2021 Student-Faculty Colloquium (SFC)

The Graduate Student-Faculty Colloquium (SFC)

Friday, April 9th, 2021; 10AM – 4PM

** Update **

Our morning webinar recording is now available. Please sign in with your Caltech credentials to access the video.

Feel free to also check out the reading references from the Occupational Therapy and Student Wellness Center here.


The Graduate Student-Faculty Colloquium (SFC) is a biannual, day-long conference designed to facilitate dialogue between graduate students and faculty regarding the graduate student experience at Caltech and to address the present concerns of the campus community as a whole.

Programming includes a keynote address by the dean of graduate studies, presentations from occupational therapists and AVP Dr. Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux on work-life balance, professional development, and DEI efforts, a student-faculty discussion panel featuring live audience Q&A, and breakout sessions. 

See below for the full event schedule, invited speakers, and panelists information. Please contact the SFC Chair Melissa Li (mli3@caltech.edu) for additional questions.


The 2021 SFC will take place on Friday, April 9th, 2021. Students and faculty are encouraged to register and attend as much of the event as they can, even if schedules require a late arrival or early departure from the event.


Register for Morning Zoom Webinar Link: https://caltech.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_671OeownSaeOA4DXq3JyUA

Register for Afternoon Zoom Meeting Link: https://caltech.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkd-mhrzkqGdw6DPQ_A2ojBbPfos2xGCF5

Submit questions to our panelists and speakers here: https://forms.gle/M25xeuM793SfTfSp8

Morning programming (10am-11:30am) will be a Zoom Webinar with our invited speakers. Following lunch, afternoon programming (1-4pm) will be a campus wide Zoom Meeting with live audience participation.

**Note that the links for the morning and afternoon sessions are different**


You! We encourage all graduate students, faculty, postdocs, and research staff to attend to maximize the sharing of information and the diversity of opinions shared in productive discussion throughout the day.


April 9th, 2021

Morning Session, 10:00AM – 11:30AM (Zoom Webinar)

10:00 AM – 10:10 AM   Introductory remarks from GSC Chair + SFC Chair 

10:10 AM– 10:30 AM   Keynote address by Prof. David Chan, Dean of Graduate Studies

10:30 AM – 10:55 AM   Work-life balance and student-advisor relationships by occupational therapists Grace Ho and Juliana Pérez. 

BREAK (5 minutes)

11:00 AM – 11:20 AM   DEI initiatives by Dr. Lindsey Malcom-Piqueux

11:20 AM – 11:30 AM   Questions from the audience

LUNCH BREAK (1.5 hour)

Afternoon Session, 1:00PM – 4:00PM (Zoom Meeting **DIFFERENT LINK FROM MORNING SESSION **)

1:00 PM– 2:00 PM   Student-Faculty Panel (30 minute moderator questions, 30 minute audience questions)

2:00 PM – 3:45 PM   Breakout Sessions:

      • 2:00 PM – 2:35 PM: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
      • 2:35 PM – 3:10 PM: Mental Health and Work-Life Balance
      • 3:10 PM – 3:45 PM: Professional Development and Careers Post-COVID

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM   Closing remarks