From: Graduate Student Council
Date: October 3, 2023
Subject: GSC Newsletter

Dear Graduate Student,

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October GSC General Assembly (GA) meeting

Join the Graduate Student Council at our General Assembly meeting Wednesday (Oct. 4) to discuss what we've been up to! All graduate and professional students are welcome to attend. Free food will be provided.

Please RSVP either in person or virtually so we have enough food and drink for all students coming in person. The meetings occur every first Wednesday of the month and are from 5:30-6:30pm in Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall.

A contemporary take on Latina/o/x mental health

Please join Dr. Gabriela Sehinkman, PhD candidate Elisa Borrero, and MSW Candidate Valeria Stutz for a panel about contemporary mental health issues in Latina/o/x communities. Cookies will be served, and please feel free to bring your lunch. The panel will take place at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (11235 Bellflower Rd) from 12:45 - 1:45 pm.


Squat Competition

For this semester's mock single-lift event, CWRU Lifts will be hosting a squat competition! Whether you're a seasoned lifter or new to the squat game, this competition welcomes all fitness enthusiasts. Snacks, coffee, goodie bags, and an after-party will be provided! The event will occur on Saturday, November 11, 11am-6pm, at Veale Athletic Center.

Looking for Engineering Masters and PhD students

The Office of Professional Programs (OPP) is looking for current Engineering Masters/PhD students in all disciplines to volunteer to talk to prospective Engineering Masters/PhD students both at in-person and virtual events. For each webinar, the audience and theme will be different. Topics will range from the application process, research opportunities/experience, campus groups, internships, and Cleveland. We are also looking for Engineering volunteers to pose for a photoshoot, to update content on the CSE website. All are encouraged to volunteer. Thank you 

CWRU Flu Vaccine Clinic

Beginning Wednesday (September 27, 2023), there will be a series of free flu vaccine clinics at the Tinkham Veale University Center (TVUC). University ID must be shown. Appointments or registration are not required. More info here:

If none of the TVUC times work for you, there will also be clinics at the Health Education Campus (HEC):

School of Medicine Diversity Engagement Survey

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students – The School of Medicine is launching a Diversity Engagement Survey to assist us on how best to structure the school’s diversity and inclusion efforts. In order to solve a problem, it must first be understood. We must understand where we are now—what our baseline is—to build the sense of belonging that promotes academic excellence in the School of Medicine. That is why it is critically important that everyone in the School of Medicine complete the survey. Your responses will help shape the future by letting us know the steps needed to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment where everyone can thrive, contribute, and excel. This 26-item survey describes the inclusiveness of our academic learning environment and defines our strengths and areas for improvement. Part two of the survey seeks demographic information to help our diversity planning efforts. Responses will only be reported in aggregate form, will not be provided to any unauthorized parties, and will not contain any information that would permit the identification of an individual. The deadline for completing the survey is Oct. 3. Completing the survey takes approximately 10 minutes. The Diversity Engagement Survey was developed in 2011 through a partnership between the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and CWRU School of Medicine have joined many other academic medical centers using this survey to measure and assess inclusion in academic medicine. We appreciate your time in taking this very important survey and your support for this crucial initiative. Please complete this survey today. Link: Thank you! Stan Gerson, MD Dean and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

Seeking graduate students interested in becoming advisors and panel members for the Office of Equity

The Office of Equity, which is the Office of the Title IX Coordinator, and which supports students and employees experiencing discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and gender-based violence, is seeking to train interested undergraduate and graduate students to serve as Advisors and Panel Members. You can read more about these roles here. If interested, please complete the interest form here. Thank you.

University spirit committee

The Office of Student Activities & Leadership is revamping the University Spirit Committee and just received the support of the interim VP of Student Affairs Peter Whiting.

We believe this committee is important as it aims to promote school spirit, engagement in the community, and an overall sense of pride in CWRU. They are looking for individuals who are passionate about spreading Spartan spirit and increasing engagement. The committee will meet every other Friday from 10-11am on Zoom. The next meeting is 10/13.

Contact Heather Willis if you are interested at

Register to Vote!

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) would like to first congratulate everyone on finishing their first month of classes. As we start a new academic year, it is important to remember the importance of being aware of current issues and being part of major decisions. It is voting season in Ohio and some significant issues are being addressed. GSC encourages everyone, regardless of political views, to consider voting this season, as your voice matters on these issues.  
Here are some important dates to keep in mind if you are interested in participating in the Ohio General Elections this season;

Timeline for Registering to Vote:
Opens: NOW
Closes: October 10th, 2023 at 9:00 p.m.  
Early In-Person Voting:
Opens: October 11th, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
Closes: November 5th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.  
Absentee Voting By Mail:
Opens: October 11th, 2023 at 8:00 a.m.
Closes: November 6th, 2023 (Postmark Deadline)  
Election Day Voting:
Opens: November 7th, 2023 at 6:30 a.m.
Closes: November 7th, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.  

If you want to register to vote in Ohio, follow this link here: Register to Vote  
A calendar of important dates with more information can be found here: Calendar Link  
Information about how absentee voting works can be found here: Absentee Voting  
More information about what Ohio issues will be voted on can be found here: Statewide Issues  
If you are planning on registering and voting in another state, here is a link to find more information about your state’s election process:



Graduate Student Study Carrel Lottery @ KSL

Case Western Reserve University graduate students are encouraged to apply for the Kelvin Smith Library study carrel lottery. The study carrels offer a space to work quietly and conduct research. Each carrel includes two locking upper bins to store materials during the academic year. Apply for a carrel at . Please note that the link will go live at midnight on Monday, October 2 and close at midnight on Friday, October 13th. The deadline to apply for the carrel lottery is Fri, 10/13. Those selected will be notified after the deadline. Contact Library Administration at 216.368.2992 or with any questions or for more information.

Woodhill Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Spruce Up Days

Interested in community redevelopment? Woodhill Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is seeking volunteers for our Spruce Up Days to help paint, plant some greenery, do garden work, and more! The dates are Tuesday, September 26 at Wamelink & Steinway and Tuesday, October 10 at 109th St. & Notre Dame. Two half-shifts are available each day: 9am-1pm and 12pm-3pm. Sign up at this link:


CBTA 2023 Professional Development Conference

In collaboration with the CWRU School of Medicine Graduate Education Office, the Lerner Trainee Association, BME Graduate Student Association, and Association of Biomedical and Chemical Engineers (CSU) are hosting a conference focused on providing resources for trainees to develop themselves for their future careers. This multi-day event consists of panels of multidisciplinary experts, hands-on workshops with experts in resumes, CVs and LinkedIn, sessions on topics ranging from scientific writing to mentor/mentee communication, and more. Following the first two days of training, there will be a career networking session and an additional career focused panel on November 10th. This is an opportunity to meet and network with companies that are interested in hiring graduate students and postdocs. All sessions will be held in the Tinkham Veale University Center Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Grand Ballrooms A, B, C. The Conference will consist of 2 days of training and 1 day of networking: Thursday, October 19th 9-5pm - Professional Development Training Sessions Friday, October 20th 9-4pm - Personal Development Training Sessions Friday, November 10th 11-5pm - Career Networking Sessions This event is open to all trainees interested in furthering professional development, regardless of discipline. Join us for a one-stop shop for everything trainee professional, personal, and career development!


Meet the GSC Executive Board

Each week, we will introduce two to four GSC Executive Board members. Today, we present the Co-Vice Presidents of Marketing and Communication.

Gaby Cuconato (she/her)
Vice President of Marketing and Communication
Weatherhead School of Management
PhD in Organizational Behavior

Why did you join the GSC Executive Board?
I joined the GSC Executive Board because I believe we all have a role in improving our community. As the VP of Marketing and Communication, working with the board, TC Eley in the Marketing and Communication position, and the Graduate Student Life office, I want to support other graduate students through their programs.

What do you hope to accomplish in your role at GSC? Are there any specific projects or changes you're excited to work on?
As the GSC is a governing body that serves as a voice for graduate students, communication and transparency are crucial. So, I hope to foster a more connected and engaged graduate student body by facilitating effective communication channels. Our weekly newsletter is a highlight for me, offering a comprehensive overview of key information and fun events for grad students. I also hope to engage with graduate students through social media platforms, where we will share important updates and upcoming events, and showcase the events in real-time, fostering a sense of community and belongingness. So, catch up with us in our newsletter and get ready for a great year!

What are you looking forward to this academic year?
As a Ph.D. candidate and Adjunct Faculty at Weatherhead, I'm excited about the prospect of engaging in teaching and research activities throughout the year, along with more active social involvement in graduate student affairs through my role in GSC, and getting to know other graduate students. 
Personally, I can’t wait for Fall and Winter - coming from a country without seasons, it’s been a pleasure these last couple of years to experience the leaves changing, the cold weather, and the snow. So I am looking forward to it! 

TC Eley (he/him)
Vice President of Marketing and Communication
Weatherhead School of Management
PhD in Information Systems

Why did you join the GSC Executive Board?
Last year I was a GSC Representative for the Weatherhead School of Management, where I experienced the importance of clear communication between the GSC Executive Board, GSC Representatives, and the general graduate and professional student body. So, when no one ran for the position after two elections, I decided to run for the position with Gaby Cuconato so that this year we can have clear, reliable, and transparent communication about what happens at GSC. 

What do you hope to accomplish in your role at GSC? Are there any specific projects or changes you're excited to work on?
Building on my previous answer, I hope to reliably communicate with the GSC Representatives and graduate and professional students by continuing the newsletter (which comes out every Tuesday that is not a holiday), including more information on social media (e.g., Instagram and Facebook), and posting events on Campus Groups in advance of the event. I hope to increase transparency by posting meeting minutes of GSC General Assembly meetings on the GSC website and providing a link to the meeting minutes at the bottom of the newsletters. Additionally, I think it would be nice to have a GSC logo that is more connected to the university. To that end, Gaby and I will be forming a committee to design alternative logos and visual languages for GSC.

What are you looking forward to this academic year?
I am looking forward to going on two trips that are connected to sharing research that I am doing for my PhD. I am also looking forward to hosting more Tea & Chocolate Club events for the graduate and professional student body (check us out on Campus Groups and consider becoming a member if you like tea and/or chocolate).




October GA

Wednesday, October 4, 2023
5:30pm - 6:30pm
Toepfer Room-Adelbert Hall, Tinkham Veale University Center 11038 Bellflower Road, Room 150 , Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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