GSA Weekly Announcements, February 6th-12th

GSA Announcements:

    1. Rally In Solidarity with UC Davis Academics on Visa Ban
    2. Tell Congress #DontBanMe
    3. Lobby Sacramento with the UC Student Association
    4. Share your UC financial aid experience with UCSA
    5. Apply for the systemwide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs (CCGA)!
    6. 17-18 GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN AND CHANCELLOR: APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 17TH!
    7. Services for International Students & Scholars and Graduate Studies now hiring a Graduate Student Researcher for 2017-2018
    8. Become a Mentor: First Friends Program
    9. Center for Educational Effectiveness and the TA Consultant Program
    10. Lean In Panel Discussion
    11. Reminder: Great Big Graduate Review
    12. Grad Student Yoga
    13. CBDD

GSA Announcements:

1. Rally In Solidarity with UC Davis Academics on Visa Ban
Dear UC Davis Community,

In response to the recent Executive Order on visa/refugee/immigration ban for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, we are inviting you to join us in the rally to support our UC Davis members.

This event will take place in Memorial Union Quad on Thursday, Feb 9th 2017 from 12:00pm – 01:00pm. For more information, please see below and visit our facebook event page.

Please join us for our community members’ stories, and an interaction with our speakers, speaking in support of our diverse community.

Your friends are looking forward to having you in the rally.

Thank you,

The Rally Committee

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(1) What has happened?
On Friday Jan. 27th 2017, an executive order (EO) was enacted that bans the nationals of: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia, Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States with any type of immigrant or nonimmigrant visa for 90 days.

(2) Who are the organizers?
We are a group of graduate and post-graduate students attending UC Davis. We are holding this rally with in coordination with Academics United rallies carried out at other universities across the U.S. This event was planned in collaboration with the UC Davis Iranian Student Association (SEDAD) and with cooperation of Center for Student Involvement, and Services for International Students and Scholars. We all have dreams of not only receiving the best education, but also serving the nation that has granted us this valuable opportunity.

(3) How are we affected by the recent action?
According to the EO, we are banned from entering the US for at least 90 days. If authorities decide to extend the three month period, we will not be able to visit our families back home or change our visa status. Many of us are seeing all of our hard work and achievements reduced to none. We are facing a very heartbreaking dilemma in the midst of this difficult time and are looking to you, our friends and colleagues to stand united with us.

(4) Do we have a color theme?
Yes, white. Please come showing off your white clothing items.

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2. Tell Congress #DontBanMe
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Call your Senators and Representative TODAY and tell them to support overturning the executive order banning entry into the United States!  Click here for a call script from NAGPS.

If you’re registered in Davis, the numbers are:
Rep. John Garamendi: 202-225-1880
Sen. Dianne Feinstein: 202-224-3841
Sen. Kamala Harris: 202-224-3553

3. Lobby Sacramento with the UC Student Association

Each year, UCSA hosts the Student Lobby Day, which this year takes place from March 25-27.  This annual event brings UC students from all 10 campuses to the State Capitol for the opportunity to develop lobbying skills, learn more about issues affecting students and California higher education, and directly engage elected officials on these issues.  This is a great opportunity to represent graduate student needs. UCD can bring a handful of students, so if you would like to attend or have any questions, email gsaexternalchair@ucdavis.edu and get involved!

4. Share your UC financial aid experience with UCSA

UCSA is collecting data from current students and alumns to share with the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) regarding UC students’ financial aid experience. The survey is anonymous and will inform future conversations about California financial aid.  Take it here: https://ucsa.org/aid/
CSAC is the principal state agency responsible for administering financial aid programs for California students, with the central mission of making education beyond high school financially accessible.

5. Apply for the systemwide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs (CCGA)!

Description for CCGA: This Committee advises the President of the University and all agencies of the Senate regarding the promotion of research and learning related to graduate affairs. Establishes basic policies and procedures for coordinating the work of the various graduate councils and divisions. Recommends to the Assembly minimum standards of admission for graduate students. Reviews standards and policies applied by graduate councils and policies concerning relations with educational and research agencies

6. 17-18 GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN AND CHANCELLOR: APPLICATIONS DUE FEBRUARY 17TH!

Applications are now open for the 17-18 Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor (GSADC). This position—which includes a GSADC Service Year Fellowship for 17-18 and a Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 18-19—is open to any UC Davis PhD student who will have advanced to candidacy by September 1st 2017.
An information session led by current GSADC Sarah Messbauer, Dean Prasant Mohapatra, and GradPathways director Teresa Dillinger will be held on February 8th at 2pm in Student Community Center Room C. For more information, including a link to the application, please visit gradstudies.ucdavis.edu/GSADCThe deadline to apply is February 17th, 2017!
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7. Services for International Students & Scholars and Graduate Studies now hiring a Graduate Student Researcher for 2017-2018

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) assists current international students, scholars, and their families with visa and immigration issues and provides orientation, assistance and various programs to these populations. Graduate Studies cultivates the best learning experiences for graduate and postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis.  It includes 99 graduate and professional degree programs and a diverse student body from around the world.

SISS and Graduate Studies are looking for a graduate student researcher to join the SISS International Programs Team as an International Graduate Student Assistant (IGSA). This position provides a unique opportunity to serve and represent the campus’ graduate and professional student community.

What does the position entail?
Under the supervision and direction of the SISS Assistant Director for Intercultural Programs, the IGSA develops programs and organizes workshops geared towards integrating international graduate students into the campus community. Some of these programs include International Graduate Student Orientation, mentorship programs for international graduate students, community-building activities and professional development workshops.

The IGSA will collaborate closely with the Office of Graduate Studies and also with the GSRs in other departments on campus and will serve as a core member of the Graduate Ally Coalition (GAC). This is an important role in supporting the needs of international graduate students at UC Davis.

The position is a 50% GSR appointment and requires a 20 hour per week commitment, including some weekend and evening hours as necessary. See job description for more detailed information.

 When does the position start?
The duration of the position will be from June 16, 2017 to September 30, 2018.

Who is qualified for the position?
We are looking for a motivated, resourceful, and creative PhD student with knowledge of the challenges faced by international graduate students. The position is open to current UC Davis graduate academic students from ANY program, advancement to candidacy is required.

Where do I apply?
Apply online at Aggie Job Link. To find the position, search for ID number 821671 or job title International Graduate Student Assistant.  The deadline to apply is Monday, February 20th at midnight. If you are interested in learning more about the position, please contact Robin Ducatillon at rducati@ucdavis.edu.

SISS has moved to the INTERNATIONAL CENTER
New location: International Center, Third Floor

8. Become a Mentor: First Friends Program

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9. Center for Educational Effectiveness and the TA Consultant Program

Do you want to improve your teaching and enhance student learning? Are you looking for ways to make teaching more exciting for you and your students?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, request a consultation with the TA Consultants today! The Center for Educational Effectiveness offers free consultations to all graduate students and postdocs to help improve their teaching effectiveness. (You do not need to be a current TA or AI to benefit.)

What will happen during the consultation?
All consultations are designed to provide you with feedback on your teaching in a low-pressure, confidential setting. You and the TA Consultant (an experienced peer consultant) will discuss strategies to achieve your instructional goals. The TA Consultant can also visit your class to gather anonymous feedback from your students or video record your teaching, and then meet to discuss the feedback with you. To learn more about the specific consultations available, go here!

10. Lean In Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 15, 6:30 – 8:00pm, Sciences Lecture Hall 123

Aggie Life Skills Categories: Career Development, Personal Development, Academic Skills & Opportunities

This Aggie Life Skills program is based on the work of bestselling author Sheryl Sandberg (Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead), a Harvard Business School graduate and chief operating officer of Facebook. The panel will include a local chapter of the Lean In Foundation discussing practical strategies that inspire women to believe in themselves, embrace challenge and risk in academics and the workplace, and pursue their goals. The Lean In Foundation also addresses ways in which men can support the women in their lives and workplaces. This program is open to all genders. NOTE: look for the Student-Athlete Academic Services staff outside Sci Lec 123 and be sure to sign in on the attendance list between 6:10-6:30. This program is open to all UCD students.

11. Reminder: Great Big Graduate Review

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12. Grad Student Yoga

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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!
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