The mission of the DSC is to foster a sense of community among graduate students; reflect and encourage the expression of their diversity; develop reciprocal channels of communication among graduate students, undergraduates, faculty, staff, and the administration of the Graduate Center; generate a space of discussion on Graduate Center issues; project the students’ voice in Graduate Center affairs; and provide students with valuable resources for advancing their professional careers and enjoying their personal time. The DSC is especially proud of and shares CUNY’s historic mission of providing access to higher education to low-income communities and communities of color in New York City and the nation.
The purposes of the DSC shall include but not be limited to:
- a. promoting an atmosphere of community and sociability for the commonweal of students at the Graduate School of the Graduate School and University Center (hereafter, “The Graduate Center”);
- b. promoting the democratization of the City University of New York (hereafter, “CUNY”) in order to enable its students, faculty, and staff to participate in the important social, political, and economic decisions that affect the quality of their lives and of their community;
- c. promoting transparency and facilitating political participation by making its documents and bylaws publicly accessible;
- d. representing the interests of and establishing and enacting policy for all Graduate Center students, making its bylaws publicly available for review;
- e. seeking reciprocal channels of communication among CUNY graduate and undergraduate students, faculty and staff, and the administration;
- f. securing voting participation in the decision-making entities that impact Graduate Center students;
- g. serving as the allocating body for Student Government Fees as a portion of all Student Activity Fees, subject to review by the Graduate Center College Association;
- h. organizing and funding, via Student Activity Fee monies, Graduate Center student activities, organizations, and services such as colloquia, seminars, and other functions of general, professional, cultural, and social interest to Graduate Center.