GSA Weekly Announcements: 2/19-2/23

  1. Chancellor May’s “To Boldly Go” Initiative
  2. GSA/Union Bargaining Town Hall
  3. Rescheduled: Graduate Student Tax Workshop
  4. Join the Graduate Teaching Community
  5. ESTEME’s 3rd Annual Diversity & Innovation Colloquium
  6. CalFresh Super Clinics: 2/22 & 3/7
  7. Student Activism Funds Application Open
  8. GSA Clothing Exchange
  9. Food Access Resources
  10. GSA Sponsored Yoga
  11. 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. The Chancellor’s office has identified several categories which serve as the focus of this Strategic Planning initiative. Please do you believe are *most* pertinent to the success of Graduate Students. These topics will be discussed in the upcoming GSA Town Halls.Please submit an idea in the following link: To Boldly Go – Focus Categories

2. GSA/Union Bargaining Town Hall

Facebook event page:

Bargaining is beginning on February 28! Join the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the UC Student Workers Union for a Bargaining Town Hall to learn more. We will be discussing why joining the union matters more than ever right now, what bargaining with administration for a new employment contract entails, and how you can help support your fellow graduate students at the table as they advocate for better working conditions for all of us.

3. Rescheduled: GSA Sponsored Tax Workshop

Grad Tax Workshop
Have questions about preparing your taxes as a grad student? The GSA’s got you covered! Join Meaghan Likes, CPA on Thursday, February 22nd from 6-8PM in 2016 Haring Hall for tips and tricks for making the most of your tax return process.
Grad Tax Workshop WQ 2018 UPDATED (1)

4. 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
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.

5. ESTEME’s 3rd annual Diversity & Innovation Colloquium

Save the date for the 3rd annual Diversity & Innovation Colloquium, hosted by Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Entrepreneurship (ESTEME). Join ESTEME for a free one-day colloquium featuring talks and panel discussion from leading innovators in STEM and entrepreneurship! Registered attendees will have the opportunity to engage speakers during a catered lunch and networking reception. For more information, see our website at


When: April 20, 2018, 10:30 am – 6:00 pm

Where: Multi-Purpose Room, Student Community Center



6. CalFresh Super Clinics: 2/22 & 3/7

Davis’s branch of the Global Food Initiative will be leading two CalFresh application workshops happening soon on:
Thursday, February 22nd from 2-3PM at ARC Meeting Room 1 and
Wednesday, March 7th from 2-3PM at the DeCarli Room
Max, our campus CalFresh representative, will be making a presentation on qualification/application process at this workshop. We will also be providing the opportunity at the end of his presentation for students to check their qualifications and potentially apply right on the spot. Students are encouraged to bring their own wi-fi compatible devices to sign up, but we will also have a supply of tablets for them to use as well.
Students should register for the event using this form, however, we will also allow for drop-in attendees. I have also attached a flyer with the dates and locations for these workshops.
Questions or concerns may be addressed to Dana Ng:

AFC Calfresh Clinic-page-001

7. 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*.

8. GSA Sponsored Clothing Exchange

The time for spring cleaning is upon us! From now until the end of the quarter, the GSA will be collecting contributions for a clothing exchange to be held on Friday, March 16th at the last CBDD of the Winter Quarter from 8:30-10:30 AM in South Silo 253. Please drop off contributions at CDBB before or on March 16th. Any contributions that remain after the exchange will be donated.


 GSA Clothing Exchange WQ 2018

9. 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!


10. 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

11. CBDD

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

CBDD Flyer Fall 2017 (Letter)