Graduate Student Association to hold monthly social events, meetings
The newly founded Salve Regina University Graduate Student Association (Salve GSA) will be holding its third official meeting on Friday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. It will be held virtually on WebEx at this link, and all graduate and doctoral students are encouraged to come.
“This is our attempt to build some enthusiasm and community around the graduate programs and doctoral programs,” said Tracey Cunningham-Martins, vice president of the GSA.
The GSA is also holding an in-person social event on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Salvation Cafe in Newport, Rhode Island. This casual event will be called “Salve at Salvation,” and it will be a reoccurring event held monthly on the last Thursday of each month at Salvation Cafe. Anyone in the graduate or doctoral programs are invited to attend, as well as family members.
“The whole point is that [this event] is inclusive,” said Ian Nesbitt, president of the GSA. “We want an informal way for people to get to know each other and have discussions or conversations about anything, really …. Tracy and I believe that if students are more connected, they’re going to flourish personally, as well as academically.”
Fundamentally, the Salve GSA has three overall principal missions: academic and professional development; fellowship and social enjoyment; and advocacy to the Salve Regina leadership. The goal of Salve GSA meetings will be to develop thoughts and ideas around these matters for the future of Salve Regina’s graduate programs. GSA events like Salve at Salvation will help foster a sense of community among graduate and doctoral students.
“By coming together as graduate students, we can share mercy, wisdom and clarity amongst ourselves and further the work of Mercy worldwide,” said Nesbitt. “We set our foundation upon Salve Regina’s mission of Mercy and believe it to be world-transforming.”
For those who cannot attend on Oct. 1, the Salve GSA will hold monthly meetings at noon on the first Friday of each month. The next official Salve GSA meeting will be Friday, Nov. 5, at noon. Several graduate students have expressed an interest in meeting at other times, so ideal meeting times will continue to be discussed. Potential future virtual social events may be considered as well.
For more information, please contact Ian Nesbitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.