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Student Government Hosts “Graduate Funding Town Hall Meetings”


Miami, Florida (4 June 2010)—In keeping with her commitment to engaging all students within the University community, SGC-MMC President and University Trustee Helena Ramirez lead five Graduate Funding Town Hall Meetings from the 1st to the 3rd of June.

In an effort to provide as much information as possible to those in attendance, President Ramirez solicited and received assistance from Assistant Director of Campus Life Ayana Wilson, Graduate Student Association President Rachel Emas and Graduate senators David Tooch and Erika Edwards in facilitating the town hall meetings.

A joint venture between the Graduate Student Association and SGC-MMC, the primary purpose of the meetings was to inform graduate students of how they could secure funding to attend conferences, professional developments seminars and conduct research during the 2010-2011 academic school year.

In comparison to the $30,000 that the Graduate Student Association dispensed during the 2009-2010 academic school year, President Ramirez explained how the newly created Graduate Student Funding Committee within student government will allocate $100,000 during the 2010-2011 academic school year so that graduate students can attend conferences, professional development seminars and conduct research.

Graduate Senator Erika Denise Edwards spoke about the success of the meetings, noting “…the town hall meetings were extremely successful primarily because we were able to facilitate five meetings over the course of three days, catering to the hectic schedules of the graduate community…”

Senator Edwards went on to talk about the funding process itself, noting “…graduate students left knowing exactly how to file for funds and were particularly pleased with the fact that there has been an increase in funding over 200% from last year. Additionally, the removal of the point system as a pre-requisite for funding has simplified the process, making it more accessible to all members of the graduate community…”

Finally, when questioned about the transition, Senator Edwards notes, “…the transition will merge two previously co-existing communities within the university community. The fact that undergraduate Senators were in attendance speaks volumes of SGC-MMC’s commitment to issues of concern to the graduate students at FIU…”

At current, there are two Graduate Senators serving in student government, along with one College of Law Senator and one College of Medicine Senator. Once the new student government constitution is ratified, two additional Graduate Senator seats will be added. Together, these eight senators will play a vital role in addressing the concerns of the graduate community at FIU.

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