A group of graduate students in the School of Engineering is helping build a more positive environment for students to learn, work and thrive in the school.
It’s called the Dean’s Graduate Student Advisory Council (DGSAC) and, in its first year, has made major progress in advocating for engineering graduate students at Stanford.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to work with this group of students,” said Lourdes Andrade, who oversees student groups as the school’s director of Equity and Inclusion Initiatives. “They are working hard to elevate the voices of all graduate students in the School of Engineering, and to work in coordination with the school’s deans and chairs to make inroads on the issues that affect our student community and are important to all of us.”
The council is composed of 20 students, ideally two from each of the school’s nine departments and the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering. Its charge is to coordinate efforts to address the issues that are important to graduate students across the school. Its main focus is to help increase transparency and communication between graduate students and school leadership, as well as to inform decision making.
In the coming weeks, the council will welcome its newest members and begin the challenging task of advocating for students during the academic year.