GSA Weekly Announcements: 2/26-3/2

  1. Chancellor May’s “To Boldly Go” Initiative Town Hall 2/28
  2. GSA/Union Bargaining Town Hall
  3. GSoC Mixer 3/7
  4. GSoC All-Day Study Session 3/14
  5. GSA Bar Night 3/2
  6. UC Over-Enrollment Petition
  7. Join the Graduate Teaching Community
  8. ESTEME’s 3rd Annual Diversity & Innovation Colloquium
  9. CalFresh Super Clinic: 3/7
  10. Student Activism Funds Application Open
  11. GSA Clothing Exchange
  12. Food Access Resources
  13. GSA Sponsored Yoga
  14. 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.

The GSA will be hosting a small working group/town hall this Wednesday (2/28), from 2-3pm at the GSA Office in the South Silo to discuss ideas for Chancellor May’s To Boldly Go Initiative.  Please attend to help make sure that the Graduate Student point of view plays a role in this campus-wide strategic planning process!

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. Graduate Students of Color Mixer 3/7

Graduate Students of Color  will be holding a mixer occurring on March 7, 2018 from 4 – 7 pm at Bistro 33 (226 F St.)!! All are welcome!
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4. Graduate Students of Color All-Day Study Session: 3/14

The CCC and GAAAP would like to invite you all to attend the GSoC All-Day Study Session on March 14 from 10 am – 5 pm. RSVP here for lunch.

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5. GSA Bar Night

Join the GSA on Friday, March 2nd for Bar Night at 3rd&U (just off campus) from 5-7 PM. Food courtesy of the GSA and 2 for $7 happy hour beer special! We hope to see you there!

GSA bar night march 2018

 6. UC Over-Enrollment Petition

As you may know, the California State Legislature mandated to increase enrollment UC wide by 10,000 students, while failing to provide adequate funding for each campus to accommodate such growth. It is our goal, and the goal of the University of California, to provide a high quality education to all students in the University of California system; however, this task becomes exponentially more difficult without the proper funds to support an increased number of students. This imposition transpires in different ways at each of the campuses, but the some of the most prominent have been lack of housing, food, transportation, psychological support services and classroom spaces, all of which have significant repercussions on student welfare and success.
My office has drafted a petition against over-enrollment at each of the University of California campuses, which can be found here. The results of the petition will be presented to the UC Regents at their meeting in March. We are currently circulating the petition around each UC campus to collect as many signatures as possible. We ask that you send this to your constituents, share this petition on social media and do whatever is best for publicizing this petition on your respective campuses. In addition, I will be sending out hard-copy flyers to your offices for you all to use at your discretion. Please take a few minutes out of your day to spread the word and sign the petition to help prevent further over-enrollment without adequate funding across the UC’s!

I recognize that you all are busy and have other priorities, so I am dedicated to making myself available to any assistance I can provide you with regards to this petition. Furthermore, if anyone has any questions, please direct them to me at
All the best,
Jessica Xu

 7. 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 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.

8. 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



9. CalFresh Super Clinic: 3/7

Davis’s branch of the Global Food Initiative will be leading two CalFresh application workshops happening soon on:
Wednesday, March 7th from 2-3PM at the DeCarli Room in MU
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:

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10. 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*.

11. 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

12. 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!


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

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

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14. CBDD

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

CBDD Flyer Fall 2017 (Letter)