GSA Weekly Announcements, January 23rd-29th

GSA Announcements:

    1. GSR Unionizing Campaign
    2. The Great Big Graduate Review: Share Your Story Now!
    3. Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grants
    4. Research and Innovation Fellowship for Agriculture
    5. CFP: ISS/DHI Dissertation Retreat
    6. Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology
    7. Cultural Communication in the Workplace
    8. Apply to be a GEM Facilitator!
    9. Grad Yoga
    10. CBDD

GSA Announcements:

1. GSR Unionizing Campaign

2. The Great Big Graduate Review: Share Your Story Now!

The Great Big Graduate Review (GBGR) is the first large scale, qualitative survey of the graduate and professional student experience at UC Davis. Headed by the current Grad Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor (GSADC), this project is designed to inform campus leaders about the unique challenges of graduate and professional student education, allowing for the development of policies and initiatives that better address student needs. Participants who attend a townhall meeting or complete the online survey will have the option of entering a raffle for prizes including gift cards to the Bookstore, CoHo, and downtown Davis, group exercise class vouchers, and more! 

For more information or to take the survey, visit 


3. Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grants

Grant Application Now Open: Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grants                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

The Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Grants are designed to support the  ideas of UC Davis students, faculty, and staff that promote and enhance diversity and inclusion at the University. Up to $50,000 will be awarded to support projects or programs that act upon, inform, or otherwise support the goals of the forthcoming UC Davis Strategic Plan, for Diversity and Inclusion.  All faculty, staff, and students are eligible to apply. Deadline is February 13th, 2017. To learn more and to submit a proposal, visit the DI Innovation Grant,  webpage .

4. Research and Innovation Fellowship for Agriculture

The University of California RIFA program, with the support of the Global Food Initiative and USAID, are offering over 30 project opportunities with 22 different hosts in 18 different countries. Each fellowship covers stipend, travel, insurance and health coverage and lasts between 2-6 months.  Each project has an in-country mentor and a UC-based mentor that will provide support through the project period.

Projects address a wide variety of topics including agriculture, food and livestock systems, agroecology, ag econ, project management, biodiversity, capacity building and gender equity. Projects can be developed into theses, capstone projects, and are excellent ways of applying theory to practice to create global impact!

Project applications (letter of interest and cv) are due February 6thApplications for projects in Brazil are due February 21st.Several more Brazil projects will be added to the catalog by the end of January. If you are interested in receiving an update on those new projects please add your contact information here.

To learn more about the RIFA program visit:

To learn more about the specific projects listed below, visit our project catalog at:

For further inquiries please contact the program associate director, Elana Peach-Fine, at or (530) 768-7227. Elana will also be visiting UCR (Jan 18), UCSC (Jan 20) and UCSD (Jan 24) to hold outreach events, students should RSVP if interested in attending.

5. CFP: ISS/DHI Dissertation Retreat

DeadlineFriday, February 17, 2017, by 5 p.m.

The UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) and the Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) are pleased to announce a call for proposals for a Dissertation Retreat. The retreat will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, 2017, at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City (Lake Tahoe), CA. All meals and lodging are included in the award. Transportation will be coordinated for participants if they so desire.

A total of 10 students will be selected to participate in this workshop, which will be co-led by Jaimey Fisher, Director of DHI, and Joe Dumit, Director of ISS. Participants will be paired in advance of the retreat and will read a selection (no more than 25 pages) of their partner’s work.  At the retreat, they will present each other’s work, followed by general discussion with the entire group.

Now in its third year, this joint DHI/ISS retreat has received rave reviews from past participants who have found the exercise of translating the work of others to be critical to their own writing process. And, as the work in the humanities and social sciences moves toward interdisciplinarity, the workshop provides a space for students to explore the broader disciplinary connections in their work. It also allows students to widen their intellectual community and continue to think and write together after the retreat is completed.

The retreat is open to advanced graduate students from the humanities and the social sciences in the College of Letters and Science as well as from social sciences and humanities-based disciplines from across campus. Applicants must have their dissertation proposals approved – that is, they may not be at the proposal stage of their dissertation, but must have begun the writing process. Similarly, applicants should be early enough in the writing process that the feedback they receive may be incorporated into their dissertation prior to final submission.
Dissertation Retreat applications must include:

  • Project Description (max. 1,500 words): Please begin this section with your name, department, and email address as a header.  Please also include a list of your advisors and a proposed completion date for your dissertation.  The narrative should include the project title, overview, methodology, and its significance to a field(s) in the humanities and/or social sciences. The proposal should be written to appeal to readers outside of the applicant’s field.
  • A complete or near complete chapter draft from your dissertation.  If you are selected to participate in the retreat, you will have the chance to submit a newer version of the chapter if you have it.
  • A brief Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages).

Please upload the application materials, using the funding form on the DHI or ISS websites (to submit to ISS please use, to submit to DHI please use  All materials must be submitted by the deadline of February 17, 2017, by 5 p.m. Please contact Vicky Austin, Assistant Director in ISS, or 530-752-1751 should you have any questions.

6. Graduate Student Symposium in Ecology


7. Cultural Communication in the Workplace


8. Apply to be a GEM Facilitator!
Call for Domestic Students to Become GEM Discussion Facilitators – Global Engagement Mondays (GEM)

If you are a life-long American resident, and if you enjoy meeting new people from other cultures and learning about different perspectives, apply to be a GEM facilitator! It’s a great way to get to know members of the UC Davis international community and develop new skills in intercultural communication and group facilitation at the same time!

When: GEM will occur every Monday night beginning January 23rd from 5:30-6:30pm.
Where: UC Davis International Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room
About GEM: GEM provides an opportunity for both domestic and international students, scholars, and spouses to discuss a variety of topics in a creative and safe environment.

Topics during previous quarters varied from discussing experiences with cross-cultural greetings to discussing personality types and how they impact everyday life. You can read more about the program on the SISSwebsite. Last spring, we averaged an attendance of 30 – 40 people each Monday!
Winter 2017 – GEM Topics:
Jan. 23:   Etiquette & Manners
Jan. 30:   Slang
Feb. 6:    Food – Yuck & Yum
Feb. 13:   Friendship & Relationships
Feb. 20:   No GEM – Presidents’ Day
Feb. 27:   Stress & Well-being
Mar. 6:  Sports Culture
Mar. 13: Who & What is American?

Interested in being a GEM Discussion Facilitator? Sign up here:
Deadline to apply: Monday, Jan. 16th.
To be eligible, GEM facilitators must:

  • Attend a short training on Wednesday, January 18th5:30-7:00pm.
  • Be able to commit to attending at least 5 GEMs during the quarter.
  • Be a current UC Davis student and have knowledge as a lifelong American resident.

Please feel free to email us with any questions that you have. Even if you can’t commit to be a regular facilitator this quarter, you are invited to attend GEM any week that you are available. Thank you for your time and interest.
Contact Info:
International Programs Team
Global Affairs – Services for International Students & Scholars

9. Grad Yoga

10. CBDD
Come get your fill of coffee, tea, donuts, bagels, fruit, and make your own oatmeal this Friday 8:30-10:30amSouth Silo!