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Plenary Meeting Schedule

January 17
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March 7
April 4
May 2

Meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 201 in the Casa Hispanica (612 West 116th Street). All are welcome!

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Quality of Life Survey
Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out GSAC’s annual Quality of Life Survey. The survey will close on April 28th. You can skip any question or section that does not apply to you or that you do not want to answer. Provide your e-mail address to win one out of twenty $30 prizes, or the $50 jackpot!“

Complete the survey here

GSAC: The Book of Mormon - On Broadway

When: 3 May 2017 - 7pm

Where: Eugene O’Neill Theatre - 230 West 49th Street

What: We will be offering Tickets to the Broadway Production of The Book of Mormon. Tickets will go on sale in April on Eventbrite. The cost for students is $45. Students must present their Student ID when they pick up their Tickets outside the theatre. Tickets can be picked up before the show between 6:30-6:50pm outside The Eugene O'Neill Theatre (directions will be sent closer to the day of the event). Failure to show up during this time will forfeit your ticket. Tickets are only available to students. Students must present their student ID when they pick up their tickets. Check out our Facebook Event.

Tickets will go on sale on Eventbrite. All sales are final. If you do not get a ticket, email to be put on the waiting list.

GSAC: The Parlour Summer Party

When: 12 May 2016 - 8-11pm

Where: The Parlour - 250 W 86th Street

What: Event will take place at The Parlour in the upstairs Living Room. Tickets will go on Sale in April. Event includes: unlimited Beer, Wine, Soda and Juice for 3 Hrs, Chips and dip served all night, $5 special drinks served for the duration, Music played all night, Hot Appetizers to be served, (Top-Shelf Liquors, pitchers and shots - not included). Names will be checked when you arrive and you will receive a wristband. Please bring your School ID and a Government ID (21+). Guests are invited to come, but students can not buy them a ticket - guests can pay for their own drinks at the bar.  Also PLEASE bring Cash to Tip our Bartenders! If you want to attend for Free email to volunteer for part of the event.

Tickets will go on sale in the upcoming weeks.

March for Science April 22nd 2017

Join the GSO, CUSP, GSAC, EGSC and the GWC as well as a diverse group of scientists and science supporters as we march in NYC and Washignton D.C.

If you are interested in reserving a FREE spot on a bus (courtesy of the UAW) to the D.C march please sign up here:

Or join us for the sister march in NYC.

Keep an eye out for a poster making afternoon co-sponsored by GSAC and EGSC!

Sundress Academy for the Arts Writing Retreat for Survival and Healing

When: June 24th and 25th

What: This two-day retreat for sexual assault survivors at the Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms will be a safe space for creativity, generative writing exercises, discussions on ways to write trauma, advice on publishing, and more. Come join us in mutual support for a weekend of writing time for healing, safety, and comfort.

A weekend pass includes one-on-one and group instruction, writing supplies, food, drinks, and all on-site amenities for $75.  Tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment are available to rent.

The event will be open to writers of all backgrounds and provide an opportunity to work with many talented, published fiction writers and poets from around the country, including Beth Couture, Heather Knox, Krista, Cox, and Jennie Frost.

We have two full scholarships available for the retreat as well as limited 20% scholarships for those with financial need. To apply for a scholarship, send a packet of no more than (8) pages of creative writing along with a brief statement on why you would like to attend this workshop to Erin Elizabeth Smith at no later than April 30th, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be announced in early May.

Space at this workshop is limited to 15 writers, so reserve your place today.

For more information, find Sundress Academy for the Arts on our website, Facebook, or Twitter.

Startup Columbia feat

April 14th | Reserve your ticket here

Join CORE this Friday, April 14th, for a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation at #StartupColumbia - featuring experts on climate change, media and fake news, biotech, and investment - and as our keynote speaker!

FOR A LIMITED TIME A generous donor is subsidizing Startup Columbia tickets for Columbia students and young alumni (five years or less from most recent Columbia degree). These newly discounted $10 tickets will be on sale from April 10th 12:00 pm to April 12th 11:59 pm.
Awards and Elections

Opportunity to represent GSAS on the IGB

The Interschool Governing Board (IGB) was created to oversee the recognition and distribution of funds to student groups that span multiple schools, with an emphasis on graduate student representation. IGB's mission is to provide a place of support for student groups that exceed available support from their own schools and build bridges between otherwise isolated institutions. The Student Affairs Committee of the University Senate recently revised the IGB Constitution and seeks to revitalize its membership by appointing a voting representative from each of Columbia's individual schools. The appointed delegates will hold elections early in the Spring semester to create an Executive Board, distribute annual funds to IGB student clubs early in the Fall semester, and meet once a month to discuss issues facing individual schools, potential collaborations, and the status of IGB clubs. This is an exciting opportunity to meet leaders from other schools, capitalize on the skills offered by different educations, and share information that will ultimately benefit the quality of life for all students.

To nominate yourself for the position please contact

Faculty Mentoring Award

Nominations are now OPEN!

The Faculty Mentoring Award is presented annually to two faculty members of Columbia University to recognize excellence in mentoring PhD/ Master students during their graduate careers. The award was instituted in 2004, and is presented each May at the GSAS Convocation by the GSAC President.

Nominate the faculty member you believe deserves this recognition here

Nominations will end April 28th!

Humanities Senate Election

GSAC is accepting nominations for the Columbia University Humanities Graduate Student Senate Seat until April 17th.  The Senate is a University-wide legislature representing faculty, students, and other constituencies. It makes policy on a range of issues that affect the entire University or more than one school, including educational programs and priorities, the budget, academic freedom and tenure, and more. The Senate has 108 voting seats, with 24 reserved for students.  Find out more about the University Senate at

Please submit your nomination, which should include a short campaign statement of no more than 250 words, in the application located here:

The candidates' statements will be published during the campaigning period between April 18th-May 2nd. Elections will be held during our last plenary meeting in Casa Hispanica on May 2nd at 6:30PM.

Candidates must be able to:
·       Serve through the end of this academic year, though ideally for two academic years
·       Be in a Humanities Department (see below)
·       Communicate with the GSAC Steering Committee on University Senate updates and information on a monthly basis
·       Maintain good academic standing and demonstrate professional decorum as a GSAS student Senator

Columbia University Social Sciences: Art History and Archaeology, Classical Studies, Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultures, English and Comparative Literature (and Theater), French and Romance Philology, Germanic Languages, Italian and Comparative Literature, Latin and Iberian Cultures, MESAAS (and Langues, Cultures), Music, Philosophy, Religion, Slavic Languages.
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Getting involved with GSAC

If you would like to become involved with GSAC, please consider becoming a Department Representative. Department Representatives are a department’s voice on GSAC. They serve as voting members of the plenary (steering committee members are nonvoting), in addition to serving on committees where much of the policy and decisions are deliberated and GSAC’s plans are executed. Many GSAS departments do not currently have a representative. See here for a list of vacant positions.

April 9, 2017
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#DidyouKnow that starting in fall 2015, Arts & Sciences doctoral students will have access to adoption benefits? If you are thinking of expanding your family through adoption, you may be eligible for up to $5000 worth of reimbursements from GSAS. For more info, visit
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