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To our Ohio State Community

Posted: April 28, 2021

We are writing to you to clarify the circulation of a recent petition calling on the Ohio State University to sever its ties with the Columbus Division of Police. We recognize that lack of clarity and miscommunication about and on behalf of CGS has created a harmful situation. We want to provide a clear and transparent timeline of what happened.

CGS Statement Against Asian Hate

Posted: March 25, 2021

CGS stands in solidarity with the Asian and Asian American members of our Ohio State community, and we implore each and every graduate student to do the same. Each and every one of us must speak out when we witness any discrimination rooted in racial bigotry against any group at Ohio State.

Statement on Violence at the Capitol

Posted: January 9, 2021

Today we, the CGS Executive Board, join the many American voices denouncing the recent displays of hate, violence, and white supremacy that desecrated the halls of Congress and threatened the bedrock of our democracy. While the insurrection that attempted to derail our electoral process failed and the 2020 presidential results were certified, there is much work to be done to repair the trust in our democratic processes. 

A moment of gratitude: End of semester letter - Autumn 2020

Posted: December 1, 2020

December 1, 2020

Dear Ohio State Graduate Students,

As we approach the end of the autumn 2020 semester, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for your tireless work, flexibility, and understanding during these times. The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many facets of life for our community, and this semester has been very challenging. Nonetheless, we came together, and through our strong resilience, we’ve reached the conclusion of a semester like no other. 

In our autumn 2020 welcome email, we mentioned the rich tradition and excellence of The Ohio State University persists, and we committed to advocating for the advancement of the graduate student experience as we embarked on this new academic year—and we did just that. Throughout this semester, in collaboration with numerous university administrators, we were able to increase the annual stipend for graduate students, establish the new graduate/ professional student ombudsperson effective spring 2021, and made significant strides with student family housing efforts, among many other initiatives to advance graduate education and the graduate student experience.

Now, as you begin to wrap up your semester, we would like to share a short video with you. We hope that as you take time to relax and reflect over the next few weeks you will also take some time to express gratitude and spread some kindness to those who have positively influenced you this semester. The Office of Student Life Kindness Initiative is an easy way to send messages of gratitude and thanks to those internal and external to Ohio State.

We couldn’t be more proud of the advocacy, flexibility, commitment, and adaptability of each of you—and for that, we say THANK YOU! Additionally, we would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to CGS Advisor Kerry Hodak, Teresa Kempton-Dray from the Office of Student Life, President Kristina Johnson, Provost Bruce McPheron, Dr. Melissa Shivers from the Office of Student Life, Dean Alicia Bertone, Dr. Bern Melnyk from the Office of the Chief Wellness Officer, and the many faculty members, advisors, graduate program coordinators, and other members of the Buckeye community for their collaboration and contributions in helping us all make it through this semester. 

COVID-19 Related Reminders

  • Ohio State employees who are able to telework are strongly encouraged to do so until further notice. Please connect with your supervisor to establish a plan of action. Additional information can be found on the Office of Human Resources website.

  • The state of Ohio remains under a statewide curfew. Everyone should be in their home between 10:00pm and 5:00am until further notice. There are exemptions for individuals deemed essential workers and for other responsibilities and more information can be found on the Ohio Department of Health website.

  • In conjunction with Franklin County becoming level purple on the State Advisory System, Franklin County and the city of Columbus is under a Stay at Home Order until further notice. More information can be found on the Franklin County Public Health website.

  • Ohio State will begin the first two-weeks of the spring 2021 semester virtually.

35th Annual Hayes Research Forum
The 2021 Hayes Research Forum will take place on Friday, April 9th in a completely virtual format. Students may submit an abstract via the CGS website beginning December 1, 2020. Learn more at: cgs.osu.edu/hayes-forum

Graduate Student Engagement Fund
Recognizing the broad impacts of COVID-19, CGS has created a new grant program for university departments and support units to host socially distanced programming and events to support overall mental, emotional, and social wellbeing of graduate students. Departments can apply for funding at go.osu.edu/EngagedGrad.

2020-2021 CGS Grants
CGS – in partnership with the Office of Outreach and Engagement, Office of Student Life, Office of Research, and Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) – is pleased to announce the launch of the Engaged Scholar Grant. The Engaged Scholar Grant incentivizes graduate students to undertake community-engaged research and projects, in collaboration with a community partner, that address a specific need or problem within the community (in-state or out-of-state). Graduate students may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $1,500. Learn more at: go.osu.edu/engagedscholar.

The Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service (Ray Award) encourages and enables graduate students to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader academic community, by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research. Students may apply for up to $1,000. Learn more at: go.osu.edu/ray

The Career Development Grant (CDG) encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field by providing funding to defray costs associated with career and professional development experiences. Students may apply for up to $350 to attend virtual conferences, enroll in online training courses, renew organizational memberships, and prepare for licensure exams, among other things. Learn more at: go.osu.edu/cdg

As always, we send our love and support to all of you and encourage you to take care of yourselves during these stressful times. Please remember, CGS continues to fiercely support and advocate for all Ohio State graduate students and know you can reach out to us at any time by email at cgs@osu.edu.

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Stay safe and #MaskUpBuckeyes,

DaVonti’ D. Haynes, MSW
Vice President
PhD candidate, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Sarah Light
Secretary
PhD candidate, Neuroscience Graduate Program, College of Medicine

Nicholas Messenger
Chief of Staff
PhD student, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

Autumn 2020 Welcome!

Posted: August 25, 2020

Dear Ohio State Graduate Students,

We hope this email finds you and your family safe, well, and healthy during these uncertain times. We are writing to officially welcome each of you to the new academic year. Our new students are about to begin an exciting and challenging journey and our returning students are finding opportunities for continued growth, personal and professional reinvention, and academic success. Each of us in the Council of Graduate Students (CGS) wants to help you make your Buckeye experience an extraordinary one.

Graduate school is a demanding time in one’s life and, to make things even more challenging, we are living through an unprecedented global health pandemic compounded by several other social justice crises. We recognize how stressful the current environment may be as you manage your academics, research, work, and social lives, while also caring for your family and friends who may be impacted by these crises. It is for this reason that we would like to stress the importance of taking care of oneself by prioritizing your mental, physical, and emotional health. 

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty for all of us. Whether on-campus or not, every one of us needs to fully commit to protecting ourselves, our families, our friends, our colleagues, and our community as a whole. We all play a key role in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Our campus and the way we navigate it will be a very different experience this autumn. However, the rich tradition and excellence of The Ohio State University still persists, and we look forward to continuing to advocate for the advancement of the graduate student experience as we embark on a new academic year. On behalf of CGS, we send our love and support to all of you and encourage you to take care of yourselves in the coming months and to reach out to us at any time by email at cgs@osu.edu with any issues or concerns.

2020-2021 CGS Grants

CGS – in partnership with the Office of Outreach and EngagementOffice of Student LifeOffice of Research, and Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) – is pleased to announce the launch of the Engaged Scholar Grant. The Engaged Scholar Grant incentivizes graduate students to undertake community-engaged research and projects, in collaboration with a community partner, that address a specific need or problem within the community (in-state or out-of-state). Graduate students may apply for grants ranging from $500 to $1,500. Learn more at: go.osu.edu/engagedscholar.

The Edward J. Ray Travel Award for Scholarship and Service (Ray Award) encourages and enables graduate students to participate in professional conferences, both in their respective fields and in the broader academic community, by reimbursing or partially reimbursing the expenses incurred by graduate students during travel to conferences and meetings to present original research. For funding period III students may apply for up to $350. Funding ranges for period IV will be determined at a later date. Learn more at: go.osu.edu/ray

The Career Development Grant (CDG) encourages graduate students to prepare for placement into their chosen field by providing funding to defray costs associated with career and professional development experiences. Students may apply for up to $350 to attend virtual conferences, enroll in online training courses, renew organizational memberships, and prepare for licensure exams, among other things. Learn more at: go.osu.edu/cdg

Buckeye Diversity Dialogue Series

The Buckeye Diversity Dialogue Series provides opportunities for Ohio State graduate students to have intentional conversations about relevant issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, social justice, and much more. These informal conversations, led by an expert speaker, are designed to allow participants to learn from and educate one another and to encourage participants to direct the conversation. The Buckeye Diversity Dialogue Series is meant to be a catalyst for discussion on difficult topics, as it relates to diversity and social justice. Learn more and RSVP at: go.osu.edu/buckeyedialogue.

2020-2021 Departmental Representatives & Autumn 2020 Election

Interested in representing your department and serving as delegate within CGS? As a delegate, you serve as the direct contact between the Council and your constituents. Your job is to bring forth any issues graduate students may be having and take note of pertinent events and legislation that affect your fellow students. Delegates also serve on an internal CGS Committee and an external University Committee. Autumn 2020 elections will take place September 28-October 7. If your college/department does not have an elected delegate or still has an open seat you can apply to represent your department at: go.osu.edu/delegate.

To view your department’s 2020-2021 delegate(s), click here

To view all CGS 2020-2021 Senate & University Committee appointments, click here

Equity and Racial Justice Task Force & Governance Review Committee

CGS has established two internal ad hoc committees. The Equity and Racial Justice Committee is tasked with investigating and reviewing current university procedures, policies, and practices to develop new policies that foster an equitable, diverse, and inclusive Ohio State community. The Governance Review Committee is tasked with reviewing and revising all CGS governance documents, procedures, policies, and practices to inspire transparency and increase CGS’ ability to effectively and efficiently advocate on behalf of all graduate students at Ohio State.

To stay up to date on CGS, please follow us on social media. Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Stay safe and healthy and #MaskUpBuckeyes,

DaVonti’ D. Haynes, MSW

Vice President

PhD student, College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Sarah Light

Secretary

PhD candidate, Neuroscience Graduate Program, College of Medicine

Jack Brandl

Chief of Staff

MSW student, College of Social Work

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A Resolution Against the Plan to Return to Campus

Posted: August 24, 2020

This resolution strongly urges the university to further restrict congregate activities such as classroom learning and in-person meetings that would require students, staff, faculty, and other personnel to be physically present on campus, unless those in-person activities are absolutely necessary and have no online alternative. I hope you will all help me keep the health and safety of our graduate students front of mind and make proactive changes to ensure we reduce the spread of COVID-19.