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University Leaders Listen to Graduate Students at Town Hall

On October 20th 2022 the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Student Life, the Graduate School and the Council of Graduate Students came together to host the University Leadership Listening Session and Town Hall on the Graduate Experience. 

The event was designed to provide graduate and professional students with the opportunity to meet the university leaders that most impact graduate education and experiences at Ohio State. The event was held at the Ohio Union’s Performance Hall with provided refreshments, lunch, and the ability for students to acquire new photographic professional headshots. 

Town Hall Panelist on the stage in the Ohio Union

Opening remarks were presented by Executive Vice President and Provost Melissa Gilliam and Council of Graduate Students President Jorge E. Clavo Abbass. After the remarks, Jorge moderated a discussion with a panel consisting of Charlene Gilbert, Sr. Vice Provost for Student Academic Excellence, Mary Stromberger, Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, Danny Glassmann, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Engagement and Support, and Rebeka Campos-Astorkiza, Graduate and Professional Ombuds. Topics ranged from specific ways each of the panelists support graduate students to plans to aid parenting graduate students with more options for childcare.

Mary Stromberger and Charlene Gilbert Speaking  to StudentsGraduate Student asking a question at the Town Hall

Rebecca Campos and Danny Glassman speaking to studentsTwo Graduate Students listening to the Town Hall discussion

The event was concluded with an open question and answer session with those in attendance. During this time the panelist provided information on the Office of Student Life’s Student Emergency Fund, heard strong support for more acknowledgment from leaders about women’s reproductive rights combined with more access to women’s health resources, and heard concerns related to student employment, including uneven workloads among GTA's. Overall, the event brought several key issues of concern to light for the panelist to consider, answer and take back with them to begin working on ways to positively influence the graduate student experience.

Graduate students who were unable to attend are invited to explore various resources that were discussed at the event below.

Ohio Union Activities Boards

Office of Student Life Housing and Residence Education

Student Health Services

Graduate Associate Policies

Office of Student Life Student Emergency Fund

Graduate and Professional Student Ombudsperson Services