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Advocacy Opportunities. Graduate Assembly (September 2013). Previous Advocacy Items. 2011-2012 Graduate Mental Health Partnered with Counseling and Psychological Services, Grad Mental Health Committee, and Grad Student Affairs Office to determine mental health needs of grads

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advocacy opportunities

Advocacy Opportunities

Graduate Assembly (September 2013)

previous advocacy items
Previous Advocacy Items
  • 2011-2012
    • Graduate Mental Health
      • Partnered with Counseling and Psychological Services, Grad Mental Health Committee, and Grad Student Affairs Office to determine mental health needs of grads
      • Conducted mental health survey
      • Determined patterns in when mental health spikes occur and how to promote resources to grads
    • GSI Benefits Decentralization
      • University changed funding structure for GSI benefits, GA worked to ensure didn’t negatively impact number of GSI positions available
    • Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition (PDST) policy change
      • PDST increases have negatively impacted many professional students
      • Lead to a UC wide task force to re-examine PDST policies
previous advocacy items continued
Previous Advocacy Items Continued
  • 2012-2013
    • Reducing Mental Health Stigmas
      • Continue last year’s work around mental health services and reducing stigma within certain communities
    • Improving Student Org Spaces and Access to Space
      • Need for more student org/event spaces, esp given Student Union closure
      • GA/ASUC got grant for room reservation fund (to cover room rental costs for students)
      • Pilot program in Spring 2014 to turn Barrows into student org space after hours
grad student professional development
Grad Student Professional Development
  • What is it?
    • Availability of Information
    • Skill Development
    • Internship and Long-Term Planning
    • Faculty Support
    • Focused on both academic and non-academic career paths
  • Why Now?
    • Joint GA/Graduate Division Task Force currently in construction
      • Professional School and Social Sciences seats still open
    • We have the opportunity to form a GA Workgroup (see Resolution 1309B)
    • There is current system-wide UCSA interest
wellness
Wellness
  • What is it?
    • General awareness and dedication on campus to student wellness broadly construed
    • Wellness: Mental Health, Fitness, Disability Access, Health Services, etc.
  • Why Now?
    • AVC Ron Coley wants to put together a task force on wellness to elevate campus commitment to these issues.
    • Opportunity to support a new Wellness Center.
    • Focusing broadly now may help us in our more specific aims in future years.
    • Wellness Center construction still in discussion (related to last years fee referendum)
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