Weekly Announcements: 12/11-12/15


  1. GSA Travel Awards
  2. Union Updates: Grade In at the COHO tomorrow
  3. Follow Ups from Grad Student Walk Out
  4. Food Access Resources
  5. No Yoga or CBDD this week – to resume in Winter Quarter


1. GSA Travel Awards

The Fall 2018 Travel Award is now accepting applications. GSA Travel Awards are used to help graduate students at UC Davis attend conferences and other professional development opportunities. The award is used for travel between January 1st – June 30th 2018. Deadline is January 5th, 2018. The maximum award amount is $500. Please distribute this message urgently and accordingly. Thank you!

To apply, please visit:

2. Union Updates: Grade In TOMORROW


Do your students/professors know how much time you spend grading? Do they know how much time you spend typing away in a tiny office you share with 5 other people? Or at home in a room you can barely afford rent for?

Graduate students do vital work for our university, but it’s often invisible labor. Come to our grade-in to help make our work visible during finals week!

Join your fellow graduate students at the Memorial Union Coffee House any time from 9:30am – 1:30pm on Tuesday, December 12th. We’ll write, work, and grade together as we build community and raise awareness about our upcoming contract renegotiation with the UC administration. There will be CoHo gift cards for participants (so you can get whatever drink you want)! Wear a union t-shirt or button if you’ve got one.

Also check out our Facebook event. Please forward and distribute widely, the more workers the merrier!

In solidarity,

The elected officers of the UC Student-Workers Union, Davis Unit


3. Follow Ups from Grad Student Walk Out

Union Update:

We encourage members to sign and circulate our petition to Congress if you have not yet already, and also to call your Senators and urge them to fight to prevent this tax plan from passing. You can look up your Senators and their phone numbers here. Here is a short, to-the-point sample script for you to use when you call:

Hello, my name is [name]. I’m a member of the UC Student-Workers Union UAW 2865, and a constituent of [Senator] from [zip code]. I’m calling to urge your office to withhold business as usual until the GOP tax bill is defeated. This bill would transfer money from working- and middle-class folks to the rich. As a graduate/undergraduate student at UC [Campus], I am particularly concerned about the measures that would make higher education further out of reach for many people. I urge you to fight against the bill’s potential repeal of the Qualified Tuition Reduction in Section 117(d) in the tax code, its elimination of deductions for student loan interest, and its repeal of the Lifelong Learning Credit. Thank you for your efforts on this issue.


Thanks again to all who joined the #GradTaxWalkout. We will continue to work together to achieve free public higher education that is fully funded––not rendered inaccessible to all but the wealthy––by taxes.


4. 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!




5. No Yoga/ CBDD this week

Yoga and CBDD are finished for this quarter – we look forward to seeing you in the new year!