Student Services Newsletter: Creating Opportunity, Cultivating Success at Alder GSE
First Quarterly Release | August 2020

Dear Alder Resident,
The Student Services Team at Alder GSE is excited to provide student services resources and reminders to our residents. As the school year speeds ahead, we understand all the obligations you are juggling. We also understand the immense challenges that continue to amplify due to pandemic, racial injustices, and recent fires. We feel for you and understand that being a resident means being a full-time graduate student and teacher, while also balancing personal and family responsibilities. You are making an immense impact on the lives of your students--we deeply appreciate your commitment to them and to the profession! Our goal for the quarterly newsletter is to ensure you have every resource available to you so you can continue to excel in the classroom as a resident-teacher and graduate student. 
The following highlights, reminders, and updates aim to provide access to information related to Alder GSE. 
Please reach out to with any questions. 
Student Services Highlights
Welcome Martin Chavez, Student Services Manager, to the Office of  Student Services. Feel free to learn about him by clicking here! We are delighted to inform you that Martin will be available to support you with anything related to student services. During these challenging times and after things get better, we are committed to supporting you throughout your residency year! -- We continue to feel for everyone that is being drastically affected by the immense challenges our country, state, and local communities continue to face. If you need assistance or referrals to local resources, especially as it pertains to COVID-19 and recent fire disasters, please consider visiting
"Making the Residency Work" Regional Resource Guides
The Student Services Team has developed regional making it work resources that are supportive, aid in financial and mental health wellbeing, are available in their local community, and focus on ensuring capacity to make the residency work. Access the resources by region below:

Writing Resources

  • - Need help with writing? is a database for all residents who would like to get feedback on their writing and citation support. It is a 24/7 service that residents can meet with a live tutor or submit their papers for feedback. To access this database, visit the library’s page, or your course canvas page or Populi.
  • Academic Writing Sessions - Missed them in June on academic writing and citation formatting? Check out the recordings for Session 1 and 2.
  • Questions? Contact Librarian Ray Pun at for support in writing! 
Friendly Reminders
  • We know how busy the residency year can be, so we hope you will check out the EAP resources offered to all our residents. The supports they offer include counseling services, work/life referrals, and financial/legal advice.
  • Please continue to access resources through the page on the Alder GSE website. We will continue to ensure that it’s updated with the most recent resources and supports. 
Wellness Corner: Promoting wellness through healthy lifestyles and support services.
Don’t Forget to Appreciate Yourself by Janet Baird, inspired by Elena Aguilar’s Onward
As you navigate ways to manage all your responsibilities and take time for self-care, please remember to celebrate all that you have already accomplished and the amazing work you continue to do for your students and community; yes, it is a big deal!
Excellent resources to help cope with stress and making self-care possible. 
Need non-emergency referrals for community resources around wellness and mental health? If you want to talk through concerns or worries, please call the CA Warm Line at 1-855-845-7415 for assistance!

Thrive and Succeed -

Words From Those that Came Before You

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