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GSC meeting minutes

The Graduate Student Council meeting on Jan. 14 focused on a joint resolution on student body diversity with the Black Graduate Student Association, a draft of which was presented by GSC Vice President Michelle K. McDonough G.

The draft emphasized the importance of diversity and proposed to conduct a review of departmental admission processes to improve minority and female representation.

Comments at the meeting included suggestions to clarify the term "minority group" and to collect more statistics and review not only recruiting but retention. The resolution will be voted on at the next GSCmeeting.

The orientation committee of the GSC presented a proposal to create a more entertaining and welcoming orientation for new graduate students. An effort is underway to accumulate the resources and volunteers to make the new plans feasible.

The GSC travel grant will be awarding $4,000 to students attending academic conferences during the spring and summer terms. Successful applicants must come from departments that have GSC representatives.

Source: GSC Secretary Yanqing Du G