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Mid-February Updates!

We hope your semester is off to a great start and we are here to support you! Last Friday, we had our first Senate meeting for the semester. The union for graduate employees at UMass Amherst (GEO) announced that Turkish grad students are requesting support raising funds to donate to disaster relief funds and there is an issues survey to prioritize issues for bargaining our next contract. GSS staff announced the international student taxation workshop and a successful spring transit program with IPO and ISA. The GSS officers announced two (2) events: ice skating and board game night. GSS President Pereira announced the hiring information. The senate voted to endorse a letter to District Attorney Sullivan. The Provost's office presented about a proposed switch from Moodle/Blackboard to Canvas , as well as restructuring University Without Walls to UMass Flex. Senator Prather presented a letter of solidarity from the faculty (encourage faculty to sign!). 

Writing Retreats!

Dec 13th - 15th - 7:00-9:00pm
Online with GSS
Night Owl Writing
Writing alongside others is a best practice for academic writing, even in the virtual environment!  So grab your favorite caffeinated (or not) beverage and join the Graduate Student Senate for some productive evening writing (Zoom Meeting ID: 957 8890 9162).

Dec 15th-16th - 10:00am-3:00pm
In person at 538 Goodell
Writing Drop-In with GSS
Writing alongside others is a best practice for academic writing! The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) and OPD are happy to provide time, space, caffeine and lunch to fuel your writing efforts. Come late or leave early – we are flexible! Pre-register so we know how much food we need


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