GSA Weekly Announcements, December 5th-11th

GSA Announcements:

  1. GradDiversity – Coffee and Pastries, and Student Food Assistance
  2. GSA Endorses Science Informed Leadership Initiative
  3. University of California Releases Principles in Support of Undocumented Member of the UC Community

GSA Announcements:

1. GradDiversity – Coffee and Pastries, and Student Food Assistance
Dear Friends,

We know that finals week can be both hectic and stressful.  To that end the Graduate Diversity Team in Graduate Studies is offering coffee and pastries from 8:30 am -10:30 am next week. Please bring your own cup, if possible.

As we wrap up the fall quarter and move into the holiday season it has come to the attention of the Office of Graduate Diversity that some of our graduate student body is suffering with increased food insecurity.

To help alleviate some of this stress Graduate Diversity will be hosting coffee and sweet bread during finals week. We will also have free UC Davis t-shirts as holiday gifts (limited sizes) while they last and donated, non-perishable food items available for graduate students to take home during the holiday season. We hope that you will join us for coffee and sweets or stop by the office for food assistance if you are in need. Attached to this email are additional resources for food assistance in our community. Our door is always open to graduate students in need.

What: Coffee and Pastries
When: Monday-Thursday December 5th-8th, 8:30 am-10:30 am
Where: Graduate Diversity Office, Surge IV suite 401-404

In addition: Graduate Student Food Assistance
When: Monday-Thursday December 5th-8th 8:00am-4:00pm
Where: Graduate Diversity Office, Surge IV suite 401-404

Josephine, Steve, Lynne, Jose, Jacques, Violeta, Vanessa, Scarlett, Anna and Millie

2. GSA Endorses Science Informed Leadership Initiative

In the 30 November 2016 General Assembly Meeting the GSA endorsed the following letter, which will be sent to the incoming members of the US Congress this upcoming January. The text of the letter is as follows:

We, the graduate student associations from the the undersigned universities, are writing to express our concern about the role of science in the incoming presidential administration. Science-informed leadership in federal departments and agencies requires appointees that support and promote scientific integrity. Scientific integrity includes both the application of current, peer-reviewed research that is broadly accepted by the scientific community to policy decisions and a process of transparent decision-making and independence for federally-employed scientists to pursue research and communicate findings without political interference. We request that the incoming presidential administration and Congress take the following into account when appointing leaders in federal agencies and departments:

  1. Appointees should demonstrate a track record of science-informed decision- making that is consistent with the best available scientific evidence.
  2. Appointees should not have conflicts-of-interest (financial or political) with industries or organizations that actively seek to suppress or obfuscate science or scientific opinion.
  3. Appointees should express a commitment to engaging the scientific community in relevant policy decisions.

We recognize the important role that science plays in society by driving innovation, illuminating problems, and providing evidence-based solutions that help safeguard public health and environmental quality. Science-informed leadership is crucial to making effective policy that addresses our current and future challenges. It is essential that presidential appointees to cabinet level positions and federal agencies, including the Department of Interior, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, are leaders that promote the inclusion of science in policy making.

We view this transition period as an opportunity for the federal government and the incoming presidential administration to demonstrate their commitment to evidence- based policy and science-informed leadership that will both help us tackle future challenges and discover tomorrow’s opportunities.

For more information on this initiative visit


3. University of California Releases Principles in Support of Undocumented Member of the UC Community

On 30 November 2016 the UC Office of the President released a statement which included a letter of principles in support of undocumented members of the UC Community. Information on various post-election positions and resources can be found here.