GSA Weekly Announcements, January 30th-February 5th

GSA Announcements:

    1. UC Council of Presidents Issues Statement in Response to Presidential Executive Order
    2. Chair’s Updates on Presidential Executive Order
    3. In Solidarity with the UC Davis Muslim Community
    4. Blum Center Grants, 2017
    5. Call for Nominations – Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award
    6. Students for a Democratic Society’s Book Drive for the Prisoner’s Literature Project
    7. Relay for Life Initiative
    8. Physical Activity Focus Group
    9. Making Friends with Stressors
    10. Reminder: The Great Big Grad Review
    11. Grad Yoga
    12. Bar Night!
    13. CBDD

GSA Announcements:

1. UC Council of Presidents Issues Statement in Response to Presidential Executive Order

January 29, 2017

On Friday, January 27th, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order banning students, visitors and green-card-holding legal permanent United States residents from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — and refugees from around the world — from  entering the United States.  These individuals are our neighbors, classmates, professors and friends.  We have heard from students that they are worried about their ability to travel home and their ability to have family visit them in the U.S. The travel ban effectively makes these students detainees within the U.S. Their presence in the University of California mirrors our country’s history.  We are a country of immigrants, refugees, the formerly enslaved, and native peoples.  It is these disparate narratives that strengthen the fabric of our country and remind us that the path of blanket exclusion and discrimination leads only to the aggrandizing of hate and the betrayal of our nation’s values. Our laws have, since the founding of the U.S., been built on the principle of non-discrimination for people based on religious faith. Whatever the intent of this order, its impact is being felt almost exclusively by Muslim people. We must condemn it.

People from these groups materially contribute to the intellectual rigor expected of students across the ten campuses of the University of California.  Their research has and will continue to shape the world.  Their presence has and will continue to push us to live our collective values of inclusion, justice, equality and fight for the fundamental freedoms that are encoded in our founding documents.  The motto of the University of California is fiat lux; let there be light! And thus we join with others across the country and the world in calling on the President to remember the words inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty: ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.’ We, the Student Body Presidents from throughout the University of California, will fight against any attempt to dim the light of freedom and hope the United States has extended to so many before.  


Tracy La, Undergraduate Chair of the UC Council of Presidents and President of the Associated Students of UC Irvine

Michael Skiles, Graduate Chair of the UC Council of Presidents and President of the Graduate Students Association of UCLA

Alex T. Lee, President of the Associated Students of UC Davis

Austin Hechler, President of the Associated Students of UC Santa Barbara

Jess Whatcott, President of the Graduate Student Association of UC Santa Cruz

Kena Hazelwood-Carter, President of the UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly 

Shawn Ragan, President of the Graduate Student Association of UC Riverside

David McIntosh, President of the Graduate Students Association of UC Santa Barbara

Carlos A. Ruvalcaba, Chair of the Graduate Student Association of UC Davis

Danny Siegel, President of the Undergraduate Student Association Council of UCLA

Katelyn Fitzgerald, President of the Associated Students of UC Merced 

Daniel Juarez, President of the Associated Students of UC San Diego

William Morrow, President of the Associated Students of University of California at UC Berkeley

Tatiana Zavodny, President of the Graduate Student Association

Jeffrey “Tias”  Webster,  President of the Student Union, University of California at Santa Cruz

2. Chair’s Updates on Presidential Executive Order

Good evening fellow graduate students,

Once again, more troubling news nation wide as many individuals, some of which are colleagues of ours, faculty that we work along side, devoted staff, and countless others face an unforeseeable future. There have been many communications throughout the weekend regarding the Presidential Executive Order that was issued on January 27th.

We, the Executive Council, voted on Saturday evening to sign the following petition. Several graduate students and faculty members here at UC Davis have signed as well. Our fellow graduate and undergraduate student presidents and chairs across the UC have signed and will release a statement on the Presidential Executive Order.
The UC Office of the President has issued a statement signed by President Janet Napolitano and all 10 Chancellors, along side some limited guidance for the UC-Wide Community. Interim Chancellor Hexter has also shared his concern and pointed those same resources.
Many students nation wide have been effected, and statements only go so far. There is much work to be done. Please reach out to us if there is specific action that we, the UC Davis Graduate Student Association, can take in order to represent you.
With much respect,

3. In Solidarity with the UC Davis Muslim Community

Fellow Graduate Students,

As many of you know, an incident of hate and violence occurred early Sunday morning at the Davis Islamic Center. Part of the Davis Muslim Community and many members of the student population, both graduate and undergraduate, find sanctuary in their place of worship. As GSA Chair, I feel saddened that such events can occur so close to this community that many of us call home. Unfortunately, this is a truth that occurs in communities all over the country.

Many campus resources have been working with administration and students to help establish support for those affected by this terrible event. As your GSA Executive Council, we would like to make ourselves available to the UC Davis Muslim Community. There is much work to be done during trying times such as those ahead of us. Please reach out to us, let us know how we can represent your voice louder. We are here to listen, and we are here on your behalf.

Carlos A. Ruvalcaba
GSA Chair

4. Blum Center Grants, 2017


5. Call for Nominations – Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award

Announcement from the Office of Campus Community Relations
UC Davis & UC Davis Health System, and surrounding Communities
RE: Call for Nominations, Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award

The Calvin E. Handy Leadership Award is a crime prevention and public safety award that recognizes individuals based on community oriented engagement and activities that are collaborative, cooperative, and proactive. This award highlights the importance of maintaining an environment where safety is essential to the successful mission of UC Davis and its surrounding communities.  The goal of the leadership award is to promote safety and security by recognizing individuals and/or organizations on the UC Davis campus, UCD Health System campus, or the surrounding communities for their contributions toward safety.  The award was developed by members of the campus community to honor Chief Emeritus Calvin Handy’s legacy of public service and leadership, and his outstanding record of engagement and relationship building on campus and in the surrounding communities.

  • Recipients will be honored at the annual Soaring to New Heights celebration on Tuesday April 11, 2017, in the ARC Pavilion.


All campus community members (student, faculty or staff) are eligible for nomination, as are citizens in the communities surrounding the UC Davis campus and the UC Davis Health System in Sacramento.  Business and service groups, governmental agencies, and organizations in the community are also eligible for nomination.  Please see the nomination process and procedures for a broader description of eligibility criteria.

Criteria and Qualifications:

  • Individuals, groups, or organizations that demonstrate actions which create or support the safety of community members;
  • Through their leadership efforts, nominee(s) established a sustainable program or cultivated and/or enhanced relationships that encouraged the collaboration of two or more groups to create an identifiable impact on public safety

UC Davis Nominations (submitted by UC Davis employees):

Nomination forms can completed at this website  If you do not have computer access nominations can be faxed to 530-754-7987, or emailed no later than February 28, 2017.  For questions contact Vickie Gomez 752-2071.

External Nominations (submitted by non-UC Davis employees)

Forward nominations on the (attached) form via email to Vickie Gomez,, and if desired a one page letter may be submitted describing the attributes and accomplishments of the individual, group or organization.  The qualifying information should be specific and comprehensive, yet written so that readers outside the nominee’s field can understand the impact of the accomplishment(s). Deadline for nominations is February 28, 2017.

Specifics about nominations:

The focus of the leadership award is public safety and security however, that does not limit nominations to public safety first responders like police or fire departments though they are eligible.  We encourage nominations from the campus and surrounding community.   Some eligible individuals or organizations include school crime prevention programs, sexual assault education programs, child safety programs, family shelters, elderly care programs,  medical clinics and hospitals, diversity and culture based programs, emergency management programs,  charitable and non-profit organizations whose mission promote a safe and secure environment, and media organizations who use their outreach capability to promote public safety.  The scope of nomination is not limited however in each and every case the action must constitute a positive impact on safety and security.

6. Students for a Democratic Society’s Book Drive for the Prisoner’s Literature Project

Do you have any books or textbooks lying around your room that you probably won’t read again? Do you wish someone else could use them? Do you think everyone deserves an education?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to the MU Quad tables 12-3, January 30th through February 3 to donate your used or new books. Or drop them off in the box in front of the Pierce Co-op on Regan Circle.

We will be going through the Prisoner’s Literature Project to deliver the books to prisoners and help fund their organization so they can continue doing so.

The following is their most commonly requested books:

– dictionaries of all kinds (including ASL sign language); thesauruses, almanacs, GED test prep materials, and other paperback reference books
– how-to books: drawing, origami, chess, construction, gardening, etc.
– books on African-American, Latinx, and Native American history and culture
– books on politics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, science, mathematics
– fiction by or about people of color
– classic literature (in English or Spanish)
– books on meditation, yoga, and bodyweight exercises

Good condition paperbacks and nice modern textbooks are also great donations

If you prefer, you can donate to them through the following link:

Or you can buy books directly off of their wishlist to be sent to prisoners:

*Note, while this bookdrive supports prisoners educating themselves, SDS does not support the Prison-Industrial Complex in the U.S.A.

7. Relay for Life Initiative

Announcement from Mahdis Nicobar on behalf of the Colleges Against Cancer/Relay For Life at UC Davis:

I would like to invite you to join us in this year’s Relay For Life to fight against cancer! The funds raised by you will aid the American Cancer Society to perform research, aid patients with treatments, advocacy, and much more!

We have all been affected by cancer and it takes all of us to fight back. This year’s event will be held on Russell Field on May 6-7 from 10 am to 10am. This year we have the privilege of combining our event with the city of Davis and therefore we’re expecting a much bigger turn out, so you don’t want to miss out on the fun! Relay is not just about walking: we have other fun activities such as 2 A.M. Zumba, dodge ball tournament, Zorb Ball games, and various performances by student organizations. Along with this, we have memorable ceremonies and honors, such as the Luminaria Ceremony to honor our survivors and remember those we have lost to cancer. I encourage you to register your as soon as possible and join us in making a world with more birthdays.

For more information and to register your team please visit

You can also stay updated by following our Facebook page

For further questions, please do not hesitate to email

Mahdis Nicokar

8. Physical Activity Focus Group

Health Education and Promotion wants to hear from you! Participate in the Physical Activity Focus Group to earn a CoHo gift card!

Health Education and Promotion is rebranding their physical activity campaign and wants your input! The goal of the campaign is to increase the number of students moving their bodies’ for at least 30 minutes a day. We are recruiting students for a 60-minute focus group to help us better understand students’ motivations and barriers to exercise and explore campaign messages and designs. Focus group participants will receive a $10 CoHo gift card for their time.

If you are interested in participating in the focus group, please complete and submit this form by Friday, February 3rd. You will be contacted by Shantille Connolly, the SHCS Wellness Health Educator, if you are chosen to participate in the focus group. Please contact Shantille at sconnolly@shcs.ucdavis.eduwith any questions.

Shantille Connolly, MPH, CHES

Wellness Health Educator
Health Education and Promotion
UC Davis Student Health and Counseling Services

9. Making Friends with Stressors

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
11:00am-Noon | SCC, Room D

Please register:

Feeling stressed? This workshop will help you exam your stressors and learn helpful strategies to reposition your stress. You will explore ways to engage in purposeful relaxation and strategies for creating a moment of peace in the chaos of your graduate student life.

Workshop Leader: Dr. Bai-Yin Chen, Psychologist, Counseling Services

Bai-Yin Chen is a psychologist specializing in college mental health and graduate student concerns and issues.

10. Reminder: The Great Big Grad Review

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 

11. Grad Yoga


12. Bar Night!

Bring your friends to The Graduate for our monthly bar night this Wednesday, February 1st from 8:30-10:30! Open to all graduate and professional students. Post-docs and significant others are welcome also.
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13. CBDD

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