GSA Weekly Announcements: 1/29-2/2


  1. Chancellor May’s “To Boldly Go” Initiative
  2. Join the Graduate Teaching Community
  3. Barriers to Healthy Eating Survey
  4. Student Activism Funds Application Open
  5. Graduate Student Writing Retreat
  6. Food Access Resources
  7. GSA Sponsored Yoga
  8. CBDD

1. Chancellor May’s “To Boldly Go” Initiative

Chancellor May has put forth a strategic planning initiative (“To Boldly Go”), and is asking for your input.  By participating in this survey, you can provide the administration with valuable information on how to launch our campus to new heights!  Please submit an idea in the following link:

2. Join the Graduate Teaching Community

Are you interested in learning more about evidence-based research on teaching and learning?
Do you want to improve your teaching and develop strategies that lead to better learning outcomes?
Do you want to build a competitive CV?
Do you want to collaborate with an interdisciplinary graduate student group?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, join the Graduate Teaching Community today!
Weekly Meeting Time: Wednesdays, 12:10 pm to 1pm (snacks provided)
Location: The Grove (formerly Surge III), Room 1310B
Winter 2018 Theme: Evidence-based strategies for teaching and learning
Jan 31: Optimizing review sessions
Feb 7: Teaching effective hybrid and online courses
Feb 14: Helping students overcome academic challenges
Feb 21: Dealing with gender biases as an instructor
Feb 28: Encouraging participation in large classes
March 7: Promoting effective instructor-TA interactions
What occurs in Graduate Teaching Community meetings?
GTC meetings are informal, discussion-based gatherings geared toward enhancing the teaching skills of graduate student instructors. Every meeting begins by checking in on participants’ teaching practices and classroom experiences, followed by a presentation on evidence-based teaching and learning strategies facilitated by GTC participants.
What are the benefits of joining the Graduate Teaching Community?
Participants gain confidence in the classroom and a deeper understanding of learner-centered, inclusive teaching practices. Participating in the Graduate Teaching Community is also a great addition to include on a CV to demonstrate professional development in teaching. Participants will receive a certificate of participation by attending 6 out of 7 sessions and facilitating an informal discussion on a teaching and/or learning topic of their choice.
Click here to learn more about the Graduate Teaching Community and stay informed on this quarter’s theme.

3. Barriers to Healthy Eating Needs Assessment

The Global Food Initiative is overseeing a needs assessment survey in order to focus programming on barriers to healthy eating among students on campus. As food security among graduate students is one of the overarching goals of this year’s Executive Council, we ask that you participate to ensure that the needs of graduate students are represented in the survey and in the future programming that is developed from it.

This survey is part of a research study, and should take less than 15 minutes of your time. Your participation is completely voluntary and all of your responses will remain anonymous, as survey responses will not be linked to your email.
To complete the survey, click on the link below or copy and paste the address into your internet browser:

4. Apply now for Student Activism funds!

The GSA Student Activism Budget is now open! –>

The Student Activism Fund is a source of funding for graduate student-initiated activism projects of significant interest or value to graduate students across campus. The GSA budget allocates $3,500 each year for all such projects; the amount offered to any one project is limited to $500*.

5. Graduate Student Writing Retreat

Join the Graduate Academic Achievement & Advocacy Program (GAAAP) of the SRRC for our annual Graduate Student Writing Retreat.
Catch up with your coursework’s writing assignments, master’s thesis, or dissertations!
WHAT: 2-day, 2-night retreat to focus on writing
WHERE: Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra, Applegate, CA
WHEN: Saturday, 2/17 to Monday, 2/19
COST: $15 to secure your participation

REGISTER by Sunday, 2/4:

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6. 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!


7. GSA & LGBTQIA Resource Center Sponsored Yoga this week!

Join us tomorrow evening at the SCC in Meeting Room D from 5-6:30 pm!

GSA Yoga Flyer_Winter 2018


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

CBDD Flyer Fall 2017 (Letter)