GSA Weekly Announcements: 1/7 – 1/11

GSA related/sponsored

  1. LGBTQIA  + GSA Yoga
  2. Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  3. Travel Awards
  4. Special Projects Fund
  5. Student Activism Fund

Events

  1. Student Mental Health Coalition Meeting
  2. Grad Slam sign-up open

Advocacy and Outreach

  1. Petition Against Fixed Maximum Term for Student Visas
  2. Equal Pay for Equal Work petition
  3. Title IX Public Comments OPEN

Resources

  1. Food Access Resources
  2. Mental Health Resources

 

GSA related/sponsored

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.

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2. 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!

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3. 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.

https://gsa.ucdavis.edu/funding/travel-awards/

4. Special Projects Fund

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.

5. Student Activism Fund

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.

Events

1. Student Mental Health Coalition Meeting

The Student Mental Health Coalition (SMHC) strives to join all organizations and individuals interested in student mental health, and give updates on the current state of healthcare on campus. We will be hosting our Winter Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, January 9th from 7-8:30pm at SHWC. In addition to administrative updates from Student Health and Wellness and Each Aggie Matters, we will also focus on what we want (as students and workers) from the potential new hire for the Director of Counseling Services. The floor will be open at the end of the meeting for a more general discussion of goals and concerns related to student mental health. Please email smhc@ucdavis.edu if you have any questions.

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2. Grad Slam registration OPEN Jan. 7 – 18

As a grad student, you’re well on your way to becoming an expert in your field of study, but can you summarize your research for potential employers, the media, or the mayor? Put your communication skills to the test by participating in Grad Slam, the annual UC-wide contest in which master’s and Ph.D. students– in disciplines ranging from hard sciences to the arts humanities – compete to sum up their research for a general audience. This year’s campus champion will win $2,500. Register by Jan. 18 at grad.ucdavis.edu/gradslam

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Advocacy and Outreach

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 gsaexternalchair@ucdavis.edu.

2. Equal Pay for Equal Work Petition

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

For further information, contact Duane Wright (dewright@ucdavis.edu) or your union representative.

Update: the announcement previously referred to TA pay, not AI pay, and has been corrected. The General Assembly voted to endorse the views expressed in the petition on December 5th, 2018.

3. Title IX Public Comments + Workshops

In previous weeklies, I sent out information about links to a survey on proposed changes to Title IX policies. While that survey is closed, public comments can still be made to the Department of Education.

Public comments can be submitted to the federal government HERE. Keep in mind that the federal government shutdown might lead to problems with the website.

ASUCD Sexual Assault Awareness and Advocacy Committee is holding two workshops to discuss how to format and submit comments:

  • Jan 16th, 6-8 p.m., 1303 King Hall (law school)
  • Jan 22nd, 6-8 p.m., WRRC Conference Room North Hall

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Resources

1. 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.

2. Mental Health Resources

SHCS has options for online counseling, medical, or psychiatry appointments through UC SHIP. You can find preliminary information here.

 

 

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