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Institutional Advocacy Committee

The Institutional Advocacy Committee (IAC) is responsible for assessing graduate student needs and advocating for graduate students in university affairs. As a part of their mission, the IAC oversees the GSC’s graduate student advocate program. While, due to university regulations, the IAC is limited to advocating for issues which affect multiple graduate students and cannot advocate on behalf of individual students, the IAC chair is more than happy to help individual graduate students navigate university bureaucracy to fully utilize the on university resources available to them.

Graduate Student Advocate Program

Any UK graduate student who is interested in affecting positive change at the university is encouraged to become a GSC Advocate for their issue of concern. Provided their efforts align with the GSC’s ratified Advocacy and Legislative Platform, GSC Advocates are backed by the GSC and assisted in their advocacy endeavors by the IAC. Current GSC Advocates include:

 

  • Community Nutrition Advocate
  • Cultural Sensitivity Advocate
  • Healthcare Advocate
  • Inclusion and Diversity in STEM
  • International Student Advocate
  • Mental Health Advocate
  • Transportation Advocate
     

Graduate, Professional & Postdoc Mental Health Awareness Week

In an effort to raise awareness about mental health in order to help overcome the stigmas surrounding mental health and mental wellness, a past Mental Health Advocate proposed hosting a week-long series of mental health-focused events during the week of the World Mental Health Awareness Day (October 10). The proposal culminated in the GSC partnering with the UK Graduate School, UK Counseling Center, and the UK Society of Postdoctoral Scholars to create UK's first-ever Graduate, Professional & Postdoc Mental Health Awareness Week. This IAC planned program was such a success that the IAC is planning to make the Graduate, Professional & Postdoc Mental Health Awareness Week a yearly function.

If you are interested in becoming involved with on-campus advocacy or the IAC, please contact the Institutional Advocacy Chair.

International Graduate Student Advocate Statement by Melissa Molho

The international graduate student advocate’s task is to work together with the University of Kentucky to build a supportive and successful environment for international graduate students by:

-    Listening to the concerns of international graduate students and help them through their graduate studies

-    Educating domestic people about the importance of international graduate students

-    Promoting cross-cultural experiences to create a collaborative environment

-    Communicating any relevant information for international graduate students

-    Finding new alternatives to empower international graduate students