Members of the Graduate and Professional Student Federation's senate met Tuesday to discuss the ongoing search for University administrators, the Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) Fall Summit, increases in tuition and fees and the cost of implicit bias training.
The federation discussed the ongoing searches for many University administration positions currently held by interim replacements.
One of the positions currently filled by an interim is the vice chancellor for Student Affairs. While giving his update to the senate, GPSF President Chastan Swain mentioned the importance of the position.
“If you aren’t aware, the vice chancellor of Student Affairs affects everything from the honor court system to housing on campus, all of the student organizations — a lot of what you come into contact with on a day-to-day basis at the University is affected by this position,” Swain said.
In his update, Swain also spoke about the SAGE Fall Summit 2019 that took place over fall break at the University of Arizona. The summit is hosted by SAGE, a student-run organization that advocates for graduate and professional students across the country.
“We met with 12 other institutions who are constituents of SAGE," Swain said. "We discussed all of the potential impacts to graduate education and the associated political climate in Washington."
One of the goals of the summit is to discuss what white papers, or authoritative reports composed by graduate and professional students, will be presented to the U.S. Congress in the spring. Some of the topics of the white papers include student finance, mental health, immigration and sexual assault.