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 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
Pandemic Fall Semester Plans (Marianne) Assumption is that Tech will be in person in Fall 2021. Will follow up in Town Hall. Old Business Donut Social Matching (Marianne) Set it
Meeting Notes Old Business Funding Updates from the meeting with GPSA leadership 3 meetings with GPSA so far Byline method: PACT is preparing the byline application as a backup this
Meeting Notes Old Business Funding (Ge/Lin?) Streamline the funding from university so that we don’t have to go through applications TODO [Lin]: Prepare the application for the next cycle TODO
Meeting Notes Old Business GPSA Byline Application (Travers) No update from either Director of Office of Assemblies and master students. TODO [Travers]: E-mail GPSA FC for guidance. New Business Elections
Time Keeper / Moderator: Anthony 0. Updates from Administration Specifically around Title IX. Notes: Started PhD TA evaluations for the first time. So TAs based in Tech should start seeing