orientation

Social Justice 101

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Social Justice

Description: The University of Michigan is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). In order to prepare yourself for DEI conversations in the classroom and beyond, come to this workshop to get an introductory overview of US perspectives on social justice, learn important vocabulary for inclusion, and learn about helpful campus resources for continuing your social justice education. 

Creating Your Elevator Pitch

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Elevator Pitch

Description: Everyone needs an “elevator pitch” – that brief introduction which tells others who you are and what you do. When asked about yourself, you need to be able tell both experts and non-experts about your training, your research and scholarship, and why this should matter to them. Come to this workshop to learn how to effectively communicate your work and present yourself in a clear, concise, and effective way.

Writing Effective Email

Friday, August 30, 2019
Email

Description: The ability to write effective email messages is an essential skill in academic and professional settings. Yet email presents special challenges because it shares characteristics with both written and spoken language. This means, for example, that it can be formal or informal, depending on the situation. This workshop focuses on strategies for writing clear, effective, and professional emails which are likely be read and to create a good impression.

U.S. Tax Withholding Forms (for Students only)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Tax Withholding Forms

Description: This orientation workshop is designed for all U-M international employees (including international students who will work for U-M), and for students who will receive fellowships that pay for living expenses (not just tuition.)

Before you start work, you will be asked to fill out a number of forms, including Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-4, State of Michigan Form W-4, the "Alien Certificate", and perhaps other forms if your country has a tax treaty with the United States.

Shopping – An Insider's Guide

Monday, August 12, 2019
Shopping

Description: This workshop will 1) offer you an insight into the essential and budget-friendly places to shop in Ann Arbor for furniture and groceries, 2) give you tools to save on textbook fees, 3 teach you how to prepare your wardrobe for winter and, 4) introduce you to Michigan’s sales tax, returns, warranties and tipping. Most importantly, we'd also provide you with our very own insider’s tips on how/where/what to shop for in Ann Arbor.

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