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Graduate Peers' Schedules

Winter 2016
Peer Advisor Availability

Writing Peer
Kyle Crocco

Mon: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m.-noon

Funding Peer
Stephanie Griffin
Mon: 10 a.m.-noon
Wed: noon-2 p.m.

Diversity Peer
Ana Romero

Mon: noon-2 p.m.
Wed: 11 a.m.-1 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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GSA Town Hall Meeting on Campus Solidarity

The GSA will host a special Town Hall meeting for grad students to discuss racial violence, address concerns about a white student union, and ratify a statement of solidarity with the Black Student Union. This meeting is intended for all grad students and will not be open to the public (no admin, undergrads, faculty, etc., will be present). Your GSA Executive Committee wants to stress the importance of as many graduate student participating in this discussion as possible. For your consideration, attached is a link to the 'GSA Formal Statement of Solidarity for Racial Equity at UCSB', drafted by your Executive Committee. The statement will be discussed and then hopefully a collective recommendation will be forwarded to the GSA Assembly. UCSB GSA

When: Tuesday, Jan. 5, 6-8 p.m. Free dinner will be served at 5:30.

Where: GSA Lounge (MCC, 2nd floor)



Participate in UCSA's Annual Student Congress

UCSA LogoWant to get involved? The University of California Student Association (UCSA) will be holding their annual UC Student Congress Aug. 13-16 to discuss and prioritize issues impacting students to create their annual campaigns.

Space is limited. If you want to be a member of the Graduate Student delegation, email Yanira Rivas Pineda, Vice President of External Affairsat, by Friday, July 24. 

The chosen campaigns will aim to win victories to improve students’ lives and build student power by investing and engaging more students in the upcoming school year.

UCSA Student Congress

Time: Aug. 13-16

Place: Irvine Marriott 

Questions: Contact Yanira Rivas Pineda, Vice President of External Affairsat


Enjoy Free Food and Drink at Final GSA Events of the Year

End of Year barbecue at Goleta Beach. Credit: Kyle Crocco

We've come to the end of the academic year. Some of us will graduate, some of us will stay on, and some of us will get our free food and drink on with the Graduate Students Association (GSA) in June. Could that person be you?


Time: Thursday, June 11, 5-7 p.m.

Place: Mosher Alumni House (Alumni Hall, 2nd floor)

Free: Microbrews, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks

Goleta Beach Spring Barbecue

Time: Friday, June 12, 3-5 p.m.

Place: Goleta Beach Park, Area D

Free: Burgers and hot dogs


Mark Your Calendar for these Exciting Social Events in May

Mark your calendars! Here is a list of some fun and free activities for graduate students this month.

Grad Students at MoshertimeGrad students having a Moshertime. Credit: Kyle CroccoThursday, May 21

Moshertime with Musical Guest DJ Kevin Mwenda

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Place: Mosher Alumni House (Alumni Hall, second floor)

Food: Free microbrews, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks served.

Friday, May 29

GSA Spring Fling Social

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Place: Endless Summer Bar/Cafe, Kona Lanai Patio, 113 Harbor Way, Suite 180, Santa Barbara Marina

Food: Free appetizers served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

VENA exhibitVENA exhibit. Photo courtesy of Akshay CadambiOpen Sources Exhibition

Time: 5-10 p.m.

Place: Elings Hall, California Nanosystems Institute

See: Installations, performances, and concerts from over 20 artists from the MAT community.

More info: Read the event article.

Saturday, May 30

12th Annual Chili Cook Off (and Relay)

When: Relay starts at 3 p.m. Tasting begins at 4 p.m.

Chili and a beer. Credit: Gwen DavieWhere: Marine Biotech Patio, near Campus Point


▪   $5 Bottomless bowl of chili

▪   $5 Bottomless cup of beer

More info: Read the event article.


Reminder to Vote for GSA Officers and Fee Initiatives

Like your free night and weekend parking as a grad student? Want to continue to get discounts on Arts and Lectures events? Then be sure to vote in the campus elections happening this week! Graduate students will vote on GSA officer positions as well as important fee initiatives directly affecting graduate students. Take time to research what's on this year's ballot and then vote today! Voting ends at 4 p.m. tomorrow, April 23.



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.