From: Cameron Griffith
Date: January 10, 2022
Subject: GCAS January Newsletter

Grad Student Forum for the College of Arts and Sciences

January 19th, 6-7pm EST Via Zoom

This forum is for graduate students to voice any questions, concerns, and thoughts. If you have any specific questions, please email them to Cameron Griffith or Ray Garner. We will post notes from this forum to the GCAS Campus Group page. To register and obtain the zoom link for this event click here.

GCAS Constitution

Want to be highlighted in the GCAS Newsletter?
The GCAS team is looking to highlight a few different groups and organizations each month and if you would like to be one of those highlighted please email Yu-Hao Sun. Give us a brief description of what your group is about and the events coming up in the next month. 

Mental Health Webinar on January 27th at 11:30-12:30 pm on zoom

University Health & Counseling Services will be presenting a mental health webinar on January 27 at 11:30-12:30 via zoom (link to be coming soon). This is to help address some of the concerns addressed in the Health Check-In.

Forum with Dean Ward on Thursday, February 10 from 4-5 pm

Dean Ward is looking to hold a graduate forum to address any questions or concerns you have as a grad student both indivudually or collectively. Other offices will also be in attendace as well to help with more directed questions. If you are unable to attend or would like to ask questions in advance please add your anonymous questions and concerns here.

Health Check-in

GCAS wants to hear from you and how you are doing. We've created a four question survey to try and assess how you are coping during the first couple months back on campus. This is completely anonymous and meant to give the College of Arts and Science a rough idea on how you are handling things. Click here to take the survey.

Curious about what to do in and around Cleveland?

Two great resources we recommend is This is Cleveland and International Student Services (ISS) Bucket List. This is Cleveland gives a list of all the events happening in and around Cleveland. So if you're looking for a concert to go to or a touring art exhibit they will have all the details. ISS Bucket List gives a list of some things to do and places to visit before you graduate.


No Snow Required! Experience the icy thrill of tobogganing at The Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation, 16200 Valley Parkway Strongsville, OH 44136, located on Valley Parkway between Routes 42 and 82 in Strongsville (a short distance from both I-71 and the Ohio Turnpike). The twin, 700-foot refrigerated ice chutes operate with or without snow through early March, weather permitting. Reservations required.

Counseling Options Available
The University has launched CWRU Care, a 24/7 service to connect quickly online with counselors regarding specific issues free of charge. Additional therapy sessions and support spaces are also available to all students



The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) works to develop an inclusive CWRU community, one that supports all students, respects and celebrates their identities, and facilitates their success.
Grad Student Moms Support Group

This group is intended to be a supportive and educational group for moms in grad and/or professional school. Finding a balance in the various identities we wear is difficult, and we hope to provide a space free from judgment while we figure this out together. For more details call 216.368.5872 or email Brita Thielen.

Quote of the Month

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” - Neil Gaiman

Trivia Question

How many recorded times has the Cuyahoga River caught fire? A $10 gift card will be sent to one random student who can answer this correctly and send it to Cameron Griffith by January 19th.
Our team represents the Arts & Sciences graduate students needs and concerns to the Graduate Student Council and the A&S administration. We also host professional development events, publicize news you would like shared beyond your department, and provide a forum for discussion on ways to improve graduate student life.

Exec Board


Cameron Griffith

Ray Garner


Arvind Singh Heer


Ellyn Evans

Information Officer:

Yu-Hao Sun


Aneesha Avasthi

GSC Representative:

Vivek Saraswat