GSA Weekly Announcements: 11/13-11/17

  1. IGPS Coordinator and Committee Positions available
  2. Union Updates: Opposition to the proposed tax bill & monthly membership meeting
  3. Global Education For All Survey
  4. Apply for NIH Future Program
  5. Funding Opportunity: Information Sessions for Mellon Public Scholars Program
  6. Housing Town Hall during CBDD on 12/1
  7. Food Access Resources
  8. GSA & LGBTQIA Resource Center Sponsored Yoga tomorrow
  9. GSA Coffee Bagel Donut Day this Friday



1. IGPS Coordinator and Committee Positions

Planning for the Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium (IGPS) is about to get underway! The Coordinator position (a paid position!) is available, as are volunteer positions on the IGPS Committee.

IGPS is a wonderful opportunity to display high quality graduate research taking place across campus and getting involved is a fantastic way to foster a sense of community across graduate programs.

Applications for both the coordinator and committee positions can be found here:

For consideration, please apply by 12pm Thursday 11/16

2. UAW Updates

Opposition to proposed tax bill:

As you may be aware, U.S. House Republicans have proposed a bill that would regressively overhaul U.S. tax code, which includes changes that would dramatically impact students and student-workers throughout higher education.

In addition to many other concerning changes, including tax breaks for the wealthy, the new bill would repeal earlier tax code that stipulates that tuition waivers –– like the one we’ve won in our labor contract –– are excluded from taxable income. The new bill would instead treat our currently waived tuition as taxable income, which, as this analysis by one of our campus union stewards indicates, would significantly impact student workers’ already limited take-home pay. Because tuition is roughly three times as high for non-resident and international students, our union is particularly concerned about the even more drastic impacts of this bill on these student workers. We acknowledge the ways in which this proposed bill is connected to other anti-immigrant policies enacted under Trump.

As a union committed to the project of public education, we support progressive taxes to fund public goods and services like education. We have collaborated with community members to pass tax measures such as Propositions 30 and 55 to increase state funding for public education as part of our larger effort to fight for accessible, quality, and fully state-funded education. We oppose the current proposed tax bill, which would force student workers to pay taxes on tuition increases, against which we have been fighting the undemocratic UC Board of Regents for years. Our collective opposition to this bill is based on these issues.

What can I do?

It is crucial that we act together as a union to oppose this bill now. We are organizing each other to contact both UC President Janet Napolitano and our US House Representatives to urge them to publicly oppose this GOP bill. Napolitano can be reached at: (510) 987-9200 and, and you can find contact info for your State Representative here.

Below is a short, to-the-point sample script for your message:
Hello, my name is [name]. I’m a member of the UC Student-Workers Union UAW 2865, and a undergraduate/graduate student at UC [campus] OR and a constituent of [Representative] from [zip code]. I’m calling to urge your office to publicly oppose the House GOP Tax Bill H.R. 1, which would make affording higher education further out of reach for many people. Specifically, I urge you to publicly oppose the bill’s repeal of the Qualified Tuition Reduction in Section 117(d) in the tax code. Thank you for your efforts on this issue.

Please pass this message on to your coworkers –– this awful bill must be stopped. We’ll be following up with members regarding next steps in resisting this anti-education, anti-worker bill and others like it.

Monthly Membership Meeting

Come get to know your union at our November 21th Membership Meeting! We’ll be talking about all union goings on, including our bargaining campaign, GSR issues, and much more. In particular, we’ll strategize around the results of our UC-wide Bargaining Convention, to be held Nov. 18th in Santa Barbara. Membership meetings are the best way to find out what’s going on and get involved. The meeting agenda is open to all issues and concerns. Hope to see you there!

By the way, if you’re interested in attending the Nov. 18th Bargaining Convention, we are organizing a UCLA Carpool Caravan; you can RSVP for a pickup here. All members are welcome! It will be a great opportunity for union supporters statewide to solidify our initial demands and bargaining strategy.

UCLA Membership Meeting
When: Nov. 21, 5:30 PM
Where: 921 Westwood Blvd., Room 225
Facebook event link

UC-wide Bargaining Convention

When: Nov. 18, 9 AM – 7:30 PM
Where494 UCEN Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Facebook event link

In Solidarity,

UAW 2865, UCLA

Vegetarian refreshments will be served at the membership meeting and the bargaining convention. Our office is elevator-accessible from the building entrance. Families are welcome at the membership meeting and the bargaining convention; in addition, we will reimburse childcare costs for the bargaining convention. Hope to see you there!
Have an issue you’d like to add to the membership meeting agenda? Email

3. Global Education For All Survey

Dear UC Davis friends,


UC Davis has a vision to provide a global education for all students. A campus-wide Global Education for All steering committee convened by Global Affairs is distributing this brief survey to all students, staff, and faculty to help get the initiative started as we celebrate International Education Week.


Those who complete this 5-question Global Education for All survey will be automatically entered to win one of three (3) $50 gift cards to UC Davis Stores. Please complete the survey and forward it widely.


Survey link:


Email questions:

Share your international stories and experiences on social media using #GlobalAggie


Thank you!

4. Apply for NIH Career Exploration Program

The FUTURE Program is now accepting applications for our 2018 cohort.  We are a National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative for Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training.
As a member of this program, you will gain tools to explore a wide range of careers:
– 10-Week Professional Development Workshop
– Meet Successful PhD Alumni
– Explore a Variety of Careers
– Earn a Competency Certificate
– Up to $500 for More Professional Development
Are you a UC Davis Ph.D. student or postdoctoral scholar conducting health-related research? Sign up by November 30!

5. Information Sessions for Mellon Public Scholars Program

The Mellon Public Scholars program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of public humanities and engaged scholarship.

It does so through a two-credit seminar in Spring quarter, faculty mentorship, and a funded community-based project over the summer. All that is required is an interest in public humanities and enrollment in a Ph.D. or M.F.A. program in the humanities, arts, or humanistic social sciences.

$7,500 summer stipend for fellows
$2,000 stipend for faculty mentors

Join past participants to learn more about the Mellon Public Scholars program!

Information sessions will be held on November 15th (5-6pm) and November 21st (12-1PM) at 228 Voorhies Hall.

More information and Registration

6. Housing Town Hall at CBDD

On December 1st at 8:30am the Graduate Student Association in collaboration with Graduate Studies and Student Affairs will be hosting a town hall on housing in South Silo 253. This event will serve as an opportunity for graduate students to learn the latest with regards to the Orchard Park redevelopment project and join in on a broader dialogue on graduate housing. So join us for a free breakfast and robust conversation on housing!
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7. Food Access Resources

Several resources exist for students who are having difficulty affording healthy food.

You may be eligible for CalFresh, which can give up to $190/month to help with groceries.

Food is also available for students at the Pantry in lower Freeborn or through Fruit & Veggie Up – now located at the MU!


8. GSA & LGBTQIA Resource Center Sponsored Yoga


Join us tomorrow in Meeting Room D at the SCC.

it's a bowling birthday party


9. CBDD This Friday!

Join us this Friday for Coffee Bagel Donut Day at the GSA Office in South Silo!

CBDD Flyer Fall 2017 (Letter)