The next GSA meeting will be held Thursday, December 5th, from 5-7pm at the Graduate Student Commons (above Joe's).
All grad students are welcome to attend to learn about how to get more involved with the GSA, discuss issues important to our campus, and partake in free pizza and drinks.
We will be having two very important elections at this meeting, which everyone is allowed to participate in. Our wonderful Internal Vice-President is graduating, leaving a vacancy. The GSA has also created a new Executive Board position - the Solidarity Officer. Descriptions for both positions can be found at the bottom of this email.Please attend the meeting if you are interesting in running for either position or to vote in theelection.If you are unable to make the meeting in person, you can still run! Just firstname.lastname@example.org stating which position you are running for and your candidate statement, including why you would be the best qualified person for the job.~~~~The Vice-President for Internal Affairs (also called the Internal Vice-President) shall be the liaison officer for the GSA representatives for each board and on campus committees. The Internal Vice-President shall coordinate Council action regarding the Constitution, the bylaws, and operating procedures. The Internal Vice-President is the primary person responsible for recruitment of GSA representatives, coordinating their placement onto campus committees, and coordinating referenda elections, when such elections are necessary. The Internal Vice-President is expected to attend meetings of the Graduate Council as a GSA representative, presiding over Council meetings in the absence of the President.The IVP is awarded a stipend of $600 per quarter.The Solidarity Officer shall be concerned primarily with issues of diversity and solidarity within the Council and graduate student body at large. The Solidarity Officer shall organize the annual Solidarity Orientation, which will take place in conjunction with other beginning of the year events sponsored or organized by the GSA. The Solidarity Officer shall also develop annual programming aimed at fostering a network of graduate students who wish to operate in solidarity with one another as well as cultivate a visible presence within UCSC and the greater Santa Cruz community. Programming will range from social to academic to informational, including co-organizing (along with the Treasurer) an annual workshop around power dynamics and privilege, which all members of Council are required to attend. On behalf of the GSA, the Solidarity Officer may act as liaison to the programming coordinator of the Graduate Student Commons (GSC), the UAW Local 2865, the Disability Resource Center (DRC), the Ethnic Resource Centers (ERCs), the Cantú Queer Center, the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion (ACCCCI), as well as any other student services or campus organizations whose focus in on the inclusion, retention, and support of graduate students existing under various forms of underrepresentation and marginalization.The Solidarity Officer is awarded a stipend of $800 per quarter.
The Travel Grants Committee is offering a workshop for graduate students who need help filling out paperwork for the GSA sponsored travel grant. The workshop will be from 1 to 3PM in the Graduate Student Commons on Friday, December 6th. There will also be a secondary workshop on Monday December 9th from 12 to 2PM in consideration for those grads who commute to Santa Cruz or are otherwise unavailable on Fridays. GSA Travel Grants, which reimburses students for travel already completed, are due on or before December 11th at 5pm in the Commons. It is not necessary to come to the workshop in order to complete the travel grant forms, however, the forms that get rejected tend to become so on a technicality. Therefore, you can (and should!) come at any time between those hours to receive help and "pre-approve" your travel grant.
Contact Travel Grant Coordinator Ayana Smythe, for more info: email@example.com.
Consider being a GSA representative from your department! To be a rep, you simply come to one of our meetings, state that you'd like to be a rep for your department and then you'll be confirmed by a vote if no one else is currently representing your department. Serving as a rep comes with a quarterly $100 stipend. Reps have the opportunity to serve on various committees, which come with additional stipends. Most importantly, the more representation we have in the GSA, the more we can ensure that graduate student voices are being heard on campus.
We hope to see you there!