Fall Stress Relief Fair



One of the most challenging aspects of being a graduate student is juggling numerous responsibilities, such as classes, research, and teaching, while still taking the time for self-care and building a supportive community; but, don't worry! We are here to help you. 

The Graduate Student Resource Center (GSRC) serves to support graduate students' mental, emotional, and physical health by organizing social, community-building, and stress-relieving events for all graduate students throughout the year. See below to see different types of community-building events we organize. To make sure you don't miss these events, check out the GradSuccess events calendar and read the R'Grad Weekly emails sent out every Monday morning by our Director, Hillary Jenks.  

Community-building Events

  • Virtual Coffee Socials
    Coffee Socials in Fall, every Wed, 3-4pm. Showing a cup of coffee, photo taken from the top.

    GSRC hosts Graduate Student Coffee Socials each week for graduate students across campus. During Fall 2020, all coffee socials will be held as virtual events on Zoom from Oct 7th through Dec 9th 2020, except the Thanksgiving week.

    Each week the coffee social will be sponsored by a campus partner, such as UCR CAPS, The Well, UCR Basic Needs, Office of International Students and Scholars, and GradSuccess units. Join us every Wednesday from 3 to 4pm in Zoom to learn about services available for UCR graduate students and have an opportunity to win a gift card. 

    Date: Every Wednesday between Oct 7th and Dec 9th 2020, except November 25th
    Time: 3 – 4pm
    Location: Zoom (No need to register. Click on the link below to join the Coffee Social each week.)

    Click here to join

  • Game Nights
    GradSuccess Virtual Game Nights poster

    Looking for something fun to do from a safe social distance? We've got you covered! Join your fellow grad students for an event where we will play games like trivia, pictionary, and much more!

    Game Night #1

    Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    Time: 5:00-7:00pm
    Location: Zoom (Registration is required)

    Register here

    Game Night #2

    Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
    Time: 5:00-7:00pm
    Location: Zoom (Registration is required)

    Registrations will open as the event approaches.

  • Virtual Art Night

    Draw your (he)art out with an instructor-led drawing class! In collaboration with Gluck Fellows Program of the Arts, we are organizing an instructor-led drawing class. You don't need to be a professional artist or have art materials—just bring some paper, pencils, and whatever other coloring devices you have laying around (e.g., color pencils, pens, crayons) and get in on this action. The Art Night will be held over Zoom this Fall. Families are welcome.

    Artist Cara Rae Joven looks at the camera, behind her there is a small glimpse of a sofa and a framed picture on a wall.
    Art Night Artist Cara Rae Joven

    Art Night is held under the tutelage of Cara Rae Joven. Born in Manila, Philippines, Cara is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Her practice comprises sculpture, video performance and writing. The work engages questions about her hybrid cultural identity, feminism and her connection with the landscape. She received a BA in Art History from UCLA, a BFA from Art Center College of Design and is a 2020 graduate of UCR’s MFA Visual Art program. You can visit Cara's website to learn more.

    Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    Time: 5 – 7pm
    Location: Zoom (Registration is required)


  • Virtual Movie Series

    GSRC & UCR Library will be co-hosting a virtual movie series this Fall. 

    Virtual Movie Series: Fixed
    Movie poster showing a woman in a wheelchair scuba diving underwater

    From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? Award-winning documentary, Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, explores the social impact of human augmentation. Directed by Regan Brashear, this haunting, humorous, poignant, and political documentary rethinks "disability" and "normalcy" by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever. Join us to watch this documentary together.

    Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
    Time: 6 – 8pm
    Location: Zoom (Registration is required)

    Click here to register with your UCR email to receive the Zoom link. Registrations will close two hours before the start time.

    Virtual Movie Series: RBG
    Movie poster showing a drawing of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with her iconic lace collar.

    Directed by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, RBG is a revelatory documentary exploring Ruth Bader Ginsburg's exceptional life and career. Late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg created a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected intergenerational heroine and pop culture icon. But even many of her ardent admirers did not know the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court: as a young lawyer, Ginsburg was a legal architect of the modern women's rights movement. Join us to watch this documentary together.

    Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
    Time: 6 – 8pm
    Location: Zoom (Registration is required)

    Click here to register with your UCR email to receive the Zoom link. Registrations will close two hours before the start time.