GSA Weekly Announcements: 2/11 – 2/15

GSA related/sponsored

  1. LGBTQIA + GSA Yoga
  2. Coffee Bagel Donut Day
  3. Committee positions open
  4. Special Projects Fund
  5. Student Activism Fund


  1. GAAAP + WRRC Winter Quarter Grading and Writing Sessions
  2. GAAAP Winter Writing Retreat

Advocacy and Outreach

  1. Presidential Policy on Open Access Theses and Dissertations Comment Form Open
  2. Hispanic Serving Institution Public Forum and Public Comment Form
  3. Petition Against Fixed Maximum Term for Student Visas
  4. Equal Pay for Equal Work petition

Positions and Opportunities

  1. Professors for the Future
  2. Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Award nominations open
  3. Emerging Scholars Award


  1. Food Access Resources
  2. Mental Health Resources
  3. Sacramento Graduate Student listserv

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.

gsa yoga winter 2019

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!


3. Committee positions open

Thank you for the considerable interest in the teaching evaluation council position. While that spot is now filled, the following committee positions at the Graduate council are still available:
  1. GC Courses
  2. GC Educational Policy
  3. GC Academic Planning & Development
  4. Courses of Instruction:
  5. Academic Freedom and Responsibility:
In addition to the above, a nomination is needed to serve on the recruitment advisory committee that will oversee the national search for the dean of the Division of Continuing & Professional Education.
To nominate yourself please send an email to ( with your name and department. Please direct your questions or comments to the same email address.

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.


1. GAAAP + WRRC Winter Quarter Grading and Writing Sessions

The WRRC will be partnering with GAAAP this quarter to host three writing and grading sessions. The dates will be:

  • February 4th (1-4 PM, meeting room D in the SCC)
  • February 27th (9 AM-2 PM, meeting rooms A,B,C,E in the SCC)
  • March 11th (9 AM-2 PM, meeting room D in the SCC)

copy of grading & writing winter

Food, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please RSVP for the lunch.

2. GAAAP Winter Writing Retreat

GAAAP is hosting our winter quarter retreat on Saturday, February 23rd from 10am-7pm! Join us in the lounge of the Student Recruitment & Retention Center (SRRC) and share a relaxing and positive space to write/grade/study!
Free breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided to energize us throughout our productive working retreat (please bring your own water bottles).

Please RSVP if you will be joining us! We will be closing registration next Wednesday the 20th.

When: 02/23/19
Where: SRRC Lounge (1st Floor of the Student Community Center)
Time: 10am-7pm

Please take advantage of this amazing opportunity! We look forward to sharing space with you all!

GAAAP Winter Writing Retreat

Advocacy and Outreach

1. Comments on Open Access Theses and Dissertations OPEN

The Office of the President invites comments on a revised proposed Presidential Policy on Open Access for Theses and Dissertations. The Policy is new and includes the following key issues:

  • There is currently no systemwide uniformity or policy for ensuring open access to UC graduate students’ theses and dissertations. This policy will provide systemwide consistency for these works.
  • Allowance for embargoes that delay the date theses or dissertations are made available in an open access repository.

All relevant documents are available here.

Any comments have to be submitted by email: submit comments and feedback on the proposed draft policy to by April 10, 2019.  Questions may be directed to Patricia Osorio-O’Dea at or (510) 587-6147.

2. Hispanic Serving Institution Public Comments

Following UC Davis’s designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution, there is public comment form that can be accessed at this page, designed to help the public provide feedback and insight on how UCD moves forward in serving its Hispanic students and other community members.

3. 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

4. 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 ( 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.

Positions and Opportunities

1. Professors for the Future

Nominations and Applications Now Being Accepted for the Professors for the Future program:

Professors for the Future is a competitive, year-long fellowship designed to recognize and develop the academic leadership skills of outstanding PhD candidates and postdoctoral scholars who have demonstrated their commitment to professionalism, integrity and academic service.

Created in 1992, the UCD Professors for the Future program was one of the first professional development programs for future faculty in the nation.  This unique program is sponsored by Graduate Studies and involves workshops, coursework, informal collaborations, and project-based learning.

The program’s primary goal is to help prepare fellows for leadership roles in academia and to assist their professional development.  All fellows receive a $3,000 stipend if selected for the program.

2. Nominations open: Graduate & Postdoctoral Mentorship Award

Nominations are open for the 2019 Distinguished Graduate & Postdoctoral Mentorship Award. These awards are offered to recognize the vital role mentoring plays in the academic and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of California, Davis.  A certificate and $1,000 education enrichment fund will be conferred to each awardee.


All faculty members of graduate programs (department-based and graduate group) consistent with Graduate Council policy who are currently employed by UC Davis and who have a minimum of four years of service at UC Davis may be nominated.

Who May Nominate

UC Davis faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students are invited to nominate a distinguished mentor of graduate students or postdoctoral scholars for this award.


Nominees must have an outstanding record of mentoring graduate students or postdoctoral scholars.


Initial nomination materials consist of:

  • A nomination letter from a current or recent mentee or group of mentees and/or faculty member or program chair. The nomination should describe the nominee’s record of exemplary mentorship, especially related to the criteria above.
  • A letter of support from a colleague or chair familiar with the nominee’s qualifications for the award which notes the candidate’s graduate and professional affiliations.

Nomination Deadline:  February 15, 2019


Selection of finalists and recipients will be made by the Graduate Council’s Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Welfare Committee.

3. Emerging Scholars Award

The UC Center Sacramento annually awards a graduate student whose research has direct impact on public policy. The awardee receives a $500 prize and gives a public policy lecture at UCCS, with an audience of 100-150, consisting of legislators, legislative staff, state agencies, consultants, faculty, graduate students, and other researchers.

Please forward the call to any departments or units you may feel would be interested in this opportunity. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

For more information about the award, please visit

Contact Sandra Wilson ( with any questions.


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.

3. Sacramento Graduate Students listserv

For students who work primarily on the Sacramento campus, or those who simply are interested to be more connected to what is happening in Sacramento, there is a listserv for you. Sign up for If you have ideas for events on the Sacramento campus, please contact Marwa Zafarullah, Sacramento Services Coordinator, at