Notes from the VP External

VP External: Kimberly McCabe

Welcome

Hello, and welcome from the GSA external affairs team!

Our job is to advocate for the interests of UCSD graduate and professional students to numerous off-campus organizations. These include UC Office of the President, the Board of Regents, the UC Students Association, the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS), Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE), and local and national elected officials.

In addition to advocating on behalf of graduate and professional students, the External team also works to get grads involved in the advocacy process through lobby visits, voter registration, and informative (and fun) events.

If you have any interest in student advocacy, don't hesitate to send any of us an email.

Who We Are

Kimberly McCabe, Vice President of External Affairs

vpexternal@gsa.ucsd.edu

Beverly French, Legislative Liaison (LL) for National Affairs

us.legislative@gsa.ucsd.edu

Anupam Garg, Legislative Liaison (LL) for State and Local Affairs

ca.legislative@gsa.ucsd.edu

Lobby Corps

Where We Are Going

The Office of External Affairs will be hosting or attending a number of venues to advocate on behalf of graduate student interests.

  • Lobby visits to local representative offices, organized by your Legislative Liaisons. These visits are an important opportunity for graduate students to meet face-to-face with California‚Äôs politicians and policymakers on issues ranging from science funding to graduate student quality of life. Participation is open to all UCSD Graduate Students. If you are interested in learning more about our advocacy efforts, please contact the VP of External Affairs at vpexternal@gsa.ucsd.edu, or the Legislative Liason for State and Local Affairs at ca.legislative@ucsd.edu. When: Legislative Advocacy Committee meetings will take place once a month starting in the fall.
  • Our external team will be visiting Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of graduate students with the Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE) and National Association for Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS). In concert with other institutions around the nation, we speak to legislators on issues from research funding and student indebtedness to open access and international student issues. When: September 2017, March 2018.

Legislative Advocacy Committee

Are you interested in becoming involved in policy?

Do you want to gain experience and training in lobbying and policy?

Do you want to meet directly with legislators on the national, state, and local levels to advocate for issues that affect you as a graduate student?

UCSD Graduate Student Association (GSA) Legislative Advocacy Committee (formerly known as Lobby Corps) exists because GSA believes that we need graduate students to advocate for higher education on behalf of fellow graduate students on the local, state, and national level. The issues we have focused on in the past include: research funding, stipend levels, affordable housing, campus safety, and immigration among others.

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6 pm on the 4th floor of Price Center in the GSA offices.

Fall 2017 meetings:

  • October 10th
  • November 14th
  • December 12th

For more information or to get involved, email your VP External, Kimberly McCabe, at vpexternal@gsa.ucsd.edu