office has worked with University Human Resources, Legal Affairs, the Graduate School, and other colleges at UT to expand our support for graduate student parents. One stumbling block is that we do not know how many students become parents while enrolled in graduate school, and we need to know this in order to answer the question of how much any accommodation will cost.
Please encourage your students, both male and female, who have become parents while in graduate school to complete and submit our parental accommodation form:
We face a number of obstacles to achieving paid leave or funds to continue insurance coverage, and having the best possible estimate of the number of new parents among our graduate students will strengthen our case.
Many thanks,
Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, Ph.D.
Office of Research and Graduate Studies
College of Liberal Arts
The University of Texas at Austin
twitter: @gradinnovate

Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations and States of Being

22nd Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies Conference
“Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations and States of Being”

Wed, March 25, 2015 • 12:00 PM • College of Liberal Arts Glickman Conference Center

The Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies conference is an annual event hosted by the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) at The University of Texas at Austin. This conference provides an opportunity to share new and innovative research in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners.

The 2015 conference, “Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations and States of Being” will be held in the Student Activities Center and the College of Liberal Arts Building (CLA) Glickman Center.

Professor Simone Browne, CWGS Core Faculty and in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, whose scholarship focuses on place, borders, race and surveillance, will deliver the pre-conference key note address on Tuesday, March 24 at 6pm in the College of Liberal Arts Glickman Conference Center in CLA 1.302E

Professor Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley, CWGS Core Faculty and in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, will deliver the keynote address at a luncheon on Thursday, March 26 at 12:00pm in CLA 1.302E.  will be the speaker. with a reception to follow.

Moderated panels will take place from 12pm-5pm Wednesday on March 25th and from 9am-6pm Thursday on March 26th at the Student Activity Center (SAC), Rooms 3.106 & 3.116.

Interested students should contact Garrett Sawyer <> for more volunteer information.
Co-sponsored by: Office of the President, Department of American Studies, Center for Asian American Studies, Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of History, Department of Theatre and Dance, Department of Classics

Free Registration available.

Conference Program:


Student survey: Relaxation areas on campus

We are hoping to develop an easier way to map out relaxation areas across campus for our students.  Please participate in this 5 minute survey to help us get an idea of how to proceed:

Thank you!

Katy Redd, MPH, MSW, CHES

Interim Program Director
Mental Health Promotion Coordinator
UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
100-A West Dean Keeton Street
1 University Station, SSB, A3500
Austin, TX 78712-0152


Graduate Portfolio Programs

Graduate Portfolio Programs
Portfolio programs are opportunities for students to obtain credentials in a cross-disciplinary academic area of inquiry while they are completing the requirements for a master’s or doctor’s degree in a particular discipline.  A portfolio program usually consists of four thematically related graduate courses and a research presentation; for master’s portfolio programs, a practical experience related to the portfolio program may replace the presentation.
Portfolio programs are not degree programs. 
Portfolio programs that may be of interest to Asian Studies students are:
For a complete list of portfolio programs, please see .


Legal Services for Students

Legal Services for Students
The mission of Legal Services for Students at the University of Texas at Austin is:
  • To provide high quality legal services to students by enabling them to assess the merits of their concern and achieve the most beneficial response. We further endeavor to usher students through the potentially harmful emotional reactions, financial crises, and life changes that can accompany legal issues or disputes, and help them to plan for their future, control outcomes and manage consequences;
  • To help students make wise choices by providing preventative legal education through multiple avenues of outreach programming and education;
  • To protect students from predatory practices, to which college students are uniquely vulnerable; and,
  • To maintain the university’s reputation amongst its peers for excellence in student services by maintaining, promoting and building upon our status as the first program of its kind
Established in June 1970, Legal Services for Students at The University of Texas at Austin was the first full-time on campus legal assistance program in the United States, and was initially staffed by one attorney and one secretary. The office has since grown to a staff comprised of two full-time and one half-time attorney, one legal secretary and two law clerks. The office is funded through the mandatory student service fee at the rate of approximately $2 per semester.


Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan

The 2014-15 Berkeley-AIPS Urdu Language Program in Pakistan will begin in mid-August 2014. Jointly administered by the America Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) and the Center for South Asia Studies (CSAS) at the University of California at Berkeley, the program will be based in Lahore with language instruction offered at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) campus. This will be an intensive language program that will provide daily classroom instruction, five days a week. Classes will be small and individual tutorials will be provided. There will be regular assignments outside of class and special emphasis will be placed on connecting with the local speech community as well as self-management of learning. Participants will need to take part in all program events, such as attending films, plays and other cultural activities and will be expected to devote all their energies to activities that will increase their competence in all areas of language skills, such as speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

The program will award annual fellowships to (a) ten US-based students to spend approximately fifteen-weeks to study Urdu through an intensive Urdu language immersion program based at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan and (b) two to three US-based internships, for Pakistan-based Urdu teachers, focused on teaching Urdu as a second language.

For more information, see

CALL FOR PAPERS for the 11th Annual Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference in February 2014. This year’s theme is “Cartographies of Islam: Creating Locations and Places Beyond Meaning.”

From: duke unc <dukeuncconf@gmail.comCFPDukeUNCIslamicStudies2014

Please see the attached CALL FOR PAPERS for the 11th Annual Duke-UNC Islamic Studies Graduate Student Conference in February 2014. This year’s theme is “Cartographies of Islam: Creating Locations and Places Beyond Meaning.”

If you could forward this CFP to a listserv that reaches your graduate students, we would greatly appreciate it.

Duke-UNC Graduate Islamic Studies
Conference Committee

Survey on Cinema and Social Media

Hi , I am PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. I am doing some research on cinema and social media. Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey. It would be a great help and it would hardly take 10 minutes.

Here’s the link to my survey

I would really appreciate your help with this. Please feel free to email me if you have questions.


Swapnil Rai swapnilrai (at)

Doctoral Student in Media Studies

RTF Department

The University of Texas at Austin

CIEE LIFT scholarship for Chinese and Japanese

Greetings from study abroad,

I want to share information from one of our affiliate partners, CIEE…

The new LIFT scholarship is targeted to students studying Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian.

CIEE is attempting to help students attain their goal of language acquisition through long-term study abroad and they have therefore allocated $100,000 to the new LIFT scholarship fund.  CIEE is offering $5,000 scholarships to students who apply for an academic year CIEE program of language study in one of the aforementioned languages.

You may learn more about the LIFT scholarship using the following link:

The deadline for 2014 programs is April 15.

Thanks for your attention,


Rhonda Waller

Advising Team Leader | Study Abroad

International Office

The University of Texas at Austin

Phone: (512) 471-6965

Email: rwaller (at)

Campus Mail Code: A7000

Campus Location: 2222 Rio Grande St., Ste. 2.201C


Research Study: mentoring in graduate school

Dear Graduate Students,
I am recruiting graduate students to participate in a study creating a measure that will assess the quality of mentoring relationships in graduate school. The only requirements for participation are that you are at least 18 years of age or older, are currently enrolled in a graduate program, and can identify one knowledgeable individual who is in a position to provide you with support and guidance (e.g. an academic advisor).  
Participation is completely voluntary and you may withdraw at any time.  It will take you no more than 30 minutes to complete the survey.  You will never be asked to provide your name and identification codes will be used to ensure confidentiality. 
To participate, please  contact me at jenstinson (at)
Also, please consider forwarding this link to other graduate students you know!
Thank you!
**This study has been approved by the University of Houston Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects**
Jennifer Stinson, M.A.
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Candidate
Dept. of Educational Psychology
University of Houston