Building a “third space” for graduate students: Opinion

January 8, 2021
Graduate students need a space other than a lab or classroom to engage with faculty members without the threat of being evaluated, write Rose Marie Ward, Amanda B Diekman, Ellen Yezierski, and Stacey Lowery Bretz. The authors describe their experience creating an interdisciplinary graduate student learning community where doctoral students could gain professional development experience and connect with people in other disciplines. Students in this “third space” came together to learn professional skills, share their struggles, and interact in an environment where they could be authentic. The authors explain how, during the pandemic, the third space gave students a community through which they could learn to navigate changes, build skills, and find new opportunities. Inside Higher Ed (International)