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Dear colleagues,

We hope this email finds you well! As you may be aware of, the English Graduate Student Association works all year to organize a number of events for all of us. So as to keep everyone informed of what we have planned, starting now we will be sending a newsletter twice a month with the events' information.

In addition, we would like to use this platform to highlight our graduate students, get to know what each of us is doing and celebrate our achievements together! For that, we will be randomly selecting 2 to 3 students to feature in each newsletter. For this first one, we won't be highlighting anyone but be on the lookout for an email from us soon. 


Without further ado, here are some of the events coming up really soon! 

 

Next Week: 
Post-Symposium Celebration
On Friday the 29th after our last panel ends at 5:00pm, we will  retire to O’Rourke’s for appetizers, conversation, and (BYO)beer! Join us to celebrate the end of a very successful (knocking on wood) symposium! 
2019-20 EGSA Election Nominations
As you all know, and as Alissa has reminded us, EGSA is looking for a fresh board to lead us through the 2019-2020 academic year. We want to select the next group of officers soon so current board members could provide mentorship and guidance.

We need graduate students to fill the following positions:
  • President: Organizes meetings and stays in touch with the rest of the EGSA board; spearheads the organization of the annual Graduate Research Symposium; oversees all EGSA matters and stays in constant contact with the DGS; assists in the development of the annual EGSA budget. Should be entering year 4 or higher, or have completed candidacy exams. 
  • Vice President: Responsible for matching incoming students with mentors and organizing a welcome event; assists the president in organizing the annual Graduate Research Symposium.
  • PhD Professionalization Chair: Organizes panels for students preparing for exams and students working on prospectuses; prepares exam gift bags;  Should be entering year 4 or higher, or have completed candidacy exams. 
  • MFA Professionalization Chair/ Program representative: This is a new position that we are creating in order to incorporate the MFA program into the English department grad student association.  Organize a first year panel for incoming students or a panel on tips/tricks for writing your MFA thesis.  Facilitating communication and encouraging greater participation by PhD students in MFA events and vice versa.  ROLE TO BE DEFINED according to perceived needs of MFA program.
  • Quality of Life Chair: Organizes events and panels centering on quality of life in the graduate program.  This can include mental health, stress management, conflict resolution, and issues currently facing the graduate population; Should be entering year 4 or higher, or have completed candidacy exams. 
  • Social Chair: Plans social events, including happy hours and the annual -Halloween party.
  • Representatives to the Graduate Student Union: Attend GSU meetings, representing the English grad students and reporting back to English grad students on GSU and other university policy that may affect them (2 reps needed).
  • Treasurer: Works with the president to create the annual EGSA budget (based on budgets from previous years). Assists president with the budgeting of the annual Graduate Research Symposium. Contacts the DGS for all budget and expense requests.
All members of the EGSA board gain valuable experience, not only in terms of administrating an academic group, but also in terms of organizing conferences and other events. This could be a valuable line on your CV, for it demonstrates your capacity to balance academic research and administrative duties. 

If you have any questions about any of these these positions or the nominations process, please contact Alissa. Nominations are due by Friday, March 22nd at 5:00 pm.

If you are interested in nominating yourself for any of these positions, please click on the following link to fill out a brief nomination form:
EGSA Election Nominations
Anti-Racist Whiteness Workshop
An anti-racist whiteness workshop based on the Medievalists of Color model, this facilitated workshop will pre-circulate readings that will help guide discussion. With these readings grounding our conversation, we will (1) examine and unpack the whiteness of our institution, field, and academia in general, and, (2) develop strategies for and foster commitments to inclusive practices and scholarship that are especially relevant to English as a field and our department. 

This event is scheduled to take place during the first week of April, the exact date and locationTBA. 

Our Quality of Life Chair, Dani Green, has been circulating an ANONYMOUS Google Form to gather your input on this event. There's also a space in it to gather everyone's general availability. If you are interested in attending, or have any feedback to give, access the form here:  
 
An anti-racist whiteness workshop based on the Medievalists of Color model, this facilitated workshop will pre-circulate readings that will help guide discussion. With these readings grounding our conversation, we will (1) examine and unpack the whiteness of our institution, field, and academia in general, and, (2) develop strategies for and foster commitments to inclusive practices and scholarship that are especially relevant to English as a field and our department. 

This event is scheduled to take place during the first week of April, the exact date and locationTBA. 

Our Quality of Life Chair, Dani Green, has been circulating an ANONYMOUS Google Form to gather your input on this event. There's also a space in it to gather everyone's general availability. If you are interested in attending, or have any feedback to give, access the form here:  
 
Anonymous Google Form
Next Department Happy Hour
Carve out a little time to join your fellow graduate students for some conversation, appetizers, and drinks at our next happy hour on Wednesday, April 24th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The location is yet TBA, but be on the lookout for that email from our amazing Social Chair, Logan Quigley.
We want to hear from you!
Do you have any announcements or messages you'd like to share with us? Send our Vice-President, Laura Ortiz Mercado, a quick email so we can feature your announcement in our next newsletter.  
Those are all our announcements for now. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to reach out to us any time. Follow us on Facebook too, where we will be posting updates and pictures of our activities. 

We hope to see you in all our events! 

Yours,
The English Graduate Student Association Board
 
President: Sarah Coogan
Vice-President: Laura Ortiz Mercado
Treasurer: Dominique Vargas
Professionalization Chair: Trish Bredar
Quality of Life Chair: Dani Green 
GSU Representatives: Stacy Sivinski & Emily Donahoe
Social Chair: Logan Quigley
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