PhDs at Cornell Tech (PACT) is a student organization that serves the needs and represents the interests of all doctoral students at Cornell Tech. We arrange social events, furnish and maintain PhD facilities, provide information and support for student life, organize student-centric academic symposia, and liaison with outside groups. PACT’s mission is two-fold: First, we advocate for PhD student interests, concerns, and needs to faculty, administration, and GPSA, the overall graduate student body. Secondly, we aim to serve and strengthen our community of PhD students.
The PACT board has meetings typically every two weeks at least during the Fall and Spring semesters. These meetings are open to all PhD students, and attending is one of the best ways to get involved. If you have a cause or item that you particularly care about, you can discuss it with your Departmental Rep, Strategic Officer, or a President to get it added to the meeting’s agenda in advance.
Old Business PhD involvement in Tech faculty hiring proposal (Emily) JFYI, sent it to Mor; ball is in his court now to run it past the faculty Faculty CT advocate
Meeting Agenda Old Business Equipment Issues (Anthony & Yin) ORIE, ECE: there is no official policy on equipment and talk to advisors TODO [Anthony, Yin]: draft up a cleaned up
Meeting Agenda Old Business Picnic/Whale Watch (Marianne) No picnic after PhD equipments & business cards(Julia, Anthony, Yin) Got email replies from department administrative faculties except ORIE Got Google form responses
Meeting Agenda Old Business Picnic/Whale Watch (Marianne) Whale watch is all set, but 2 people cannot make it What to do about food/picnic? Do we pay for on-board food/drinks? Need
Meeting Agenda Old Business Mental Health Support in the Student Service Team (Ge) Open position right now after Sarah left TODO [Sharon]: Ping Jackie about the hiring New Business PACT
Old Business PhD Mixology (Marianne) Scheduled and happening today! New Business DEI committee (Ge) Mor is looking for a PhD student to serve on the DEI committee. In the first
Old Business Social Events (Marianne) Zoom-based cocktail “class.” Non-alcoholic cocktail mixers. Aiming for the end of May. Outdoor movie night. Town Hall Items (Ge) Got offline follow-up from the dean’s
Meeting Agenda Old Business Student letter regarding Diversity and Inclusion and campus environment issue. (Emily) TODO [Emily]: Look into whether to release the letter to a broader audience. Town Hall
Meeting Agenda Old Business GPSA Funding (Anthony) Passed Resolution 17 which places PACT on passthrough funding, allows for byline organizations to serve Tech, and makes it easier for organizations to