GSC plans possible mental health committee

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) has planned to speak to representatives from Stanford Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) about forming a committee specifically focused on mental health at its Wednesday meeting.

Counselors consistently requested increased mental health support and accessibility throughout the school year. The board unanimously approved a resolution last week that would provide mental health training to professors and instructors and facilitate the sharing of mental health resources.

The proposed committee would likely include a group of students who would provide input to Stanford on mental health, according to the GSC adviser and fourth-year PhD in Developmental Sciences and Psychology. student Emily Schell.

GSC Advisor and Fifth-Year Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature. Student Jamie Fine has voiced her support for committee work starting over the summer, saying the summer term can be a “dead zone” for students, making student initiatives difficult to launch in the fall.

“It would be really nice to enter the university year with conversations [around mental health] lined up, Fine said.

Advisors also made plans for Grad Formal, an annual social event for grad students. The event will take place on Friday and will be held at Coyote Ranch in Coyote, Calif., according to GSC Co-Chair KC Shah JD ’22.

The board also on Wednesday approved funding for several events organized by student groups, including Lighthouse for Ukraine, a global event that has been staged in several other cities, including Berlin and London. The event will be organized by the Ukrainian Students’ Association (UKA), which collaborated with the Russian-Speaking Students’ Association to receive funding, as the UKA is not an official student organization.

According to the fourth year Ph.D. in Physics. Student and UKA Fellow Kateryna Pistunova, the event will feature Ukrainian cooking, art and masterclasses, as well as several prominent guest speakers and Ukrainian organizations. All funds raised at the event would be donated to Ukraine, Pistunova said.

Other events that received funding included a Cinco de Mayo celebration hosted by the Mexican Association of Graduate Students. The Stanford Italian Society also received Italian food and beverage funding for a larger barbecue event called Fire on Fire, which features outdoor kitchens from countries around the world.

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