April 2021

SURPAS Council Meeting Agenda

Thursday, April 29th , 2021 11:30am-1:00pm 

Location: Zoom



  • Acknowledgment statement, inc group norms/mutual respect (2’) 

Read by Chinyere. 

  • Welcome, Zoom etiquette (2’) 
  • Introductions and approval of minutes (5’) 
  • Updates (15’)
    • IDEAL DEI Survey Committee update (Guest: Brian Cook, Director of Assessment and Program Evaluation, IRDS)

Future survey coming up with a focus on race and ethnicity. Harassment, discrimination and microaggression need to be part of that survey. All of that information needs to be public. What is the plan of action if we do that survey? The data will help shape this initiative. Data won’t be publicly shared but the reports will be. Brian was part of the AAU survey. For this survey, no third party will be included. 

    • COVID-19 vaccines
      • Lots of appointments available. Schedule yours here
      • “Stanford plans to require all undergraduate, graduate and professional students coming to campus this fall to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19” – Provost Drell email 4/22/21

Ronak: The vaccine intellectual property causes problems for other countries to access vaccines. Circulate a petition and send to the executive cabinet about the sharing of intellectual property rights. 

  • Council Member elections (10’)
    • Josefine Nielsen (incoming)
      Elected with 15 yesses, 0 no, 0 abstain. 
  • Announcements: (20’)
    • Join the leadership team! SURPAS leadership elections- June 2021
    • Advanced Degree Candidate, Consulting Club (Faes Kerkhof)
  • Postdoc Highlights 
    • Update from Zheng

Postdoc highlights in the form of videa (available on our website now). Are you interested in participating? 

    • Application for Housing Lottery is open to postdocs 
      • Application portal closes 5/6/21, notifications by 5/22/21
      • Information Webinars
    • Postdoc salary for FY2022
      • Minimum is $65,568 for <= 5years, $66,888 for 6th years
      • Out-of-state fees applied when shelter-in-place has ended
      • If out of the country, need to fill out a form!

12 yes

  • Upcoming Events (5’)
    • Someone Like Me, Better Ally Episode 4 (FLI; First gen/Low income communities)- May 4, 12-1:30pm
    • Long Range Planning Focus Groups (Sign-up) Wed May 12 9:30-10:30am; Thurs May 20 4-5pm
    • SHARE Education and Training, Wednesday, May 19 at 11am-12:30pm
      • Learn how to stand up to mistreatment, harassment, and/or discrimination that is perpetuated towards others or towards yourself
      • Registration to come
    • May Council Meeting, Wednesday, May 26th, @11:30am
    • Guest Speaker for June Meeting- Sarah Heilshort (PACPA Chair)