GSA Weekly Announcements: 3/5-3/9

  1. Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar Series 3/6
  2. UAW Updates
  3. GSoC Mixer 3/7
  4. GSoC All-Day Study Session 3/14
  5. UC Over-Enrollment Petition
  6. Commuter Survey Focus Groups 3/6 and 3/8
  7. Join the Graduate Teaching Community
  8. ESTEME’s 3rd Annual Diversity & Innovation Colloquium
  9. Science Says General Meeting
  10. CalFresh Super Clinic: 3/7
  11. GSA Sponsored Pizza Party on Sacramento Campus 3/15
  12. Student Activism Funds Application Open
  13. GSA Clothing Exchange
  14. Food Access Resources
  15. GSA Sponsored Yoga
  16. CBDD

1. Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar Series 

  The next seminar in the Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar Series will be held on Tuesday March 6th from 3:30 to 4:30 in 551 Mrak Hall. Vice-Chancellor Raquel Aldana will be discussing the university’s diversity initiatives. Anyone interested is welcome and encouraged to attend!

2. UAW Updates

Our campus UCSHIP committee is currently considering which healthcare plan they want us to have for next school year. One of the plans they are considering would substantially reduce the cost of dependent healthcare coverage. Rank-and-file members have put together a petition to the committee asking them to consider making dependent care more affordable, an effort our union has been fighting for years to accomplish. Please stand with your union members and sign this letter by this WEDNESDAY at 12 pm when the committee is meeting again. Again, you can find the dependent healthcare letter HERE.


UC Student Workers Union

Upcoming Union Events

Weekly Organizing Committee Meeting (new members welcome!) – Every Wednesday11 am – 12 pm @ GSA office South Silo

Wed March MMM – Mar 14, 6-8 pm, Plant and Environmental Sciences 3001

Friday March 16, 5-7 pm – GSA/Union Bar Night and Sign Making Party, 3rd & U

March 21-22 – Open Bargaining at UC DavisStay tuned for updates!


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. 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

6. Grad Student Commuter Survey Focus Groups

Staff with the office of Campus Planning and Environmental Stewardship are hosting focus groups about commuter behavior, interests, and needs. We are recruiting graduate students who drive to campus daily and are willing to share some thoughts about their commute patterns. The graduate student dates for focus groups are Tuesday, March 6, 9:00-10:20 AM, andThursday, March 8, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Sign up to participate at 

 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
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. Science Says General Meeting

Do you like crafting, trivia and burritos? Then come to the next Science Says General Meeting! On March 6th from 5pm to 6:30pm in Parsons 111 will will be working on our Picnic Day table activity. We need people to help craft our signs, create trivia questions and, of course, eat burritos! Happy Hour will follow!
Register today to claim your burrito!

 Science Says March 6th Meeting

10. 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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11. GSA Pizza Party on Sacramento Campus 3/15

Are you Stressed out about Your Research and Upcoming Finals??
Join us at GSA Pizza Party on March 15, 2018, at 12:00 pm in 2401 Board Room, UC Davis Mind Institute Sacramento.

Fill this Google Form or RSVP your Sacramento Service Coordinator Marwa Zafarullah at by March 12, 2018.

P: S: There is a Free Intercampus Shuttle Passes for Attendees too. 🙂

GSA Pizza Party

12. 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*.

13. 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

14. 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!


15. 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

16. CBDD

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

CBDD Flyer Fall 2017 (Letter)