The Memorial Union Advisory Board has approved the Graduate Student Success Center (GSSC) to be located in the Memorial Union beginning Winter Term of 2015. This Center will provide a communal space for graduate students, and be adjacent to facilities that will help to ensure academic and social success for this growing population. GSSC will allow for interdisciplinary conversations and research to flourish; professional development activities to take place; centralized resources to be housed; facilitation of peer-to-peer mentoring and academic support; and an overall sense of increased community-building and inclusive well-being.
The GSSC will help to support a more diverse and inclusive graduate student body. Graduate students working in the center will collaborate with the Graduate School staff and other campus entities to strive for full integration of international students, underrepresented minorities, and non-traditional grad students, many of whom often feel culturally and socially marginalized at OSU. In sum, the GSSC will provide a dedicated, communal space that will facilitate academic and social efforts for the graduate student community and their colleagues.
“While a variety of colleges and programs have small areas for graduate students to congregate, there has been no dedicated, collective space for graduate students to gather and collaborate across disciplines and colleges,” said Courtney Everson, graduate program analyst and graduate student liaison. “The GSSC is unique in its purpose and creation.”
The center will provide a communal space for graduate students, and be close to facilities that will help to ensure their academic and social success. It will offer a space for interdisciplinary conversations, house centralized resources and provide a sense of community that previously hasn’t been available to graduate students.
The creation of the center was student driven, and was taken up by the Graduate School last year. Everson said community-building has been emphasized by many graduate students as a way to increase their quality of life and a feeling of inclusivity.
Graduate students working in the center will collaborate with the Graduate School staff and other campus programs to help better integrate international students, underrepresented minorities, and non-traditional grad students, many of whom can feel culturally and socially marginalized.
“We hope for the GSSC to become a pivotal resource for this growing population,” Everson said, “and to become a supporting place for the activities of graduate faculty, staff and diverse campus entities to flourish, in common commitment to graduate student recruitment, retention and success.”
The Center will be located on the 2nd floor of the MU. This new GSSC is aligned with the purpose of the Memorial Union, to provide a center for social, cultural, and recreational programs and services for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests of Oregon State University. The Memorial Union provides opportunities for experience in social responsibility and leadership and to supplement University instruction by developing high ideals of university spirit, citizenship, and private life.