The GPSC office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM beginning Monday, August 29. Office hours for GPSC Officers are posted on the “Contact Us” page of the website.
GPSC will hold its first general meeting of the 2016-2017 school year on Tuesday, September 6, at 7pm in the Student Center, 3rd Floor (Activity Room D). Come out for food and to become involved in your government!
Congratulations to the following graduate and professional students elected to serve as officers for the Graduate and Professional Student Council for the 2016-2017 school year:
- Brandon Woudenberg, President
- Willie Lyles, III, Vice President for Administrative Affairs
- Johnathan Flowers, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Graduate Council Representatives
- Jonathan Howard
- Justin Simpson
- Sheena Hart
- Dianah McGreehan
As Student Government representatives, we are being asked now what we are doing to combat this climate of racism and intolerance. The answer is, quite honestly, not enough: we at GPSC recognize and share the frustrations of the students and as student government, we have a responsibility to engage with these issues.
Our taskforce on diversity and inclusion policy has been prevented from providing input on diversity policy. We have not seen any diversity policy emerge from the administration with exception of the attempt last semester by several faculty and staff to generate a “diversity plan,” without reaching out to those who would be most affected by it: the students.
Immediately upon receiving this preliminary diversity plan, we reached out to President Dunn to verify its authenticity and voice our displeasure at not being consulted in its drafting. It is our position that any plan to address issues of diversity and inclusion must include the voices of the students, not just the faculty. As a result of our concern, the plan was pulled and conversations to draft another have been limited, and perhaps forgotten, in light of other issues such as the budget crisis.
GPSC has representation on the Affirmative-Action Advisory Committee, a committee formed of faculty and staff which aims to advise the administration on issues of affirmative action as it affects the Carbondale campus. This committee has not met during the 2015-16 academic year, despite repeated requests by student government to convene the committee so that we can begin the hard work of dealing with these issues in a proactive way, as opposed to a reactive way. It is our position that the failure to convene this committee has directly contributed to the current campus climate.
In light of the steadily worsening climate of racism and intolerance on our campus, GPSC will do whatever is in our power to be proactive rather than reactive to these important issues. The time is now to engage the issues facing not just the Black students on our campus, but all of our diverse students and underrepresented groups.
Further, we demand that a diversity action plan committee be called, with the charge of drafting a campus wide diversity action plan, which must include the input of those most affected by the plan: the students. For the campus to go this long without a plan that enables the campus to address these issues as they arise, and take steps to prevent them, is inexcusable. In order to ensure the safety and security of all students, graduate, professional, and undergraduate, we call upon the administration, and ourselves, to take up this difficult task so that everyone will not only be accepted, but welcomed on campus.
Finally, as one constituency group that represents the student body, we invite you to make your voices heard make us accountable for where we have failed to address those issues closest to you. Student Government cannot function effectively without input from the students it represents, all of them, regardless of race, gender expression, sexuality, or ability status. We would therefore like to invite all students to attend our Town Hall meeting April 27th 5:30 p.m. in the John C. Guyon Auditorium to express your frustrations and work collaboratively with us to resolve this situation. We, your student government, can do better, and will do better.
We also call for everyone on May 2, whether you attend or teach classes, to wear a #noracism shirt, provided by GPSC, or a black shirt to let everyone know the Salukis will not stand for racism and intolerance on our campus. For safety purposes, and due to upcoming final exams there will BE no event attached to this call for action.
Congratulations to the following students who will be awarded 2016 GPSC Research Awards:
Each winner will be awarded $1,000 towards their research and honored on during a campus-wide recognition ceremony!
During the April 5, 2016 meeting, the general body of GPSC agreed to join forces with USG to pressure lawmakers to make higher education a priority and pass a budget! See the Joint Resolution to Address the Higher Education Budget Crisis here.
Calling all Graduate and Professional Students of SIU Carbondale:
The 2016 GPSC Research Awards are back! It is a great opportunity to earn up to $1,000 for your research! Don’t miss this chance. Applications will be accepted until March 25, 2016. Please visit the research award page for more information.
Join GPSC for our next general meeting on Tuesday, January 26, at 7:30 PM in the Student Services Building, Room 150. Chancellor Colwell will be our guest and available for questions and answers. The January 26 meeting agenda is now available.
The Graduate and Professional Student Council passed a resolution during the December 1, meeting in support of efforts to give students a 24 hour study area on campus. To see the resolution, click the link below.
Below is a link to GPSC’s fill-able pdf application for graduate and professional students who are in need of a little help getting their bursar account under $200.00.
As many student may know by now, in order to register for classes next semester a student’s account now must be under $200.00. After reaching out to the financial aid department at SIUC, GPSC found that well over 1000 graduate and professional students currently have a hold on their account for being over the $200.00 mark, prohibiting them from registering for classes in the spring.
At the GPSC general meeting on November 3, the council voted to allocate up to $3000.00 of our budget to go toward lowering the number of graduate and professional students on this list. Our only regret is that we do not have more to give.
If you are a graduate or professional student in this situation please take advantage, and spread the word to your fellow students.
The maximum amount an approved applicant will receive is $200.00. Applications will be open until MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, with decisions being made as soon as possible afterwards. #GPSCARES