Greetings to all graduate students and friends of the GSAS! This month, we would like to take the opportunity to recognize the GSA's internal committees, their impressive efforts, and their dedication to representing their fellow students to the administration.
The Academic and Professional Development Committee has been diligently gathering departmental responses to Dean Pollard's report on Improving Graduate Education at Yale and providing students with the opportunity to enter into a dialogue with the Graduate School's administration to share their opinions of, and concerns with, the report. Brown Bag Lunches with Dean Pollard and the academic deans were held on February 22 and February 28 to encourage an exchange of views. These sessions were very well attended by students, with a total of 77 participants.
In addition, the committee has been in discussion with the directors of the Teaching Fellows Program about options to streamline the allocation of graduate teaching positions and ways to improve graduate students' teaching experiences at Yale.
At the same time, the Transit and Security Committee has been working with representatives from the City Planning Department and the Board of Aldermen to educate the Yale community about the Route 34 redevelopment project and to provide a forum for graduate students to add their voice to the discussion of the project's future, since Yale graduate students will be one of the key groups affected by the construction. The committee wants to make sure that students' desire for pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements will be taken into account during all phases of the project and are, therefore, calling for greater involvement by the Yale administration in the planning process.
The Facilities and Healthcare Committee has been seeking solutions to issues of graduate student housing. Given the high occupancy rates and rising rents in New Haven, committee members are campaigning for the formation of a university-wide Housing Committee to provide some assistance to graduate students with finding affordable housing.
Keep in mind that you do not need to be a GSA representative to be an active member of one of its internal committees. All graduate students are welcome and encouraged to participate in committee meetings and to get involved in their projects. To learn more about each of the committees' initiatives and meeting times, please visit the GSA's website or contact one of the following representatives:
— Ksenia Sidorenko, GSA Chair, Publicity