Grad Student Orientation

We look forward to welcoming you to the VIU Nanaimo campus on Friday, January 5. Grad orientation starts at 10:15 am and wraps up around 5:00 pm. This is your chance to meet students from other programs and learn about everything available to you as a VIU student. 


Friday, January 5
Royal Arbutus Room, Building 300

10:15 am
Grab a tea or coffee and register.

10:30 am
Start connecting
Meet your group and leader.

11 am
What's it like to be a grad student in Canada?
Explore intercultural competencies and critical thinking with Fynn Adjei in Intertational Education. 

11:45 am
GenAI and graduate studies
Guidelines for using AI in academic and research contexts with Kendra Stiwich, Director of Graduate Studies and Student Research.

12:15 pm
Where did you come from? Where are you now?
Reflect on where we came from. What does it mean for you to be in Nanaimo on Snuneymuxw territory? You'll also learn Indigenous introduction protocol.

1 pm
Lunch break 
More details coming soon. 

2 pm
Creating welcoming and inclusive spaces
This workshop is presented in partnership with Chris Yeast from the Positive Space Alliance. 

3 pm
Graduate students' mental health
Learn about the realities faced by graduate students and the VIU resources available to you. Presented by Kendra Stiwich and Vanessa Moraes, Student Resarch Engagement Coordinator. 

3:30 pm
Student resources
Learn about research and writing support, on-campus employment, and other resources available to graduate students.

4 to 5 pm 
Grads connect
Mingle and meet. 

All students welcome

You are invited to take part in the RockVIU events for all students. 

Learn more about the RockVIU event