Graduate School Professional Development Seminars

GRD 5530 From Graduate School to the Workforce: Immigration (1 hr)

Spring 2018

January through May: Every other Wednesday: 3-5 PM (1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 4/11, 4/25, and 5/9, 2018) / Trip to NYC: June 2-9 

Early Registration Begins November 1 - Sign up for GRD 5530 before seats are filled! Space limited to 16 graduate students!

Open to Main Campus and Distance Education Graduate Students (via Zoom video)

Course Description and Goal

The purpose of this course is to raise the awareness of our graduate students to the importance of immigration and “workforce development,” and reflect on issues faced by graduate students preparing to enter this workforce to better understand ways in which they are interconnected with their co-workers with different national origins.

Through class discussion and guest speakers throughout the spring semester, the course goal is to support students as they develop as professionals in their chosen field of study who understand and appreciate the impact of immigration on their own discipline, on the graduate school experience, and on the American workforce as a whole.

Class meetings will be scheduled approximately every other Wednesday throughout the spring term and will include guest speakers, seminars, and a shared reading. Grading is S/U for the course. 

Participation in 8-day NYC Study Away Experience June 2-9, 2018 at the ASU Loft (only open to those enrolled in the seminar)

Participants in the course will be invited to travel to New York City for an immersive study-away learning experience. This non-graded personal development experience will extend students’ discussions of the issues of immigration in the context of the graduate school experience and the workforce through personal interactions with a wide range of professionals with direct experience with this topic.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Sanders or 262-2130.

Preliminary schedule:



June 2, 2018

Travel Day

June 3, 2018

City Tour (Downtown)

Ground Zero

June 4, 2018

Tenement Museum

Immigration Walking Tour

June 5, 2018

Ellis Island Tour

Broadway Musical/Play

June 6, 2018


United Nations

Jewish Heritage Museum

June 7, 2018

Foods of the Lower East Side Tour

June 8, 2018


  • Public Library
  • Central Park
  • Museums
  • Greenwich Village
  • Chelsea Market
  • 911 Memorial and Museum

June 9, 2018

Travel Day


Tutition and Fees: $0 for on campus students*

  •  Due to the ASU block tuition model, main campus students should not be charged any additional tuition and fees as long as you stay within the ranges of the blocks. 
  • *DE students will be charged for a one-hour course.

8-day Trip to NYC: $950 (Estimated) 

  • $450 to be collected by the Graduate School ($175 non-refundable deposit required) to cover lodging*, subway pass, and admissions and fees for all tours and excursions.
  • Estimated $500 in out-of-pocket expenses for food and student transportation to and from NYC (car, plane, or train). The loft has facilities (stove, refrigerator, etc.) for preparing meals to save money and reduce this estimated out-of-pocket cost.

*Note: The ASU Loft provides hostel style sleeping arrangements. Gender distribution of participants may result in some gender mixing of one of the bunk rooms.

To Register, search for Graduate Studies in the subject box and type in 5530 as the course number. See screenshot below.

Note: Distance Education Students should contact Dr. Sanders to enroll (to ensure that you're enrolled in the DE section 375).

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Sanders or 262-2130.