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GSC unanimously supports striking nurses


The Graduate Student Council (GSC) unanimously passed a resolution supporting the roughly 5,000 Stanford nurses who are on strike at its Wednesday meeting.

The Committee for Nursing Achievement Recognition (CRONA), which represents nurses at Stanford, began its strike against Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital on Monday. As well as expressing solidarity with nurses, the resolution calls on hospitals to support healthcare workers “who have borne the brunt of the pandemic” and restore nursing benefits, which will be cut from May 1. .

The advisors also unanimously confirmed the fourth-year PhD in Applied Physics. student Viktor Krapivin and Kimberly Gonzalez-Zelaya ’25 on the Board of Judicial Affairs (BJA), a 15-person committee that oversees legal matters such as “making or amending regulations specifying policies and procedures”, according to the Office of Community Affairs website.

Mental health was another topic of the meeting, with the board unanimously passing a resolution that would require teachers and instructors to undergo mental health training and dedicate class time and program space to sharing mental health resources with students. Councilors are also expected to vote in the future on a resolution that would require instructors to give students time off to attend to their mental wellbeing.

GSC adviser Jamie Fine, who holds a fifth-year doctorate in modern thought and literature. student, affirmed the need to address mental health, but questioned the feasibility of this latest resolution advocating mental health days.

“I’m not saying Stanford doesn’t need to do a lot more to change the way mental health is approached,” Fine said. “I just wonder if it would be possible to ask the people who drafted this bill to come to a meeting and explain their rationale.”

Advisers also continued their conversation from two weeks ago with representatives from residential and catering businesses (R&DE) about flat mail and missing packages. According to the Executive Director of R&DE Student Accommodation Operations, Imogen Hinds, UG2, who provides mail and parcel services for the University, has reported an increase in the amount of mail she has received in recent weeks. However, that amount is still lower than the daily average for UG2, Hinds said.

Jason Anderson, GSC Advisor, third-year Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics. student, asked R&DE representatives to more frequently release updates on missing mail and packages to students, even if they don’t know the full details of the situation at the time.

“It’s just so people don’t go out of their way to investigate. [the missing mail and packages] themselves, causing confusion about what is going on,” Anderson said.