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.

Operating as usual

We will have our 9th regular Senate meeting tomorrow April 8 at 10:30am.We have a packed and very important agenda. We w...
04/07/2021
The 9th Regular Meeting of the Graduate Student Senate of the 2020/21 Academic Year | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

We will have our 9th regular Senate meeting tomorrow April 8 at 10:30am.

We have a packed and very important agenda. We will be reviewing and voting on the FY 2022 GSS Budget and ratifying the recent GSS officer and Senator elections results. We will also have a presentation and call for feedback on the Provost's Office upcoming DEI Campus Survey, a presentation from the Center for Women and Community, and a presentation from Executive Director of Well-being, Access, and Prevention Elizabeth Cracco.

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/9th-regular-meeting-graduate-student-senate-202021-academic-year

The 9th Regular Meeting of the Graduate Student Senate of the 2020/21 Academic Year Will be Held on Thursday, 8 April 2021 at 10:30am online via the Zoom Video Conferencing Platform You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Apr 8, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Topic: The 9th Regular Meet...

Wednesday, April 7th - 2:30-3:30pmOnline with OPD and GSS!Interviewing for Faculty JobsAcquiring a job during a pandemic...
04/07/2021
Professor Howard Jean-Denis

Wednesday, April 7th - 2:30-3:30pm
Online with OPD and GSS!
Interviewing for Faculty Jobs
Acquiring a job during a pandemic can be a challenging endeavor for anyone, particularly a person of color. Howard Jean-Denis (UMass, soon to be class of 2021!) will share what he learned in his 15 interviews (in 6 countries). In this session, he will discuss the interview process; initial meeting, panel interview, and job talk. He will talk about strategies towards building champions, crafting your communication, and the art of negotiation when you receive an offer. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development. Pre-registration for “Interviewing” is required.

Registration link: https://forms.gle/L7sMiN4hTeDxuumj7
Howard’s website: https://howardjean-denis.com/

Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship

03/30/2021
www.umass.edu

Vote Now! GSS Officer Elections open on Campus Pulse 3/29 - 4/2 4pm

Voting is now open for the Graduate Student Senate officer positions. It is crucial that as many graduate students as possible participate in this year's election. You can vote online until 4:00 PM on April 2nd on the Campus Pulse website. To log in, please use your UMass NetID and password.

If you run into trouble logging in or have questions about the election process, please email the election committee at [email protected]. If we do not have participation of at least 5% of the Graduate Student body we will have to rerun elections!

To learn about the candidates please check out the candidate page on our website.

Don't forget to vote!!!

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/vote-now-gss-officer-elections-open-campus-pulse-329-42-4pm

Dear Graduate Students,Please consider joining these two special talks with Howard Jean-Denis co-sponsored by the Gradua...
03/30/2021
Professor Howard Jean-Denis

Dear Graduate Students,

Please consider joining these two special talks with Howard Jean-Denis co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate School Office of Professional Development.

Wednesday, March 31st - 2:30-3:30pm
Online with OPD and GSS!
Applying for Faculty Jobs
Acquiring a job during a pandemic can be a challenging endeavor for anyone, particularly a person of color. Howard Jean-Denis (UMass, soon to be class of 2021!) recently accepted a tenure-track position at a major university and wants to share his approach to the academic job market with you. In this session, he will cover how to create an outstanding academic CV, diversity statement, teaching portfolio, and cover letter documents. He will also outline an effective approach to compiling a list of potential universities where you can be a strong fit. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development. Pre-registration for “Applying” is required.

Registration link: https://forms.gle/oSbqz3R1UPLD9k1TA
Howard’s website: https://howardjean-denis.com/

Wednesday, April 7th - 2:30-3:30pm
Online with OPD and GSS!
Interviewing for Faculty Jobs
Acquiring a job during a pandemic can be a challenging endeavor for anyone, particularly a person of color. Howard Jean-Denis (UMass, soon to be class of 2021!) will share what he learned in his 15 interviews (in 6 countries). In this session, he will discuss the interview process; initial meeting, panel interview, and job talk. He will talk about strategies towards building champions, crafting your communication, and the art of negotiation when you receive an offer. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Senate and the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development. Pre-registration for “Interviewing” is required.

Registration link: https://forms.gle/L7sMiN4hTeDxuumj7
Howard’s website: https://howardjean-denis.com/

Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship

Dear Graduate Students The GSS Senator elections for the academic year 2021-2022 are now open. Senator Election Each dep...
03/04/2021
The GSS Senator elections for the academic year 2021-2022 are now open. | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

Dear Graduate Students

The GSS Senator elections for the academic year 2021-2022 are now open.

Senator Election

Each department is allocated a base of 2 senators. For every 50 graduate students beyond this, the department gains an additional senator. Please check out the list of departments and available senator seats in the link below and please nominate yourself or a colleague.

Candidates can nominate themselves or graduate students in their respective departments. Please if you are nominating someone else in your department, you MUST inform them beforehand so that they are aware and are willing to participate in the elections.

Departments can also conduct internal elections based on the guidelines laid out in Article II of the GSS Bylaws (please see the link below for details). All internally elected departmental senators should have their names forwarded to the election committee at [email protected] by Friday, April 2nd, 2021.

Election Timeline

Nominating: March 2nd - March 15
Campaigning: March 16th - March 28th
Voting: March 29th - April 2nd

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/gss-senator-elections-academic-year-2021-2022-are-now-open%C2%A0

Dear Graduate Students The GSS Senator elections for the academic year 2021-2022 are now open. Senator Election Each department is allocated a base of 2 senators. For every 50 graduate students beyond this, the department gains an additional senator. Please check out this list of departments and ava...

GSS Spring Childcare Grant Application: Deadline 03/15/2021We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2021.https:/...
03/04/2021
GSS Spring Childcare Grant Application: Deadline 03/15/2021 | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

GSS Spring Childcare Grant Application: Deadline 03/15/2021

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2021.

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/gss-spring-childcare-grant-application-deadline-03152021

Dear Graduate Students, We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2021.Please use this link to submit your application. All required documentation must be submitted on campus pulse -- not documents will be received via email. Please use these links to apply, download required forms and submit...

Graduate Student Senate 2020-2021 Officer Nominations are Open!Election TimelineNominating:      March 2nd - March 15Cam...
03/04/2021
Graduate Student Senate 2020-2021 Officer Nominations are Open! | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

Graduate Student Senate 2020-2021 Officer Nominations are Open!
Election Timeline
Nominating: March 2nd - March 15
Campaigning: March 16th - March 28th
Voting: March 29th - April 2nd

Please email your nominations for the position of GSS President, GSS Vice-President and Treasurer for the 2021-2022 academic year. All senate tax-paying graduate students of UMass Amherst are eligible to nominate themselves or another eligible student. The officer positions are GEO eligible for 20 hours during the school year and 10 hours during the summer.

Please email your nomination to the Elections Committee at [email protected].

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/graduate-student-senate-2020-2021-officer-nominations-are-open

Graduate Student Senate 2020-2021 Officer Nominations are Open! Election Timeline Nominating: March 2nd - March 15 Campaigning: March 16th - March 28th Voting: March 29th - April 2nd Please email your nominations for the position of GSS President, GSS Vice-President and Treasurer for the 2021-2022 a...

01/15/2021

Dear Graduate Students,

The Graduate Student Senate is hiring for the Graduate Student Organization Coordinator position for the Spring semester. Please visit here for more details and the application process.

***Please note several updates are being processed: The application deadline is being extended until January 22nd and the contract dates will be changed to starting the week of February 8 and end June 19th. The listing will also be amended to eliminate the word "internship."*** https://www.umass.edu/graduate/funding/job-opportunities

The UMass Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) is in the process of hiring a new Staff Attorney and invites you to the f...
01/04/2021
Student Legal Services Office Staff Attorney Forums January 6th-8th | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

The UMass Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) is in the process of hiring a new Staff Attorney and invites you to the following forums to meet the candidates. The Student Forums are open to all UMass undergraduate and graduate students. The candidates will briefly introduce themselves and explain their interest in the position. The candidates will also provide a short Know Your Rights presentation on a legal issue relevant to students, followed by a question and answer session.

The Community Forums are open to the entire UMass community, including students, faculty and staff. The candidate will briefly introduce themselves, explain their interest in the position, and answer questions from attendees. Attendees at each forum will have an opportunity to provide feedback to the hiring panel via a web-based evaluation form. All forums will take place via Zoom and require pre-registration. Please visit this GSS web page for registration details.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Julia B. Popkin (New York University School of Law, 2017), currently staff attorney in Children and Family Law Division of Committee for Public Counsel Services

• 2:30pm Student Forum
• 4:00pm Community Forum

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Stella Gnepp (Suffolk University Law School, 2013), currently attorney at law office of Kathleen A. Jackson, Associate Attorney at Strategic Counsel, and Temporary Staff Attorney at Community Legal Aid COVID Eviction Legal Help Project

• 2:30pm Student Forum
• 4:00pm Community Forum

Friday, January 8, 2021

Laurie J. Housman (Golden Gate University School of Law, 1997), currently Lead Immigration Counselor at Hartford Public Library

• 1:00pm Student Forum
• 2:30pm Community Forum

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/student-legal-services-office-staff-attorney-forums-january-6th-8th

SLSO Staff Attorney Search Invitation to Community Forums The Umass Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) is in the process of hiring a new Staff Attorney and invites you to the following forums to meet the candidates. The Student Forums are open to all Umass undergraduate and graduates students. The...

Dear Graduate Students,You are invited to participate in several upcoming community and student forums for the hiring of...
12/22/2020
Student Legal Services Office Staff Attorney Forums January 6th-8th | Graduate Student Senate | UMass Amherst

Dear Graduate Students,

You are invited to participate in several upcoming community and student forums for the hiring of a new Staff Attorney in the Student Legal Services Office January 6th-8th.

SLSO is a fully funded student legal services office available to all fee-paying Graduate Students. Hope to see you in January for these critical forums!

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/student-legal-services-office-staff-attorney-forums-january-6th-8th

SLSO Staff Attorney Search Invitation to Community Forums The Umass Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) is in the process of hiring a new Staff Attorney and invites you to the following forums to meet the candidates. The Student Forums are open to all Umass undergraduate and graduates students. The...

Join the GSS and the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development for virtual writing and working group events i...
12/01/2020

Join the GSS and the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development for virtual writing and working group events in the month of December! We will have special break out rooms, door prizes, and more. Keep an eye out for our January schedule coming soon.

https://www.umass.edu/gss/news/gss-intersession-working-group-events

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

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