Hi Dr. Slawski,
I attended the recent GMU GAPSA meeting as a general assembly representative of our department, and there is information on University Career Services, news about graduate student housing and request for feedback on “Graduate Education Reimagining Task Force” that I would like to share with my fellow graduate students. It would be so much appreciated if you could help spread these words from our GAPSA president:
University Career Services:
Career Services presented all the opportunities they have for graduate students, ranging from resume review to practice interviews to drop-in hours to weekday evening Zoom office hours. I have attached the presentation slides, and please take advantage and use these great services!
Feedback on “Graduate Education Reimagining Task Force”:
Mason is considering a new initiative to implement a graduate division/school that would oversee all of the graduate students and programs here at Mason. This initiative would potentially allow for better collaboration (for example, easier access to classes or research or mentors outside of your department), more efficiency (for example, fewer forms and easier-to-navigate paperwork), and improved services (for example, more scalable services such as career support, counseling, etc.).
Of course, such an initiative could come with challenges as well. We are currently soliciting feedback on these ideas from faculty, staff, and graduate students. You can find the full report at the website here: https://provost.gmu.edu/initiatives/graduate-education-reimagine-task-force. The full draft report and a summary from one of the GA reps are attached in this email as well.
I would like to invite you to review the report and email me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas. Specifically, we are looking for answers to these key questions:
1. What are some of the challenges you currently face as a graduate student? More importantly, how might centralized support (i.e., support from outside of your department) help address some of these challenges?
2. What should our top priorities be in addressing graduate student concerns? Of all the challenges mentioned in the report, which do you think are most important to find solutions for?
3. What are some current centralized services that you use, if any? These are services provided by people or departments from outside of your immediate program.
Students can send the feedback, comments, questions, ideas directly to me at [log in to unmask] and I will forward to our president, and the deadline is November 5. Thank you so much!