Weekly Announcements: 3/19-3/23

  2. Nominations now open: AESGS & GSA Executive Council
  3. Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar Series 4/3
  4. Global Education for All Steering Committee seeking feedback
  5. ESTEME’s 3rd Annual Diversity & Innovation Colloquium
  6. Student Activism Funds Application Open
  7. Food Access Resources
  8. GSA Sponsored Yoga
  9. CBDD

1. Union Bargaining at UC Davis 3/21-3/22

Contract negotiations are coming to UC Davis on March 21-22 and we need your help!  As a democratic union dedicated to transparency, the UC Student Workers Union invites all members to observe and actively participate in bargaining for the contract that will set all aspects of our working conditions, wages, and benefits for the next four years. In this historic moment, your involvement is absolutely critical to the success of our bargaining demands.  There are several ways to get involved, show your support, and make our union stronger!

  • Show up and bring 5 friends!  On Wednesday, March 21 from 9am-12 noon we are we will pack the Wyatt Pavilion with members as possible as a powerful display to admin that UCD is united in solidarity and widespread support for our bargaining goals. (Of course, members are welcome to come and go at their convenience throughout both days, so if you can’t make it during this time, please stop by whenever you can!)

  • Participate in our grade in! On Wednesday, March 21 from 12-4pm please join us for a picnic and grade in on the lawn in front of the Wyatt Pavilion.  This is an excellent opportunity to not only make our labor more visible but also more bearable during an otherwise hellish finals week.

  • Testify to your experiences!  One of the most important and empowering aspects of open bargaining is when members speak directly to admin about their experiences under the current contract and why things need to change.  If you have a personal story to share with admin related to any of our bargaining goals, please let us know!  We are more than happy to help you craft and prepare your statement if you need support.

  • If you have not already, sign up to join the Union!

Can we count on you to not only come out to bargaining but also spread the word to friends and colleagues? To help us track and organize participation, we’re asking that attendees please fill out this google form (responses are confidential). Thank you so much for everything you do to help make our union strong, we are SO excited about this contract campaign and working with you to build a UC for all!

In solidarity,


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Event details:

  • DATE: Wed March 21-Thurs March 22

  • TIME: 9:30 am – 4 pm lunch break 12-1

  • Wed March 21 at Wyatt Pavilion Theater (across the pond in the Arboretum):

    • Grade-in on the Arboretum lawn across from bargaining! In between giving testimony at the bargaining meeting, come bring your grading or personal work to get done in the sunshine. Picnic and breakfast lunch provided by the union!

  • Thurs March 22 at Solano Park Community Center:

    • Housing and issues affecting student worker parents will be a focus, so we encourage you to come and bring you concerns about housing or your family and children to bargaining that day in particular!

**Exact locations and timing subject to change pending management’s confirmations**

2. Nominations Open: AESGS and GSA Executive Council 

Now accepting nominations for 2018 GSA Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students:
Instituted in 2002, the AESGS seeks to recognize those who work diligently to advance the status of graduate students throughout UC Davis. We need your help to identify members of the staff, faculty, or administration that have demonstrated their commitment and resolve in pursuing graduate student interests. Nominees will be evaluated by the GSA assembly according to their merit and the winner will be presented with a plaque recognizing their hard work and a gift from the Association.Up to two recipients will be selected by the committee and presented to the GSA General Assembly for approval. Recipients will be presented with a plaque recognizing their hard work and a gift from the Association.Selection Criteria. The committee will evaluate nominations based on how the nominee:
1) Promotes and supports both graduate students’ academic achievement and personal well-being;
2) Provides support that reaches a broad audience and has a significant impact on individual students; and
3) Contributes in ways that are above and beyond the scope and duties of the nominee’s position.

If you know someone deserving of this honor, please complete the nomination form below. Award winners will be selected in late April and the award ceremony will be held at the May general assembly meeting.


Nominations are open until 11:59 pm on April 18th.
GSA Executive Council Nominations are now open!
Make a difference as part of next year’s GSA by serving on the Executive Council! Nominations for leadership positions are now being accepted. Nominees must be graduate students in good standing who will not graduate before June 2019. Elections for next year’s board will be held at the May General Assembly meeting on May 2nd.
To nominate yourself or someone else, please send an email with the name of the individual and the position for which s/he is nominated to the Chair of the Elections Committee (Jeanelle Hope) at gradassistant@ucdavis.edu

 3. Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar Series 4/3

The Chancellor's Leadership Development Seminar Series (1)

4. Global Education for All steering committee seeking feedback

As part of the university’s Global Education for All Initiative, the steering committee has been tasked with developing a short statement of goals & outcomes for the project and for UCD undergraduates and grads. We’ve drafted this document, and are bringing it to major campus constituencies for review and feedback.

 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 https://esteme.weebly.com/colloquium.html.


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

Where: Multi-Purpose Room, Student Community Center

Register: https://goo.gl/forms/RVHxgNZefhJND1GD2


6. Apply now for Student Activism funds!

The GSA Student Activism Budget is now open! –> https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/funding/studentactivism/

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*.

7. 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!


8. No Yoga this week!

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

GSA Yoga Flyer_Winter 2018


CBDD will return April 6th!