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Many classes require research posters as a main project deliverable. This workshop will cover the basics of what to include, how to print, and what design aesthetics to consider for research posters. Audience members are encouraged to bring computers/tablets and material(s) in progress to the workshop.

All workshops are held in HEAV 220, 1:30-2:30 PM.

Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty. Please visit our online schedule and choose the "Group Programs" schedule from the menu to register.
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Writers' Room This fall the Writers' Room will be available the first and third Wednesday of every month from now until Dec 4.  All Writers' Rooms will be held in WALC 2124, 4 pm - 6 pm. The seats are powered, so feel free to bring laptops.

Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty. Please visit our online schedule and choose the "Group Programs" schedule from the menu to register.
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Visit our daily conversation groups to enhance your English language skills weekdays between now and Dec 11.  All conversation groups are held in HEAV 220.
  • Mon –  10:30 am-11:30 am
  • Tues (TV Snack Chat) – 1:30 pm-2:30 pm 
  • Wed – 3:30 pm-4:30 pm 
  • Thurs – 11:30 am-12:3A0 pm 
  • Fri – 10:30 am-11:30 am
Registration is required and open to all Purdue students, staff, and faculty.  Please visit our online schedule and choose the "Group Programs" schedule from the menu to register.
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By Tamara R.

Hi, everyone! I’m Tamara. This is my first year in the Purdue Writing Lab as a graduate tutor, and I also have two years of experience as an undergraduate writing tutor at Mississippi University for Women where I received my degree in Interdisciplinary Studies combining psychology, English, and women’s studies. At Purdue, I’m an MFA student in the Creative Writing Program and am currently working on my thesis, a secondary world fantasy novel about a splintered family of immortal mothers and daughters.

I’m a conversation group leader in the Writing Lab this semester which has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my time at Purdue. I love having the opportunity to have relaxed conversations with the larger Purdue community outside of the English department. Just as in my tutorial sessions, I try to create a welcoming space where writers and speakers can feel comfortable trying new things and asking questions. The great thing about the conversation group is that attendees have so many resources besides just me. You all have each other! A great thing I’ve noticed is that regular attendees of the conversation groups form a small community. We get to know each other, laugh together, and share our stories of life on and beyond campus. Attendees are a mix of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff and represent programs across campus. I want everyone to know that their voice is beautiful, because it is.

Regular tutorial sessions are conversations as well—a conversation between me and the client and the writer with their document. Because we view the writer as the expert on their own document, I like to ask questions to understand the writer’s intentions, goals, and areas of concern. Often, writers think that they need to have a draft completed in order to visit the writing center and are surprised when I encourage them to come in just to talk about ideas for an upcoming project. These brainstorming sessions are some of my favorite tutorial experiences because I learn so much about topics outside of my field, and it’s often helpful to some writers to practice articulating their thoughts in order to focus in on what they want to ultimately write about. If you’re an auditory learner, I suggest trying out this strategy! It’s a crucial first step in my own writing process because it helps me crystalize vague feelings and ideas so that when I finally turn to the page, I start with more confidence and direction. I personally use this strategy for academic writing as well as creative writing, and it’s energizing for me as the tutor to see the moments of recognition when writers verbally hit upon a thesis statement or research question. If you’re feeling stuck with your writing, consider a change of approach. Even for writers who have a draft, I often encourage them to close their laptop or turn their paper over and just talk to me about what they’re trying to convey. Often, a conversation and having someone else ask the right questions can clear up a mental block. Consider scheduling a session with me, and let’s talk!
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Wellness Wednesdays:  Yoga & Meditation
Wednesdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm
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Hosted by the LGBTQ Center in partnership with Rec-Well.  Limited to 30 participants; equipment will be provided.  Every Wednesday from 8/14/2019 to 11/20/2019.  Join us for an opportunity to de-stress through some yoga and meditation!

If you are participating in our Mental Health and Substance Use Among LGBTQ+ Students Survey, we invite and encourage you to participate in Wellness Wednesdays!

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Darkness RISING
Wed, November 6th, 7:30pm-8:00pm

From the cast of Darkness RISING:"Darkness RISING is a mental health awareness project which includes an inspirational cover and visual album, free community wellness workshops, and live concerts created by Black Broadway and theatre professionals, many who have experienced a mental health condition. We sing inspirational music from the pop, musical theatre, R&B, and gospel genres.

Our goal is to inspire conversations about mental health, address issues which directly affect the Black and LGBTQIA communities, connect attendees to resources, and erase the stigma."

Free Event and Free Pizza!
Personal Safety 101
Thur, Nov 7, 2019 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
AAARCC (915 5th Street)

Captain Song Y. Dang will be speaking about personal safety during this week's "Lunch and Learn."  Lunch will be provided.
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Visiting Writers Series
Thur, Nov 7, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. 
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The Visiting Writers Series presents a Q&A with author Diane Cook.  Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing program.
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Stephen Kuusisto
Thur, Nov 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 
WALC 1087

Stephen Kuusisto Guest Lecture (presented by the Critical Disability Studies Program). Coffee and tea available at 4:30 pm.
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Visiting Writers Series
Thur, Nov 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
Krannert Auditorium

The Visiting Writers Seriespresents a reading with author Diane Cook.  Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of English and the Creative Writing program.
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Fabulous Fridays:  Pennants with Purdue Galleries!
Friday, Nov. 8, 11:00am-4:00pm
SCHL 230

Join us as we partner with Purdue Galleries to decorate flags and pennants to line the Center's ceilings!

Fridays are fabulous in the LGBTQ Center! Every Friday during the academic year, we make Fridays fabulous by inviting the campus community to join us in social and self-care activities, such as crafts, board games, and skills development. Participants can meet new friends, learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community, and de-stress before the weekend. Read more about Fabulous Fridays here.

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ESL GO! Speaker Series
Fri, Nov 8, 2019 at 5:20 p.m. 
Krannert Auditorium

The English as a Second Language Graduate Organization (ESL GO!) Speaker Series event, featuring Purdue alumnus Dr. Mishima Masakazu. The topic of the talk is teacher agency in curriculum development in Japanese contexts.
Native Americans: Beyond the History Book
Friday, November 8, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis

Celebrate the diversity of Native American culture during this event with the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission and the Indiana State Museum. Explore contemporary Native American life, and discover unique traditions and history of tribal nations within Indiana as you talk to tribal elders, members, artists and career professionals.
S'Mores & Chill
Friday, November 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm

All students are welcome to this event. 

Sponsored by AISES in collaboration with SACNAS, SBE, Minorities in Agriculture & M.I.P.P.C.
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QSOC Presents:  An Evening with Stephanie Beatriz
Fri, Nov 8th, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Fowler Hall

Queer Students of Color (QSOC) is proud to host actress Stephanie Beatriz on campus for an evening of conversation! 

Stephanie Beatriz is an actress best known for playing Detective Rosa Diaz in the NBC comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. As a bisexual actor, Beatriz has thought long and hard about what representation means both as a character on a show and for herself as an artist. Please join us in this incredible discussion.

The free tickets can be accessed here: bit.ly/SBeatriz
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Game Night
Tues, Nov 12 and Wednesday Nov. 13, 4:45pm-6:45pm
LGBTQ Center (SCHL 230)

Join us for a night of video games, tabletop games, D&D, and more! Free and open to all. In collaboration with Purdue Recreation & Wellness. Participants can meet new friends, learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community, and de-stress before the weekend. 
Reali-tea: Conversations on Well-Being and Resiliency
Wed, Nov 13, 2019 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. 
AAARCC (915 5th Street)

Bubble tea and light refreshments will be served.  Conversations will be led by Tianna Bertsch, Ph.D., HSPP (CAPS Staff Therapist) and Casiana Warfield, MS (CAPS Psychology Intern).  Sponsored by Purdue AAARCC and Purdue Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS).
Civic Engagement & Leadership Development
Thurs, Nov 14, 2019 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. 
AAARCC (915 5th Street)

Part of the lunch and learn series.  Lunch will be provided.
Visiting Artist featuring Kathy Dickerson (Kiowa)
Thurs, Nov 14,  1:00 - 3:00 pm

Katherine “Kathy” Dickerson (Kiowa) has spent her entire life learning the craft, culture, and history of her tribe from elders and family. Join us for an afternoon presentation filled with her knowledge of Kiowa history through storytelling, songs, and artwork. Dickerson is the featured artist for the fall 2019 Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program. Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum.
Aloha Fridays – Native Hawaiian Plants and DIY Plant Party
Fri, November 15, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Celebrated on the Hawaiian Islands as an end to the work week, we’re bringing some “Aloha” to Purdue by exploring and honoring Native Hawaiian cultures and traditions. Join us as we gather and “talk story” about the cultural and spiritual connection between the Earth and Hawaiian plants. At the conclusion of the presentation, spend some time painting a clay pot and plant your succulent to take with you. Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with the Polynesian Culture Club of Purdue.
“Toward Equity-Oriented K-12 Classrooms: Challenging Deficit Views of Science Teaching and Learning” NAECC Indigenous Alumni Speaker Series presents Dr. Candice Guy-Gaytán
Thurs, November 21, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

This speaker series features distinguished Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Purdue alumni who are making outstanding contributions in Native American communities and accomplishments in their profession. Dr. Candice Guy-Gaytán represents the Delaware Tribe of Indians and is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at the University of Nevada Reno. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Purdue University and her Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of California, Davis. Sponsored by NAECC in collaboration with SIGP Program.
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