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Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council, GSC, is the representative body for graduate and professional students on campus — advocating for the needs, interests, and concerns of grad students within the university and elsewhere.

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The GSC hosts social, networking, and development programs at CSU to maintain a personal community for graduate and professional students during their tenure. These events provide a place for graduate students to create a support network with shared experiences and an environment for interdepartmental collaboration. New ideas for such events are always welcome.

To represent all graduate students, the GSC seeks to recruit representatives from each program. Participation also benefits professional and graduate students by providing professional development in a large university setting, interdepartmental networking, and leadership training opportunities.

Meetings take place in the evenings and rarely run over an hour. Representatives also work within their departments to make themselves available to other students in their department as a conduit to raise issues, questions, and concerns to the GSC.

Additionally, the GSC annually sponsors and selects faculty members for the Graduate Advising and Mentorship Award to celebrate exceptional faculty advisors who continually dedicate their time, energy, and wisdom to CSU graduate students. Nominations from graduate students are held in April..

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Comprehensive Academic-Related Program (CAP) for Graduate Students of Color

Mission

This is a new program the Graduate School is offering for graduate students of color—The Comprehensive Academic-Related Program (CAP) for Graduate Students of Color. A formalized program that highlights resources on campus, CAP offers professional development activities and provides access to faculty mentors, while also supporting additional socialization activities to encourage professional networks.

The Graduate School created CAP in collaboration with the Vice President of Diversity and a student group – the Graduate Students of Color. The content of this new program is based on best practice strategies for creating an inclusive environment, the Graduate School’s experience with the AGEP program, and qualitative data collected last spring by a nationally recognized consultant on diversity, Dr. Nadya Fouad.

Program Goals

We aim to implement a comprehensive academic framework providing professional development and additional opportunities for graduate students of color to address systematic issues that may impede their progress in their graduate programs.

Program Highlights

  • Information on topics related to professional development such as work/life balance and self-care
  • Negotiating advisors/faculty relationships
  • Opportunities to socialize with peers
  • Interaction with diverse faculty
  • Meet with CSU leadership team
  • Serve in an advisory capacity to the Graduate School