Cultivating Genius

Concurrent Sessions #2 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

Room: IMU Tree Suites, Maple Room
Time: 2 p.m.

Description: Many of us want to do something when we experience or witness social injustice and inequity. However, we are still determining our role in bringing about transformative social change. This interactive and diverse panel will center on real-life examples from IU students, staff, and faculty who use different approaches for advancing social justice and equity. Participants will feel energized and empowered to take practical steps toward envisioning a better world and creating positive change at the end of this session.


  • Jasmine N. Hawkins, M.S.T.
    Ph.D. Candidate, Education Leadership & Policy Studies, School of Education
  • Sean Nicholson-Crotty, Ph.D.
    O'Neill Professor; Director, Graduate Mentoring Center; Adjunct Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Travis Washington
    Residential Life Coordinator – Student Development, Residential Programs and Services

Room: IMU Tree Suites, Sassafras Room
Time: 2 p.m.

Description: Students will learn about study abroad programs and opportunities available at IU Bloomington. Do you need to know how to pick a program? How to apply for study abroad funding? How to fit studying abroad into your academic progress? Where to find resources to prepare to travel abroad? IU Office of Overseas Study staff will be there to answer any questions to help you embark on your study abroad dream.


  • Taisha Ovide
    Overseas Study Peer Advisor, IU Office of Overseas Studies

Room: IMU Tree Suites, Redbud Room
Time: 2 p.m.

Description: Do you cringe when you hear the word network? Then you are in luck! This session will walk you through the seemingly treacherous pathway of building a LinkedIn presence that aligns with your mission, vision, and values. First, this interactive session will discuss the benefits of curating an updated LinkedIn profile and provide tips and tricks on finding the people and roles most relevant to you. Then, be prepared to think, reflect, and write about your experiences and share those with your fellow attendees, as this will be a show-and-tell format for maximum engagement.

Students are encouraged to bring laptops, but they are optional. Paper and pencil will be provided for the reflect and write portions of the workshop.


  • Fabian House
    Associate Director of Admissions, MBA Program, Kelley School of Business

Room: IMU Tree Suites, Persimmon Room
Time: 2 p.m.

Description: Is graduate or professional school right for you? Do you have questions about the application process? Do you wonder what it is like to be a student working toward advanced degrees such as a master’s, Ph.D., M.B.A., or J.D.? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then come to this interactive panel discussion where you will have the opportunity to receive advice and hear about the experiences of Groups, FASE, HHSP, and 21st Century Scholars alums who are in graduate and professional school.


  • Ariel Oeffinger
    President, Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity; Law & Public Policy and Nonprofit Management & Leadership, O'Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs
  • Anna Purdom
    M.S. student in Information Systems, Kelley School of Business
  • Eric West Jr.
    M.S. student in Human-Computer Interaction/Design, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering

Personal Journal

Keeping a journal can be a beneficial self-care practice. In fact, journaling can help you achieve goals, track progress and growth, gain self-confidence, find inspiration, and strengthen your memory. To support you on your “Cultivating Genius” journey, a digital journal is available for download as an editable PDF file. Keep notes, log personal reflections, note action items, and refer to valuable resources you may access to support your academic and personal journey at Indiana University.

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