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GSGA Newsletter 12.14.2023

GSGA Newsletter

December 14, 2023


Dear CUNY SPH community,

Happy December and Happy Holidays!

We hope you are healthy and in a cheerful mood as we near the close of another tough yet rewarding semester. We also hope you’re staying warm, and facing those final exams with optimism.

Excitement is in the air as we prepare for a series of wonderful events, and we can’t wait for you to join us! Your presence will add an extra layer of joy, ensuring that they are genuinely unforgettable.

Thank you for being such an important member of the SPH community. Best of luck on your finals, YOU GOT THIS! We wish you a joyous holiday season and a relaxing break full of warmth and fun. See you next year!

We are excited to welcome the newest member of our Executive Council, Pankti Patel, as our Communications Officer!



Your 2023-2024 GSGA

GSGA President: Zaire S. Ali

GSGA Vice President: Shari Jardine

GSGA Treasurer: Antionette Latrice Wearing

GSGA Communications Officer: Pankti Patel

GSGA Town Hall

Thank you to those who joined us for the last Town Hall held on November 9, 2023. For those who were unable to join us, here is the link to the recording. Your feedback is critical to making the 2023-2024 school year genuinely memorable. Towards this end, we urge you to reach out to us at GSGA@sphmail.cuny.edu to submit unique ideas for events, programs, campus activities, and any other ideas you may have for the upcoming semester.

You’re invited to take the GSGA’s End of the Semester Survey. This anonymous survey is meant to help us assess students’ attitudes towards the SPH experience and to provide the opportunity for students to provide feedback on their experiences to improve the school and its offerings.

Here is the link to our student feedback survey.

Thank you to everyone who takes the survey, it’s a helpful way for the GSGA to make improvements and help tailor future experiences for students.

Finals Relaxation: Join Us for an Unwind and Unplug Event!

Date: Monday, December 18, 2023 and Wednesday 20, 2023

Time: 4pm-8pm

Room 503 (GSGA Room)

Finals week is here, and it’s time to embrace your inner academic superhero! We know you’ve been working hard all semester, and now it’s time to show off your knowledge and dedication. Remember this as you go through the study sessions, late-night caffeine-fueled cramming, and possibly a few stress-induced snack breaks: you are more than capable, and you have prepared for this moment.

To help make it easier, we have just what you need to help you relax and refresh! Join us for an entertaining event meant to give you a break from your textbooks and a chance to relax with your fellow graduate students.

Come enjoy a relaxed setting where you can relax, connect with your friends, and participate in stress-relieving activities. We have comfy seatings, soothing vibes, and a few surprises in store to ensure you leave feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle those finals with fresh energy.

What to look forward to:

Snack and Sip: Enjoy some light snacks and beverages.

Peer Support: Share your finals week thoughts and get advice from your peers.

Don’t pass up this chance to relax and replenish your batteries. Remember that your well-being is equally as essential as your academic achievement! We hope to see you there!

Paws For The Cause

Do you need a break from studying and want to destress? Perhaps it is time to indulge in a brief “Paws 4 the Cause!”

Thank you to all our students, faculty and staff who shared your adorable pets with us to bring a little joy during the Reading Period as you prepare for your finals.

This Paws for the Cause video will be available for viewing at any time (including after finals are over). Enjoy!

Wishing you all the best with finals!

Student Clubs

Our vibrant student clubs will introduce you to a world of chances to interact, study, and grow! Our clubs provide a platform for different experiences and important relationships, whether you want to explore new hobbies, network with classmates, or improve your skill set.

Why Should You Join a Student Club?

  • Networking: Make connections with peers, instructors, and industry professionals who share your interests.
  • Develop your talents and acquire hands-on experience by participating in workshops, events, and collaborative projects.
  • Participate in community service activities and outreach programs to make a difference in your community.
  • Social Connection: Through club socials, activities, and outings, you can form long-lasting friendships and create wonderful memories.

Visit Our Student Clubs:

  • PHIIRE Club : Population Health Informatics Innovation, Research, and Education
  • CUNY SPH LGBTQ+ Association
  • Sustainable SPH Club
  • SPH Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights & Justice Club
  • International Students Club

For more information, visit our website and let us know if you’re interested or want to start a new club!

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. The dates of upcoming meetings will be included in the next newsletter.

Should you like to attend the meetings 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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