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October 23, 2018


To apply/Nominate: please fill in this form
Deadline: Friday, November 9th, 2018.
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.

Please visit our website for more information.  

Please welcome our new Events Co-Chair Brandon Graser and our new Master's Affairs Chair Amanda Platek. 
Brandon and Amanda were elected at our Plenary Meeting on October 16, 2018. You can reach them at and, respectively.

New ASGC Policy on Unionization: Following a vote on the Plenary Meeting on October 16, 2018 (21 votes to approve, 8 to oppose, and 3 abstentions), we updated our official policy regarding the unionization of Columbia's Graduate Students Workers.
Please see the full statement at the end of the newsletter

The position of COMMUNITY CHAIR remains open on ASGC Executive Board.
To Apply: please fill in this form.
Deadline: Friday, November 9, 2018. 
The Community Chair develops and coordinates community involvement events and activities both on and off campus. In addition, steering committee members will also attend 1 weekly plenary meeting, 1 steering committee planning meeting, and 1 meeting with GSAS administration per month. 
More information

Interested in becoming a Department Representative?  A few PhD and MA positions are STILL OPEN. Departments must have a representative to remain in good standing and eligible for ASGC funding.

For more information visit our website or email the ASGC Communications Chair at

Community Service Survey
Please complete our Community Service Survey to help ASGC plan community service events. This is an important part of fulfilling the new ASGC mandate to reach beyond GSAS and serve the broader Columbia and New York community.

ASGC Student Travel Grant winter deadline is November 21.
At the last plenary meeting, a vote was passed to change the schedule of Student Travel Grants to better suit conference acceptance dates. There will now be four yearly deadlines: September 21, November 21, January 25 and April 26. 
Please click here for more details and the application.

Mark your calendars!
Fall plenary meetings will be held Tuesdays at 6:30 in the Graduate Student Lounge (301 Philosophy Hall) on the following dates: 

  • November 13
  • December 11

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ASGC Events

For more information and a complete list of events, please see our website.
For questions about events or ticketing, please contact the Events Co-Chair
Orchestra Seats for Tosca @ The Met
October 29, 2018
7:30 PM 
Metropolitan Opera
$40 ($230 Value!)
More Info & Tickets
Watermill @BAM
October 26, 2018
7:30 PM 
BAM Fisher
More Info & Tickets
The Book of Mormon
November 1, 2018
7:00 PM 
Eugene O'Neill Theatre
More Info & Tickets

I Hunger for You
November 3, 2018
7:30 PM 
BAM Fisher
More Info & Tickets

Mean Girls
November 28, 2018
7:00 PM 
August Wilson Theatre
On Sale Nov. 13, 1:30pm 
More Info & Tickets
December 12, 2018
7:30 PM 
Broadhurst Theatre
On Sale Nov. 26, 11:25am 
More Info & Tickets

My Fair Lady
November 7, 2018
8:00 PM 
Lincoln Center
On Sale Today, 12pm
More Info & Tickets
Carmen @ The Met
November 15, 2018
7:30 PM 
Metropolitan Opera
On Sale Nov. 1, 12pm
More Info & Tickets
Greek @ BAM
December 5, 2018
7:30 PM 
BAM Opera House
On Sale Nov. 19, 12pm
More Info & Tickets
Holiday Brass @ New York Philharmonic
December 16, 2018
3:00 PM 
New York Philharmonic
On Sale Dec. 2, 12pm
More Info & Tickets

Other Events

Audacity to Love March
October 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm
The Audacity to Love March is a coalition of different voices united for one movement - to help increase voter turnout for this year's important Midterm Elections. It is free and open to the public. More info can be found at

The Students of Color Alliance (SoCA) is partnering with the organizers of this March, so if interested in attending please fill out the short survey ( so that we can contact you with updates on how to participate.

Please contact for more information.
3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition
Championship: December 7, 2018, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

The 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition showcases the research of Columbia’s doctoral student community. Participants are challenged to share their research clearly and effectively with a broad, non-specialist audience in just three minutes.

3MT helps doctoral students to develop their presentation and communication skills, which are vital for academic conferences and careers both inside and outside of academia. Through the competition, participants also have the opportunity to share their work with the Columbia and local communities by presenting in front of an esteemed panel of University and corporate judges and a diverse audience.

More information

Our Position on Unionization
Adopted October 16, 2018 by vote of the Plenary.

"The ASGC serves as a bridge between our constituents and the Columbia administration, specifically the GSAS administration. Historically we have been able to address many student concerns via our productive working relationship with the GSAS Office of the Dean. We do not, however, have the power to negotiate for more favorable working conditions through collective bargaining. Such a body does exist: the Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC-UAW).

In December 2016, Columbia graduate workers voted 72% to 28% to form a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers Local 2110, which already represents a number of workers on campus. This vote was conducted after the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s August 2016 decision to restore the right to collective bargaining for research and teaching assistants at private universities. The NLRB certified that vote in December 2017, recognizing the GWC-UAW as the exclusive collective-bargaining unit for Columbia graduate workers. Since then, the university has refused to bargain with the GWC-UAW in clear contravention of democratic principles and existing law. The ASGC therefore retracts its neutrality policy and affirms its support for the GWC-UAW’s efforts to fulfill its democratic mandate to engage in collective bargaining on behalf of Columbia graduate workers."

The ASGC Executive Board would like to affirm its support for this new policy and also our commitment to representing all of our constituents, each of whom has their own opinions on the subject of the union and the administration's decision not to bargain. 
For more information, please see our website or read the Plenary Meeting Minutes.
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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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