GSA Weekly Announcements: 11/19 – 11/23

Please note that CBDD and Yoga will not be happening this week, due to Thanksgiving + smoke closures.

  1. Petition Against Fixed Maximum Term for Student Visas
  2. Student Activism Funds Application
  3. Special Projects Application
  4. Travel Awards Application
  5. Food Resources
  6. Mental Health Resources
  7. Equal Pay for Equal Work petition
  8. Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar
  9. GSADC blog
  10. California Senate Fellows Program applications open
  11. Mellon Public Scholars applications open
  12. Stem Solutions in Public Policy Award
  13. TASA Fire Relief Fundraiser @ Thai Canteen (11/19 and 11/20)
  14. Opportunities on campus committees

1. Petition Against Fixed Maximum Term for Student Visas

The University of California, Washington, DC Office is looking for stories of international students, and how a proposed change in the Student Visa rules, from valid for “duration of status” to a fixed time period would affect you.
If you or anyone you know is willing to contribute stories, please email Nichole Holm at

2. Student Activism Fund applications are 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 over $3,000 each year for such projects; the amount offered to any one project is limited to $500.

You can find the application here.

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. Travel Awards

Travel awards are open! Go to the page below and CAREFULLY read all instructions for the application. Applications are open until January 15th.

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 at the Aggie Compass in the MU on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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. Equal Pay for Equal Work petition

There is a petition calling to attention the discrepancy in summer pay for TAships. There is a link here for those interested or concerned, regardless of TA status.

For further information, contact Duane Wright ( or your union representative.

8. Chancellor’s Leadership Development Seminar

Opportunity for you to interface with top University administrators and to learn about their roles and their goals for the university and how they affect you. Limited seating so please RSVP asap.


RSVP here:

9. GSADC blog

One of the voices for graduate students on campus is the Graduate Student Assistant to the Dean and Chancellor, who liaises directly with administration on multiple issues. This year’s GSADC is Mayowa Adegboyega, and if you are curious about what she does for graduate students, she is working to make the process of university administration more transparent and accessible by documenting her work in a blog:

10. 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

11. Mellon Public Scholars applications open.

The UC Davis Humanities Institute invites graduate students in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences to join the 2019 cohort of Mellon Public Scholars. This program introduces graduate students to the intellectual and practical aspects of identifying, addressing, and collaborating with members of a public through their scholarship. Twelve successful applicants will work with a faculty partner to develop a community-based research project and receive a $7,500 stipend (with the possibility of supplemental project funds) to support the project over summer 2019.

The full call and project descriptions can be found on our website:

To learn more about the program and how to craft a strong application, please visit either of our informational events:

  • Tuesday, November 27 at 12:10 pm in Voorhies 228
  • Thursday, December 6 from 3:30-5:30 pm at the US Bicycling Hall of Fame

Please contact Interim Program Manager Samantha Snively ( with any questions.

12. STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award

STEM Solutions in Public Policy Award Competition 

Attention UC Graduate Students in STEM fields: have you ever thought, “There ought to be a law…”? 

UC Center Sacramento announces the inaugural 2019 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Solutions in Public Policy Award Competition. The award will recognize one or more outstanding proposals for new California state legislation from University of California Graduate Students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). The winner will receive a $750 research stipend and – should their idea advance through the legislative process – confer with legislators and/or legislative staff in Sacramento and potentially testify before legislative committees.

Submissions will be accepted through Friday December 14, 2018 and should include the following elements:

  • An abstract of the proposed law, its purpose, and the underlying science or impact on scientific research (<=250 words);
  • “There Ought to Be a Law” application form (see
  • Current CV

Completed applications should be sent to Questions regarding the competition can be addressed to Cindy Simmons, UCCS Associate Director, at

13. Thai American Student Association FIRE RELIEF Fundraiser @ Thai Canteen

The Thai American Student Association is working with Thai Canteen (117 E Street) this Monday and Tuesday (11/19, 11/20) for Fire Relief. Thai Canteen will donate 20% of sales to wildfire victims if presented with the below flyer:


Please direct any questions to Paul Kasemsap (

14. Opportunities on campus committees

1) 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
2) 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) Undergraduate Instruction & Program Review
   d) International Education
   e) GC Program Review
   f) GC Academic Planning & Development
   g) GC Courses
   h) Executive council
   i) Courses of Instruction
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.