Programming Committee


 

What is Programming Committee?

The GSRC Programming Committee is a team of graduate students that plan events for the UCLA graduate student community centered around the following areas: diversity and inclusion, health and well-being, financial wellness, graduate students with dependents, and first-generation graduate students.

Mission

The GSRC Programming Committee advocates for and implements campus programs to enhance graduate student community and improve the graduate student experience.

 

Values

The following values are representative of the 2019-2020 GSRC Programming Committee and were determined through group consensus and discussion. 


Equity & Inclusion 

  • We welcome all graduate communities and strive to provide inclusive programming that acknowledges the diverse identities and experiences of the graduate student population.


Care 

  • We are dedicated to fostering a welcoming community that inspires students to seek peer support and sustain wellness practices including community and self-care.


Strategic

  • We welcome the input and feedback of all graduate students to create intentional programming centered around their needs. 


Fun

  • We strive to promote an enjoyable, energetic, and community based environment for all Programming Committee members and graduate students.


Authenticity

  • We recognize authenticity as essential to any work that is creative and intentional. We believe building trust, honoring honesty, and prioritizing relationships is key to building community-oriented programs on campus. 


Collaboration

  • We make efforts to work with other departments and organizations to collaborate, share ideas, and bring programming to under-served and underrepresented parts of campus.

Events:

View upcoming events on: https://www.facebook.com/UCLAGSRC/

Questions/Feedback/Ideas?

Email us at gsrc@saonet.ucla.edu 

Meet Your 2019-2020 Programming Committee

 

Abou

Department/Program: MPH, Environmental Health Sciences

Committee Role: Program Consultant, Health & Well-Being

Why are you passionate about your role on Programming Committee? I am passionate about my role as Health and Well-being Program Consultant because of my interest in public health. As someone studying public health, I have learned that health is a determining factor to a steady life. Without a balanced mental, physical, emotional and social health, an individual may be left feeling lost or helpless. I hope to offer graduate students and opportunity for them to discover what health means to them. Health is a personal journey, and I hoe to create an environment where students can talk about health with their peers, and help one another achieve that balance, whatever that looks like for them.

Fun Fact: I have never watched the ending of Wizard of Oz because I have either fell asleep or was distracted with something else. So I have never actually witnessed Dorothy return home.

Advice for Current Graduate Students: It is okay to struggle, to fail, to stress, but that is not your final destination. You are gifted beyond belief, and this new journey you are about to embark on will only highlight that further. Don't give up, and know that every hardship has its ease.

 

Amanda

Department/Program: MSW, Public Affairs

Committee Role: Program Consultant, Engagement & Operations

Why are you passionate about your role on Programming Committee?  I am passionate about my role with Programming Committee because I enjoy engaging with the larger graduate student body in creative and accessible ways that make the overall grad experience less stressful and more fun. Through my work this year, I hope to offer graduate students more creative digital content and continue to help build the online presence of the GSRC for all students.

Fun Fact: I practiced breakdancing in undergrad (but I'm not that good at it anymore!)

Advice for Current Graduate Students: Find your way to keep all your tasks organized in one place (iCalendar, planner, an app, etc.), make time for self-care, and be comfortable with routine and breaking routine.

 

Bianca

Department/Program: MEd, Student Affairs

Committee Role: Program Consultant, Students with Dependents

Why are you passionate about your role on Programming Committee?  I care about the success of parenting graduate students and want to help them achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals. I look forward to developing events, resources, and advocacy efforts focused on graduate students with dependents, especially those with the highest needs. I am excited to work with campus partners to help support the needs of graduate students.

Fun Fact: I am teaching myself how to play the guitar.

Advice for Current Graduate Students: I am still learning a lot as a current graduate student, but during this past summer component of my program, I've tried to focus on self-care. I recommend that students remember to sleep well, eat healthy, and find activities to de-stress.

 

Letty

Department/Program: PhD Student, Spanish and Portuguese

Committee Role: Program Consultant, First-Gen Initiatives

Why are you passionate about your role on Programming Committee?  As a first-generation student I have felt very lost trying to maneuver the bureaucratic systems, social traditions, and academic practices at UCLA. I strongly believe that when a university structures all of their practices with the assumption that students are completely unfamiliar with this academic space, you are providing a more equitable space of learning and engagement for everyone. My goal for the year is to develop programs and resources with GSRC to help first-gen students thrive in this academic space.

Fun Fact: Swans mate for life.

Advice for Current Graduate Students: Have a life outside of your studies. Work-life balance doesn't just happen, it takes effort.

 

Lucy

Department/Program: MPH, Health Policy and Management

Committee Role: Financial Wellness Consultant

Why are you passionate about your role on Programming Committee?  Financial wellness is essential to one's overall well-being. I feel it is important to be mindful of spending/saving habits and holistically look at one's financial situation to plan for the future I am eager to help students feel confident in their finances, and provide them with tools to help them feel in control over their financial situation! 
Fun Fact: I am a Phoenix, Arizona native, and just recently moved out of state for the first time to California!

Fun Fact: I am a Phoenix, Arizona native, and just recently moved out of state for the first time to California!

Advice for Current Graduate Students: *Schedule an appointment to meet with a financial wellness graduate student consultant 1:1: https://www.financialwellness.ucla.edu/Make-An-Appointment.

 

Rumsha

Department/Program: MURP, Urban and Regional Planning

Committee Role: Program Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion

Why are you passionate about your role on Programming Committee?  I am excited about Diversity and Inclusion because it celebrates and centers the strengths of UCLA's campus. Through my work, I hope to offer underserved and underrepresented graduate students and sense of community and belonging.

Fun Fact: I used to DJ/emcee open mic nights and slam poetry competitions.

Advice for Current Graduate Students: Prioritize time for things that keep you grounded.

 

Valentina

Department/Program:

Committee Role: Financial Wellness Consultant

Why are you passionate about your role on Programming Committee?  I am passionate about financial wellness because it's directly related to one's physical, emotional and social wellness. I want to help other students at UCLA achieve financial wellness so that they are positioned to succeed in all areas of their lives.

Fun Fact: I was born and raised in Hawaii until I was ten years old.

Advice for Current Graduate Students: I don't have much advice to give because I haven't started my own grad program yet! But, I would advise any student in a quarter system to stay on task and keep up with their assignments and responsibilities on a weekly basis. 10 weeks will pass by super quickly! 

*Schedule an appointment to meet with a financial wellness graduate student consultant 1:1:  https://www.financialwellness.ucla.edu/Make-An-Appointment