April 2020 Newsletter

Event Information

GSA General Assembly Meeting
When: Wednesday, April 1, 5:30 PM
Where: Via Zoom

The GSA will hold a special meeting to make up for the cancellation of the regular meeting of March 25th. This and the remainder of the 2019-2020 assembly meetings will take place virtually through Zoom. The Zoom meeting will open at 5:15 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.

CMHC Surviving Graduate School Workshops

When: Until May 8, Fridays 1-2 PM, via Zoom

RSVP: Via this form 

For more information: See the website 

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),

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

The workshop is interactive, and participants will be asked to practice what is learned in their daily lives. Participating requires you to enroll and commit to attending all 4 workshop modules, which can be completed in any order. This means you can start at any time of the semester.

COVID-19 Event Cancellations

Due to precautions taken to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the following events which were previously published via this newsletter have been cancelled:

  • Fitness classes, including those sponsored by the GSA health agency

  • GSA happy hours in April and May

  • Sustainability on Tap

GSA Announcements


COVID-19 Related Updates from the GSA

Click here to view a message from our executive alliance with updates about how recent actions taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 will affect graduate students, and for a list of University resources for those affected. 


Remote Instruction Resources

The Faculty Innovation Center has compiled resources for instruction on campus as we transition to online teaching. Check them out on their website!

Graduate Student Mentoring Survey 

How to participate: Online survey (about 10 minutes)


The Graduate Student Mentoring Committee is a group of more than 30 UT faculty and staff dedicated to improving the quality of graduate student mentoring at UT. We are working in partnership with the Faculty Innovation Center and Graduate Career & Professional Development from Texas Career Engagement to collect data and generate recommendations on current cultures and practices of graduate mentoring across UT. Please take a few minutes to weigh in so we can integrate your ideas, stories, and suggestions into the recommendations. All responses will remain confidential. 


Community Engagement


Speak and Be Counted-Census 2020

Complete the census: mail in, phone, or online 

Every ten years, the U.S. federal government takes a tally of population. These counts set our political representation, infrastructure investment, healthcare, and most importantly, educational plans, including grants and loans. This matters if you are a domestic student, international student, or undocumented student. Your data is protected and cannot be shared.

UT Austin Oral-Communication Investigation 

For more information: Contact Danielle Werle via email

Survey link: Take survey online here (20-25 minutes)


If you are a TA or AI with experience in evaluating student oral presentations, consider participating in this study of oral communication skills and the factors that influence listener perceptions of different speakers. This research is being conducted by Danielle Werle, a doctoral candidate in CSD, and has been approved by the Office of Research Support (2015-05-0044). 

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!