Weekly Announcements: January 4–10

GSA Announcements:

  1. Bar Night at the Grad, January 6
  2. IGPS Application
  3. Holistic Health Initiative (HHI)
  4. Developing Graduate and Professional Student Allyship
  5. Yoga Winter Schedule
  6. UCSA Legislative Priorities Survey
  7. Redefining Teaching: Student-Centered Strategies for Success

GSA Announcements:

1. Bar Night at the Grad, January 6

Bring your friends to The Graduate for the first bar night of 2016! Open to all graduate and professional students.

Wednesday, January 6, 8:30pm-10:30 PM

$2 off Singles, Doubles, and Pints
$3 off Big Beers
$6 off Pitchers

2. IGPS Application

The application for the 2016 UC Davis Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) is now open!  

UC Davis Graduate and Professional students from all schools are encouraged to apply and participate! This year’s categories include: Art & Performances, Poster Session, Talk Session, Panel Session. For more information about IGPS, please visit our website


Early Bird Submission Deadline: January 15, 2016
Regular Submission Deadline: February 19, 2016 

Please click here to submit your abstract today!

3. Holistic Health Initiative (HHI)

The Graduate Student Association is seeking graduate students who are interested in holistic health and who are motivated to help plan and develop the Holistic Health Initiative (HHI). HHI is in its initial stages and we would like the input of as many graduate students as possible, to ensure that we are inclusive of all students’ health needs and concerns. If interested, please email Joan Bajorek at gsapro@ucdavis.edu or Rebeca Figueroa at rfigueroa@ucdavis.edu.

4. Developing Graduate and Professional Student Allyship

Winter 2016, Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm
Location: Varies by week; see the schedule here

Join fellow graduate and professional students in:

  • Developing a personal philosophy of allyship
  • Establishing a baseline competency for terms, concepts, and ideas in the social justice, diversity, and inclusion fields
  • Fostering awareness of common graduate and professional student issues
  • Being able to identify and use campus resources

All graduate and professional students of any identity and any experience level with these topics are welcome. Any graduate/professional student may attend any portion of the seminars, from one seminar to all. For those interested in attending the full series, one 290 seminar unit (pass/no pass) as well as a certificate of completion is available.

Please see the syllabus posted to gsa.ucdavis.edu/gacseminar

5. Yoga Winter Schedule

Through a partnership with the LGBTQIA Resource Center, the Graduate Student Association offers free weekly yoga classes to all graduate students. Classes are held Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. in Meeting Room D of the Student Community Center. Please bring your own mat or towel.

Yoga Schedule: https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/yoga/

6. UCSA Legislative Priorities Survey

Dear UC Davis GSA:

The legislative session in Sacramento begins on January 4 and we need to hear from you to direct our efforts in the coming year. Step #1 is taking our survey so we know what concerns you most on campus!

Click here to tell us what issues are on your mind!

Last year, UC students made great strides in Sacramento by winning numerous victories on issues such as the University of California budget, campus climate with AB 340 (Weber), and voter registration with AB 1461 (Gonzalez). Thank you for all of the calls, advocacy visits, emails, and letters. These actions led to real results in Sacramento, like the passage of stronger consent laws in California from SB 695 (De León).

The UC Student Association has a long history of progressive and forward thinking legislation to place California and its students on the leading edge of public policy, and we are not slowing down. In 2016, we will be headed to Washington DC to work on the Higher Education Reauthorization Act and tell Congress how to truly protect our students.

Take the survey to help identify our 2016 priorities!

After you take the survey, step #2 is to get involved!

  • Like us on Facebook to get accurate and quick information on legislation and UCSA campaigns or actions.
  • Find the Associated Students or Graduate Student Association on your campus and volunteer to help out.
  • Talk with your campus leaders and let them know you want to attend the UCSA Student Lobby Conference on April 16-18 in Sacramento!
  • Join a campus Lobby Corps program to get in the action!

Thank you for your support and advocacy. We could not do this work without all of you and your dedication.


Kevin Sabo, President
UC Student Association

7. Redefining Teaching: Student-Centered Strategies for Success 

The Teaching Assistant Consultants are pleased to announce the popular certificate-bearing Winter Workshop Series for the Winter 2016 quarter. We invite graduate students and postdocs from all disciplines to join us for this FREE workshop series. Earn a teaching certificate to build a competitive CV for the job market!

Mark your calendars–the workshops will be held on Tuesdays from 1:10 – 3:00 pm beginning January 19th.  Space is limited – please register in advance. View the attached flyer or visit this page to learn more.

Redefining Teaching: Student-Centered Strategies for Success

Are you interested in learning research-based approaches for teaching in a diverse, dynamic classroom? Do you want to build your CV by earning a teaching certificate? In this interactive workshop series, graduate students and postdocs will learn how to foster an active, engaged classroom or lab in any discipline using strategies grounded in research. Inclusive teaching practices are a central component to this pursuit, so participants will gain concrete strategies to best serve an increasingly diverse student population. Participants will leave with skills to motivate students and set themselves and their classes up for success. Participants who attend 5 out of 6 workshops and complete an assignment will earn a certificate.

Student-Centered Teaching: Benefits and Strategies
Tuesday, January 19th from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Diversity as a Dynamic Tool for Student Success
Tuesday, January 26th from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Cultivating a Positive Learning Environment in the Classroom
Tuesday, February 2nd from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Lesson Planning for Student Success
Tuesday, February 9th from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Facilitating Dynamic and Engaging Discussions
Tuesday, February 16th from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

Fostering Student Motivation to Enhance Learning
Tuesday, February 23rd from 1:10 – 3:00 pm

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