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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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