New GSC Secretary, Sarah Decker
Following the Graduate Student Council (GSC) annual May executive officer elections, the Graduate Forum will profile the newly elected executive board members through the summer.
Sarah Decker, a first-year Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) student, is the newly elected secretary of the GSC. In addition to a creative writing focus, her research is centered on the half-century long conflict between Tibet and China. In 2007, as an undergraduate at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, she participated in a study abroad creative writing program in India and met with Tibetan activists, including Ama Adhe, Lhasang Tsering and Tenzin Tsundue. Decker’s experiences with Tibetan refugees in Dharamshala, India impressed upon her the need to increase awareness of the ongoing turmoil in the region, and to find path(s) toward reconciliation and peaceful resolution.
As the secretary, she looks forward to supporting the rest of the executive board and the GSC. Decker’s primary duties will include introducing agenda items, recording minutes during the meetings, updating the GSC website with the approved minutes, voting on proposals, arranging meeting forums, tracking meeting attendance, and most importantly, keeping everyone fed: one of Decker’s responsibilities is to order the pizza for every GSC general council meeting.
When asked why she was interested in running for this position, Decker replied, “I joined the GSC because I wanted to be a more active facilitator of important issues and activities at Dartmouth College. I chose the secretary position because it will allow me to utilize my writing skills and provide me with an opportunity to communicate the important work of the GSC with the entire graduate community.”
Elaborating on activities that she would like to see during her term, Decker (who is a parent) said that an important issue for her is addressing the childcare needs of graduate students. Furthermore, she hopes the GSC will organize more events where graduate students can meet and discuss their experiences. For example, creating a mentoring workshop each term might allow second-year students to help their first-year colleagues navigate the various intricacies of their respective programs.
The Graduate Forum congratulates Sarah Decker on her election to the position of secretary on the GSC’s executive board. We wish her the best in her endeavors.
by Meg Menon