Graduate Resilience Alliance at Notre Dame (GRAND)

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Graduates of the Master of Global Affairs program celebrate the results of their dedication and resilience.

Acclimating to graduate student life can be challenging. Studies have shown the importance of friendships and community for overall well-being and happiness at every stage of life. GRAND (Graduate Resilience Alliance at ND) is a brand-new program designed to familiarize first- and second-year students with graduate life and resources at Notre Dame, and promote connection and social engagement with peers and the larger University community.

With these goals in mind, GRAND hosts monthly panel discussions, lead by experts in graduate education and focused on providing timely information of unique interest to early stage students. In addition to the panels and question-and-answer sessions, senior graduate students with a proven track record of success lead smaller group activities.


Fall 2020 Events

All workshops will be conducted via Zoom and registered participants will be emailed the Zoom meeting link the after signing up for the workshop.

GRAND Session 1: Alumni Panel

Thursday, September 24 from 4pm-5pm (EST). Recent alumni share things they did well during their time at Notre Dame, and things they wish they would have done differently.

Session summary with resources: What I Got Right and What I Regret.


GRAND Session 2: Successfully Navigating Your Graduate Program: Insights from Former Directors of Graduate Studies

Thursday, October 22 from 4pm-5pm (EST). Ever wonder how graduate programs operate and how they impact you ‘the’ graduate student? Here is your chance: attend the second GRAND (Graduate Resiliency Alliance at ND) event and hear directly from Directors of Graduate Studies how to successfully navigate the resources available to you in order to flourish in graduate school.

Session summary with resources: Successfully Navigating Your Graduate Program: Insights from Former Directors of Graduate Studies.


GRAND Session 3: New Strategies for Stress Management 

Thursday, November 19 from 4pm-5pm (EST). The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. John Lubker, and Director of the McDonald Center for Student Well-being, Dr. Megan Brown, discuss strategies for managing stress in line with new and cutting-edge research.

Session summary with resources: New Strategies to Effectively Manage Stress.




If you have questions about the GRAND program, please contact Dr. Nyrée McDonald, Associate Dean for Graduate Enrollment Management at or 574-631-8421.