GSAC Newsletter: Social Science Senate Election and SIG Applications
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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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Social Science Senate


GSAC is accepting nominations for the Columbia University Social Science Graduate Student Senate Seat until October 18th.  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: GSAS Student Senate Nomination Form

Candidates must be able to:
·       Serve through the end of this academic year, though ideally for two academic years
·       Be in a Social Science 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: anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology



Applications for Student Initiative Grants are now open!

Student Initiative Grants provide support for events that bring together students, academically or socially, from various departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Types of events supported by SIG funding include, but are not limited to: academic conferences, discussion groups, social events, cultural events, and community service initiatives. For more information, visit the GSAC Website!

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.

October 14, 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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