The GPSC works with campus partners and the community to expand and provide more opportunities for our graduate and professional students.
DiversityClick or enter to reveal information below
By building initiatives with our campus partners in ways such as organizing around the Faculty Senate and presidential listening tours, getting as much of our staff SafeZone trained as we can, and holding positions on university committees, we put graduate students in the places that can really make a difference on campus and in the greater community.
This year especially, we are working closely with the LGBTQ Affairs department and the Women’s Resource Center for help in organizing around the results of the AAU Campus Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, participating in the “I Will” campaign week on campus to combat stereotypes around sexual misconduct and recognize rape culture. We have also been a part of discussions about a potential Athletics Fee that will have a detrimental impact on low-income students and those that already have difficulty paying for school.
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Working both within and a part of the Dean of Students office at the University of Arizona, we do our best to improve our community by responding to issues on campus such as the results of the AAU Campus Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, incidents of racial bias, and more. GPSC sponsors many workshops with the LGBTQ Affairs office, Campus Health, and Think Tank as well to provide the most helpful support for our graduate and professional students.
Many of our events are also focused on building community for students, with board game nights, happy hours at Gentle Ben's, museum visits, hikes, movie nights and more! Take a look at our different events if you'd like to join us or get involved!
FundingClick or enter to reveal information below
GPSC provides more funding than any other department for all graduate and professional students at the University of Arizona. This can be in the form of grants for traveling/presenting as national or international conferences, research and project grants to aid in one’s personal research projects or theses, club funding for any ASUA-recognized club comprised of graduate/professional students, funding for professional development-related work for groups of students, and more! More information can be found here.
In addition, The University of Arizona's Life & Work Connections provides eligible UA students child care/housing subsidies and vouchers, and thanks to the efforts of GPSC and your student services fee, these subsidies/grants have been greatly expanded. The program awards 100 individuals $1,000 grants per year. Please take advantage of this opportunity which can be found at: http://lifework.arizona.edu/cc/student_child_care_subsidy_program
ChildcareClick or enter to reveal information below
UA Life & Work Connections - a unit of Human Resources - offers childcare assistance to student parents. This includes:
- The student Childcare Subsidy Program (“Subsidy”). Subsidy - in collaboration with campus partners - is intended to help pay for current, qualifying classroom-related childcare occurring in Arizona. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (520) 621-4365 if there are questions.
- The student Sick Child and Emergency/Back-Up Care Program (“SCP/EBCP”). Depending upon caregiver availability, SCP/EBCP can provide access to caregivers who care for your child for qualifying sick or emergency circumstances in the greater Tucson or Phoenix areas. SCP/EBCP registrants pay a nominal fee; the University pays the majority of the costs on behalf of its students (and employees). Call (520) 621-4365 if there are questions.
- Consultations to discuss childcare options and referrals, campus lactation spaces and related resources, and elder care and caregiving information for current and anticipated needs. Email Caryn Jung, MS at email@example.com, or call (520) 621-9870 if there are dependent care questions.
HealthClick or enter to reveal information below
Through research and a survey conducted at the UA in 2014-2015, it was discovered that being a graduate student is detrimental to one's health. Relying on this information and the stories of our graduate population at the UA and nationwide, we have made personal health a priority this year and hope to provide for years to come.
Through partnerships with the UA's campus health, the GPSC has been able to cover the costs for all graduate/professional student triage appointments and has started a prescription assistance plan to help subsidize the cost of medication for all students that may have trouble paying for necessities.
Political Engagement/AdvocacyClick or enter to reveal information below
GPSC is directly involved with AZ and US leadership, and are among the founders of two national graduate advocacy organizations: Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS). Each year, trips to the state capital are organized to allow students to interact directly with representatives in Arizona, and through the national organizations, GPSC representatives and graduate/professional students at large are able to visit the nation's capital in order to advocate for current legislative issues and student needs with the U.S. Congress and the Senate.
At the university level, GPSC is involved in many committees and has a say in everything from budgetary decisions and fee allocation to hiring decisions around campus. We hold regular meetings with UA administration in order to create change from within the University.
Please let us know if you would like to be involved in these trips in the future, or would like to be involved in GPSC's legislative efforts or advocacy work. More information can be found in our Advocacy Platform page as well.
AssessmentClick or enter to reveal information below
GPSC always does its part in responding to the latest information we have. This can sometimes be found in University-wide results like that of the AAU Campus Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, the annual Student Services Fee Survey, or the recent GPSC-created Athletics Fee Survey. In addition, we always look to our partner offices such as the Office of Instruction and Assessment for more information about our population of graduate and professional students as well, all of which can be found in the GPSC Institute page