From: Cameron Griffith
Date: February 2, 2022
Subject: GCAS February Newsletter

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

Dean Ward is holding a graduate student forum to address the questions and concerns you have on February 10 from 4-5 PM on Zoom (Zoom link here). Representatives from other offices will be in attendance, including Graduate Student Life, Graduate Professional Development, and several associate deans. To aid in preparations for the forum, GCAS is collecting questions in advance. Please submit your questions here. All questions and concerns are completely anonymous.

Grad Student Forum for the College of Arts and Sciences

February 16th, 6-7pm EST in Crawford, Rm 09A and also virtually

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. 

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.

Winter Hikes

Did you know that you can still explore the Cleveland Metroparks and many other reservations and parks in the greater Cleveland area year-round? Strap up your boots, throw on some extra layers and explore some of your favorite local parks as you've never done before.

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


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. Join us on Nov. 4th for Dr. Wills discussion on Structural racism and its impact on mental healthcare.


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.

Cleveland Public Theatre Presents Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation

Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation follows one woman’s journey to self-discovery through the stories of three prominent women who were members of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Movement. This high-energy movement piece with poetry, monologues, dance, and song explores the dilemmas, obstacles, and joy of African American Women, chronicling the lifelong pursuit of justice by some of the founding women of the Civil Rights Movement. A choreopoem built upon extensive research and collaboration with a cohort of Black artists, Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation, touches on the core of the human condition and celebrates Black women. Get your tickets here.
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

"If no mistake you have made, losing you are. A different game you should play." -Yoda

Trivia Question

What was the coldest recorded temperature and day in Cleveland? A $10 gift card will be sent to one random student who can answer this correctly and send it to Cameron Griffith by February 11th.
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