A big part of GSC's work every year centers around funding. We receive an annual budget for fun things like coffee socials and bowling, but also for reallocation to SU graduate students, student organizations, enriching academic programs and events that promote community among our graduate student body all the while upholding the mission and values of our university. Anyone can apply for funding, and the process is very straightforward. See our funding page for more information!
The following post recounts a recent event that the GSC helped fund.
Elia Grenier, SDA Internship & Networking Chair
On February 5th about 100 graduate students, NASPA Undergraduate
Fellows, and student affairs professionals braved the traffic of 700, 000
parade-attending Seahawks fans to participate in the 10th Annual
SDA Internship & Networking Fair, held in the LeRoux Room in the Student
Center. Professionals represented 17 different institutions and spent the hour
and a half speaking with students from four graduate programs as well as NASPA
fellows. Students made connections with regional professionals, and several have
secured or further discussed internship opportunities with professionals from
the fair. We received positive feedback on post-fair evaluations even from
those who were not seeking internships: “I
enjoyed being able to attend and network and reconnect with many people. I have
completed my internship and will graduate in June. But I was glad that the door
was open for all students and participants to attend and engage in networking!”
This year was unique to past years due to the intentional
inclusion of NASPA Undergraduate Fellows. Three SDA graduate students hosted a
prep session before the fair specifically for the Fellows, and as some of the
Fellows have applied to the SDA program for graduate school, the fair was a
great opportunity to give them a taste of the grad school experience. One of
the site supervisors wrote after the fair that “As
a former NUF myself, it was great to see SDA embrace the growth and development
of the NUFs on your campus.”
Over a dozen alumni of the SDA
program attended, so it was a great opportunity for graduate students to see
the diversity of professional roles available to them after graduating from the
program. This event continues to be a hallmark event for the SDA program to
connect with regional professionals and showcase the strength and talents of
Seattle University’s graduate students.
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