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April 16, 2019


Social Sciences Senate Election
The GSAS Social Sciences senator seat for the Columbia University Senate is open for election. The Senate is a university-wide policy–making body representing faculty, researchers, students, administration, administrative staff, librarians, and alumni. Senators lead policy change at the highest level of the university. Being a Senator is the opportunity to serve the greater Columbia community, both on campus and beyond.
Why Run for the Senate?
The Senate makes policy on a range of issues that affect the entire university, including those pertaining to general faculty and student affairs as well as those matters falling under the jurisdiction of Senate committees, including:
  • educational programs and priorities
  • the budget
  • academic freedom and tenure
  • the conduct of research
  • the libraries
  • information technology
  • campus planning
  • rules governing demonstrations.
Adopted from the "Why Run for the Senate?" PDF
Click here to see which departments fall under the Social Sciences seat. Appointments are ostensibly for 2 years, but 1 year terms are permissible. 
Both Social Sciences MA and PhD students are eligible to run for their division's senator position.

Election Process

  • April 16-22: Nomination period
  • April 23-29: Voting period
The next ASGC Student Travel Grant deadline is April 26.
This deadline is for acceptance letters received between January 18th - April 26th, 2019.
Please click here for more details and the application.

Our final 2018-19 plenary meetings will be on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30pm in 301 Philosophy Hall.

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ASGC Events

Contact Us with questions regarding events or ticketing.
La Traviata
April 17, 2019
8:00 PM
Metropolitan Opera House

More Info & Tickets

Other Events

WISC's Third Annual Graduate Research Symposium: Empowerment through Self-Advocacy
April 18th, 10 AM-5:30 PM , Low Library Rotunda
The WISC Graduate Research Symposium (WGRS) is a multi-disciplinary research conference that aims to highlight and celebrate emerging research conducted by women graduate students in STEM fields. The event will include a keynote speaker, student presentations, a lunchtime workshop, a panel discussion on the theme of Self-Advocacy, and finally a networking event with industry professionals. Learn more about the event and RSVP on their website
Please note that representatives from the life science industry job-recruitment network Scismic will be in attendance
Upcoming University Life Events 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month:  Understanding the Columbia Landscape, Moving Toward Change
A workshop and discussion featuring Columbia’s leading researchers and campus experts.
Thursday, April 18, 12 - 1:30 pm

Citizen-Leaders: A Conversation with the Obama Foundation Scholars
Join Columbia’s inaugural Obama Foundation Scholars for a discussion about active citizenship and the power to effect change in our communities.
Wednesday, April 17 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Apply to be a Columbia Welcome Ambassador to greet new and returning students to campus, and help staff events during Columbia Welcome, the first few week of the fall semester. 
Click here to submit your event for our newsletter.
ASGC is composed of MA & PhD students from GSAS departments and is the main successor of the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC). All affiliate departments are encouraged to designate a Department Representative to participate in plenary meetings. Department Representatives vote on ASGC initiatives and policy changes as well as serve as liaisons between their departments and ASGC.

Please reach out to your current Department Representative to discuss matters you would like to see ASGC raise or, if the position is vacant, consider becoming a representative yourself.
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