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The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs

First Fridays




First Fridays is a new initiative to promote student development through conference-style workshops, sessions, and panels. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost and in collaboration with various offices on campus*, First Fridays is a unique opportunity to grow, learn, develop, and enhance students’ academic life. @FirstFridaysTC 



Friday, October 6, 2017 

12:30PM-1:00PM Mix & Mingle/Light Refreshments (Grace Dodge 539) 

Concurrent Sessions: 1:00PM-2:30 pm | Grace Dodge 539 & Grace Dodge 541

Registration for Sessions:



 Session #1: Applying to Doctoral Programs: Power of the Personal Statement (GD 539) 

 Session #2: Teaching Your Way at TC: Hidden Opportunities in Your Graduate Experience (GD 541) 


The personal statement is an important paper to write as you apply to doctoral programs. This statement tells about you and your future goals. In this session will offer insights about applying to doctoral programs and putting together a good application packet. 

Panelists: Tom Rock (Vice Provost of Student Affairs); Marti Jones (PhD, Current TC Postdoctoral Fellow); Sheila Borges (PhD, TC Alum); & Felicia Mensah (Associate Dean & Faculty MST) 


This panel consists of students and faculty sharing their perspectives on how to maximize career development opportunities through various teaching opportunities at TC, such as Course Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and Research Assistant roles. 

Panelists: Dr. Jin Kuwata (Lecturer, Communications, Media & Learning Technology Design); Angel Acosta (EdD student, Curriculum & Teaching); & Nicola Yuenlam Law (EdD Student, Instructional Media & Technology) 


 To request Disability-related accommodations, contact OASID at or 212.678.3696 as early as possible. 

*Office of Student Affairs, Office of Doctoral Studies, The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs, Career Education & Professional Development, The Registrar’s Office, Office of International Services, Gottesman Library, The Office of the Provost & Dean of the College. 

Host: Prof. Felicia Mensah, Associate Dean, or 212.678.8316. 


October 6, 2017, 12:30 PM

October 6, 2017, 2:30 PM