• Learn from Student Affairs and other University staff and students on a variety of topics that matter most to you. You are invited to listen in and ask questions via chat.

    Missed or can’t attend a conversation you’re interested in? Don’t worry! All chats will be recorded and posted within a week of their original airing

  • Conversations for Success: Virtual Chats with Student Affairs Join the conversation Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.

How it works

  1. Register for a session on the University of Manitoba events calendar with your @myumanitoba.ca email (checkout upcoming conversations). You will automatically receive an event confirmation email from the system.
  2. Closer to the chat, you will receive a custom email with a link to the virtual chat in you registered for.
  3. Use that link to enter the virtual lobby on the date and time of the chat (you can enter up to ten minutes early).
    NOTE: You will have an opportunity to choose your name and you will not be able to change it later. Other participants will be able to see your name, so please feel free to use an alias to be anonymous. If you alias is disrespectful in any way, you will be removed from the conversation.
  4. When the conversation is about to begin, a moderator will let you into the chat room.
    NOTE: Only the presenter(s) and moderator(s) will be able to share their video and audio, all participants will have their video and audio muted.
  5. If you have a question, type it in the chat. The moderator(s) will elevate it to the presenter or answer it in the chat.
  6. Participate in a short survey at the end of each conversation so we can improve the format weekly and learn what topics you are interested in.

Things to know

  1. This is not a replacement for one-on-one support. If you have specific needs for support, check the offices website for methods of contact. Some offices have phone lines and emails available; others are organizing one-on-one virtual meetings. Visit the appropriate office website to learn how to access their services, or visit the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates for students page.
  2. The chat is being monitored and moderated. Please be polite and kind to all users in the chat. Users who are disrespectful will be removed from the virtual chat.
  3. This is a new and ever-changing program, coordinated by Student Engagement and Success, will help connect students to the resources and wealth of knowledge within Student Affairs and beyond. Your feedback will help shape changes to the format and guide us to topics important to you.
  4. Conversations will be recorded. Participants will be prompted of recording by the moderators. Remember that only the presenter(s) and moderator(s) can share their video and audio, and therefore only they will be recorded.
  5. All chats files will be saved to aid in the development of this and other Student Affairs projects.

Upcoming conversations

May 27, 2020 - Conversation 7: Career Check-Up: How Healthy is your Career Plan?

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Knowing yourself and your occupational options is important to developing a strong career plan. This includes making informed choices about your education and experiential learning. In this session you will be guided to:

  • Consider your career preferences and learn about reliable assessment tools
  • Explore your occupational options and learn about useful resources
  • Design your degree to align with your career interests
  • Develop a plan to build career-related extracurricular experiences 

Join Career Consultants from Career Services as they guide you through resources and tools that will help you develop and strengthen your career plan. 

Ask any questions you may have live!

Register and learn more

Previous conversations

Writing online and take-home exams

Take-home exams can be more demanding than in-class exams and many students have never written one.  Join Miriam Unruh (Academic Learning Centre Writing and Learning Instructor) and Loie Gervais (Academic Integrity Coordinator) who will talk about best practices for studying and writing this type of exam and answer questions you might have about writing take-home exams.

Presentation slides (PDF)

Managing stress - Doing well during stressful times

Managing stress well is something that we all need to do because everyone experiences stress and this is no more true than now given the COVID-19 pandemic and the unusual way the academic term has ended. David Ness and Danna McDonald from the Student Counselling Centre at the University of Manitoba will share information and practical strategies and answer your questions about managing stress and being as well as you can.

Presentation slides (PDF)

Final Grade Options - What you should know

Final Grade Options, What You Should Know - The university has provided students with many options for their final grades in Winter 2020 term. Join a team of advising and advocacy staff who can help you understand what these options mean and guide you to resources to help you decide what is best for you.

Presentation slides (PDF)

Volunteering and Mutual - Community Engaged Learning

Are you interested in volunteering and helping others?

Join the office of Community Engaged Learning to learn about volunteering opportunities and a new Mutual Aid Program at the U of M. CEL will share opportunities to volunteer with local groups and organizations, how students can provide care and support to each other, and how to decide what opportunity is the right fit for you

Presentation slides (PDF)

Special sessions and seminars

Accessing Community Resources & Connecting to Employment Opportunities during COVID-19

Join Anny, Gail, Jodie, and Jesse from Student Affairs to learn about resources for food, mental health, rental policies, employment opportunities, and more.

Presentation slides (PDF)