UMass Graduate Student Senate

UMass Graduate Student Senate The official governing body for graduate students at UMass Amherst, GSS seeks to represent all graduate students in the areas of academic and student life.
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The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is the official governance body representing the interests of graduate students, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The representative body consists of elected officers (President, Vice President, and Treasurer), along with senators from each graduate department. Each year the Graduate Student Senate is allocated a number of seats to be representatives on the councils of the Faculty Senate, providing graduate students with a direct say in our university. There are many seats unfilled, please contact us if you would like to sit on a council. Graduate Student Organizations (GSO): GSOs events and activities are overseen and allocated funding by the Graduate Student Senate. All GSOs must be registered with GSS in order to maintain an active status on campus. Graduate Women’s Network (GWN): Coordinated by the GSS Graduate Women’s Network Coordinator, GWN works with the Everywoman’s Center to address issues that graduate women face at the university. Through regular programming and outreach, the network strives to help create a better community for graduate women. THE VOICE: Is the online graduate student newspaper produced for and by graduate students. Click link to redirect to THE VOICE: http://gssvoice.wordpress.com Child Care Assistance Program: Administered by the Graduate Student Senate, with funding from GSS and Student Affairs, is funding for graduate student parents to assist with child care needs. Funding allocation is based on a need and income basis. The funding is available every semester and the deadline is typically around the same date as the end of the add/drop periods. Look for emails from the Vice President on when child care applications open and due dates The Graduate Student Senate also provides funding to Student Legal Services Office, Student Union Art Gallery, Student Union Craft Center, Everywoman’s Center, and Family Resource Center.

The Graduate Student Senate will have an emergency special meeting concerning Fall Opening tomorrow, Friday, July 10 12:...
07/09/2020
Special Senate Meeting on Fall 2020 Reopening Plan Friday, July 10 12:00pm | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

The Graduate Student Senate will have an emergency special meeting concerning Fall Opening tomorrow, Friday, July 10 12:00pm. Included is a brief description below. See everyone tomorrow!

-Discussion of the UMass Amherst Community Agreement. Student Affairs and Campus Life administrators will be available for questions

-Discussion of the Updated UMass Amherst COVID-19 Travel Guidance. Document to be presented in the meeting.

-Discussion of the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan.
Senate Meeting will go into recess and participants will attend breakout rooms on the following general topics:

· Teaching
· Research
· Taking Classes+Tuition
· Res Life/SACL
· International Students
· Childcare

-Discussion of the Fall 2020 Reopening Plan. Senate Reconvenes

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/special-senate-meeting-fall-2020-reopening-plan-friday-july-10-1200pm

A quick reminder that the Graduate Student Senate will have an emergency special meeting concerning Fall Opening tomorrow, Friday, July 10 12:00pm. I have attached the meeting agenda as well as included a brief description below. See everyone tomorrow! -Discussion of the UMass Amherst Community Agre...

UMass Graduate Student Relief Fund - APPLY BEFORE JUNE 19TH!Domestic and International Students are eligible to apply! F...
06/12/2020
Graduate Student CARES Act & Assistance Funds | Graduate School

UMass Graduate Student Relief Fund - APPLY BEFORE JUNE 19TH!

Domestic and International Students are eligible to apply! For more information and the application form, please see the Graduate School Website.

Questions about the Graduate Financial Assistance fund and application should be sent to: [email protected]

https://www.umass.edu/graduate/graduate-student-cares-act-assistance-funds

Graduate Student Financial Assistance Fund On May 8th, the Provost announced the creation of a $1 million fund to provide financial assistance to graduate students to help them stay on track with their academic progress toward degree completion. This fund includes federal institutional monies and is...

Fall Planning GSS SurveyPlease directly provide feedback to the GSS so we can mobilize around your concerns by filling o...
06/12/2020
Fall 2020 Planning Feedback

Fall Planning GSS Survey

Please directly provide feedback to the GSS so we can mobilize around your concerns by filling out this short survey. Graduate student needs and voices must be heard by administration.

The Administration released their Preliminary Fall Planning Assessment on Monday, June 8th. They are asking for community feedback regarding the fall plan by Friday, June 12th.

You can also directly respond to administration with your comments and concerns, by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-lHHNu1l6w-QSwBKexVbt7JdbpkF9JfcYqKFcUCRWWpWtAA/viewform

https://www.umass.edu/coronavirus/fall-2020-planning

The GSS is collecting feedback about the University's Preliminary Fall 2020 Plan to mobilize around the issues graduate students in our multiple roles - as TAs, TOs, GAs, RAs, students, and researchers - are facing. The University's Fall 2020 Plan for feedback can be found here: https://www.umass.ed...

Shared From the Graduate Students of Color Association:Black Lives Matter Vigil on Wednesday, June 10 (TODAY) @ 5:00 PMD...
06/10/2020

Shared From the Graduate Students of Color Association:

Black Lives Matter Vigil on Wednesday, June 10 (TODAY) @ 5:00 PM

Dear fellow graduate students,

We hope that you’re taking the time to check in with yourselves and your loved ones during these difficult times.

Black Lives Matter! We, on behalf of GSCA, condemn institutional and systemic racial terror, anti-blackness, and white supremacy. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and would like to reiterate our collective grief and outrage at the acts of police and state sanctioned violence against Black people across the United States. Above all, we reaffirm our solidarity with our Black peers and colleagues.

We are writing to remind you about our Black Lives Matter vigil that will be hosted via Zoom today (Wednesday, June 10th) at 5pm Eastern Time to celebrate the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and many others, while creating space for our student community to grieve, discuss, listen, and to support each other.

To ensure the safety of the GSCA family and community, please note that you will be asked to use your UMass Zoom account, enter the password included in the Zoom invitation (copied below), and be placed in a waiting room upon entry. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

We hope to see you there.

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In Solidarity,

Marwa Amer, Kat Stephens, Debadatta Chakraborty, Onupurba Das, Subhalakshmi Gooptu, Sungha Kang, Saumya Lal, Korka Sall, & Onasheho Toweh
Graduate Students of Color Association Executive Committee

Dear Graduate Students and UMass Community Members,Tomorrow there will be a vigil at Amherst Common for George Floyd. We...
05/30/2020

Dear Graduate Students and UMass Community Members,

Tomorrow there will be a vigil at Amherst Common for George Floyd. We encourage you to join members of the GSS and UMass community at 3pm to stand in solidarity with the family of George Floyd and justice for the African American community.

Are you an International Student that received a stimulus payment?Student Legal Services is hosting a webinar this Thurs...
05/11/2020

Are you an International Student that received a stimulus payment?

Student Legal Services is hosting a webinar this Thursday, May 14th at 4:00 p.m. to address some of the most common questions:

“Am I eligible for this payment?”

“If I am not eligible, how do I send it back?”.

Since many of the questions have to do with an individual’s tax status, Attorney Bernadette Stark will be presenting along a Certified Public Accountant, Brandon J. O’Donnell, who will be able to address some of the more specific questions international student have regarding their tax status and whether they are eligible to keep this payment.

Reminder!! Deadline is May 15!! The GSS is hiring for our Diversity Equity and Inclusion Coordinator!To apply please see...
05/06/2020
Job Opportunities | Graduate School

Reminder!! Deadline is May 15!! The GSS is hiring for our Diversity Equity and Inclusion Coordinator!

To apply please see below:

https://www.umass.edu/graduate/funding/job-opportunities

Job Opportunities UMass Amherst is dedicated to providing as many opportunities for on-campus employment as possible to our graduate students. Students may use the links below to learn more about available positions, and faculty and staff may use this form to have your graduate assistantship posted....

EMERGENCY REVERSE TOWN HALL Monday | May 11 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM  We invite you to join us next Monday, May 11th, 11 AM-1...
05/06/2020

EMERGENCY REVERSE TOWN HALL

Monday | May 11 | 11:00 AM-12:30 PM

We invite you to join us next Monday, May 11th, 11 AM-12:30 PM to our Reverse Town Hall, where we will gather graduate students, faculty, administration, politicians and media to share our experiences as graduate students during this crisis and listen to our situation and demands.

What is a Reverse Town Hall?

A space for students to share and witness each other’s experiences, anxieties and challenges.

A space to articulate the collective difficulties and precarity we are facing as students.

A space where students can be in solidarity with each other, especially with those among us who are most vulnerable

A space to ask, “what does it mean to be a College committed to social justice?” in this time of crisis.

A space to imagine how higher education institutions can respond to the crisis in ethical ways.

We would like students to share their experiences during the Emergency Reverse Town Hall. This Testimonials Submission Google Form is open and will remain active from now on through the end of the meeting, especially for those who cannot attend but would still like to contribute. We encourage all students to fill it in and help us maximise participation.

Best wishes,

Student Organizers:

Nefeli Forni Zervoudaki (Ph.D. Student, Comparative Literature Department)
Antonis Goulanakis (GEO Steering Committee, Steward, Ph.D. Student, Economics)
Ragini Jha (Steward, Co-Chair, International Caucus, Ph.D Candidate, History)
Thomas Corcoran (Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology)
Verity Norman Tichawangana (GSS Senator, PhD. Student, Education)
Anna Klebanowska (Ph.D. Student, English)
Celia Sainz (PhD. Student, Spanish and Portuguese Program)
Ty A. Smart (Steward, Ph.D. Student, English)
Marwa Atef Amer (JAC UAW 2322, Ph.D. Candidate, History)

STEM Remote Enrichment Program for Graduate Families - 3pm - Wednesdays and ThursdaysThe Graduate Women in STEM (GWIS) i...
04/28/2020
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STEM Remote Enrichment Program for Graduate Families - 3pm - Wednesdays and Thursdays

The Graduate Women in STEM (GWIS) in collaboration with the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) has put together a child-centered STEM enrichment program. The STEM activities are intended for children to remotely play and engage with GWIS facilitators. The program will be run for 30 minutes every Wednesday and Thursday at 3PM.

Sign your child(ren) up for an activity and register them here. Once you sign up and register your child, we will send you a zoom link. For more details, see the link below.

April 29, 2020 to May 28th, 2020.
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03/27/2020

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TODAY starts the babyBerk meals program for children under 18! Free Meals will be provided daily at the stops listed below. A great partnership between the Amherst Regional Public Schools U.S. Department of Agriculture and #UMassDining

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03/27/2020
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If you are a senator please join us to see our budget presentation!!

Please join us for a Special Senate Meeting to present the 2020-2021 GSS Budget

Friday March 27 4:30pm-6:00pm

Topic: Special Meeting of the Graduate Student Senate
Time: Mar 27, 2020 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Student Legal Services COVID Webinar Friday, March 27, 2020 at 4:00pmThe current COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting tr...
03/24/2020

Student Legal Services COVID Webinar Friday, March 27, 2020 at 4:00pm

The current COVID-19 pandemic, and the resulting transition to remote learning, has impacted students who live both on and off campus, however students who live off-campus will now be faced with complicated legal issues surrounding early termination of their leases or sublease agreements. This will also affect many parents, who often guarantee (co-sign) student leases.

In an attempt to reach as many students as possible, we are conducting a webinar on this important issue for students regarding housing, contract and other issues that they will be dealing with in the coming weeks. Attached please find a our flyer from SLSO regarding the webinar we are presenting this Friday, March 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Please note that participation will be limited to the first 100 students, but we are planning to offer another presentation next week (and more after, if needed).

We plan on presenting information such as:

-How to end your lease early, if necessary
-What are the consequences of early termination of your lease
-How to communicate and negotiate with your landlord regarding early termination of your lease
And more

This is an issue that impacts over 10,000 of our students, and as such, we would like this webinar to be accessible to as many students as possible. I am emailing everyone here to enlist your help in getting the word out about this important program. Please share this email with your students, including but not limited to forwarding the email, sharing on any email lists, websites with COVID-updates, as well as any listservs, etc. where students are receiving information, as well as social media outlets, is applicable. Again, your effort would be very much appreciated.

As always, additional information and updates will be posted on our website: https://www.umass.edu/slso.

COVID-Specific updates will be posted here: https://www.umass.edu/slso/about/legalupdates, as well as on our Instagram and Facebook social media platforms.

Senate Meeting Today at 1:00pm via Zoom!https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/10th-regular-senate-meeting-through-zoom
03/23/2020
10th Regular Senate Meeting through Zoom | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

Senate Meeting Today at 1:00pm via Zoom!

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/10th-regular-senate-meeting-through-zoom

The 10th Regular Meeting of the Graduate Studetn Senate will be conducted through Zoom as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and associated CDC guidelines and UMass decision to go to remote learning and the limitation of essential personel only on campus. To participate, please see below: GSS Preside...

Dear Senators and Graduate Students,We hope this message finds you and your family and friends well during these extraor...
03/21/2020
10th Regular Senate Meeting through Zoom | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

Dear Senators and Graduate Students,

We hope this message finds you and your family and friends well during these extraordinary times.

We will have our 10th regular senate meeting this Monday March 23 from 1:00pm-2:30pm via Zoom. The invitation to this meeting is linked to this post. Some of the topics we will cover is the ratification of the officer elections, a motion on racial justice training, support for a petition asking for grading at UMass to switch to Pass/Fail as a result of going to remote learning, discussion of the GSS response to UMass changes as a result of Covid-19, and other topics.

A few items to note as we move to a virtual meeting platform:

-If you call in you will not be able to use the chat function of Zoom. If you are a Senator calling in, please identify yourself as such so we can include you in discussions and voting.
-Turning on your video is completely optional for all participants.
-If you are a Senator, please use the renaming function on Zoom once you are in the meeting to read: Senator... and then your name.
-When the meeting begins, we will walk everyone through some of these items again, the voting procedure, and other best practices for Zoom meetings.

In addition to Monday's meeting, we are calling a special meeting for Friday, March 27 from 4:30pm-6:00pm for the election of a Finance Committee member and the presentation of the GSS Budget. More information including a Zoom invitation for this meeting will be coming soon.

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/10th-regular-senate-meeting-through-zoom

The 10th Regular Meeting of the Graduate Studetn Senate will be conducted through Zoom as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and associated CDC guidelines and UMass decision to go to remote learning and the limitation of essential personel only on campus. To participate, please see below: GSS Preside...

Remote Learning/COVID-19 and The GSSDear Graduate Students,As you all know, Chancellor Subbaswamy announced last Friday ...
03/17/2020
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Remote Learning/COVID-19 and The GSS

Dear Graduate Students,

As you all know, Chancellor Subbaswamy announced last Friday that the University will only be open to essential personnel and that both undergraduate and graduate classes will transition to remote learning for the rest of the semester. In the light of this decision, we, the Graduate Student Senate Officers and Staff, would like to reiterate our commitment to both representing your concerns during this transition and sharing the information we are continuing to gather.

We want to acknowledge that a lot of potentially contradictory information has been circulating so far. While the administration and faculty have promised more clarity on a variety of student life issues and academic concerns over the coming week, the GSS officers and staff need your feedback and continued input on how the changes announced by the Chancellor are affecting graduate students in order to better represent your needs to the administration. Please fill out our survey to let us know what aspects of this move are affecting you the most. As more information is released and we begin experiencing this new reality after Spring Break, please return to this survey to let us know of the issues you might be facing. As circumstances are changing rapidly, communication from you will be key to understanding what we in the Senate should be focusing on and pushing for with administration and faculty. You can also visit the UMass COVID-19 webpage to get the latest updates.

During this time, the GSS officers and staff will continue to communicate internally and attend all regular and ad hoc meetings with the Faculty Senate, Administrative Advisory Boards and Committees, remotely. The Graduate Student Senate body is currently exploring ways to hold its senate meetings virtually through the end of the semester. We have been assured by legal counsel, consultations with administrative advising, and through discussions within the Senate Executive Committee that such a move falls in line with the GSS Constitution. The exact technology and format for these virtual senate meetings are currently being determined. Once we have specifics to share, we will let all of you know.

These are extraordinary times. But the work of graduate student government is most needed – and must go on – now more than ever. We ask that everyone come together at this moment to support one another in finding creative solutions so that we may finish the semester as well as we can. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to adjust the ways we normally do business to meet the challenges we are all facing. Please take care of yourselves and others. Please also feel free to reach out to us for anything you might need – we are always available and working for you.

Our very best regards,

GSS Officers and Staff

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Hey is this real? "Today at 4:45pm an emergency Graduate Senate meeting is taking place in Campus Center room 162C. Chancellor Sabbaswamy, Enku Gelaye (Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life), and Anna Branch (Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion), will be present to discuss with students recent hate incidents on campus and the actions taken by the administration, as well as answer your questions and take suggestions. THIS FORUM IS OPEN TO ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS. If you have questions, comments, or concerns but are not able to make the meeting— please send them to us and we will pass them on. Please find below a link to the list of recent incidents as well as statements on what has been done so far by the administration." https://www.umass.edu/diversity/track-acts-hate https://www.umass.edu/diversity/summary-actions-taken
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