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Advocating for a Student Advisory Committee & Curriculum Committee in the College of Education

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Advocating for a Student Advisory Committee & Curriculum Committee in the College of Education

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Stephanie Aguilar-Smith and Adrianna Crossing
Advocating for a Student Advisory Committee & Curriculum Committee in the College of Education

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Stephanie Aguilar-Smith and Adrianna Crossing
Steph and Adrianna picked up the work that was the focus of Steph’s 2018-2019 fellows year. During the 18-19 academic year, Steph raised awareness to College of Education leadership that graduate student voice was significantly missing from College decision-making processes (even though it was structurally expected in the College bylaws). Steph spent her first fellowship year establishing the connections needed to meaningfully discuss this issue.
In Fall 2019, both Steph and Adrianna picked this work back up and have now successfully worked with the College in building out a model (and securing the Dean’s commitment) for establishing multiple opportunities for committee-level graduate student voice, including the Student Advisory Council and the Curriculum Committee. Their models result in increased equity across the college. Their efforts have also lead to increased asks from the College to discuss graduate student voice at the department level (and Steph and Adrianna have been meeting with each unit throughout the year). 
Steph and Adrianna's work is an incredible example of what graduate students can achieve when given the resources and support to identify ways they can improve graduate student representation and strengthen the graduate student community at Michigan State.
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Emma Dodd The MSU Graduate Leadership Institute
#student advocacy/representation #social science #2019-2020