On behalf of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA), I would like to welcome you (back) to Yale. We hope the semester is settling in nicely. The GSA is already off to a busy start advocating for student needs and working to improve the graduate experience. Priorities for the upcoming year include sixth-year funding, teaching and placement, healthcare with a focus on improving mental health services and the dental plan, and graduate housing and safety. The goals will be addressed by our three advocacy committees: Academic & Professional Development, Facilities & Healthcare, and Transit & Security. These committees are open to any graduate student, and we encourage you to get involved if there is a particular issue you would like to see addressed.
The GSA is also committed to facilitating student feedback for the Presidential Search. The Search Committee is seeking feedback both on traits the community would like to see in the next President as well as long-term priorities for the next administration. GSA representatives will be reaching out to solicit feedback from individual departments which will be communicated to the Search Committee members. I also encourage you to attend the Town Hall Meeting with Search Committee members on Friday, September 28 at 4:30 in Battell Chapel. As always, I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and welcome feedback on the search or any other issues you think the GSA should be addressing.
In other news, the GSA fall elections will be completed by October 1. We look forward to adding to our growing body, which already represents over thirty departments with over sixty representatives. For more immediate updates on GSA events and projects, visit our website gsa.yale.edu and “like” us on Facebook on our page: Yale Graduate Student Assembly.
Lauren Tilton (American Studies)
Chair, Graduate Student Assembly