From: Michelle Gotto
Date: September 8, 2022
Subject: GCAS September Newsletter

GCAS Statement On Dobbs Decision

The executive committee of the Graduate Council for Arts & Sciences supports the right to reproductive freedom and stands in solidarity with reproductive justice movements. We believe that all people should have the right to determine when, whether, and how to form their families, and to raise their children in supportive communities, free from violence, neglect, and environmental hazards. 

In the coming months, GCAS will be creating a page on our website with resources that both assist our members in accessing these services (the full spectrum of reproductive care, resources for parents, etc); and/or ways for members to get involved in supporting these movements. If you have any specific needs you would like to see addressed, please contact us at

Building a GCAS Community

This year, the Graduate Council for Arts & Sciences aims to build a stronger community across disciplines. It's not a secret to say that the last few years have been, well, a dumpster-fire. As we emerge from hiding and play our favorite seasonal game of "Is it allergies or is it Covid?," maybe we can also forge new connections and collaborations, and find ways to support each other.

So, if your department has a great colloquia speaker coming, let us know! Tell us about your upcoming art show or theater production! Defending your dissertation and need some friendly faces in the crowd? We'll be there! We spend a lot of time in our own bubbles - let's branch out and support each other. Email Michelle Gotto and your upcoming event will be in the next newsletter or special email! 


Send a Student Rep to the GCAS Board Meeting!

GCAS will hold it's first Executive Board Meeting next Thursday, September 15th from 5pm-7pm in Classroom 134B at the Tink. 

We hope to have one student representative from each CAS department in attendance for these meetings--the goal is for that rep to report concerns to us, and to then report back to your fellow students/graduate group any updates from us!

We will be reaching out to as many student reps as possible in the coming days!



Health Check-in

GCAS wants to hear from you and how you're doing. We've created a four question survey to try to 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're 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.
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

Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity

The mission of the Office for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity is to provide support and guidance and to promote equitable and fair treatment in employment, education, and other aspects of campus life. The office serves as a resource to the university in the interpretation, understanding, and application of federal and state equal opportunity and affirmative action laws and regulations. 


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.

Quote of the Month

"Revolution is not a one-time event" - Audre Lorde

Trivia Question

You may have seen (or heard!) fighter jets racing through the skies over Cleveland last weekend, as the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels were in town for the annual Cleveland Air Show. These F/A-18s can reach speeds up to 700 mph. What is the closest the planes get to each other during demonstrations? 

The first person to send the correct answer to us at will receive a $10 gift card. The winner (and the answer) will be announced in the October newsletter, along with next month's question. Good luck! 

Our team represents the needs and concerns of the Arts & Sciences graduate students to both the Graduate Student Council and the A&S administration. We 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


Ray Garner

Cameron Griffith


Mercy Amankwah


Emerson Page

Information Officer:

Michelle Gotto


Aneesha Avasthi

GSC Representative:

Kyle LaFollette

DEI Officer:

Doroteja Rubez


GCAS Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, September 15, 2022
5:00pm - 7:00pm
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This is the monthly meeting for GCAS Officers and Departmental Representatives. Anyone else is welcome to join as well.