October 2020 Newsletter

The GAPSA General Assembly

We're halfway through the Fall semester already - can you believe it? GAPSA has been working hard to increase representation and voice of the graduate student body. Earlier this month, we had our first General Assembly meeting of the year. The General Assembly is a body of representatives from each of the graduate programs at Mason. We meet monthly to discuss important topics relevant to graduate and professional students, and we vote on specific recommendations to pass along to other governing bodies at Mason.
To find out more about what we discussed at this past month's meeting, you can read our meeting notes at our website here. There were some important conversations around funding opportunities, diversity and inclusion research efforts, and Spring 2021 calendars!
If you're interesed in joining the General Assembly, feel free to reach out to us at gapsa@gmu.edu.

Introducing our new VP of Arlington!

We're excited to announce that Leah Meyer is joining the GAPSA E-Board as our 2020-2021 Vice President of Arlington! Leah is a Master's in Public Policy student at the Schar School in Arlington. To help us get to know her, she's answered a couple questions below:

1. What unique experience or perspective do you hope to bring to the E-Board?
Leah: I've spent my career facilitating collaboration and creating innovative solutions to empower victims of human trafficking seeking assistance and justice. I hope to use my experience to bring people together in order to find and implement solutions for pressing issues facing graduate students.

2. What’s one of your major goals for GAPSA for this school year?
Leah: My top priority is to improve the online learning experience for graduate students. With many of our classes and interaction taking place virtually this year, I believe it's crucial to support students and instructors to effectively learn and teach online.
Feel free to contact Leah at lmeyer4@gmu.edu!

Grad Student Opportunities

George Mason is an exciting place filled with opportunities for research, teaching, and funding as a graduate student. However, the challenge is that these opportunities are sometimes had to find, and/or they spread primarily by word-of-mouth. GAPSA is working on creating space on our website where such opportunities can be gathered and found in location. For more information, check out our website here.
Some current opportunities that are available include:
  • Spring 2021 Dissertation Completion Grant - due October 30
  • Two new grants for Master's and PhD students, applications will be opening in the next few weeks

Grad Chats with the GAPSA President: 
Nov 2 and 16, 3-4pm

As a student advocate and representative, it is crucial for me to be in conversation with my fellow students across our GMU campuses—Fairfax, Science and Technology (Sci Tech), and Arlington—to better understand the goals, needs and concerns of graduate and professional students whose individual life and career demands may vary greatly.  Every first and third Monday of the month from 3 to 4 pm, I will be hosting an open space for students to share your voice and shape your Mason experience. I look forward to getting to know and serve you better!

Sign up for the upcoming sessions on Monday, Nov. 2 (http://cglink.me/r832501) and Monday, Nov. 16 (http://cglink.me/r832503). 

Upcoming Events

University Life Arlington invites all graduate and professional students to join the final "Pizza & Perspectives" virtual discussion on the 2020 election on Thursday October 22 from 6:00 - 7:15 PM. The discussion will be on "Trust, Expectation, Behaviors, and the Factors that Influence Voting." Panelists include Karrie Delaney (House of Delegates 67th District representative), Dr. Jennifer Victor (Associate Professor at Schar), Dr. Justin Gest (Associate Professor at Schar), and Gary Scott (Fairfax County Director of Elections). Click here to register!
The next session is on October 27, 2020 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM. RSVP to receive the Zoom login information and suggested supply list here.

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon! A smorgasbord of workshops on topics essential to your success at Mason, GRADReCon is a partnership of Graduate Student Life, University Libraries and other key University programs and services for Grad Students. Join us on Thursday October 29 and Friday October 30, from 12pm to 4:30pm online, to learn, share, and meet old and new colleagues at GRADReCon 2020! Sessions include "Funding for Graduate Student Research", the "ABCs of Publishing", and "Grant Writing 101"!
Join the Student Support and Advocacy Center and partners at our virtual events that raise awareness of the prevalence of dating and domestic violence, and support survivors! Upcoming programs with SSAC include:
My Costume is Not My Consent (October 26th, 6pm - 7pm)
Join advocates in SSAC as we clap-back to a culture that blames the victim, that participates in "slut" shaming, and that suggests that clothing implies consent. We will discuss this culture, the harm it causes, and how to challenge it when it comes into the conversation.
Take Back the Night (October 26th, 6pm - 8pm)
This is a nationally recognized speak-out event against sexual and interpersonal violence. This year we will be hosting the event virtually and asking for our community to give narratives of activist work they ahve done as well as survivor narratives.
Dating in a Time of COVID (October 29th, 6pm - 7:30pm)
Join UL Arlington, SSAC, and Doorways in a workshop on the impact of domestic violence.
For more information and to register, click here.

Graduate Student Write-In Day

Looking for a way to make progress on your dissertation, thesis, or paper? Graduate Student Life’s Write-In Day will give you group accountability and a space to write with other Mason graduate students who are also serious about getting writing done! The Fall 2020 Write-In Day will be held in a hybrid format to accommodate online participants and a limited number of in-person participants on Saturday, November 7, 2020. Interested students should register for the event by the appropriate deadline:
In-person participation: Register by Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 11:59p
Online-only participation: Register by Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 11:59p

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