The February 12th meeting began with Executive Officer Reports. President Claire Kelling spoke to the assembly about the health and wellness of graduate students, and how these things should be a priority for all students. She encouraged members to take advantage of the resources that are available to them. Claire also encouraged anyone who is interested in running for GPSA office to fill out the intent to run form. She also mentioned child care subsidy and the requirements necessary to meet this criterion. Furthermore, the task force on food insecurity and housing has been officially named. Terry will be representing GPSA on the task force. Vice President Charles Tierney mentioned the upcoming special presentations for the remainder of the semester, and plans for a variety of speakers to come and address the assembly. Graduate Council representative Alexander Wilson-Heid discussed a number of matters regarding application fees for international students, the 2020 census and how it will effect funding at Penn State, and recent changes to the TOEFL.
In New Business, four new bills were passed with unanimous consent. GPSA passed Bill 69-21 in support of the ECMSS co-sponsorship events, Bill 69-22 in order to approve spring professional headshots, Bill 69-23 in support of spring semester monthly social hours, and Bill 69-24 in support of the Celebration of Allyship panel event. Look out for more information on these upcoming events on the GPSA Twitter and Facebook accounts!