The Graduate Student Council represents all graduate students from the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and The Dartmouth Institute. The GSC consists of elected departmental representatives from these schools and includes non-voting representatives from the Tuck School of Business, the Geisel School of Medicine, and the Undergraduate Student Assembly.
The goal of the GSC is to nurture and enhance a sense of community for graduate students across all departments Dartmouth.
GSC general council meetings are open to all graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, administrators, guests, visitors, professors, and staff. Meetings are approximately an hour and a half in duration, but please arrive early if you have any questions, to socialize, and to some help yourself to food before the meeting is underway.
If you have any questions about the general meeting format, would like a copy of the upcoming agenda, or how to get involved, please contact the GSC Communications Chair.
View our most recent weekly email here (the Graduate Student Circular), or view just a quick snapshot below!
Each year the Graduate Student Council chooses to focus on key major issues that most impact the lives of its graduate students here at Dartmouth. The GSC works to accomplish momentum in these areas of concern/relevancy in the subsequent school year. Some of the major initiatives the GSC worked on during the 2019-2020 school year, and which have been continued into the 2020-2021 school year, are listed below, along with their current state of progress. For a list of past achievements and initiatives, read through the GSC's Legacy archive. To express your ideas relating to initiatives you feel the GSC should pursue, please contact the Graduate Student Council.
Cultivating Community During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for everyone within and outside of the Dartmouth community. Particularly for graduate students, in addition to unexpected obstacles in academics and research, students are experiencing emotional, economic, and physical hardship. It is important to the GSC to orient our events, funds, and initiatives to address these concerns. To address food insecurity for graduate students, the Graduate Student Council donated over $500 of food to the Dartmouth Food shelf. This is a donation that we will continue to do throughout the pandemic. We are also currently working with the Guarini office to create an accessible and inclusive online orientation for incoming students to welcome them into Dartmouth. For the duration of the pandemic, the GSC will also work to re-adjust and adapt how our funds are used to best help students while they continue to live and work remotely.
Implementing Additional Anonymous Reporting Mechanisms
In 2019-2020, the GSC Student Life committee compiled a resource guide that clearly showed graduate student what resources they had access to, whether they were private or confidential reporters, and an outline of how students can use that resource. From this resource guide, the GSC identified that there is a significant gap in the number of anonymous reporting mechanisms available for graduate students. To provide an avenue for graduate students to express concerns or ideas for GSC initiatives, the GSC created its own anonymous reporting form. The GSC Executive Board reviews these submissions and designates action items for each. The GSC is also advocating for the implementation for additional anonymous resources such as an ombuds office.
Addressing Institutional Equity and Systemic Racism
The GSC wholeheartedly recognizes that it is our duty to speak out when members of our community are experiencing pain, oppression, racism, and disrespect. To directly address systemic racism and institutional equity, the GSC created the Diversity Chair position whose responsibilities include leading diversity and inclusivity initiatives in conjunction with Guarini. The GSC has also recently formed a Committee for Addressing Racism and Equity (CARE) ad hoc committee whose goal is to assess how policies, practices, and climate within the Graduate School and Dartmouth can be changed to ensure equity and anti-racism within the institution. Secondly, CARE will provide actionable implementations for short-term and long-term institutional changes.
Increasing Transparency within and outside the GSC
It is important for the Dartmouth community to be aware of the current initiatives and resources that the GSC has. It is also important for the GSC Executive Board to be transparent about our work with the Graduate Student Council representatives and graduate student community. In 2019-2020, the GSC President and Communications Chair created video recaps of each monthly GSC meeting. Additionally, the yearly budget and monthly expenditures were published on the GSC website. Beginning in 2020 – 2021, the GSC Communications Chair creates 1 page summaries of both Executive and General Body Meetings that are sent out to GSC representatives to forward to their departments. Termly summaries of the GSC’s accomplishments and current initiatives will be sent out to community. To increase transparency with the Dartmouth administration, the GSC Executive board will be presenting current GSC initiatives and graduate student concerns at the Council of Graduate Studies meetings.