-Title IX Surveys: No progress
-EV Graduate housing project: Has been appealed again. The ASA approved of the design, which was appealed to the planning commission, and the appeal was denied. That decision was appealed, so now it goes to the board of supervisors of Santa Clara County. Chairs have not seen the appeal docs yet, but it’s regarding diversity and environmental justice.
-Webmaster position: announcement went out grad wide, so far zero responses. Trevor suggests to reframe the application as being competitive.
-GSC Retreat: This Saturday at 5pm, at Terun in Palo Alto.
-Rebranding the GSC: Pau talked to the D.School on how to rebrand the GSC, waiting for their reply.
Bill on Callisto Resolution
Presented last week, tabled to give us more time for discussions. Shanta has answers for the questions we have. David asked Shanta about the question about tying in a pilot of Callisto to the Campus Climate Survey. Shanta met with Lauren last week, and the current status of the campus climate survey is up in the air, and Lauren doesn’t know when the next one will be and when it will be administered. Lauren is in support of Callisto, there are a couple of concerns that she has, one being that it is a 13 page form and she is worried that would be a lot to ask of someone to go through and fill that out in detail, but they’ve talked about it and Lauren says the info on there is good to have, just wondering if it’s a lot to ask from survivors. It’s not a one-time thing, you can come back later and add additional details on your own timeline, there is a lot of flexibility so you can come back and fill it out later. Shanta says almost every single page asks you a multiple choice question, where it’s very simple and you just have to check a couple of boxes, it provides you with an extensive space to write a description of where/what happened, and other pertinent details. There is a lot of flexibility for the survivor. In terms of timeline, that’s a question that came up last time too, Lauren is submitting her budget tomorrow so they’re getting it right at the deadline, she is prepared to put it in her budget, and since we’ve talked last week nothing has changed there. In terms of cost, she says it is looking like it would be cheaper to do a 3 year commitment than a 1 year commitment, because the highest initial cost is to install the software, a high upfront cost, and then on a yearly basis it is a lesser fee to pay if you do it for 3 instead of 1 year because it makes more financial sense. If after 1 year we want to reevaluate, then she can deal with it on a contractual level. Lauren is also excited about the resolution, given that the UG Senate has passed it, she is hoping to attach the resolution along with the budget to say that this is something that students want. This is a very tangible way to see that administrators care about what the students think. Terence says, the resolution says “1 year pilot” but the contract might not match that? Lauren says that that doesn’t matter, they just care that this has the support of students. David asks, is the whole process post-complaint submission staying the same? Shanta says yes. Isa motions to vote on the resolution, David seconds. Voting on approving the Callisto resolution, passes unanimously.
Resolution in Support of Stanford’s Native Community through Recognition of Indigenous People’s Day
UG Senate did not vote on this yet, they will vote on it after the break. David motions to put it to a vote, Rosie seconds. All in favor of the resolution, passes unanimously with 1 abstention.
Persian Student Assoc:
- Having a traditional culture event on Dec 21 at Bechtel Center. Will have music performance, read poems, serve snacks and food, and people just talk and socialize. It’s free and open to public, and already on the calendar. This is an annual event. Recommendation is $900 food and $100 event services, in total $1000. Voting, passes unanimously.
Black Law Student Assoc / Bioscience Students Assoc:
- Having a multi-group event on Friday for an end of the quarter party, with music/food/drinks. Total budget is $1864, they are asking for $200 alcohol, and $129 for decorations. Recommendation is $200 BLSA for alcohol, and $445 food for BEGSA, and $329 for Black Bioscience Assoc for alcohol and decorations. In total there are 5 groups holding this event. The final corrected amount approved for this event is $445 BGSA (instead of the incorrect number of $645 that was voted on last week), $445 for SNMA, $445 for BEGSA, $200 BLSA, $329 for Biosciences, which is $1864. Voting on amount, passes unanimously.
Stanford India Association:
- Requesting $86 for food, want an end-of-terms finals movie night on Friday at GCC Havana room, it’s for 10 pizzas. Recommendation is $86 for food. It’s on the GSC calendar. Voting, passes unanimously.
-Silent Night is on Friday, but since it will rain she got tents that will be set up at Terman. One tent for the food, one for the DJ/dance area. Will have a smaller tent for photobooth too. The other thing is that people need to forward it to their mailing lists. Also the volunteers are CAs so far, so please sign up for volunteer if you’re here. Right now there are roughly 150 ppl signed up, but she wants to make it to 200 people by Friday. Ateeq says, given the target is 200 and it’s on Wednesday, a lot of people don’t sign up until the day before, but if she wants a higher number then she can consider the grad wide email. Isa said, she sent it to her mailing lists, and she thinks that because it is finals week a lot of people might flake out. She would actually push for a grad wide email because there’s a lot of events / holiday parties happening at the same time. Ateeq says they could also promote it to more lists or forward it on FB people. It’s also going out to MBA people. Jing also sent it out to Earth Sciences.
-Housing session (“how to find off-campus housing” workshop) will be Jan 11. We’ll probably send out a message over winter break too about it.
-Grad Formal on May 5.
PhD Pathways Funding Bill
On previous notice this week. This is a big conference on professional development that is being planned to exhibit different career paths for graduate students after they graduate. They also get money from outside sources. The recommendation we made is to have them try to add events for Master’s students. The bill says that we will fund $5000 for the workshop in March. Also part of the bill says that they’ll use the other sources of funding first for reimbursements, before using the GSC funds. Voting on this next week. David says (pathway to community college education). Initially under the “education” pathway, they wanted to have 2 paths, one being people educating industry about science, one being on academia, and maybe they would incorporate someone from a community college to come too. Isa recommends that they put the whole budget for the event in the bill, just for historical records, maybe they can add more about other funding sources that are contributing too; also to add a line in the bill that says that they prioritize GSC funds if there are any leftover funds.
- David says that there is an article released today about problems with how the university deals with instances of serial sexual assault, wonders whether or not we should think about how to ensure that the university deals with sexual assault complaints effectively. It is problematic especially since there’s so much privacy surrounding sexual assault cases. Elena says, it’s only reported to Title IX for census purposes, the university wants to know how many instances like this happen on campus, this is internal data. Terence says, one resource that Stanford provides is “notalone.stanford.edu”, which the sexual assault task force is trying to update, but this is part of a larger discussion. Elena asks, does the GSC know how to get the institution to include resources on the website? Because she knows of a very fantastic non-profit run by the graduate life office called the “As One” project, which is targeted at the survivors, family, and friends, to move forward as one. It’s a beautiful project, and they’ve recently expanded nationally, and it would be great if Stanford students know about it. Isa says it should be included in the “not alone” website, which Pau can probably work with them on that. David says that the problem in this case does not seem to be with how individual sexual assault cases are dealt with, but rather how a series of events concerning the same person are dealt with.
- Ateeq says the University’s annual financial report was released today, doc on financial budget, outlook, and how the university has been doing. Really cool numbers and facts in there. For example, student income (tuition, room, board, etc.) only covers 11% of the operating expenses (approximately $5.2 billion), investment income from the endowment covers 25% of operating expenses, and sponsored research support covers 28% of the operating expenses (the overhead that is charged to grants). More info can be found here: (http://bondholder-information.stanford.edu/pdf/SU_AnnualFinancialReport_2016.pdf