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.

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.

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The Graduate Student Senate is happy to announce that the Fall Semester Childcare fund application process is now open. ...
10/15/2020
GSS Childcare Application is Now Open | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

The Graduate Student Senate is happy to announce that the Fall Semester Childcare fund application process is now open. The application window will run from Wednesday, October 7, 2020 to Thursday, October 22, 2020.

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/gss-childcare-application-now-open

The Graduate Student Senate is happy to announce that the Fall Semester Childcare fund application process is now open. The application window will run from Wednesday, October 7, 2020 to Thursday, October 22, 2020. The application form is available online on Campus Pulse. Please review the distribut...

From the UMass Graduate Students of Color Association:Dear GSCA family,We hope this strange semester is off to a good st...
09/10/2020

From the UMass Graduate Students of Color Association:

Dear GSCA family,

We hope this strange semester is off to a good start for you! We are writing to invite you to the online Fall Welcome Reception on Sept 10, Thursday, 5-6 pm. Here's the Zoom link: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/s/93494802279 (Meeting ID: 934 9480 2279).

At this reception, you'll have a chance to meet new and returning members of the GSCA community, and to participate in small-group discussions on 1) self-care practices and work-life balance; 2) navigating mentorship and advisor relationships; 3) dealing with impostor syndrome; 4) ways to stay connected during a pandemic; 5) sharing productivity tips while working from home.

Please RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/gsca-reception. Thank you, and we hope to see you soon!

Best,

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

Nominate yourself or a friend to be a Senator!!Senator Elections Timeline Nominations:     September 1st – Sept. 14thCam...
09/07/2020
Senator Nominations are now Open! | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

Nominate yourself or a friend to be a Senator!!

Senator Elections Timeline

Nominations: September 1st – Sept. 14th

Campaigning: September 15th – September 20th

Voting: September 21st – September 25th

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/senator-nominations-are-now-open

Dear Graduate Students, Congratulations and welcome to new graduate students joining us at UMass Amherst! To returning graduate students, welcome back! The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) elections are now open. Elected senators or those nominated internally by their departments act as representatives...

“UMass will only allow students with “essential face-to-face” classes to live on campus and “strongly” discouraged off-c...
08/07/2020
UMass reverses previous decision to allow all students to return to residence halls

“UMass will only allow students with “essential face-to-face” classes to live on campus and “strongly” discouraged off-campus students with remote classwork from returning to Amherst during the fall semester.
By Cassie McGrath and Will Katcher”

The University of Massachusetts is reversing a previous decision regarding on-campus housing for the fall semester, the latest in a series of higher education institutions to do so this week. Only those in “essential face-to-face classes” will be accommodated in residential halls, in addition to...

UMass Amherst
08/07/2020

UMass Amherst

IMPORTANT FALL 2020 UPDATE FROM CHANCELLOR SUBBASWAMY:

The worsening conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally have led us to make the difficult decision to significantly reduce our campus population for the fall. While we remain committed to our previously announced instructional plan, we are reversing our previously announced offer to provide on-campus housing for students whose coursework is entirely remote.

Only students who are enrolled in essential face-to-face classes, including laboratory, studio and capstone courses, which have been designated in SPIRE, will be accommodated in campus residence halls and be granted access to campus facilities and dining this fall. All other students, whose courses do not require a physical presence on campus, should plan to engage in their studies remotely, from home.

In the interest of public health, we also strongly urge our off-campus students whose coursework is remote to refrain from returning to the Amherst area for the fall semester, for they, too, will not have campus facilities at their disposal. Research laboratories, many of which resumed operation in the spring, will remain open.

We recognize there are some students who are dependent on campus housing and dining, and others, including some international students with specific visa requirements and students in healthcare fields, who will need to reside on campus. These situations will be handled on a case-by case basis, and in most instances will be accommodated.

Any questions or concerns may be sent to [email protected].

Read the chancellor's full message here: https://bit.ly/3a1z2Sl

Teaching Academy | Graduate School
08/04/2020
Teaching Academy | Graduate School

Teaching Academy | Graduate School

Teaching Academy Welcome to the Teaching Academy! The Teaching Academy supports graduate students and postdocs throughout their teaching careers here at UMass. We promote creativity, collaboration, inclusivity, and reflective practices that support effective teaching and learning through static vide...

Dear Graduate Students,The GSS Executive Committee is recommending that graduate students not sign the UMass Community A...
07/22/2020
Executive Committee Message on The UMass Community Agreement | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

Dear Graduate Students,

The GSS Executive Committee is recommending that graduate students not sign the UMass Community Agreement. For more information on why we are taking this step, please visit our website:

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/executive-committee-message-umass-community-agreement

Dear Graduate Students, We, the Executive Committee of the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), are writing to share both some information related to the UMass Community Agreement (“the Agreement”) recently released by Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL), and some of our unaddressed concerns about ...

See you Monday!
07/12/2020

See you Monday!

The Graduate Student Senate, in collaboration with the International Programs Office, and the Student Legal Services Office, invites you to attend an International Student Community Conversation on July 13th at 12 PM.

Hope to see you Monday!
07/10/2020

Hope to see you Monday!

International students & families: UMass Student Legal Services Office, International Students at Umass Amherst, and UMass Graduate Student Senate are hosting a forum this Monday, July 13th at noon to discuss the recently announced changes to student visas. Details below.

Happening Today at 12pm! Follow the link for the Zoom invite!A quick reminder that the Graduate Student Senate will have...
07/10/2020
Special Senate Meeting on Fall 2020 Reopening Plan Friday, July 10 12:00pm | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

Happening Today at 12pm! Follow the link for the Zoom invite!

A quick reminder that the Graduate Student Senate will have an emergency special meeting concerning Fall Opening today, 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 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...

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)

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Happening today at 12pm!! Follow the link for the Zoom invite! The Graduate Student Senate will have an emergency special meeting concerning Fall Opening today, 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
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
Hello, GSS! Please like the Graduate School's new Office of Inclusion and Engagement page here on Facebook. We will be sharing upcoming relevant events, fellowship deadlines, and other related news. Feel free to share the page as well. Thank you! https://www.facebook.com/umassgradinclusion/
Hi all, Just a stem phd candidate wicked confused by tax laws. Does this mean we would have to pay taxes on our tuition? For out of state people that's roughly $6000?