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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2015
Peer Advisor Availability

Professional Development Peer:
Shawn Warner-Garcia
Mon: 10 a.m. to noon
Wed: 10 a.m. to noon
Fri: 10 a.m. to noon

Diversity & Outreach Peer:

Funding Peer:
Kyle Crocco
Tue: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Writing Peer:
Ryan Dippre
Mon: 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Tue: 9 to 11 a.m., 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Wed: 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Communications Peer:
Melissa Rapp
Mon: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thu: 1 to 3 p.m.

The peers sometimes hold events or attend meetings during their regular office hours. To assure you connect with your Graduate Peer Advisor, we encourage you to contact them by email and make an appointment.


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Grad Student Open Mic, April 8

Photo courtesy of wikipediaPoets, Musicians, Spoken Word Artists! Share your talents with your fellow graduate students. As part of the Graduate Student Showcase, the GSA and the Graduate Division will co-host an open mic. Performers can sign up for a block of mic time by completing the form below. Performance slots are limited and will be given out on a first come, first served basis. 

When: Wednesday, April 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Alumni Hall and patio, Mosher Alumni House

Food: Appetizers and beverages will be served (non-alcoholic options also available).

Please join us to celebrate the many and varied talents of UCSB’s graduate student community.

Questions? Contact Robert Hamm.



Grad Student Health Insurance Town Hall Jan. 27

The Graduate Students Association will be hosting its quarterly forum on graduate student health insurance. Assistant Dean Christian Villasenor from Graduate Division and Dr. Mary Ferris, Director of Student Health, will be on hand to address proposed changes to the graduate student health insurance plan. Light refreshments will be served.  

Where: GSA Lounge, 2nd floor of the Multicultural Center building

When: Tuesday, Jan. 27, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Questions: Email Emma Parker, GSA Vice President for Student Affairs, at 


Isla Vista Town Hall Meeting for Graduate Students Happening Tomorrow, Nov 20

Come to the IV town hall for graduate students tomorrow, November 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the GSA Lounge. The lounge is reserved tomorrow evening as a place and a space for graduate students to come together and talk about IV. Share your concerns, present your ideas, and make your voice heard.

If you have any questions, email to contact Jason Hopkins and Yanira Rivas Pineda, GSA's IV co-chairs.


Free Food and Fun at UCSB Graduate Student Halloween Hangout and HalloClean 2014

This year, UCSB graduate students are going to walk through Isla Vista together on Halloween. Come to the Graduate Students Association Lounge at 9 p.m. on Friday, October 31, for free food, drinks, and of course, candy. At 10 p.m., the graduate student party celebrants will all walk into Isla Vista and enjoy Halloween together.

Then on Sunday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., all grad students are invited to participate in HalloClean 2014. Join others in coming out to clean up Isla Vista. Yanira Rivas Pineda, the GSA Vice President of External Affairs, is the team leader for this event.


Where: GSA Lounge (2nd floor of the MultiCultural Center building)

When: Friday, October 31. 9 p.m., free food and drinks; 10 p.m., leave for IV

Why: To enjoy the festivities and support Isla Vista

Who: Any and all graduate students and their friends

What: Dress warmly. Costumes are encouraged but not necessary

For more information, visit the Halloween Hangout Meetup page.


Where: 961 Embarcadero Del Mar, Isla Vista

When: Sunday, November 2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Why: To support Isla Vista and keep it clean

Who: All graduate students. Wear your costume and win prizes. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water.

For more information, visit the HalloClean 2014 Meetup page or email Yanira at


Call for Nominations for the 2014 Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award

2014 Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award Winner Amirali Ghofrani2013 Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award Winner: Amirali Ghofrani, right.Do you know a student, staff, or faculty member who goes above and beyond the call of duty to improve graduate student life at UCSB?

If so, nominate that individual for the 2014 Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award.

Here are the award details from the GSA website:

"In 1998, the GSA established the Travis Dixon GSA Service Award, in recognition of graduate student Travis Dixon’s many years of service to the GSA. In 2002, the GSA renamed the award as the Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award, in recognition of graduate student Alan Levy’s many years of service to the GSA. The dual name of the award acknowledges that service to graduate students at UCSB comes in many forms, not only through serving as an elected GSA Officer, but also through advocacy of graduate student interests in a variety of other ways.

To nominate an individual, please fill out the 2014 Dixon-Levy GSA Service Award form and describe in detail the actions taken by the nominee to justify him or her receiving this prestigious award. GSA will be awarding three to four Dixon-Levy GSA Service Awards this year. All graduate students, undergraduate students, administrators, faculty, and staff are eligible for the award."

Important dates:

  • Nomination deadline is May 13.
  • Award recipients will be notified Tuesday, May 27.
  • Award recipients will be announced during the GSA Assembly Meeting on Tuesday, June 3.

Come On and Get Happy This Friday at the GSA Happy Hour

The Graduate Students Association welcomes back graduate students for the winter quarter with free appretizers (while supplies last) at Hollister Brewing Company.   Arrive early and locate your friendly GSA officer, who will purchase tasty apperizers for you.  As always, drink and eat responsibly.

Fast Facts:

When: Friday, Jan. 10, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Hollister Brewing Company

6980 Marketplace Drive
(Camino Real Marketplace)



GSA Free Food Events

UCSB GSA logoThe Graduate Students Association (GSA) is hosting three free food events this week, so plan your schedule accordingly.

GSA General Assembly Meeting

When: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: GSA Lounge

Learn about important updates and events for graduate students and get free dinner at the final GSA General Assembly Meeting of the quarter.

Bagel Hour

When: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 8:15 to 11:15 a.m.

Where: GSA Lounge

Stop by the GSA for a delicious spread of bagels, coffee, yogurt, and more. Mingle with graduate students and enjoy the view of the lagoon.

Happy Hour

When: Friday, Dec. 6, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Santa Barbara Brewing Company (501 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101)

Mix and mingle with graduate students at the final Happy Hour of the quarter. Arrive early to get free appetizers.


Bagel Hour Every Wednesday

bagelsCredit: Microsoft OfficeFree food events are a fundamental part of graduate school. The GSA Bagel Hour is one of the most popular free food events and it happens every week!

On Wednesdays from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m., you can swing by the GSA lounge for bagels, coffee, fruit, yogurt, and delicious spreads (e.g., nutella, peanut butter).

The GSA lounge also has great ambiance. You can relax on the couches, meet graduate students in other disciplines, and enjoy the view of the lagoon from the balcony.

See you at the next bagel hour on Wednesday, Nov. 6.


GSA Happy Hour on Friday, September 27

Zodo's logoHelp the Graduate Students Association kick off the school year with a fun happy hour at Zodo's in Goleta. The GSA will be providing appetizers (arrive early, the appetizers disappear fast!).

Here are the event details:

GSA Happy Year

When: Friday, Sept. 27, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Zodo's

More Information: See the Facebook Event Page


MTD Emergency Service Reduction Public Forum in Isla Vista, Aug. 29

Santa Barbara Metropilitan Transit District (MTD) Staff have agreed to attend a public forum at a time and place accessible to UCSB students, staff, faculty, and non-student residents of Isla Vista. The public forum in Isla Vista will take place Aug. 29, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in Embarcadero Hall.

The Associated Students' office of the External Vice President for Local Affairs and the Graduate Students Association have put pressure on MTD to consult the student population and the non-student resident population in Isla Vista prior to making a final decision. Simultaneous English-Spanish interpretation will be provided and there will be pizza. This is one of the final forums on this topic before the board makes a decision on Sept. 17, following a penultimate board meeting Sept. 10. All MTD board meetings are open to the public.  Board members in attendance at past meetings have already heard from elected representatives so new faces from all corners of campus and from the Isla Vista community-at-large are invited.

UCSB graduate and undergraduate students pay for a fee-based bus superticket each quarter they are enrolled in classes. The contract UCSB holds with MTD states that MTD must hold a public forum with students in a time and location of convenience to students before enacting any service changes. As a part of the contract UCSB pays MTD approximately $1 million each year so students may use all the main bus lines MTD operates. UCSB students, graduate and undergraduate, comprise 12 percent of MTD's ridership; a proportion that rises each year.

MTD officials plan to elect an emergency transit plan that may be put into effect as early as January 2014 in the event it does not receive the federal funding it needs to operate at its current capacity. Graduate Students Association representatives have attended forums in the past month and have requested MTD review the proposal to cut weekend service on line 24x: UCSB/Downtown Express.

Campus and Isla Vista residents are encouraged to attend this public forum and learn more. This is an opportunity to have your voice heard!

For more information contact the Graduate Students Association.