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The Graduate Student Council (GSC) of Claremont Graduate University (CGU) hosts social and academic events plus advocates for the graduate student body.

Operating as usual

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 12/04/2023

We want to give a huge shoutout to our GSC Representative from CISAT, Katja Crusius, for manning our table at Fresh Check Day last month! With support from the SLDL team, Katja got students at Oasis engaged, asking what mental health means to them and how they support their own mental health.

During Finals time, we wish all students an easy and stress-free transition into the end of the semester. Almost at the finish line!


Join CGU’s Stat Lab on Dec 7 for Effective Storytelling: The Power of Visualizing Quantitative Data! All CGU students are welcomed!!

Email [email protected] to rsvp.

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 12/01/2023

Our November Fireside Chat was incredibly successful! Dr. Clark D. Rucker, a member of the Claremont Graduate University Alumni Association, engaged in a conversation with Steve Flores, M. Ed., GSC President, discussing valuable insights on advancing students' career journeys. A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Rucker for generously sharing wisdom with the CGU community.

A shout-out to the CGU Alumni Association for their fantastic partnership this semester! We are excited about fostering community and connections for both students and alumni in the Spring semester!

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 11/28/2023

Good morning and happy Tuesday, CGU communities! We have two announcements for you.

The first, we wanted to extend a huge congratulations to our GSC President, Steve Flores, who officially became a dad last month! Welcome to the world, Jameson Matthew Flores!!! Jameson will assume the role of GSC First Baby in the Spring term 👶🏻🍼🚼

Second, our final General Meeting of the semester will take place tonight, Tuesday Nov. 28, in the McManus Conference Room at 7 pm. Zoom option available!

Forge ahead, y’all! We’re almost at the finish line 🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏾‍♀️🏃🏼🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏿‍♂️🏃🏼‍♀️🔥🔥🔥


The Travel & Material Awards (TMA) program is designed to support and facilitate your academic pursuits by providing financial assistance for travel, research, projects, and material costs. If you have presented at any conference or symposium, conducted research, or worked on projects between April 16, 2023, and November 15, 2023, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity and apply for the GSC Fall 2023 Travel & Material Award.

You can find the online application form here: Applications open on November 16, 2023. Deadline for the application is November 26, 2023. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. For more information, guidelines, and the online application form, please visit TMA Program Page: Should you have any queries or need clarification, feel free to reach out to the GSC Treasurer, Vaishnavi Mansabdar, at [email protected].

🎓 Embrace excellence beyond the classroom! Apply now for the Fall 2023 Travel & Material Awards. 🌍✈️ Your academic journey deserves support.

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 11/14/2023

Hell CGU Communities!
Quick reminder that we have two GSC related events this week. First, we have a General Meeting on Tuesday, the 14th at 7 PM in the McManus Conference Room. Second, we’re partnering with the Alumni Association to bring our second Alumni Chat event to the CGU community. This time, we will be interviewing Clark Rucker to gain insights from his academic and career journey. This event will be held at the Drucker Institute on Thursday, November 16, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

Please RSVP to both events using our Linktree:

See you there and forge ahead!


Learn tools to advance equity at CGU! Link in bio to RSVP.

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 11/07/2023

Congratulations to our GSC Secretary, Oscar Guerrero, for presenting his paper “Apotheosis: Commodity Fetishism” at the Pacific, Ancient and Modern Languages Association (PAMLA) Conference in his hometown of Portland, Oregon. The premise of Oscar's paper was applying Marx’s concept of commodity fetishism in the museum to explain the overvaluation of objects in museums, and the consequences this has upon labor and other real-life relations. In other words, how and why are objects valued more than people in museums, and what consequences does this have?


The Graduate Student Council is partnering with the CGU Alumni Association to bring alumni back to Claremont to share their wisdom with the CGU community. The purpose of this event is to learn from Dr. Clark Rucker to help advance your professional development. Participate in an interactive conversation with Dr. Clark Rucker and fellow peers and learn about their life lessons and how that can advance your personal career journey. Attendees will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights about their own potential career paths while building their professional networks.

Students of all disciplines, alumni, faculty, staff, and prospective CGU students are invited to attend.

Thursday, November 16
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Drucker Institute

RSVP using the link in bio.


will be having a hybrid writing retreat on November 4th from 5-7pm that is open to BIPOC CGU Ph.D. students. Students who are interested in joining will need to RSVP in advance. Link in bio. Space is limited. A confirmation
email with event details will be sent to people after they RSVP.


The EmPOWER Center presents Gym Class: Q***r Sex-Ed. A peer-led healthy s*x and relationships workshop for Q***r people by Q***r people on Nov. 2nd, 7pm at The Motley at Scripps College. First 5 attendees win a Jellycat plushie! Dessert from Crème!
Open to all 7C students.

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 10/23/2023

Introducing the Student Adventure Pass! Use your .edu email to get free rides on Metrolink!


Join us for our general meeting tomorrow at 7:00pm! Please note the change in location!


Hello CGU community!

The Graduate Student Council is partnering with the CGU Alumni Association to bring alumni back to Claremont to share their career trajectories with the CGU community in our new Fireside Chat events. We hope these events help you build your network and provide an opportunity to learn from successful alumni in industry.

Our inaugural CGU Alumni Fireside Chat will be with Dr. Maria Morales, on Thursday, October 19 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm in Claremont Colleges Library Founders Room.

The purpose of this event is to provide a firsthand account of Dr. Maria Morales’s professional development, from their time at CGU to their current role as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant at MIM Consulting. In conversation with the GSC, Dr. Maria Morales will speak about starting her own consulting firm and her approach to centering compassion, empathy, and human connections in her DEI career and practice. From Dr. Maria Morales’s wisdom, attendees will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights about their own potential career paths while building their professional networks.

Students of all disciplines are invited to attend.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the event page here:

We look forward to seeing you there!


Ignite the Light is TOMORROW! Please join us for this CGU tradition as we kick off the academic year with a food truck, DJ, games, and fun! We hope you can celebrate with us at DesCombes quad, tomorrow, Tuesday, October 3 from 5-9!

Register through our linktree in our bio!

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 09/26/2023

Happy Tuesday All!
Mark your calendars because Ignite the Light is one week away! Come celebrate with us with food, music and games at DesCombes Quad, Tuesday Oct 3, 5-9 pm.

Register through the Linktree in our bio!


Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 09/14/2023

GSC Office Lobby is open for business! We’re inaugurating our open office hours at the SLDL Open House. This space is a student resource with a computer, printer, game library, little library, plant cuttings and more- all for students. Get plants, donate books, stop by to say hello!

Office hours to come in and talk to a GSC Executive Officer will be:
Monday 12-1p; 6-8p
Tuesday 10a-1p; 6-8p
Wednesday 12-1p; 4-8p
Thursday 4-6p

Check our website through our Linktree for more information.

Forge ahead y’all 🔥


Happy Tuesday, All!

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) is actively seeking student leaders to serve as Representatives, Committee Chairs, and Committee Members on the council during the 2023-2024 term.

If you are interested in student governance, policy, community engagement and student welfare, please consider applying!

For more info and to submit nominations, please visit and complete the GSC Leadership Interest Form here: Self-nominations are accepted and highly encouraged. Please submit your nominations by Sunday, September 17 at 11:59 pm PT. Any questions can be submitted to Steve Flores, GSC President, at [email protected].

Have a phenomenal week, friends!

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 09/07/2023

Our first General Meeting of the year was a huge success! We had more students interested in Graduate Student Council that ever before, and we found ourselves running to get more chairs multiple times! We want to give everyone who attended a huge shoutout and thank you for the incredibly strong start. We were thrilled to have so much interest, engagement and passion for leadership in the room. We look forward to the year ahead with our growing council, and we invite all to join us!

GSC Meetings will be every other Tuesday from 7 to 8:30. More details to come!

Forge ahead, y’all 🔥

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 08/29/2023

Hello CGU communities!

We’d like to formally introduce you to your Graduate Student Council Executive Committee for the ‘23-‘24 academic school year. We are committed to serving the welfare of students at CGU. It’s an honor!

As we start the year, we’ll be using our website and social media pages to update you all on events and programs. For more information and resources, please visit our Linktree:

Steve Flores (he/él) is a proud son of immigrants and a first-generation Latino Ph.D. student in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. His research interests explore the Latinx college student experience as it intersects with college access and persistence in higher education.

Marclem Hernandez (he/him) is a Ph.D. student in the School of Educational Studies and serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions at CGU. He is an immigrant from the Philippines with his family and was raised in Las Vegas.

Oscar Guerrero (He/they/él) is a Salvadoran first-generation Cultural Studies MA candidate, in the School of Arts and Humanities at Claremont Graduate University. His research emphasizes Museum Studies, Latinx Studies, Decolonial Politics, and Immigration Studies, all through a transdisciplinary lens.

Vaishnavi Mansabdar (she/her) is an international student from Mumbai, India, and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in Leadership and Management at Claremont Graduate University, specializing in Healthcare Policies and Community-Based Translational Research.


Dear CGU Community,

Join the Dean of Students Drop in Hour on Thursday, May 4th at noon to hear more information about 7C Health/TimelyMD services:

Photos from CGU Graduate Student Council's post 04/25/2023

Meet your 2023-2024 GSC Executive Board!
President: Steve Flores
Vice-President Marclem Hernandez .hernandez
Treasurer: Vaishnavi Mansabadar .august
Secretary: Oscar Guerrero

Best wishes in your roles next year and may you lead with truth, trust, and transparency!


You still have time to vote! Check your student email for the link to vote!


Dear Scholars,

Please register to attend the virtual Executive Board Meet The Candidate Forum taking place from 6:30pm-7:30pm on April 19, 2023 to hear from students running for the 2023-2024 Graduate Student Council! It is important that you learn who the candidates are and vote for the folks you wish to see in leadership positions representing you next year.

Keep an eye out for the voting Qualtrics, which will be live for the duration of the voting period from April 14 to April 22, 2023. Please see the GSC Elections page for more information about the 2023 GSC Executive Board Candidates.
We look forward to your participation in the election process!

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