Code Breaking: Cracking the Academic Experience

Claudine Richardson, a PhD student at Gonzaga University and EWU alumni, will host workshops aimed at further enhancing students’ collegiate experience. Richardson has served as a project director for Upward Bound at Washington State University and worked at EWU as an admission advisor, international admission coordinator, assistant to the faculty fellow for diversity and teaching assistant to the department of biology.

All activities are free and will be held in 204 Monroe from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. For questions or special accommodations, please contact Lynn Burks-Herres at 509.359.2205 or

Workshop I

I Hear You: Communication Between Professors and You
Thursday, April 11, 2013

The importance of developing communication skills in today’s market is crucial. Properly articulating what to say? How to say it? Whom to say it too? The nature of these questions can be answered through our verbal and non-verbal communication. This workshop will teach students about verbal and non-verbal communication strategies, when conversing with their professors.

Workshop II

Know Your Worth: The Personal and Financial Consequence of Picking a Job
Thursday, April 18, 2013

During this workshop, I will introduce the race and gender wage gap of African Americans and women compared to their White community members. We will discuss what a loss of pay means over one’s working lifetime, and I will introduce strategies to determining reasonable salaries and benefits. Students will learn about job titles, their functions and salary ranges. Thirdly, students will walk away with a realistic outlook on salaries; and how to compare skills and accomplishments to job requirements and market value.

Workshop III

Mapping Out Career Choices
Thursday, May 16, 2013

I will introduce the concept of picking a major in relation to their career goals.  Students who haven not decided their major would learn the importance of declaring a major as well as select their academic focus within that. Students will also learn what they can do with a History, Culture and Race Studies or Philosophy Degree. Students will also map out alternatives to acquiring the skills needed to improve their career opportunities. Finally, students will learn resources for locating employer market needs.

Workshop IV

Financial Aid: I Got it, Now What?
Thursday, May 30, 2013

There is a challenge in defining the components of Financial Aid and Management to students. In this workshop, students will learn the terms of subsidized, unsubsidized loans, grants, and scholarships. Secondly, they will be introduced to maintaining good Financial Aid status and management of funds. Lastly, students will be introduced to life after graduation with student loans.