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Greetings from the Graduate Student Council!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lindsey Kurtz and Mengling Liu
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On April 11, 2016, the transition of the AAAL Graduate Student Council (GSC) Steering Committee was completed in Orlando, Florida. The new GSC Steering Committee will continue to work to best serve the interests of you, the AAAL graduate student members, worldwide. Our team aims to support graduate student membersacademic and professional development; to foster closer inter-institution, student-student collaboration, and networking opportunities with scholars; to increase leadership and service opportunities for student members; and to promote ethnic, cultural, and academic diversity within the field.

Following the steps of the previous GSC Steering Committee, led by Co-Chairs Daniel Ginsberg and Nicole Pettitt, the top priority for the 2016-17 academic year is to create more service and leadership opportunities for the graduate student members. We envision working to increase the graduate student engagement in AAAL through activities such as conference volunteering and event planning. We will also work on planning graduate student events at AAAL’s 2017 meeting in Portland, Oregon. Our long-term priorities include establishing online avenues for outreach to student members who may not be able to attend the conference in person.

The new GSC Steering Committee is eager to work collaboratively with the current leadership of the AAAL Executive Committee led by Dr. Kathi Bailey to best represent the interest of the AAAL graduate student members! We would like to thank the previous GSC Steering Committee, in particular Co-Chairs Daniel Ginsburg and Nicole Pettitt, for their commitment to the interests of student members of AAAL and their tremendous help in the GSC Steering Committee leadership transition.

Finally, please connect with us through Facebook (, Twitter ( and Instagram (AAALGRADS). And also please feel free to contact us via a private message on our Facebook page: or email us at if you have any questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lindsey Kurtz, The Pennsylvania State University
Mengying Liu, University of Minnesota

The GSC Steering Committee photo: (left to right) Elena Shvidko (Purdue University, Member at Large), Laura Hamman (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Secretary), Mengying Liu (University of Minnesota, Co-chair), Lindsey Kurtz (The Pennsylvania State University, Co-chair), Rayoung Song (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Member at Large).

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