GSA Event: 10.27.2010 RPA Acceptance Social





  In the last five years Massachusetts has cut public higher education funding more than any other state.  State budget allocations for public higher education have been cut by 15% just this past year. Massachusetts students pay 40% more than the national average in tuition and fees for public higher education

OCT. 6th: Educate and Celebrate!

(Food and an open Jam Session)
CC3545 (7:00PM-9:30PM)
Co-sponsored by Massachusetts Students Uniting and the UMass Boston Pep Band
OCT.7th: Rally on the Plaza! (11:30AM)
March to the Statehouse


Rally at the Statehouse



For disability assistance or other questions and concerns please contact:

For musicians interested in participating in the October 6th open jam session, or related issues contact

GSA Sponsored Event: 10.22-23.2010 CONFLICT STUDIES: The New Generation of Ideas

U.S. Defense Policy in Transition with

Keynote Speaker

Hughes Paul Hughes, U.S. Institute of Peace

Director, USIP Nonproliferation and Arms Control Project

Executive Director, Quadrennial Defense Review Panel

The United States Institute of Peace is an independent nonpartisan national institution established and funded by Congress; its mission is to help prevent, manage, and resolve violent conflicts by empowering others with knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as by direct involvement in peace-building efforts.

Paul Hughes joined USIP after a long and distinguished career in the military. As an active duty Army colonel he served in Iraq as a senior staff officer for the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance and later with the Coalition Provisional Authority.  During that time he developed several policy initiatives, such as the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration of the Iraqi military. He has served in numerous roles at USIP, including Director of Iraq Programs in the Institute’s Center for Post-Conflict Peace and Stability Operations and Executive Director of the Congressional Commission on the Strategic Posture of the United States. 

Register for the conference

Organized by the UMass Boston Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution, Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas brings together graduate students from a variety of fields to present their work and share ideas. 21 countries are represented in the paper presentation submissions for this year’s conference.

The conference will take place in the state-of-the-art Campus Center of the University of Massachusetts Boston, allowing participants easy access to the City of Boston with its wealth of educational and cultural resources.

To Learn More Up To Date Information Click Here

Contact Information

Please direct all correspondence to:

Conflict Studies Conference

Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution

McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies

University of Massachusetts Boston

100 Morrissey Blvd. Boston, MA 02125-3393

Tel: 617-287-7489            Fax: 617-287-7412


Conference Organizer:

Roni Lipton, Associate Director Tel: 617-287-7415 Email:

GSA Sponsored Event: 11.04. 2010 Mental Illness Stigma Panel

Mental Illness Stigma Panel

The Mental Illness Stigma Panel is an annual panel of speakers who talk to the truth of what it is to have a mental illness, be related to, and be friend of someone with a mental illness. In general the mission of this panel is to disperse the stigma attached to mental illness. As you may or may not know there is a derogatory misconception of what it means to have a diagnosis of having a mental health condition. This panel is designed to show more of the truth about mental illness and therefore create a more understanding environment for those that are either diagnosed or have close relations with someone that is.
Recently we had our second annual Stigma Panel which featured Kitty Dukakis and, the first annual panel had Steve Lappen of the Depression and Bipolar Support Association of Boston as the featured speaker. It is my intention to have the Third Annual Stigma Panel on November 4th, 2010. The space has been reserved and planning is going smoothly.
We have three speakers lined up presenting from three different viewpoints. Stephanie L. Pinder-Amaker of Harvard Medical School will be speaking for the professional viewpoint, Hai Vanhong, a student here at UMass – Boston, will speak from the viewpoint of being a friend of someone with a mental health condition, and a member of the Bipolar and Depression Support Alliance will speak from the viewpoint of someone that has a condition.
In the past we have had a decent turnout of about 80 individuals. With about a 1/8 of them being graduate students. It is my intent to further expand our contact with the graduate students and make this population more knowledge about the truths behind mental illness.


Nigeria is “a new country emerging. And it’s time to showcase it.” This time it will be an Ivy League showcase, at Harvard University.The spotlight is on Nollywood this year.

Nollywood is the second largest movie industry in the world, after Bollywood. The Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood produces more films per year than Hollywood, according to UNESCO. The World Bank donated 20 million Dollars to the Nollywood industry to help create 100,000 jobs in Nigeria. A special presentation will be given by World Bank Specialist Chioma Nwagboso, on “World Bank’s vision for the potential of Nollywood to help improve Nigeria’s economy”. Peace Anyiam Fiberisma, CEO of the African Movie Academy Awards, will discuss Nollywood’s landmark successes, and its role in packaging Nigeria for cultural exportation. Mr. Omoyele Sowore,CEO and Editor of SaharaReporters will present in our Nigerians in Media panel. Nollywood actress Nse Ikpe Etim, of the blockbuster film Reloaded will share her perspective as an actress in the film industry. Surprise guests include other leading film personalities from Nollywood who will discuss the role of Nollywood in Renewing the Promise of Nigeria.

The Harvard Celebration is entitled a “Golden Jubilee of Nigeria’s Independence: A Weekend Symposium.The event is being planned by Harvard University’s Nigerian Students’ Association, in conjunction with MIT Nigerian Students’ Association and other Nigerian Community Associations in the Boston area. Events are scheduled to take place from Friday October 1st to Saturday October 2nd.

Through a number of panel discussions, the symposium will spotlight traditional Nigerian culture and values, as well as fusion of this tradition with American culture for global appeal. The symposium will also celebrate unity across ethnic groups, empowerment, networking, as well as leadership in the areas of academics, business, career planning, arts,and entertainment. It will also celebrate themes of cultural confidence, cultural exploration, as well as cultural education. Panel topics include spotlights on successful entrepreneurs across generations, Nigeria’s Development as a Nation, Nigeria’s participation in the global marketplace, Nigerian professionals with career advice, and the impact and potential of Nollywood globally, among others.

Among exciting installments to be featured during that weekend is the Nigerian Gala night with Nigerian food, and performances by Nigerian artists, as well as African Movie (Nollywood) Film screenings with opportunities to discuss with directors of the films.

Participants will enjoy opportunities to network with Harvard’s distinguished Nigerian professors and lecturers, as well as outstanding panelists. The aim of the event is to celebrate positive images of Nigeria , and the remarkable accomplishments of leading Nigerians. See attached flyer and schedule for more details.

Tickets available at Harvard NSA website ( at the Harvard Box Office, or from an NSA or HASA board member. NID weekend registration and gala/afterparty tickets:

Friday, October 1
Opening Mixer
Food will be served
Ticknor Lounge, Boylston Hall

Saturday, October 2
Panel Discussions
African Marketplace
Nollywood Film Screenings
Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH)
10am-4:30 pm

“Arise, O Compatriots” Gala Night
University of Massachusetts at Boston Campus Center (2nd floor)

After Party
Hyatt Regency Boston
10pm – 2am

Non-GSA Sponsored Event: Be A Mentor with South Boston T.E.A.M.

Do You Have Two Hours A Week To Change The World?

 Start Local.

 Be A Mentor with South Boston T.E.A.M.

T.E.A.M. is a one-on-one, community based mentoring program with the goal of fostering friendships which can increase the assets that each young person possesses.  Positive adult relationships (including mentoring) have been proven to be one of the most effective ways of preventing risky behavior in youth and increasing their ability to make healthy decisions for themselves.  We currently have 10 young people on our active waitlist that are eager to be matched with some great mentors to help them develop into positive, successful, resilient young adults.
Here at T.E.A.M., we are actively seeking to increase diversity among our pool of mentors.  In particular, we are seeking adult mentors (we only accept applicants from adults age 22+) that are Spanish-speaking or multilingual, multicultural, or those that come from Hispanic/Latino and African-American backgrounds.  T.E.A.M. connects youth between the ages of 10 and 16 with caring, energetic adult mentors.  Mentors commit to seeing their mentees once a week for at least one year and receive ongoing support and training through T.E.A.M.. Contact  Catherine at 617-464-8578 or learn more!

 The Labouré Center

275 West Broadway

South Boston, MA 02127

GSA Budget Pie Chart

GSA Budget for 2010 – 2011 Academic Year

A graphical representation of the GSA Budget

This is the GSA Budget for the 2010 – 2011 academic year. The total budget for this year is $136,500. Grants, prizes, and programming make up a substantial portion of the budget, which is managed by the treasurer of the GSA. If you have specific questions about how the GSA manages its budget, we encourage you to send us an email or meet with us during office hours.

What Grad Students Think

What Issues Concern Graduate Students at UMB?

Here are some of the things we learned about us in our recent survey!

About 90% of grad students have heard of the GSA, but 73% have never attended a GSA event!

Most grad students want to see the GSA offer grants for research and conferences. Grads also want to see the GSA fund speaker events, job fairs, resume workshops, social gatherings, and community events.

Grad students are highly concerned about the high cost of tuition/fees, parking, and the T. Furthermore, grads would like to see improved facilities, a greener campus, more money for grad assistants, and better food!

About 60% of grad students are troubled that the the GSA cannot amend its Constitution without the administration’s approval.

About 57% of grad students think that grad students, and not the University, should be able to decide how much of their fees go toward the GSA’s budget.

Here is a very brief sampling of some of the very helpful comments we received:

“Send representatives to classes so people can get a true feel for what GSA is about.”

“I think you could attract more interest if you had a greater online presence. ”

“Come to department meetings for new students.”

“Make graduate students aware of what the GSA does for them.”

“Provide more opportunities to involve graduate students in student governance, including a greater level of transparency in the operation and roles of the GSA.”

“Give a mini presentation or send around a representative to each new incoming class to the various graduate schools.”

“Have a GSA member at any graduate orientations that are held.”

“The GSA needs to work more with the other clubs on campus.”

“Host more social events!”

Serving as the voice of graduate students at University of Massachusetts Boston

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