New GSC Student Life Chair, Meghan Menon
Following the Graduate Student Council (GSC) annual May elections, the Graduate Forum continues to profile the newly-elected board members.
The new student life chair of the GSC is Meghan Menon. Her main task in the coming year will be to support student quality of life through various events. She was inspired by previous student life chair, Ron Bucca, who worked diligently to serve the Dartmouth graduate community. She sought this position because she was “looking for an opportunity to give back to the campus community in a meaningful way.”
Meg is working towards a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and is beginning her thesis work this summer with Professor Regine Rosenthal. She explains, “I will study postmodern pastiche and intertextuality, feminine identity construction, and fashion as performance though a comparative literature and visual medial derivatives analysis of Edith Wharton’s novels, The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence, and Cecily Von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl novel series. I am very interested in fashion scholarship, and I hope that my thesis will serve as a confluence of intellectual theory and creative expression.”
One of Meg’s goals for her time as a GSC executive board member is to “see a more visible graduate student presence on our campus.” She will do this by trying to increase graduate student participation in programs such as Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD), which empowers under-resourced high school students, and Achieving Community Together, a program that focuses on bias incidence reporting. Encouraging graduate student mentorship of undergraduates is another goal, and this summer she is collaborating with Inyang Udo-Inyang, a student at the Geisel School of Medicine, Kenoma Anighoro a student in the MD/MBA program, Lindsay Mandel (’14), and Professor Lee Witters in creating a program to bring undergraduate and graduate students together, tentatively called One Dartmouth.
In addition, Meg would like to encourage graduate-level arts and humanities on campus. She wants to promote a more inclusive approach to graduate studies—for example, by replacing the word “research” with “scholarship.” She believes that such small measures go far as they render “the many accomplished graduate students of Liberal Studies, Comparative Literature, and Digital Musics” visible.
The Graduate Forum congratulates Meg Menon on her election and wishes the best to all of the incoming GSC executive board members. For information about the Graduate Student Council and upcoming events, visit the GSC site.
by Britney Tappen