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REMINDER: GSAC Unionization Panel Tonight (Details Below)

Plenary Meeting Schedule

September 13th
October 18th
November 15th
December 6th

Meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 206 in the Casa Hispanica (612 West 116th Street). All are welcome!

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Unionization Information Events

GSAC will be hosting a forum on the Union.

Tonight (12/1) from 7-9PM in the Graduate Student Lounge (Philosophy 301).

Snacks and drinks will be provided.

SAC is hosting Union information sessions:

Unionization Information Session- Student Panel
Friday, December 2nd, 3-5pm, 104 Jerome Greene Hall (Law School)

Unionization Information Session- Panel

Monday, December 5th, 4-6pm, 103 Jerome Greene Hall (Law School)

Please join us at one or more of the unionization information sessions!

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Join us on Saturday, December 3rd, as we celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. We will be socializing, sharing resources, raising awareness, and hearing from distinguished speakers.....yes there will be food, and lots of it.

From 1-4, you can come by the Low steps to go on a scavenger hunt through the tunnels below campus. Make your way through the tunnels and back to Low steps to get your might also learn a thing or two about living with disabilities :-) And, here, we will have hot chocolate and hot tea!

From 5-7, in Fairchild 601, we will be catering a social gathering, followed by a panel of speakers who each have a unique perspective that will help foster greater awareness on campus of the lives of students living with disabilities. In Fairchild 601, we will have food available and free swag giveaways!
Last spring, the Senate Student Affairs Committee launched a new subcommittee for student's living with disabilities. The Subcommittee for Student's with Disabilities has two main goals: 1) improve the quality of life of CU students living with disabilities and 2) help spread awareness about what it means to live and study at Columbia while living with a disability.


GSAC Travel Grant Applications Now Open

Eligible graduate students may apply for individual travel grants (up to $500) to defray the costs associated with presenting their work at academic conferences and workshops. Conference registration fees, transportation (by the most economical means available), and lodging (excluding meals) may all be reimbursed. Travel grants will be awarded twice annually, with preference given to those who show demonstrated need based on an evaluation of the applications by the finance committee.

Applications and more details can be found on the GSAC webpage

Please e-mail the GSAC Finance Chair at finance.gsac [at] with questions.

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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.

December 1, 2016

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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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