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October 2020 Newsletter

Event Information

October GSA General Assembly Meetings
Wednesday, October 7th & 21st, 5:30 PM 
Check [gsamemebers] list serve for zoom link or send us an email at for access

This and the remainder of the 2020 assembly meetings will take place virtually through Zoom. The Zoom meeting will open at 5:20 pm to allow for troubleshooting and testing prior to the call to order at 5:30 pm CST. We recommend that GSA voting representatives change their names in Zoom to reflect their name and department that they represent. All GSA meetings are public; virtual meetings are no exception and will be recorded by the host to be posted on the GSA website.

GSA Announcements


Register to vote!

The deadline to register to vote or to update your address in Texas is Monday, October 5th, 2020. You can check your registration status and register to vote using this link . Additionally, voter registration can now be initiated via text by texting the word “register” to 48683 (IVOTE) and get a link to fill out a voter registration form online. The registrar’s office then mails voters the filled-out form, which they then only have to sign, date and put in the mail using a postage-paid envelope.  

The early voting window is from Tuesday, October 13th, 2020 to Friday, October 30th, 2020. We have confirmed that there will be two polling locations on campus at Gregory Gym and the Flawn Academic Center. Students are advised, however, to vote on campus only if they live nearby or are already coming to campus. If you are working remotely, it would be better to vote in your own area so that the campus locations are not overcrowded. UT employees are allowed to use work time to vote as per the Time Off to Vote Policy.

Passed Legislation

J.R. 20-02 A Joint Resolution in Support of The Addition of an X Gender Marker in the UT System 

There is a need for non-binary and intersex students, staff, and faculty at UT to be recognized and respected. In a group of surveyed students, many reflected that “non-binary and transgender students and faculty deserve the same rights to feel safe and welcomed on this campus”. The addition of an X gender marker to the Registrar’s identification information system is a step towards recognizing the non-binary and intersex folks at UT while also affecting the highest number of databases at UT Austin. The ability for a UT affiliate to change their gender marker to M, F, or X should be available as an extension of the Gender and Sexuality Center’s current UT Name Change service. 


Mindfulness workshop

Thursday Oct 1 5:30-6PM

In this workshop a graduate student in clinical psychology will offer a perspective on how  mindfulness might be helpful during graduate school.  This workshop will involve a brief discussion of existing research on mindfulness, an introduction to a particular conceptualization of mindfulness, and an introduction to one approach for practicing mindfulness (which will include some actual practice). email for zoom link


Improve Your Sleep Workshop

Thursday Oct 8 5:30-6PM 

In this workshop a graduate student in clinical psychology will review the research on sleep, discuss effective strategies to address sleep concerns, and answer questions about improving/maintaining sleep in graduate school. email for zoom link


Community Announcements:

The University of Texas Libraries 

Fourth Annual Graduate Research Showcase on October 29, 2020. This virtual poster session is an opportunity for UT graduate students to practice presenting their work, to receive feedback about their research, and to e-meet other graduate student scholars. This year, in addition to electronic posters, we also welcome creative contributions such as music, poetry, art work, or short performances.

  • Event Details:

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020, 1:00-3:30pm

  • Via Zoom (link will be distributed to presenters/attendees later)

Both new posters and posters previously accepted at disciplinary conferences will be considered. Incomplete work is acceptable, but must include a research question and proposed methodology, at minimum. Presenters also have the option to upload or link to a video of their presentation (e.g. on YouTube or Vimeo). Students should send submissions to by 5:00pm, October 16th.

Research opportunity:
Parents of young children in the U.S. are invited to participate in a research study about their daily parenting experiences during the current time of stay-at-home orders and social distancing. If you are (1) over the age of 18, (2) the parent or guardian of a child under age 5, and (3) currently living with your young child, please contact the Family Resiliency Project staff at the University of Texas at Austin at our email address (  Visit our website for more information ( and please share with friends or family that may be eligible.

Archer Graduate Program in Public Policy

The Archer Center’s Graduate Archer Fellowship Program brings graduate students (masters, doctoral, Ph.D., M.D., J.D) from University of Texas System universities to our nation’s capital for a summer session. Archer Fellows have the opportunity to learn about policymaking and public service through a full-time professional internship and classroom experiences. With the array of government, media, research and cultural institutions in Washington, D.C., students have unparalleled access to seasoned professionals and subject matter experts. As Archer Fellows, students utilize the skills and knowledge developed at their home campuses to address real domestic and global issues we are facing the nation today.

Read more extensively about the program here, reach out to an alum ( or, or attend an info session. Please visit to RSVP for one of the sessions listed below. Students who have RSVP’d will receive a zoom link to the session by email.

  • Friday, October 9, 2020; 12:00-1:30 p.m. CST

  • Wednesday, October 21, 2020; 2:00-3:30 p.m. CST 


Net Impact

We're excited to launch our Brown Bag Series about different career pathways within social impact. Each session will include a deep dive with 2nd years and recent alums in the focus area. See the flyer below for specifics and be sure to RSVP on the master calendar.

  • Nonprofit/Nonprofit Consulting - Friday, October 9, 12:00-12:45 p.m. CST

  • Government/Public Sector - Friday, October 23, 12:00-12:45 p.m. CST


Surviving Grad School

Skills for managing your emotional well-being during graduate school.

Please note this workshop section is only for graduate students.

Fridays (September 25 - November 13) 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. CST

Facilitators: Joey Hannah and Julia Chafkin

In this free 4-session workshop series, participants learn concepts and skills for:

  • regulating emotions when they feel out of control,

  • communication skills for building healthy relationships,

  • managing time, sleep, and energy (includes mindfulness skills),

  • and having a healthier relationship with your emotions and acting on your values.

This workshop series is primarily informational with brief group discussions about the skills. Participants are asked to attend the workshop series for 4 weeks in a row. Since the modules can be completed in any order, students can start the workshop at any time of the semester.


Underpaid at UT 

Zoom Town Hall Meeting on Monday, October 5th,  6:00 p.m.  CST

During the town hall we will introduce our organization and mission, present our upcoming actions and initiatives, and brainstorm among comrades about how we can best address UT graduate student labor concerns. At the end we will share information on how you can get plugged into our community and upcoming projects. If you're interested in joining us, please provide your email in this survey and we will send you the meeting information. We would love to see you there!


Cru Grads

We are a community of graduate and law students at UT connecting deeply with God, one another, our calling, and the mission of helping others do the same. Everyone is welcome. We meet on Wednesdays over Zoom. Get in touch through Facebook!


Sustainability on Tap (Careers Edition!) 

Thursday, October 8 5:00 – 6:30pm 

Join us for a remix of Sustainability on Tap (Careers Edition!) where you will not only hear from grad students as they showcase their sustainability or environmental research, project, or passion, but you’ll also hear from six UT advanced-degree alumni as they share their career journeys in sustainability.

We’re looking for grad student presenters! Showcase your sustainability or environmental research, project, or passion to your peers in three easy minutes. All you need is five PowerPoint slides, an environmental/social sustainability angle, and a sense of fun. Any and all presentation ideas are welcome! Priority given to submissions received by September 25th.  Submit your presentation idea or register to attend.


Grad InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Texas Grad Intervarsity Christian Fellowship is a community of graduate and professional students seeking to grow closer to God together. For more
information visit our website: or email


Convergence Bible Study

Weekly on Wednesdays from 6-7pm 


First Year Community Group

Saturday October 3 @ 2 pm in Zilker Park

Fill out our contact form and we'll get in touch with you!  

Jesus and Politics Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 15 @ 7pm

Register at:

Stay Connected

Check out our website to see a full calendar listing of events and office hours, join the GSA mailing list: search for [gsamembers], or submit your events for the next newsletter!

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