GSA Weekly Announcements: 10/29 – 11/2

  1. GSA+ LGBTQIA Resource Center Yoga
  2. Opportunities on campus committees
  3. Special projects applications are open
  4. Upcoming: Travel Awards opening soon!
  5. Food Resources
  6. Mental Health resources
  7. UC Advocacy Network applications open
  8. California Senate Fellows Program applications open
  9. CBDD

1. GSA + LGBTQIA Resource Center Yoga

Yoga classes for graduate students are provided by the GSA with the LGBTQIA Resource Center on Friday mornings, starting at 7:30 a.m. and lasting until 9. Classes will be in the Student Community Center, meeting room D.


2. Opportunities on campus committees

1)  Orchard park project advisory committee (URGENT): This committee will meet once a month for one hour. The representative would also help solicit input from their peers on topics/questions that may come up. Emily Galindo (interim vice chancellor of student affairs) has requested this nomination.
2) Recruitment and Retention Organizing Committee (URGENT):  RROC is the governing board of the SRRC (Student Recruitment and retention Center) housed in the Student Community Center. RROC meets every Friday in Meeting Room A in the SCC from 10 am to 12 pm
3) Recruitment Advisory Committee (RAC) for the following:
   a) Associate Vice Chancellor Enrollment Management. As you may know, this position oversees Financial Aid, Undergraduate Admissions, and the Registrar. The RAC will advise Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor Hexter in recruitment and hiring of a replacement. The Provost hopes to have a representative of GSA on this RAC.  We would appreciate receiving nominations of 2-3 members of GSA who might be willing to serve on this RAC.
   b) The Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.
4) Nomination is also requested for a representative on the following committees of Graduate council:
   a) Academic Freedom & Responsibility
   b) GC Welfare
   c) Affirmative Action & Diversity
   d) Undergraduate Instruction & Program Review
   e) International Education
   f) GC Program Review
   g) GC Academic Planning & Development
A representative for the grad council main body is also needed.
Please feel free to share this announcement with those in your networks.
To nominate yourself, please send an email with your name, major and the position you are interested in to Antash Najib ( Please direct all questions to the same address.

3. Special Projects applications are now open.

Departments and other groups seeking funds in order to host events or projects for graduate students can apply to the GSA Special Projects fund. Instructions for the application are on the linked webpage—be sure to proofread your budget and carefully read the guidelines for reimbursement.

4. UPCOMING: Travel Awards opening soon!

Keep your eyes peeled for an additional announcement from the GSA about travel awards for Spring 2019. They will be open in early November, so any day now!

Please direct questions to Jianping Pan (

5. 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.

The Pantry in 21 Lower Freeborn Hall provides food for students, as does Fruit and Veggie Up in the MU!


6. Mental Health Resources

SHCS has added a new service, accessible to graduate students: for the duration of Fall quarter 2018, there will be FREE counseling, psychiatric, and medical services through the online service provider Live Health Online. This is free for the fall regardless of SHIP or insurance status. It is considered an off-campus referral and access is granted via a coupon code each time. Information and access are linked below:

7. UC Advocacy Network applications open.

The UC Office of State Governmental Relations is seeking student ambassadors to help promote and expand the UC Advocacy Network (UCAN). UCAN is a community of students, alumni, faculty, and community members who lend their voices to shape state and federal policies promoting the University of California’s mission.

Selected student ambassadors will join a dynamic community from across UC who represent students’ interests to state government. Student ambassadors influence state policies and budget decisions that impact UC, and work to ensure that state lawmakers hear and understand the UC student perspective.

UCAN Student Ambassadors will:

  • Attend a budget advocacy day in Sacramento
  • Testify at a state budget hearing and meet directly with legislators and staff
  • Work with system-wide and campus-wide advocacy teams to understand how legislation and the state budget impact the UC system
  • Recruit students on campus to join the UC Advocacy Network
  • Mobilize students to act on calls to action that impact UC
  • Share outreach strategies and best practices with other ambassadors

Applications are open until November 11, 2018. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Students may apply here:

For more information:

Please contact Loraine Hernandez-Covello ( with questions.

8. California Senate Fellows Program

The following is a press release/announcement from Bill Dodd’s office. Graduate students are eligible for this fellowship.

California Senate Fellows Program Application Period Opens

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, announced today applications are now being accepted for next fall’s California Senate Fellows program, an 11-month, on-the-job training opportunity for college graduates offering valuable legislative experience and excellent preparation for many public- and private-sector careers.

“Being a fellow gives you a front-row seat on the biggest stage in California government,” Sen. Dodd said. “It is an excellent opportunity to learn what we do in the Capitol while kick-starting a rewarding career in public service. Many fellows have gone on to leadership roles in the Legislature, Congress, the judiciary and other elected positions. It is truly a great place to start.”

The application deadline for the 2019-20 class is Feb. 11.

Eighteen fellows will be selected to start work in October 2019. They will be placed on a state senator’s personal or committee staff and participate in a broad range of activities including policy research, constituent casework, drafting speeches and writing press releases. Fellowships are preceded by a five-week orientation providing background on state government, the legislative process and major policy issues.

Fellows receive a $2,698-a-month stipend plus health, dental and vision benefits. The program is jointly operated by the Senate and the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State University, which awards six units of graduate credit to fellows.

Applicants must be at least 20 years old and be a graduate of a four-year college or university by Sept. 1, 2019. No specific major is required. People with advanced degrees and mid-career candidates are encouraged to apply. Fellows will be selected in May after initial screening and panel interviews.

For more information, including brochures and applications,  go to

9. Coffee Bagel Donut Day

Join us for Coffee, Bagels, and Donuts this Friday in the GSA Office (253 South Silo) from 8:30-10:30!

NOTE: There will be no CBDD on November 23rd, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The final CBDD of the quarter will be December 7th.