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GSGA Newsletter 04.04.2023

GSGA Newsletter

April 4, 2023


Hello SPH students, 

Happy Spring! We hope that you’re enjoying the nice weather and spending some quality time outside. Congratulations on making it to the halfway point of the Spring semester and for working so hard.

There are several exciting events that we’re happy to share, and we hope to see you there with us.


Your 2022-2023 GSGA

Call for Student Nominations: 2023-2024 GSGA and Governance Council

We are seeking nominations for student representatives for the 2023-2024 CUNY SPH GSGA, Governance Council (GC – 7 representatives and 2 alternatives), Committee for Equity and Inclusion (CEI – 2 representatives), and the Faculty-Student Disciplinary Committee (FSDC – 2 representatives). Student representation is crucial to ensuring that the priorities and needs of students are being met. 

All matriculated students in good standing are eligible to be nominated and elected to serve for 1-year terms, renewal up to 3 years. Students can be nominated and elected to serve on more than one body (GSGA, GC, FSDC) or Committee. All nominees should plan to be enrolled in both the Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 semesters – students planning to graduate in fall 2023 are not eligible. 

To self-nominate, please use this nomination form link.

Online nominations will be open until Sunday April 9th at 11:59 PM EST

Online voting will take place from Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 28 at 12:00 PM Noon EST.

All candidates will be permitted to campaign throughout the entire voting period in accordance with University Rules and are invited to attend a GSGA sponsored Candidates’ Forum to be held the week of April 17. The exact date and details will be determined once the candidates are identified and certified.

For more about eligibility requirements, the responsibilities expected of student representatives, and additional information about the positions, you can visit the GSGA website.

National Public Health Week: Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health, April 3rd-April 9th

This week is National Public Health Week, and this year’s theme is Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health. Each day has a dedicated theme that reflects some important public health issues around the country, and we have included recordings of lectures, symposiums, and workshops centering on these themes:  

Monday: Community

Tuesday: Violence Prevention

Wednesday: Reproductive and Sexual Health

Thursday: Mental Health

Friday: Rural Health

Saturday: Accessibility

Sunday: Food and Nutrition

You can view all of the APHA-affiliated events for National Public Health Week here.

CUNY SPH Health and Wellness Week 2023

Monday April 17  |  Events Calendar

You’re invited to join the Office of Counseling and Wellness Services for the CUNY SPH Wellness Week 2023! We will be partnering with community organizations committed to providing health education, prevention, and intervention strategies that are rooted in cultural humility, intersectionality, and focused on equitable delivery of services. 

A diverse range of webinars, panels, and workshops will be offered, targeting various dimensions of health (including emotional, intellectual, physical, and financial). As always, we drive to promote health equity by providing advocates a platform that serves to empower students with vital information and resources.

New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA) Memberships

The Graduate Student Government Association is delighted to share with the student body that we will be securing NYSPHA membership for 25 CUNY SPH students.

You can fill out the survey here 

If you’re interested in becoming a NYSPHA member, please fill out the survey by Wednesday, April 19th, 2023.

Selection of members will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis, and the membership will be active for one year from the date of purchase by the GSGA.

Benefits of NYSPHA membership include:

  • Free registration for the NYSPHA’s Public Health Webinar series
  • Discounted registration for the Public Health Partnership Conference
  • Access to the NYSPHA’s public health job board and member directory for networking
  • Members-only e-news and advocacy alerts
  • Discounted (or free- TBD) registration for the NYSPHA’s Workshop Series. 2023’s series will be focused on public health leadership development
  • Ability to serve on various statewide committees, including policy and advocacy
  • Preference for NYSPHA internships

GSGA Awards – Deadline May 1st!

The GSGA awards are designed to support students with the costs of community service events, conferences, workshops, and publications. They can also be used for professional growth and development opportunities that students may want to pursue.

The 2023 awards include:

  • Manuscript Publication Award
  • Community Service Award
  • Conference Award
  • Professional Growth Award

All applications must be received by May 1st, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Please see the GSGA website for the budget form, award guidelines, and applications.

If you have any questions, you can email GSGA@sphmail.cuny.edu

NYS Open Meetings Law

Pursuant to the New York State Open Meetings Law, SPH students and members of the public have the right to attend meetings of the Graduate Student Government Association without voice. We will be holding our next meeting on April 13.

Should you like to attend this meeting and observe, you may do so. Our meetings are currently being held virtually, so if you would like to sit in on one of these meetings send an email to gsga@sphmail.cuny.edu at least 24 hours before the time of the meeting and we will send the Zoom link.

A full list of SPH events can be accessed here.

Keep an eye out for updates as more events are added – you can also view up and coming events and public health news on our Twitter and Instagram pages, and join our private student group on Facebook.


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